Chance to walk along Wales’ first holy footpath

AN ABERGAVENNY church is believed to be the first in Wales to have developed a Walk Through the Bible.

It has 14 different wooden sculptures depicting versions of the Christian cross together with 14 varieties of wild flowers which all feature in the Bible.

The crosses are all one metre high and half a metre wide and are mounted on stone or tree trunks. They have been crafted by a local sculptor and are unique in Wales and possibly in Great Britain.

They are the latest development at St Teilo’s Church, Llantilio Pertholey, as part of the Living Churchyard project stimulated by the Gwent Wildlife Trust.

As part of this project children from Llantilio Pertholey Church in Wales Primary School have been planting wild flowers alongside the River Gavenny, which forms one of the churchyard’s boundaries.

The building houses a tower with six bells, a barrel roof, a modern stained glass window of St Teilo and chandeliers designed by George Pace.

In July there will be an open day at the church when students from Cardiff University, who are carrying out a long term study of crayfish in the river, will demonstrate its aquatic life.

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