| 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
More details on the Ashbourne Churches Together website.
John and Elizabeth Hurfurt spent three weeks teaching in Barharwa and visited other schools to promote a link with schools in the Ashbourne area.