Today saw the link working perfectly. Darrington CE Primary School and All Saints CE Infant School came together to meet Arthur and Melina and celebrate their link with Buhemba Primary School in Mara. The day was masterminded by Miss Leanne Hargrave, one of the teachers who travelled to Mara in February. In collective worship we were treated to a song especially written for the occasion by Mrs Gill Fletcher, (a governor a Darrington School) presentations of the All Saints’ Travel Guide to England and a fantastic display of acro-gymnastics by pupils from All Saints.
A very welcome visitor brought by Darrington was Zak the Zebra. He was a gift made by the pupils at Buhemba and brought back to WYAD in February. We were all very pleased to see him, especially with his previously precarious tail now firmly fixed! Gifts were presented and exchanged and our time in the main hall was rounded off by a great dance display by Y2.
During visits to the classrooms Arthur revealed that his favourite food was Yorkshire puddings and the children were concerned to find that there are no chocolates and no cakes in Mara! The morning was ended with a wonderful lunch created by the staff before we moved next door to the church and another warm welcome.
All Saints Church and Musoma Cathedral were the first pair to create a parish link in the historic Wakefield Diocese. Stories of Bishop Hilkiah’s visit were re-lived and the link was updated with news from Arthur. It was lovely to share worship with some of the folk from the congregation and it as good to learn more about both the church and the parish. Thanks to Revd Alan Murray for taking us around the parish in the afternoon.
Our diocesan link with Mara began in 1988. There have been many visits in both directions. Many parishes pray for their link church every Sunday. Schools exchange letters and photos and learn about each other. Clergy training is supported, and agricultural projects are funded. This blog, written by different people, will keep us up to date with life in Tanzania, our relationship with one another, and events happening locally to support our links.