St Seraphim's Trust

St Seraphim's Trust Former railway station housing Pilgrim Chapel, Railway Heritage and Icon Museum, and Quiet Garden for reflection. The chapel and museum are too small to open safely under pandemic restrictions.

Visits to the garden by prior appointment. Saint Seraphim's Trust is a registered charity that seeks to keep Saint Seraphim's Orthodox Chapel open for all pilgrims and visitors to Walsingham, as a place of worship and contemplation. We are proud to also host a fully accredited Railway Heritage and Icon Museum. Both the chapel and museum are small but full of interest. The trust also aims to contin

Visits to the garden by prior appointment. Saint Seraphim's Trust is a registered charity that seeks to keep Saint Seraphim's Orthodox Chapel open for all pilgrims and visitors to Walsingham, as a place of worship and contemplation. We are proud to also host a fully accredited Railway Heritage and Icon Museum. Both the chapel and museum are small but full of interest. The trust also aims to contin

Operating as usual

St Seraphim’s is participating in the Heritage Open Days initiative next Saturday 18 September. We are offering two Guid...
11/09/2021
Events | Heritage Open Days

St Seraphim’s is participating in the Heritage Open Days initiative next Saturday 18 September. We are offering two Guided Tours of St. Seraphim’s Icon & Railway Heritage Museum, Chapel & Quiet Garden. The 11.00am tour is already full but we have four spaces available on the 2.30pm tour.
Or there are lots of other lovely things to do and see in Norfolk and further afield 😊

https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/guided-tour-of-st-seraphims

◄  Back to previous page Guided Tour of St. Seraphim’s Icon & Railway Heritage Museum, Chapel & Quiet Garden St Seraphims Trust, St. Seraphims, Station Road, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EB Situated in the old railway station in Little Walsingham, St. Seraphim's is home to an Orthodox Chapel, Ic...

08/09/2021

A good article about St Seraphim's by Network North Norfolk, highlighting that we are in search of volunteers.
Volunteer roles available include Welcomers in the Icon heritage Gallery and Quiet Garden, and Collections Management of the Icon, Pilgrimage and Railway archives. There are also exciting opportunities to help create a new railway display for the collection of railway related items, including the old Walsingham station sign, which was lost for many years until it was unearthed in two halves during the renovation of the garden.

If you are interested in volunteering, please come to one of our Autumn Open Afternoons at 2pm until 4pm on Wednesday September 29th and Wednesday October 27th. Refreshments will be provided and the garden is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities.
On those days the wonderful volunteers we already have will be giving guided tours at 2pm and 3pm.

Volunteer led guided tours of the chapel icons continue through September and October on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2pm and 3pm. Tours last around 40 mins and are limited to 6 people, so you are advised to book in advance.

https://www.networknorwich.co.uk/Articles/618534/Network_Norwich_and_Norfolk/Regional_News/North_Norfolk/Walsingham_railway_chapel_needs_volunteers.aspx

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering guided icon tours of St Seraphim's on Wednesdays and Saturdays thr...
31/08/2021

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering guided icon tours of St Seraphim's on Wednesdays and Saturdays through September and October. These will provide a unique insight into the art and meaning of our treasured icons, which are relevant to all faiths.
Booking preferred but not essential, contact details are on the picture.

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering guided icon tours of St Seraphim's on Wednesdays and Saturdays through September and October. These will provide a unique insight into the art and meaning of our treasured icons, which are relevant to all faiths.
Booking preferred but not essential, contact details are on the picture.

The beautiful Quiet Garden here at St Seraphim's is attracting lots of lovely butterflies and bees this year.  Just a co...
12/08/2021

The beautiful Quiet Garden here at St Seraphim's is attracting lots of lovely butterflies and bees this year. Just a couple of which are this stunning Peacock butterfly and Buff Tailed Bumblebee (I think?). 🐝🦋

One more photo of beekeeper and skep in action 🐝🐝🍯
19/07/2021

One more photo of beekeeper and skep in action 🐝🐝🍯

One more photo of beekeeper and skep in action 🐝🐝🍯

18/07/2021

Video of Adrian collecting the swarm of bees in our garden

The Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's is, we hope, also a peaceful haven for wildlife. However the arrival of a swarm of 300...
18/07/2021

The Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's is, we hope, also a peaceful haven for wildlife. However the arrival of a swarm of 3000 bees in the rowan tree was not entirely welcome! Happily Adrian the beekeeper was able to skilfully capture them all in his lovely old-fashioned beehive, shown in the photos. Short video to follow.
Coincidentally St Spiridon patron saint of Corfu is always depicted wearing a beehive-shaped hat. The saint was born into a family of shepherds and this was the type of hat shepherds wore in those days. The pictures of St Spiridon show this quite clearly.

Busy day today!  There is an icon painting course this weekend (postponed from last year) in the smart new Garden Room. ...
03/07/2021

Busy day today! There is an icon painting course this weekend (postponed from last year) in the smart new Garden Room. Huge thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the courses are only possible because of their help.
Also lots of visitors today to admire and enjoy the feast of gorgeous flowers in the Quiet Garden.
#nationalheritagelotteryfund #quietgarden

We are so pleased with our new Garden Room.  Many thanks to North Norfolk District Council for their generous grant whic...
23/05/2021

We are so pleased with our new Garden Room. Many thanks to North Norfolk District Council for their generous grant which allowed us to create this essential facility for meetings and community activities. Thanks also to friends and neighbours who helped with the work.
The Garden Room is being used as the venue for Monday Drawing Club, and is also open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons 2-4 for book and plant sales. Please do come down and take a look.

We are very pleased to offer a Monday Morning Drawing Group starting from 24th May. This is a small relaxed group, meeti...
30/04/2021

We are very pleased to offer a Monday Morning Drawing Group starting from 24th May.
This is a small relaxed group, meeting on Monday 10-12, in St. Seraphim's brand new Garden Room, set in the beautiful Quiet Garden.
The group is led by Candide, each week she will set up a still life, demonstrate different techniques to try, and then let you enjoy the freedom of creating.
All the materials are provided, as well as the demonstration and any guidance required, for a weekly cost of £10.
If you would like to join us, please book a place with Candide on 07501927170 (numbers are limited to 5).

We are very pleased to offer a Monday Morning Drawing Group starting from 24th May.
This is a small relaxed group, meeting on Monday 10-12, in St. Seraphim's brand new Garden Room, set in the beautiful Quiet Garden.
The group is led by Candide, each week she will set up a still life, demonstrate different techniques to try, and then let you enjoy the freedom of creating.
All the materials are provided, as well as the demonstration and any guidance required, for a weekly cost of £10.
If you would like to join us, please book a place with Candide on 07501927170 (numbers are limited to 5).

We always make sure the compost we use in the garden is peat-free - this article from the RSPB explains why peat extract...
19/04/2021
Peat Free Compost for the Garden | Why Use Peat Free Compost - The RSPB

We always make sure the compost we use in the garden is peat-free - this article from the RSPB explains why peat extraction for compost is so damaging

https://www.rspb.org.uk/birds-and-wildlife/advice/gardening-for-wildlife/plants-for-wildlife/peat-free-compost/

The large-scale removal of peat from bogs in Britain & Ireland is destroying one of our most precious wildlife habitats. Find out about alternatives to peat compost

On National Gardening Day, some photographs of the garden at St Seraphim’s to remind us that summer is on its way #natio...
14/04/2021

On National Gardening Day, some photographs of the garden at St Seraphim’s to remind us that summer is on its way
#nationalgardeningday #quietgarden

We are excited to take part in the 2020 Fakenham Virtual Christmas Tree Festival.  You can read more about the Festival ...
11/11/2020
Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival – Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival – Raising Money for Charities

We are excited to take part in the 2020 Fakenham Virtual Christmas Tree Festival. You can read more about the Festival and donate to help support the Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's and the other charities taking part on the link below. Videos will be uploaded every day from 26 November to 3 December. The Christmas tree in the Quiet Garden will look amazing decorated and lit up🎄🌟

https://christmastreefestival.co.uk/

Loving God,We could have sat down and wept for the loss to our community of the Christmas Tree Festival!Thank you for your inspiration and creativity which has given rise to 2020’s virtual Festival.Bless the charities taking part and all who work for the good of others, here and elsewhere.May we a...

The Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's attracts a wonderful range of insects - here are photos of just a few.
18/10/2020

The Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's attracts a wonderful range of insects - here are photos of just a few.

Introducing Maxine, who has recently moved into the goose quarters at St Seraphim’s. Maxine is a Maned Goose (aka Austra...
10/10/2020

Introducing Maxine, who has recently moved into the goose quarters at St Seraphim’s. Maxine is a Maned Goose (aka Australian Wood Duck), just like little Max, who visitors to the garden may remember. Welcome Maxine and many thanks to the Trust’s good neighbour John who has worked on making the goose pen more secure so she is safe in her new home.

Thank you to the players of  #NationalLottery. Because of you the Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund could award an emergen...
29/07/2020

Thank you to the players of #NationalLottery. Because of you the Heritage Lottery Emergency Fund could award an emergency grant to St Seraphim’s. Here is some of the work that we do, one of our icon painting workshops, held pre-Covid.
Because of Covid our income from visitors to our lovely little chapel, museum and garden has dropped dramatically. The Heritage Lottery fund will help us to keep going until we can reopen. #thankstoyou 🙏

@TheNationalLotteryUK @HeritageFundUK

Looks like we are due for a spell of fine summer weather.  These lovely photos (courtesy of Zoe) remind us that wet weat...
14/07/2020

Looks like we are due for a spell of fine summer weather. These lovely photos (courtesy of Zoe) remind us that wet weather can be beautiful too 🌹☔️

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo
08/07/2020

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo
05/07/2020

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo

St Seraphim's Trust
05/07/2020

St Seraphim's Trust

One of the joys of the Quiet Garden is the welcome it offers to everyone. For younger visitors there is a choice of toys...
05/07/2020

One of the joys of the Quiet Garden is the welcome it offers to everyone. For younger visitors there is a choice of toys for the imagination, as well as the many corners of the garden to explore 😊

The amazing borders at St Seraphim’s, so much to look at and admire, well loved by bees 🐝 🌺🌸🌼🌾🐝
05/07/2020

The amazing borders at St Seraphim’s, so much to look at and admire, well loved by bees 🐝 🌺🌸🌼🌾🐝

A bunch of roses from St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden 🥀 🌹
05/07/2020

A bunch of roses from St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden 🥀 🌹

A beautiful time of year in the St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden. The end of June is normally time for the annual Garden Party...
05/07/2020

A beautiful time of year in the St Seraphim’s Quiet Garden. The end of June is normally time for the annual Garden Party, a lovely event made magical by the huge amount of preparation and generous time given by supporters. Sadly no party this year, but Zoe has captured the beauty of the garden to share. Lots of fabulous pictures to follow, but starting with Sylvia and Wanda, the St Seraphim’s residents.

Spring flowers - the Quiet Garden is coming to life!  The Trust relies heavily on help from volunteers, including in the...
13/03/2020

Spring flowers - the Quiet Garden is coming to life!
The Trust relies heavily on help from volunteers, including in the garden. If you can offer a couple of hours a week or even once a month to do some weeding or pruning, we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch 😊

The stunning new Icon and Heritage Gallery at St Seraphim’s.  These pictures were taken at the official opening by the R...
09/08/2019

The stunning new Icon and Heritage Gallery at St Seraphim’s. These pictures were taken at the official opening by the Right Reverend Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn. It is now open to visitors between 2 and 4 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please do come and see the displays which were put together with the help of many volunteers, supporters and friends.

A special mention to Sue and James, who both worked tirelessly in the heat yesterday. And who were the very last couple ...
30/06/2019

A special mention to Sue and James, who both worked tirelessly in the heat yesterday. And who were the very last couple to be married in St Seraphim’s Chapel, 30 years ago 👰🤵

Very hot day yesterday for the Garden Party but the garden was looking gorgeous and there were over 150 visitors!  Young...
30/06/2019

Very hot day yesterday for the Garden Party but the garden was looking gorgeous and there were over 150 visitors! Young and old, all enjoyed the surroundings, the music and the refreshments.

29/06/2019

The marvellous Four in a Bar 🎶 💚

Everything set up for the Garden Party 😊🌞🌸🌻🐝🍔🧁Open to everyone
29/06/2019

Everything set up for the Garden Party 😊🌞🌸🌻🐝🍔🧁
Open to everyone

25/06/2019

A really busy weekend coming up for St Seraphim’s, with the annual Garden Party on Saturday followed by Walsingham Open Gardens on Sunday. Please do come and pay a visit to our beautiful garden 🌳🌻🌹🌺🌸🌞

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo
13/06/2019

St Seraphim's Trust's cover photo

Only a month to go until the annual Garden Party at St Seraphim's on Saturday 29 June.  We would love as many people as ...
01/06/2019

Only a month to go until the annual Garden Party at St Seraphim's on Saturday 29 June. We would love as many people as possible to come and enjoy the beautiful garden and warm friendly atmosphere.

Thank you to everyone who came to our very first weekend icon painting course on 18/19 May.  It was a really happy and f...
26/05/2019

Thank you to everyone who came to our very first weekend icon painting course on 18/19 May. It was a really happy and fruitful occasion, and we are hoping to do this again in future. Please get in touch if you might be interested.

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St. Seraphim's Chapel, Station Road
Little Walsingham
NR22 6EB

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Fantastic news that St Seraphim's is the winner of this year’s North Norfolk Environment Award. The Trust was nominated by Cllr Tom Fitzpatrick and won 'in recognition of your environmentally sustainable project to develop the long-derelict side of the railway embankment and small other land to create a tranquil garden for residents and visitors for quiet and contemplation.' So much work has gone into the garden over the last few years so it's great they are getting a little recognition 😀🥇🎉 The garden is open (free) every Wednesday and well worth a visit.
A recent photo of the Quiet Garden at St Seraphim's, taken at last weekend's garden party. It's amazing how much it has changed in the last few years. 🌷🌸🌳💚