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Churches to take a starring role in high-octane festival

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 20, 2014

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ASHBOURNE church leader Rev Canon Geraldine Pond says she is looking forward to playing an active role in a forthcoming family motorbike festival.

Rev Canon Pond, from St Oswald’s Church, will be helping to set up a ‘Christian Centre’ at this year’s Thundersprint, a newcomer to the area due to attract thousands of people to Darley Moor Race Circuit in May.

She said: “We are very excited about joining in with what is going to be a wonderful event for the whole community.

“We will have a Christian Centre right in the heart of the Thundersprint but we are going to be doing far more than evangelising – vitally important as this is to us.

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“In our centre we will have a Nursing Mums’ area, a chill out space and a prayer and meditation area for some reflective thinking.

“We hope that all these opportunities will be very popular.

“We are also hosting the Lost Children Centre - but we will be happy if this is empty all weekend.

“On Saturday evening, we will be having a prayer walk around the track and we hope that many of the riders and spectators will join us in this very spiritual experience.”

The festival’s oganiser, Frank Melling, said: “The Thundersprint is of and for the wider community – not just for hard core bikers.

“This is why the support of the local churches is so important to us. We want the Thundersprint to provide a great weekend for everyone and to be able to work with the Ashbourne churches is a great honour.”

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