ACN Event 2010

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Aid To The Church In Need (ACN )  began their annual event on the 16 October with a morning mass

at Westminster Cathedral which was led Bishop Eduardo Hiiboro from The Sudan

while Fr Michael Shields, an American priest who has for the past 16 years been working in Magadan, a former gulag town in Siberia preached from the pulpit.

Before a capacity crowd in the Cathedral Hall, Bishop Eduardo would go on to speak of the growing tensions in the run-up to the referendum on the possible secession of South Sudan from the north.

while Fr Shields explained how his work was making a difference to survivors of the gulag. In the afternoon, John Pontifex the Charity's UK Head of Press and Information spoke of conditions faced by Christians in Pakistan

and holding the attention of a captivated audience

ACN's National Director, Neville Kyrke-Smith gave an account of the state of the church in the Ukraine

Question and Answer sessions followed both the morning and afternoon talks with the proceedings being brought to a conclusion around 4pm.

The day provided an inspirational and uplifting experience to the many who were privileged to hear the detailed accounts provided by what I can only describe as some of the best and most gifted speakers whom I have heard ever to gather under one roof in support of a worthy cause.  A definite date for the diary in 2011.

Open Day at Ellesmere

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October 9 was Open Day at my alma mater. Ellesmere holds two Open Days each year, designed for prospective parents and pupils to take in the college. The bright sunshine that was forecast was nowhere to be seen which was just as well for shutterbugs.

Much was on show including the junior lab which in my day was the sixth form bar. That said, there's more fun to be had these days in SY12 9AB as I'm sure we're all aware.

There was a display of musical instruments in the upper section of the Lower School which proved too tempting for this gifted young man.

while the new Shooting Academy had it's first public exhibition. Here Tom Rylands is assisting a young shooter with high tech aids. Next summer, Ellesmere is presenting a team for the Ashburton Cup in Bisley for the first time in over twenty years.

And don't tour guides just start so young these days?

For all who attended the event, there were treats at three

Have a sunny October day everyone!!!