Archbishop of York to visit Nottinghamshire

Visits to a state-of-the-art power station, a homeless project and a giant light event with children will form part of the Archbishop of York’s visit to Nottinghamshire at the end of the month.

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, will be spending two days (Monday 31st October and Tuesday 1st November 2011) in the county as guests of the Diocese of Southwell & Nottingham.

The visit will include a whole range of people and projects from a taster of rural communities and projects to inner city churches and university life. A highlight of the visit will be a giant light celebration in Southwell Minster with hundreds of children and young people and a ‘Shine the Light’ service in the Cathedral.

Starting out with a tour of Staythorpe Power Station, the Archbishop, who will be accompanied by the Bishop of Southwell & Nottingham, the Rt Revd Paul Butler, will meet staff at the plant. He will be shown some of the latest technology and developments enabling it to produce energy-efficient and environmentally friendly power.

From Staythorpe, the Archbishop will move on to meet staff and clients at a youth employment and housing project in Sutton-in-Ashfield run by Notts charity Framework, where he will join the young people for lunch.

The first day continues with a stop off at a Dairy Farm in Caunton, where a 450 cow herd produce 3,000,000 litres annually, supplying the milk for Stilton Cheese. The Archbishop will hear about the cheese making and the selling process to UK supermarkets and some 40 countries worldwide. He will also gain an insight into a new local support network for farmers under stress and hear how sustainable energy is being harnessed for the farm via a new wind turbine.

He will then join hundreds of children and young people in a light themed event in Nottinghamshire’s ancient cathedral. The evening will be designed for all ages – children, young people, families, individuals – and there will be activities and crafts, as well as refreshments available. Some of the special activities will include drumming, glass painting, lamp-making, shadow puppets, candle making, bubble prayers and parachute games.

A short act of worship will be led by the Archbishop, and in addition to a light display, a local charity Pulp Friction will show the Archbishop how to make juice using pedal power. This charity will be providing refreshments at the event.

The Great Hall at Southwell Minster is the venue for a dinner with the High Sheriff, Sir John Peace and other guests at which the High Sheriff will focus on his chosen charities and in particular the Southwell Palace Project, (a medieval former Palace of the Archbishops of York).

On Tuesday, the Archbishop will open a new multi-faith Centre at Nottingham Trent University’s Clifton Campus. He will also be informed about developments in cancer research at the University and join in a question and answer time with students.

Lunchtime will be spent with older people at a lunch club at St Aidan’s Church in Basford, followed by a chance to meet with asylum seekers at a housing and support project run by the Arimathea Trust in Radford.