RESIDENTS across the borough are invited to come together tomorrow to mark Good Friday and carry the cross for Easter as part of a Mappleborough Green tradition that is now 20-years-old.
For two decades, visitors have arrived at Haye Pastures Farm from as far afield as Europe to join a congregation which re-enacts the steps of Jesus’ crucifixion.
But time has taken its toll on the old wooden crosses and at the beginning of the year, organisers – Jon and Muriel Richards – feared they were not in good enough condition to be used again.
And the worry became even greater when they were left with the dilemma of how to finance new ones.
But thanks to Redditch company Buildbase the crosses will be stood on the hill to mark Good Friday, just as they have for the last 20 years. The kind-hearted firm has supplied the wood required for three new crosses, free of charge.
Matt Henderson, sales development manager at Buildbase, said: “Not only was it a pleasure to have the opportunity to support this special event but it also coincides with the 20th anniversary of Buildbase’s opening in Redditch.”
It’s no secret the event has attracted worshippers from throughout the Midlands and as far afield as Europe who make the Pilgrimage to stand at the foot of the crosses to bear witness.
And to mark its anniversary, Jon and Muriel have added new facilities, including two gazebos to house the musicians and sound systems and a marquee.
Participants are invited to meet in the Dog car park at 11am before the following the procession up the hill where Mr Phil Wilson will lead the Service as he has for the last 12 years.
The congregation can enjoy Easter hymns and complimentary hot cross buns and drinks back at the Farm following the Service.