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Archbishop Sentamu Visits Ryedale

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

Friday 8th March 2013

The Archbishop of York is to visit Ryedale on Friday 8th March, along with the Bishop of Selby, the Rt Revd Martin Wallace.

In the morning, Archbishop Sentamu will visit Ryedale District Council, and visit BATA in the afternoon.  In the evening, he’ll be at St Peter’s Church, Norton, where members of the public can hear about Archbishop Sentamu’s life and ask questions.

Archbishop Sentamu said, “I’m looking forward to visiting Ryedale and hearing about the issues facing people there at the moment.  Our rural areas are facing many challenges at the moment, with financial cuts, flooding, a changing global market and government legislation which often do not have the intended consequences on the rural economy.  As a society, we need to be support our rural areas more, and pay our farmers fair prices for the food they produce.”

In the morning, Archbishop Sentamu will be visiting the Ryedale District Council offices in Malton, and meeting staff there. 

“We are delighted that the Archbishop of York and the Bishop of Selby are visiting the headquarters of Ryedale District Council,” said Cllr Eric Hope, Chairman of Ryedale District Council.  “We look forward to discussing issues currently facing the district and explaining how the district council works with local people to make a real, positive difference to their lives.”

In the afternoon, the Archbishop will be visiting Amotherby to meet staff at the agricultural cooperative BATA.  The company supplies farmers and the rural community with a wide variety of goods and services, including animal feeds (manufactured at Amotherby), fertiliser, seed, fencing equipment and more.

Steven Clarke BATA’s Chief Executive said “On behalf of Directors and Staff, we at BATA are delighted to welcome the Archbishop today whose interest in, and concern for, farming and rural communities is recognised and appreciated.  BATA has over 4000 shareholder members and 150 employees, and our cooperative structure is unique to agricultural businesses in our area.”

At 7.30pm, the Archbishop will be visiting St Peter’s Church, Norton, to meet members of the public and share with them what gives him hope.  There is no charge to come, and no tickets are needed. 

The Revd Rachel Hirst, Vicar of St Peter’s said, “It’ll be great to welcome Archbishop Sentamu to Norton.  Everyone is welcome to come to the evening with the Archbishop, to hear about his remarkable life story, and to ask him those questions you’ve always wanted to ask but never had the opportunity!”

Following his visit to Ryedale, the Archbishop said:

"We must do more to help people in poverty wherever they live. It is important that we do not forget people living in rural communities who are going through tough times at the moment. Here in Ryedale we have some of the lowest average wages in the country - we need to see more investment and support for our agricultural communities. I am pleased to hear today that Ryedale Council is moving towards a Living Wage for all its workers as well as looking to provide more affordable housing for young people in the area. It is important that we do everything possible to ensure food, fuel and housing is affordable for those in our rural areas - it is great when local authorities like Ryedale take a lead on such important issues."

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