Bishop gains some young followers on walk across diocese

Date: Friday 22nd March 2019
Waves from Bishop James and children from Raughton Head School as they set off on their walk from Bell Bridge.
Waves from Bishop James and children from Raughton Head School as they set off on their walk from Bell Bridge.

CHILDREN from Raughton Head School joined the Bishop of Carlisle, the Right Rev James Newcome, for part of his Lent walk across the diocese on Friday.

Headteacher Alison Dickinson said the Key Stage 2 children enjoyed the walk from Bell Bridge, near Sebergham, to the school despite a heavy rain shower just after they set off. “It did not dampen any spirits and smiles were still present afterwards,” she said.

Refreshments awaiting the walkers at the school were very welcome, before Bishop James shared some inspirational words.

The children joined him for about three miles of his 24-day Lent walk, from the newly built Bell Bridge, which washed away in the 2015 floods.

He was also joined by the newly appointed Bishop of Penrith, the Right Rev Emma Ineson, and her husband, Mat, on Monday and Tuesday, walking from Holme Cultram Abbey, Abbeytown, to Workington and then Cockermouth.

Bishop James decided to do the walk as part of the Moving Mountains mission, which aims to create a culture of God for All. He said it was a great opportunity to meet with people in their own communities.

LEFT: Waves from Bishop James and children from Raughton Head School as they set off on their walk from Bell Bridge.