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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.

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