Archbishop Sentamu visits East Riding
Thursday 27th September 2012Dr John Sentamu will be visiting organisations and schools in Hull and Holderness on Friday 28th September.
Archbishop Sentamu will be visiting the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, Withernsea High School, Withernsea Primary School, Age UK Hull, and finishing the day with a talk at Hornsea’s Floral Hall.
Archbishop Sentamu said, “I’m looking forward to visiting Hull and Holderness this Friday and seeing how these communities are flourishing. A healthy community isn’t just one with great business developments, but one that also cares for the most vulnerable people in the community: the old and the young.”
In the morning, the Archbishop will visit Humber Local Enterprise Partnership for a tour of Hull’s proposed Green Port Hull Development, at the site of the existing Alexandra Dock. Following the tour, Archbishop Sentamu will meet with members of the Humber LEP Board, hosted by Lord Haskins of Skidby, Chair of the Humber LEP, who will update the Archbishop on the current work of the LEP, and its priorities over the coming months.
Lord Haskins said: “I am delighted that Archbishop Sentamu is coming to meet with us and visit one of the Humber’s most significant developments for many years, and I am sure he will be interested in what he sees.”
In the afternoon, the Archbishop will be visiting Withernsea Primary School and Withernsea High School, where he will dedicate the new Holderness Learning Centre at Withernsea High School. The Learning Centre provides vocational courses for not only 16-18 year olds, but also the whole of the local community.
Headteacher Richard Williman said: "We are very much looking forward to the opening of the new vocational centre, and to have Dr Sentamu and so many important local guests joining us is a real privilege. The centre will provide state of the art training and teaching facilities for a wide range of vocational subjects and will enhance the already strong curriculum we provide in this area. We are all very excited about this and the opportunity that this facility provides to build on this years improved GCSE and A-Level results and the new look to our students and school.”
Later in the afternoon, the Archbishop will visit Age UK Hull’s state-of-the-art Healthy Living Centre in Porter Street. Archbishop Sentamu will be introduced to Jean Bishop, the charity’s mascot ‘Busy Bee’ who has raised more than £90,000 for the charity over the past 14 years. 90 year old Jean was selected to be one of the Olympic Torch-bearers when the Olympic flame came to Hull and raises funds for the charity by dressing as ‘Busy Bee’.
Rachael Mather, Chief Executive at Age UK, said, “We are really excited to receive a visit from the Archbishop of York and to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing facilities we have in Hull for the over 50’s. Age UK Hull provides a very wide range of free information and advice, including helping people claim benefits and entitlements as well as working in partnership to provide and promote health, fitness and well-being services .We will show the Archbishop our wonderful facilities including the gym, spa and restaurant and there will be the opportunity to speak to members of the public, volunteers, staff and students and engage with Age UK Hull.
”The afternoon will be particularly poignant as we bid farewell to our Chief Officer, Sally Gould after more than 10 year’s service as Age UK Hull’s inspirational leader. It is a fitting tribute to Sally that she leaves us on the day we receive such an important visitor and advocate for older people and I look forward to introducing Dr Sentamu to her.”
In the evening, Archbishop Sentamu will be speaking about his life and faith to hundreds of people at Hornsea’s Floral Hall. The evening has been organised by St Nicholas Church, Hornsea, and all the tickets have already been allocated.