DERBY: The Bishop of Derby’s 2012 Harvest Appeal raised over £27,500 in aid of the Mothers’ Union Parenting Project in Rwanda, which supports vulnerable children and traumatized families. The Mothers’ Union introduced a worldwide Parenting Project in 2005 in Rwanda that includes education around early marriage, HIV, marriage break-up and child abuse - suppor ting many of those who survived the genocide in that countr y. The Bishop of Derby, Dr Alastair Redfern, said: “Despite the cur rent economic hardship that is affecting so many Derbyshire communities, there have been extraordinary levels of giving by individuals, churches and schools. The members of the Mothers’ Union have worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the great needs of Rwandan families.” He added: “We can all understand the importance of a stable family life but many young Rwandans lost their entire family network during the genocide in the 1990s; consequently they have very little experience of parenting. Our donations will resource the programme and allow for an expansion across the Rwanda. The Rwandan Mothers’ Union will be able to continue to support parents, children and their community.” HEREFORD: The Small Things BIG difference, one-day Conference on Church Tourism organised by the Diocese of Hereford, will be held on 25 April at Leominster Prior y. Anni Holden, one of the organisers, said: “We are working with the Shropshire and Herefordshire Churches’ Tourism Groups and the neighbouring dioceses of Lichfield and Worcester, so were confident people would come to this rural area but it is now shaping up to be an excellent day.” It’s the first time Hereford Diocese has held such a visitor focussed Conference but it is recognised as being at the forefront of Church Tourism nationally. The full programme is available at www.hereford.anglican.org. HEREFORD: Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis, has written an open letter of support and solidarity with farmers facing the direst of situations since the foot and mouth outbreak 12 years ago. While some farmers originally estimated that their income would be down 40 per cent at the start of the year, this figure is now expected to be significantly exceeded. According to Bishop Priddis, this reality still won’t account for the worry and hardship that will arise out of their debt. While he recognizes that there is nothing those inside or outside the farming community can do about the underlying issues themselves, including weather conditions, fuel and feed costs, disease and so on, he will continue to pledge his support. “We can nevertheless show as much care and understanding as possible, so that those suffering hardship and extreme worry and isolation can at least know of our solidarity.” Bishop Priddis pointed out in his letter that The Farm Community Network (FCN) received more local calls in the January than the whole of last year, and is now urging the purchase of as much locally sourced food as possible to ensure returns to the local economy, and in turn, these farmers. He added: “It is vital that our farmers, their families and our whole rural communities are assured at least of our prayer and suppor t in these straitened times.” SALISBURY: Salisbury Cathedral is running a free open evening Night Visions: An Evening at Salisbury Cathedral on Friday 17 May from 6.30pm to 10.00pm. The event is par t of Culture 24’s nationwide Museums at Night initiative, the annual festival of late night openings when hundreds of venues open their doors for special evening events. David Coulthard, Director of Marketing and Visitor Services, said: “We’ve devised three-and-a-half fastmoving hours of different activities to entertain and appeal to families and our younger and older visitors alike. There are four elements to the evening: music, stories, tours and hands-on activities. Come along, we might just surprise you!” Musical activities include a ‘come and sing’ workshop.