ASHOVER: All Saints Church harvest festival swells bishop’s Peruvian appeal by £300

The Bishop of Derby’s appeal for support to fund a new clinic, school and church in the slums of Chiclayo in Peru, has been given a £300 boost thanks to the sale of produce and donations at the All Saints harvest festival. The Bishop recently said that the shanty towns around the big cities of Peru are home to hundreds of thousands of people who live in extreme poverty and lack the basic necessities of running water, medical care and a balance diet.

The sale of produce was organised by John Weselby.

Packet and tinned goods donated by church members and villagers were later given to the Trussell Trust Food Bank in Clay Cross.

The family harvest festival was led by the Rector, the Rev Ralph Lawrence, who highlighted the extent to which the UK relied on food imports by staging a quiz which involved naming fruits, some of them quite exotic, and identifying their country of origin.

An interactive Bible story saw the congregation listening to the story of Ruth and Naomi read by Ruth Russell, the intercessions were led by Anna Bell and Susan Lawrence, the reading was by Keith Mellor and the organist was Sarah Evans. There was a special item by Ashover Celebration Choir, led by musical director Ruth Russell.

The rector thanked everyone who donated produce and helped to decorate the church including the village schools and local organisations. The displays were co-ordinated by Sylvia Dyson and Brenda Shaw.

“We are most grateful to everyone who helped make the harvest festival such a success,” said Sylvia. “The church would not have looked half so beautiful without their contributions.”