New Year with chopsticks

02 November 2006


CHINESE New Year, heralding the Year of the Dog, was a good excuse for the parishioners of St Peter’s, Kineton, in Coventry diocese, to spend the evening eating Chinese food and hearing about modern life in China from Jane Hill, a member of their congregation and Warwickshire education adviser. Mrs Hill recently spent three weeks in that country, helping to train teachers in the teaching of English. She told her audience that the Chinese were very welcoming, and that the teachers were keen to practise their English.

The room where they met was colourful with Chinese decorations; the local Chinese takeaway supplied the food; and it was an opportunity for some of the parishioners to experiment with chopsticks for the first time (right). But, no, said the Vicar, the Revd Charmaine Host, regretfully: no firecrackers were let off to make the evening traditionally noisy


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