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Posted on September 23 2013 at 10:53:34

Bibliotheque Newton

Most people go to the seaside for their holidays, but this summer Barnt Green vicar Rob Fieldson went to the Democratic Republic of Congo. 

Along with his wife, Philippa, and church members Bob and Di White, he visited the Diocese of Aru in north east Congo, with which his parish, St Andrew’s Barnt Green and St Michael’s Cofton Hackett, has a strong link.

They stayed with the Bishop, Rt Rev Ande Titre, who had been on placement at Barnt Green when studying at Birmingham University several years ago, and attended services in local churches and visited some of the institutions which have been built with money sent from here, including a church school, a nursery, a nurses’ training college, and most recently a library.

Rev Fieldson officially opened the library, which is named the “Bibliotheque Newton” after Barnt Green resident Rob Newton, who died two years ago.

He said: “People have been generous in giving donations as a tribute to Rob, who was a much loved member of St Andrew’s Church and of the local community. We are now raising funds to buy books (mainly in French) for it.

“It aims to serve the town of Aru, as well as students at the adjacent school and training college. Although north east Congo is very poor, it was wonderful to see people’s faith and what the diocese has achieved there, and we were treated with great hospitality wherever we went.”

If you would like to support the project (or just happen to have a shelf of French language books you don’t need!), contact Rev Fieldson on 0121 445 1269.

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