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Bishops Martin and Mike are preparing to walk a 90 mile pilgrimage

Tuesday 5th March 2019

Bishops Martin and Mike are preparing to walk a 90 mile pilgrimage

Bishops Martin and Mike are preparing to walk 90 miles during a ten day pilgrimage across Suffolk to discover more about the people, community activities and businesses that help our county flourish.  They are also inviting the public to walk with them during their third annual Lent Pilgrimage around Suffolk.

This year they are concentrating on the north of the diocese where they are keen to meet the talented people who are running some extraordinary community and business enterprises.

Bishops Martin and Mike start their walk on Ash Wednesday 6 March with an Ashing Service and Eucharist at 9am on Southwold Pier before taking to paths and country lanes. 

Their route includes Redisham, Bungay, Metfield, Fressingfield, Eye, Rickinghall, Ixworth and Bacton before they finish on Saturday 16 March at Stowmarket.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum at Flixton, Wyken Vineyard near Rickinghall and the Pakenham Water Mill are among the attractions they will visit.

Each day will start and end at a church and, on Sunday 10 March, Bishop Martin will be at the Sunday Service at 9.30am at St John the Baptist, Metfield, while Bishop Mike will be at the Contemporary Service at 11.00am at St Peter and St Paul, Fressingfield.

The itinerary also includes a Mass with Eye Primary School at the parish at St Peter and St Paul, Eye, on Tuesday 12 March.

Bishop Martin said: ‘‘One of the delights of our walks is to discover the extraordinary industries scattered across the county, making an impact nationally and internationally, which we who live here are often unaware of. ‘It’s meeting the people that is the gift for us, sharing for a moment in their lives, catching a little of what their world of work is about, their passions, their hopes and dreams.  ‘Perhaps more than anything else I do, these ten days each year shape my understanding of Suffolk, and of how I can better serve people here.  ‘These walks give me a deepening sense of both the gifts of so many in our county, but also the needs and challenges, often hidden, that people face daily. ‘The one thing I always try to do after trekking across our beautiful county is to help connect the gifts of one person, with the needs of another of those I meet. ‘To make connections between people, and to make a real difference in these uncertain times.’’ 

Bishop Mike said: ‘‘I anticipate we will come away heartened by the amazing innovative nature of various businesses, charities and agencies in rural Suffolk and encouraged by the wonderful commitment of many to rural churches. ‘It’s also a great way for us to be more informed about the joys and challenges facing people in their different lives right across Suffolk.’’

A detailed itinerary for the Bishops’ walk around north Suffolk can be found online here.