A JOYOUS VISIT
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