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Join the Bishops on their 80-mile Lent Pilgrimage across Suffolk

Monday 19th March 2018

Join the Bishops on their 80-mile Lent Pilgrimage across Suffolk

Bishops Martin and Mike are taking to the road to see first-hand the challenges people face day-to-day across Suffolk. They will cover 80 miles on foot on a route in the west of the county meeting people from all walks of life in a bid to discover what are today’s issues locally.

The Lent Pilgrimage started today (Monday 19 March) at St Stephen’s Church, Bures, and will finish on Thursday 29 March at St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

The Bishops are inviting the public to walk with them during their Lent Pilgrimage around Suffolk.  Each day will start and end at a church and they want to spend time with people while walking at a leisurely pace hoping farmers, villagers and people of all ages will accompany them, even if it is only for a couple of miles.

Bishop Martin said: “This will put us in touch with people and communities with far more time to be able to have conversations that don’t have an agenda to them.  We are not turning up to a meeting, but we are meeting people and listening, so we hope to learn a whole lot more about how as Christians we can make a difference to others lives in Suffolk and also build on the excellent voluntary work that flourishes in our county.

Bishop Mike said: “A key role for a bishop is to be out and about meeting people and there’s no better way than to travel by foot, meeting everyone at grass roots level with the added bonus of taking in the Suffolk scenery.”

Their route includes visits to community projects, schools, businesses, a military base and prison and they will visit Sudbury, Kentwell Hall, Cavendish, Kedington, Little Thurlow, Newmarket, Exning, Worlington, Mildenhall, Icklingham and Fornham.

“We are looking forward to seeing the enterprise and vitality that enables our Suffolk communities to thrive and the individuals that allow them to grow.”  added Bishop Martin.

On Tuesday 20 March they will have a picnic at 3.00pm by the gates of Kentwell Hall and on Sunday March 26 they will visit the Animal Health Trust at Kentford.

A detailed itinerary for the Bishops’ walk around west Suffolk can be found online here: www.cofesuffolk.org/Pilgrimage2018 or you can follow the Bishops on Twitter: @cofesuffolk and Facebook @Bishopscofesuffolk