MEMBERS of an Ashbourne church group has visited a rural part of India to see the fruits of their labours.
Ashbourne Churches Together support 120 girls with board and lodging so they can attend St John’s school in Taljhari.
Chairman of the Ashbourne Patna Partnership, Jane Methuen travelled out to the school, along with John and Elizabeth Hurfurt, after an invitation from the Bishop of Patna, Bishop Marandih.
The trio visited as celebrations were underway for the rededication of the school after refurbishments, the marking of the school’s 149th anniversary and a three-day youth conference.
The visitors were also treated to a tour of improvements at the school as well as community events including a football tournament and an archery contest.
Bishop Marandih, who is also the Moderator of the Church of North India, will travel to the UK for the enthronement of the new Archbishop of Canterbury later this month, and will spend time with his friends in Ashbourne en route to the ceremony.
There will be a chance to see some photographs from the trip at the next event organised by the Partnership which is a concert by the Young Ashbourne Singers and the signing choir from the Royal School for the Deaf on Thursday, March 14 in Ashbourne Methodist Church. Tickets (£5 adults, £1 under 16’s) available from Natural Choice.
Reports of the visit will be given following the Partnership AGM on Sunday, April 21.