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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Fulham Palace: Chairman's Garden Party

This evening I enjoyed the Chairman's Garden Party in the Walled Garden at Fulham Palace, where the guest of honour was the Bishop of London. I was there at the invitation of commission4mission artist Ken Ashby, who volunteers at the Palace and whose series of watercolour views of the Palace will be on show in the Palace art gallery in the autumn.

Fulham Palace is the historic home of the Bishops of London. Screened from the river by trees, the building is a fascinating mixture of architectural styles, set within its own beautiful grounds, including a knot garden, close to the Bishop’s Park and the River Thames between Putney Bridge and Fulham Football Ground. Visitors to Fulham Palace have a wealth of things to see and do from exploring the museum that charts the Palace’s eventful history to having lunch in the Drawing Room restaurant that looks out onto the beautiful gardens. There is also an art gallery and a diverse programme of events, for all ages, throughout the year.

The current chapel is the fourth chapel at Fulham Palace, though not on the current chapel site. The Victorian Chapel (Butterfield 1867) was altered in the 1950s for Bishop Wand following damage during World War II. Containing murals by Brian Thomas (1953), a window by Ninian Comper (1953) and with Victorian glass by Clayton & Bell it is consecrated and remains the private chapel of the Bishop of London.

Among those that I met at the Garden Party were staff from the Counselling Pastoral Trust (CPT), which has offices situated within the Courtyard at Fulham Palace. CPT is a charity dedicated to keeping families together and provides affordable professional counselling services to families and individuals to help resolve problems that lead to family breakdown.


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1 comment:

Hilda said...

This is great!