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Special Cambodian visitor to Costessey Parish

Our Lady & St Walstan parish in Costessey has received a special visitor from the parish of Tahen in Cambodia, with which it has long-been twinned.

On Thursday November 3, Dr Nhor Chamrom, who lives near to Tahen, visited the parish for the morning as part of a trip to England. 

Fr David Ward said: “Nhor had hoped to be there for Mass, but she was present for the period of Exposition that is always held after Mass on a Thursday morning.”

Following Exposition, Chamrom met some members of the parish over a cup of tea in the presbytery and presented a few gifts she had brought.  These included a number of hand-made giraffes: both Fr David at Costessey and Bishop Kike in Cambodia are besotted by these beautiful creatures. 

She had also brought some Christmas cards from the people of Tahen, which will be shared out between the parish and St Augustine’s school, and she collected a great number of cards written by members of Costessey parish and the children at the school to take back with her. 

After tea, Fr David and Hilda Kaye, Costessey’s Cambodia twinning rep, took Chamrom and John Bolger, who was driving her on her visit, to St Augustine’s where head teacher Rachel Swindell greeted them.  Rachel then took the group to every class in the school where Chamrom thanked the children for their cards and assured them they would be delivered safely. 

On returning to the presbytery, the group was joined by Katie Maidment of Support Cambodia who had a donation for a project which Chamrom was going to take with her.

Pictured at St Augustine’s school are John Bolger, Fr David Ward, Dr Nhor Chamrom and Rachel Swindell.