We spent a very happy day yesterday whiling away the hours making scales with lots of lovely people who were visiting St Benet’s.
Bernie was our first customer; he’s on holiday from Austria.
Here’s Jemima making her scale and then fixing it to the dragon’s body.
Next up is Lauren and her lovely work.
Caroline from Norfolk Archeological Trust paid us a visit and made the dragon a scale.
Anna, Laura and their Dad working away.
Laura with her finished scale – beautiful work.
Jane and Una from the Friends of St Benets.
Here’s Mia and her gorgeous scale.
and Mia’s mum joined in too.
Anita and Dick, also from the Friends of St Benet’s, came in the afternoon when we decamped into the sunshine.
Claire and Richard
and last but by no means least…
Many thanks to everyone who made a scale. The dragon looks much scalier!
We attended the Ecumenical Open Air Service today which was taken by Bishop Graham James, the Bishop of Norwich. The service happens every year at St Benets Abbey.
Bishop Graham arrived by wherry.
Then he processed with the Brothers of St Benet’s Abbey up to the cross where the service took place.
After the service everyone processed to the gatehouse and Bishop Graham blessed Withy Arts.
He spoke to Arlen about his drawing, the one of the furious dragon.
and chatted to Peter about his work.
Lots of people saw the dragon.
The day was a perfect celebration of Withy Arts’ work. Many thanks to The Dyballs for a lovely picnic and our trustees Jerry and Melita, Richard and April for their support. We were also delighted to see Martin and Graeme from the Broads Authority.
The weather was set fair for installing the dragon in time for Sunday’s celebration. The gang came with Jenny from Barrington to deliver the elements of the dragons body.
We worked hard connecting the body shapes together, and adding the scales.
Jerry, our chair of trustees, secured the storyboard to the fence.
We met lots of lovely people who were interested in the dragon. One kind lady took a picture of us.
The dragons looks fab – all ready for the service on Sunday 7th August at 3.30 p.m. after which the Bishop of Norwich is going to bless the project. All welcome!