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This year we are undertaking a journey of Pilgrimage from Lower Beeding to Canterbury, a journey of 90 miles to where Christianity had one of its first footholds in this country. We will join with the Pilgrims Way from Winchester to Canterbury, where medieval pilgrims journeyed to the tomb of St Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. A group from our church are walking the whole distance but anyone is welcome to join us for as much of the journey as they can. We only ask that they join us and help by getting sponsorship for the part of the walk they do.
We are asking for sponsorship to recognise people’s effort in undertaking this walk and to support both our church and The Farming Community Network (FCN). FCN is a Christian organisation made up of a network of some three hundred or so volunteers mostly with a farming background or close link to agriculture organised into county groups throughout England and Wales. They provide pastoral and practical support to farmers and farming families for as long as needed – helping people to find a positive way forward through their problems.
In addition to local groups of volunteers, FCN provides a confidential, national telephone Helpline which is available from 7.00 am until 11.00 pm every day of the year and is part of the Farming Help group of national farm charities.
With the disastrous weather conditions of last year and early this year for our farmers with poor harvests, difficulties in getting a crop in the ground, a shortage of fodder for livestock and tragic consequences of heavy snowfall in places the pilgrims felt that FCN was an appropriate charity to support on the walk.
We are walking from the 4 – 11 August and would appreciate your company if you can join us and if not your prayers and sponsorship for those who can.