For many years, visitors to the White Spring have entered through doors to gain access into the building. The morning of February the 14th of this year saw a violent act of vandalism destroy the doors with great force.
The stone dragon at the doorway was shattered, yet the shrines were all untouched and the Brigit flame inside left burning.
Today a new gateway was fitted, thanks to those who donated and raised funds for a place they love. Instead of doors, stunning new wrought iron gates, made by Millstream Forge, will open tomorrow.
The design allows, for the first time, the energies to flow out, even whilst closed.
Great job everyone! Wonderful symbolism in the design. Well done.
Since 2007, the Pilgrim Reception Centre, a not-for-profit organisation, has been supporting and welcoming people to Glastonbury. Recognised
as being open to all paths, we have been described as a 'living bridge' that connects across the spiritual and secular communities; we feel that spreading a harmonious message is an important part of our role and we are constantly looking at new ways of responding to the positive flow of energy.
As you might be aware, we recently launched an appeal. Our working model and the difficult economic climate had taken us to a point of no longer being able to continue. Our imminent closure in April pushed us into exploring alternative ways of operating; on a spiritual journey, this period is often described as a 'dark night of the soul'.
The PRC has been an organic organisation since its conception and our work over the last few years has taken us beyond the originally envisaged purposes. As in any spiritual journey, life for the PRC and all those involved with it, has been a voyage of discovery, adventure and challenge.
With this in mind, responding to the energies around us and the recognition
of our organisation as being a place that supports all those on a spiritual journey, we feel now is the time in which to create a space that offers not only practical support and information but also a special place created not from any one faith or religion and where real spiritual encounter might also be experienced.
We had only a short window of time in which to present the idea, launch the appeal and gauge reaction but the responses and the comments have been very heartening indeed. The vibrant flow of new and supportive, pro-active energy means we feel confident enough to move into the future. Our warm thanks are extended to all those who have encouraged and inspired us onwards.
We shall now continue the process of transformation by creating within our premises a special sanctuary space that is not affiliated to any one belief and where Glastonbury residents, pilgrims and visitors can relax in a gentle atmosphere that celebrates and inspires our Unity through Diversity. The services we have previously offered to our visitors and residents – information, support and the opportunity to share experiences - will all continue. We have listened to all the feedback being offered to us and have responded to as much as we can within our resources.
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and to those who have supported us this far with your support over the years. Without you, none of this would have been possible.
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