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Middle-Eastern friends

03 August 2012

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 & Nottingham.

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.


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