‘Silence is golden’ goes the saying - but for some who live on their own such quietude does not have that particular shine.
They are those who rarely speak to or see anyone from one day to the next - and a parish is so concerned about such isolation it is to hold a weekly ‘Brew Time’ event for people to meet up or take friends to.
Vicar of Longridge Rev David Anderson - who saw silence in a new light after hearing a widower’s story after the death of his wife - said: “Sometimes in my parish ministry today I visit people who tell me that I am the first and the only person they will speak to that day.
“It is perhaps hard for some of us to imagine being lonely in a busy community like Longridge - so this month sees the start of new project for us at church – Wednesday morning Brew Time.”
Every Wednesday during October - starting today October 3 - the Centenary Room at St Paul’s Church will be open for tea, coffee, toast and biscuits from 9am till 11am.
No charges will be made, people can give a donation if they wish, and Rev David added: “The purpose of this little project is simply to give people a place to come and enjoy some friendship and fellowship and I hope that people will support it.
“As a church and a community, it is important that we spend social time together.
“For many of us, some silence would be a blessing in our daily lives, but for some people, silence is an unwelcome companion that forms a huge part of every day.”
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Sunday 26 May 2013
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