St. Seraphim’s Trust is currently applying for funding to make the building and its iconography and railway heritage more accessible to the public. We have established a Friends Group to support our activities. If you are interested in becoming a Friend, please fill out the form on our Become a Friend of St Seraphim’s page.
St. Seraphim’s Trust is a registered charity that seeks to keep St. Seraphim’s Orthodox Chapel open for all pilgrims and visitors to Walsingham, as a place of worship and mission. The Trust also aims to make its rich icon, railway and pilgrimage heritage available to the public, through displays and activities.
St. Seraphim’s is currently in the process of developing the building and garden into an environment which will reflect the spirituality of the chapel. This will include an area for learning about iconography with display and workshop areas, a renovated platform and a community garden. For more information on these developments please see Our Work.
In 2012 St. Seraphim’s reached an important milestone, having received a phase one development pass from the Heritage Lottery Fund. This led to a fruitful year of development – including information gathering on pilgrimage and railway history, culminating in the Exhibition at Norwich Cathedral.
St Seraphim’s chapel has witnessed 44 years of traditional Orthodox icon painting by the iconographers Father David and Leon Liddament. Their ability to make a living from iconography was due to Walsingham being a pilgrimage centre, enabling them to become well known by priests and other visitors and their work to be in demand. St. Seraphim’s has always been a part of this tradition of pilgrimage, having been the ‘pilgrim station’, and is still part of the experience of many visitors to the village today. Part of Father David and Leon’s mission was to increase awareness of early British Saints through their icons and published information.
St. Seraphim’s Trust is a charitable foundation relying on donations and support. Work for which we require funding in particular includes our ongoing development of the garden and major building repairs. Work is also in progress on the History of the Brotherhood and its iconographers. Funding towards the publication of this work is desperately needed and sponsors would be greatly appreciated. The life and teaching of St. Seraphim and other literature relating to the Saint is another aspect for which we require your support and charitable donations. Please see our Appeal page.
Essential in securing our future is the need for volunteers in all aspects of the work we are carrying out. Anyone with any amount of time available would be welcome so please get in touch if this is something you may be interested in and Get Involved.
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