A JOY­OUS VISIT

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT -

I am a vol­un­teer ranger at my lo­cal county park, Wy­coller, on the Lan­cashire side of the York­shire bor­der.

Dur­ing the sum­mer months, we have many visi­tors for pic­nics, wildlife spot­ting and gen­eral en­joy­ment of the park. We also have ru­ins and an old barn, com­plete with bats.

On a quiet Thurs­day last week, feel­ing a lit­tle bored, I was happy to hear young voices in the barn as they came to take shel­ter from a sud­den shower. It was a group of around 18 young Jewish boys with their teach­ers.

I spent the next two hours with them, having very ma­ture, grown-up con­ver­sa­tions with the boys. They were as fas­ci­nated with my Wy­coller as I was learn­ing about Ju­daism from them.

I wish to com­pli­ment not only the par­ents, but also their teach­ers and rab­bis. The chil­dren were from a Jewish school in Sal­ford, they wouldn’t tell me which one, and they left me feel­ing uplifted and happy to have met them all.

Be­fore they left, ev­ery child thanked me with­out prompt­ing, which is very unusual th­ese days. The school should know how im­pres­sive their stu­dents are when out on a field trip. God bless them all. Mally Dow Car­ri­ers Row, Colne, Lancs

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