Thornborough Methodist Church Garden, Buckinghamshire
The peaceful garden is situated at the back of the Church and is easily accessed through the front gate, down the path to the right of the building. The garden has been lovingly nurtured over the years by faithful church members (and their spouses). It is a tranquil and prayerful spot with a little stream that runs at the bottom and beyond the line of trees there is gently sloping pasture that adds to the peaceful scene. There are a couple of benches to rest awhile in the lower lawned area that is surrounded by herbaceous borders, and on the higher level some old pews that nestle against the back of the chapel. The whole garden is a suntrap surrounded by fence and hedge and is not overlooked at all. There is a Perspex box attached to the side of the chapel just before the garden which contains some devotional material.
The Chapel celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2003 and still has congregations of twenty to thirty each week. It is often used as a place of retreat for other churches and by community groups. Every Wednesday there is a ‘Drop In’ coffee morning 10.30 am - 12.30 pm every week, a lunch for older folks and a thriving messy church every month. The village itself is stunning, full of history and appears in the Domesday Book, predominantly made up of the typical stone houses of North Bucks, with a wonderful village school and community.
Standard opening times: The garden is open at all times.
Chapel services are on Sundays at 11 am (N.B. occasionally there is a joint service held in St. Mary’s, the parish church, a couple of hundred metres from the Methodist church at the same time of day)
The High Street, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire, MK18 2DF, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SP 7442 3369
By car: From junction 13 M1 follow the A421 west through Milton Keynes over many roundabouts following signs to Buckingham. Thornborough is sig posted off the A421 approx. 4 miles the other side of Milton Keynes. Turn right in to the village on one of the three roads that lead down to the village off the main road.
From M40 join the A43, signposted Northampton, Silverstone. Continue along this road for approx. 4 miles and at the first roundabout take the third exit onto the A421 towards Buckingham, which is approx. 8 miles away. Then at the 6th roundabout continue on the A421 sign posted Milton Keynes and Thornborough. Continue on the A421 for approx. 3 miles and Thornborough is sign posted left off the main road.
By public transport: Taxi from Milton Keynes Central Railway Station or X5 bus from Milton Keynes Central to Buckingham and taxi from there.
There is wheelchair access. The garden is accessible from the road where you can easily park. There is a slope to the lower level. Toilet facilities only available if the church is open or on Wednesdays 10.30 am-12.30 pm. (when refreshments are also available in the church). Buckingham is the nearest town for accommodation, meals etc. Suitable for quiet days for individuals or group.
Tel: 01280 816887