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Reaching out to the rural community in Suffolk

Thursday 9th May 2019

Reaching out to the rural community in Suffolk

The Bishop’s Council, who are the Trustees of the Church of England in Suffolk, has taken to the road to engage with and learn from other organisations serving in the community.

Hosted by Rural Enterprise East at the Otley Campus of Easton and Otley College; members were given a tour of the campus to see how the college specialises in land-based studies by offering students an inspiring and innovative learning environment where they can study practical trades, modern technology and academic degrees.

Rural Enterprise East is the home of the administrative hub for Growing in God in the Countryside – the Church of England in Suffolk’s pioneering £2million project to be present in every rural community in the county.

The Venerable Sally Gaze, Archdeacon for Rural Mission, said: “We were privileged to be the first community project to host the Bishop’s Council with Rural Enterprise East and everyone was very excited about all the college and the church could achieve by working together. Growing in God in the Countryside is all about sharing God’s love in rural communities. Plans made in partnership with the college include developing chaplaincy and Germinate Enterprise which helps people to start their own rural businesses.”

The project, which has been made possible with Strategic Development Funding from the national Church of England, will see venues such as cafés and tearooms host mini church services in a bid to tackle rural isolation and deprivation. Visit for more information.