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What is the Via Beata Project?


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.



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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Making our mark

In a cool north easterly wind, the afternoon of Sunday 7th May was spent putting up more way markers on the third section of the route from Bedingham to Hardwick Common. Thankfully, for the most part, we were sheltered from the wind by high hedges on each side. There were ditches on either side, signifying […]

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Annual weekend gathering – 1st/2nd April 2017

Following a Bring and Share lunch, Phil Webb’s first talk high-lighted the parallets between Moses and Jesus.   Then several groups set out with hammers, nails and waymarkers to walk the Via Beata path around Steve and Gill Eggleton’s home in Banham. It was a useful exercise as it transpired that one or two footpaths […]

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Massive cross to be carved

Steve Eggleton and his team started work last Thursday 19th January on what will probably be the biggest Via Beata sculpture across the whole of the trail.   It is to be a massive oak cross and will be placed on high ground at the Red Hill Centre at Snitterfield near Stratford upon Avon which […]

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