CUP cakes with loads of icing seem to be universally popular.
They certainly proved so when ten boys and ten girls from Amman, in
Jordan, accompanied by two of their teachers, met pupils from two
church schools in the diocese of Southwell &
For four days, they stayed in pairs with host families from
Lowe's Wong Junior School, Southwell, and Woodborough Woods
Foundation School, Nottingham. The schools that the young
Jordanians came from are both supported by the diocese in
Jerusalem, which includes Jordan, and is part of the Episcopal
Church of Jerusalem & the Middle East.
The visit was a direct result of the welcome given to Fr Hosan
and five others from Amman last October. Pen-pal relationships grew
among the children of the schools involved, and encouraged the
week-long visit. After two days in London, and one in Stratford,
the group was welcomed to Southwell Minster by Canon Edward Pruen,
the Archdeacon of Newark, the Ven. David Picken, and other church
members. It was there that the visitors were regaled with a cream
tea and cup cakes.
The teacher leading the group, Mirvat Awameleh, said that the
warm welcome had made them all feel at home. The children had
thoroughly enjoyed "being immersed in the day-to-day life of a
completely different culture. . . They were all such gracious
hosts, and made us feel we were visiting family." Both visitors and
hosts hope that it will be the beginning of continuous and
reciprocal visits between the schools.