A pilgrimage with a difference... with a dream to span Great Britain from Lowestoft to St Davids.

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What is the Via Beata Project?

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As this new millennium has unfolded, we have felt that God has been calling us to establish a major trail of Christian art-works that will communicate His love for people, and for the U.K. Gradually it has become clear that we should establish a sort of pilgrimage route across the U.K. from East to West at its widest point.

It was only when we came to set out this line from Lowestoft to St. David’s, that we discovered that it came right through our property here at Rowancroft, Banham, Norfolk. Consequently the first way-station was set up here in the Summer of 2009 and we have worked outwards to the East and to the West with the initial aim of establishing a way-station every ten miles or so and linking them with existing footpaths and rights-of-way.

The name ‘Via Beata’ means ‘a way of blessing’. As this project has developed, we have been constantly surprised by the ways in which this blessing has touched individuals, churches, groups and events. This has been far beyond our early expectations. Our initial thought was that we would be commissioning artists to create pieces to place along the route, but increasingly we are working with churches, group projects and Christian events to make them.

As we look to the future, we are confident that the blessing will continue and increase. Our prayer is that it will touch more and more people, communities and churches, and ultimately will be a blessing for our nation.

Way-Stations

Blog

New way station at Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire

On Thursday 21st June Steve and Gill Eggleton and Keith Drewery set off early in the morning to install the art-work and benches at Leamington Hastings in Warwickshire.         The art-work was made by the Via Beata team from Banham. The painting on the figures was done by youngsters at ‘Intents’ Christian youth […]

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Via Beata trail reaches Wales

A couple of weeks ago, Lorie Lain-Rogers and I set off to find a route from Worcester Cathderal through to Hay-on-Wye, this time using a caravan.  This gave us more flexibility than using the motorhome as previously. I had studied the long distance paths in this area and used three of them.  The Three Rivers […]

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Via Beata weekend 2018

The eagerly anticipated annual gathering of Via Beata supporters with the opportunity to greet old friends and make some new ones began, as usual, with a shared lunch supplemented with tasty homemade soups.         After a briefing, supporters set out with maps, Via Beata signs and tools to waymark the section between Roudham […]

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Creative workshops for new art-work at Leamington Hastings

  Over the last few weeks, a small team of trainee wood-carvers have been meeting in Steve Eggleton’s barn in Banham to work on the latest art-work.   It will be sited in the south porch of All Saints church in Leamington Hastings, Warwickshire. It comprises two carved oak balconies, which will be fitted on […]

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Dedication of the cross at Red Hill Christian Centre celebration

On Sunday 6th August, Steve and Gill Eggleton had the joy of joining some of the many supporters of the Red Hill community as they celebrated 25 years as a retreat centre. An added privilege was being with them as they appointed Tom Brooker as their new director.   Remarkably, the dedication of the cross […]

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Giant Cross at mid-point of Via Beata

The massive cross, which was carved by the team at Steve Eggleton’s workshop over the past few months, has finally been finished. The relief carving on the cross is of a wild OLIVE TREE grafted in to the cultivated stock, which is Israel. It refers to the passage in Romans chapter 11, where Paul quotes […]

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The gospel

We want everybody to know that God loves them and that he has sent His only Son Jesus to die for them.
So that whoever they are, and whatever they might have done, they can be forgiven and be welcomed into God’s eternal family.

How can I help?

The Via Beata is powered by volunteers!  You could really make a difference by offering skills and time to the project.  Here are a few ways you can help:

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01953 887 579

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Rowancroft, Kenninghall Road, Banham, NR16 2HE