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The Ashbourne - Patna Link

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149th anniversary Taljhari
The Ashbourne Churches Together - Patna Partnership grew out of a visit to Derbyshire by Bishop Philip Marandih of the Church of North India in 1998 when he stayed with Christopher Harrison, the Rural Dean. The Church of North India is an ecumenical church, formed in the early 70's by the amalgamation of five denominations. A party from Ashbourne visited Bihar for three weeks in 2000. Bihar state is one of the poorest in India. During their stay they spent three days at St Luke's hospital, Hiranpur. ACT decided to support the partnership by launching an appeal to raise money to re-roof parts of the hospital.See Photographs

2004 visit
In June 2004Bishop Philip brought a party of four headteachers (including his wife Lily) to Ashbourne. They spent two weeks in and around Ashbourne.

2006 visit
A party of seven people visit the Patna Diocese in February 2006, together with the Revd. Christopher Harrison who visited the CNI Headquarters in Delhi. Six are visiting the diocese and hoping to produce a booklet of opportunities for volunteers on their return. The seventh party member is staying for nearly three months working in St. Luke's hospital, Hiranpur. Read their report here.
Child Sponsorship Scheme
The Ashbourne group is promoting a scheme to cover the accommodation costs of girls at St. John's School Taljhari.
More details on the Ashbourne Churches Together website.

2007 visit
Click the title for a report from the eight people who visited Patna in February and March.

2009 visit, click here for report
John and Elizabeth Hurfurt spent three weeks teaching in Barharwa and visited other schools to promote a link with schools in the Ashbourne area.

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