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Holiday club, rosary for peace, heritage open day

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes news of a children’s holiday club, a rosary for faith, life and peace and a popular open day.


The Sawtry Light Factory children’s holiday club took place in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, again this summer. The leaders are volunteers from Saint Benedict’s RC Community, Sawtry Methodist Church and All Saints Anglican Church.

The club has been running for 18 years and many of the young leaders originally attended themselves when they were at school.  Children of school age up to the age of 14 are welcome and are divided into age groups where they take part in Bible stories and scripture led activities in the mornings with games and craft activities in the afternoons. It runs for a week and culminates in an ecumenical family service in the Methodist church on the following Sunday. Pictured above are some of the Light Factory team.


Rosary under the Cross for Faith, Life and Peace in the British Isles is to take place on Sunday October 7, at 3pm in parishes and other venues as an Act of Reparation. For a full list of venues please visit:  www.rosaryonthecoast.co.uk


Over 120 people visited St Edmund’s Church, Bury St Edmunds during two recent Heritage Open Days reports John Saunders. In addition to being impressed by the beauty of the Church and Chapel, visitors were drawn to the mini-exhibitions which explained the importance of extraordinary women who feature in the history and heritage of the parish. 

Many people were unaware of the roles played by Elizabeth Rookwood Gage, Susanna Arethusa Milner-Gibson and Lady Miriam Hubbard until they read their biographical details on display boards.  The part played in the town’s education and pastoral care by the Sisters of St Louis attracted great interest and astonishment that only one of the Nuns remained living in the town. 

It was wonderful to welcome Joy Rowe, now in her nineties, one of the most renowned historians of East Anglian Catholicism.  She was able to attend through the kindness of Sarah Green a member of the History Group who had led the arrangements for one of the Open Days.  It was clear how much the occasion meant to Joy and visitors were able to chat to her as well as being able to read of the reasons why she had been deemed an ‘extraordinary woman’.

Pictured below Joy Rowe (centre front), accompanied by members of the Church History Group and visitors.  

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