St John’s Riverside Garden Opening Ceremony

History was made on Saturday 27th October as a large crowd gathered in arctic like conditions to celebrate the Blessing of Our Lady of Bath, Queen of Peace Statue. This Project inspired by the Young Adult Group of the Parish and was the culmination of two years work shared by a large team of willing volunteers from the Parish. The inspiration for the Garden was to create a place of light in what was a neglected and dark area of the Church Grounds.

It was a great community effort, showing just how much can be accomplished by willing hands working together. A large and inspiring statue of Mary was unveiled and blessed by Canon David. The statue was created on site by international sculptor Ben Dearnley, who worked tirelessly for thirteen hot weeks during the summer.

Following the recitation of the Rosary a short Liturgy took place including hymns led by our Contemporary Music Group. We were honoured to have the Mayor of Bath attend with his wife as well as a host of visitors with local and retired clergy. All appreciated the reception afterwards provided by the Garden Project Team led by Tom Rynkowski with special thanks to Liz Ganapathy and Zosia Mills for hosting the event.

The Garden has many beautiful features, a variety of flowers in the Marian tradition, stone paving provided by parishioners of the United Reform Church, St Albans, as well as reclaimed traditional fencing, renovated and hand painted by the women of the Parish.

The gate will be open from 8:00am to 5:00 pm in the winter with special times for the Spring and summer to be announced. The Garden Project Team are very grateful for the generous donations, large and small that have been given to cover most of the costs to date. If you would like to make a donation use the envelopes at the back of the Church marked ‘Garden Project’.

Congratulations to all who have play a part in this new feature and thank you on behalf of Our Lady, Queen of Peace!

Please take some time to watch the video of the opening ceremony.

The booklet for the opening can be read here.

A letter from the sculptor Ben Dearnley can be read here.

The poem These Leaves are Fallen written by Monoleeto Sangar and read on the day can be read here.


St. John's Garden - BBC Radio Bristol

On Sunday 21st October, Caroline Taylor, our Parish Fabric & Finance Chair, was interviewed on BBC Radio Bristol about the opening of our garden.

You can hear the interview at starting from 1:22:40. Please note this is only available online until 18th November 2018.

St John's Garden - Opening Ceremony

You are warmly invited to the St John's Garden opening ceremony and blessing of the statue Our Lady of Bath – Queen of Peace at 1pm on Saturday 27th October 2018 at St John the Evangelist, South Parade, Bath BA2 4AF.

Refreshments will be provided in the hall after the service. Shared Rosary in the Our Lady Chapel will start at 12.30pm.

Anyone interested in baking cakes or bringing food please contact Tom on 07713 949859 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A copy of the invitation can be downloaded here.

St. John's garden September update

You can see some photos of our progress and other work in the garden here.

New water plant

A new mineral water plant was installed on 1st May 2018 in Tenali, India sponsored by the missionary children who adore Jesus from 5 to 6 pm every Friday at St John's.

PPC minutes 19th June 2019

The minutes from the Parish Pastoral Council meeting held on 19th June 2019 are available here.

PPC minutes 15th May 2019

The minutes from the Parish Pastoral Council meeting held on 15th May 2019 are available here.