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News of Chile trip, new books and mardle with the Bishop

Latest news from the Diocese of East Anglia includes a student going to Chile, a priest who has published two new books and a mardle with Bishop Alan.

A Norfolk student has been presented with a £1,800 bursary by the Catenian Association to help fund a year working as a teaching assistant in Santiago, Chile.

Eleanor Frankland from Reepham in Norfolk has just taken her’A’ levels in Spanish, Law and Historyand is hoping to eventually take up acareerinthelegal profession.

But before that she is travelling to Chile in August to spend a year working in a suburban school in Santiago. She was recommended for the bursary by Deacon Paul Hirons of Walsingham and was presented with the cheque in the gardens of St John’sCathedral, Norwich by John Kenny, President of Norwich Circleof the Catenian Association and Cathedral assistant priest Father Arockiya Seelan (pictured above).

Retired Suffolk priest, Fr Anthony Foreman, has published two new. "Lidgate ' 2000 years of a Suffolk village' records the story of Lidgate through the ages. Lidgate, near Newmarket was the birthplace of the poet monk John of Lidgate. The book is illustrated with many old photos, anecdotes, and details of former residents. The book may be purchased for £12 ' including postage and packing from: Rev A H Foreman, "Wheelwrights', Lidgate, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 9PR or e-mail at

The second book, "Letters from the Trenches 1915 ' 1917', is a collection of 17 family letters written by Lidgate young men who were killed in the First Word War. They give a poignant glimpse into the horrors of those days. The original letters are lodged in the Suffolk Records Office. The cost is £6 including P and P.

The two volumes of Fr Anthony's autobiography ' "In at the DeepEnd' (memoirs of a diocesan priest) are still available at £12 each including P&P.

Bishop Alan Hopesjoined the trustees of the charity Network for a Better World for a mardle (a chat) at their quarterly meeting at the St John’s Cathedral Narthex in Norwich. The meeting was hosted by Mary and Andy Clark and Angela Stoneand trustees travelled from as far away as Liverpool and Manchester.

They were able to update Bishop Alan about their work in the parish of Sitima, Diocese of Zomba in Southern Malawi, particularly an irrigation project that is supporting 35 single female headed households.

In return, Bishop Alan told of some of his experiences in Malawi. "Without doubt, it is the active, living faith of the people that I remember most," Bishop Alan reflected. At the meeting he happily agreed to act as "spiritual guide' for the charity in its work with the poorest people.

Bishop Alan is pictured with N4BW founder Alice Davidson OBE and trustees Mary and Andy Clark, being presented with a coffee mug from Malawi.

"After the next trustees visit to Malawi, we will bring back some Malawian coffee for the Bishop," quipped Alice.