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L'Arche Visit June 2015

Children from The Downs CE Primary School, Walmer, took a break from their lessons to help the L'Arche Kent Community, in Canterbury, with a project to lay turf on part of The Glebe land behind St Mildred's Church.
Under the watchful eye of Colin Bridgland, L'Arche Kent's Development Co-ordinator, the children enthusiastically set about the task assisted by volunteers and core members of the community. The children, members of Lighthouse Club which meets weekly in school and is run by local church leaders, were able to see how money donated at their Christmas Carol Services was being spent.
There are 10 L'Arche Communities in the UK where people with and without learning disabilities share life together, living and/or working in community.
The Community have established a flourishing Eco-friendly Garden on land given by the Diocese of Canterbury. Core members industriously work in the greenhouses, potting sheds and raised beds propagating and nurturing plants which are sold to raise funds for the charity.
Peter, a core member of L'Arche, who spent the morning working with the children, kept a keen eye on health and safety reminding them to take care when wielding rakes.
Pastor Seyan Tills of Walmer Baptist Church, one of the Lighthouse Group leaders, said "it was great to see everyone working together harmoniously".
Colin Bridgland, thanking the group for their help said,"the children were incredibly enthusiastic and worked really hard, carrying and laying nearly 100 square metres of turf in under 2 hours! It was great to have young people on the site and especially good that they could see how their donation was being used at the garden project"
Revd. Seyan Tills
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