Archbishop of Canterbury visits Andover
27 Feb 2008
Rowan Williams with Tyrese and his  mother Petra Gooden-Husbands
Rowan Williams with Tyrese and his mother Petra Gooden-Husbands
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Archbishop Rowan Williams, with Bishop Trevor Wilmot in the background
Archbishop Rowan Williams, with Bishop Trevor Wilmot in the background
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The Archbishop of Canterbury spent the morning in Andover, accompanied by the Bishops of Winchester and of Basingstoke.

Rowan Williams visited "Askalot" - a recently established resource centre on the King Arthurs Way estate, and then met community leaders in the Entertainer.

"The Archbishop is spending two days in the Diocese, getting out and about and meeting the local community. It was a great boost to see him in King Arthurs Way, seeing the initiatives that are being taken to enable people to achieve their potential, and raising their aspirations."

At the Askalot shop, he spoke to users. The shop provides local people with easy access to information, support and computers to use. At various times during the week, the police, youth and parenting experts, health workers, Testway Housing staff and family learning co-ordinators with be on hand.
At other times Test Valley Borough Council neighbourhood wardens, financial benefits and organisations involved in community and family activities can give advice and support.
Community computers - for homework, training or other IT based projects - can also be used any time the shop is open - as the Archbishop saw for himself.

At the Entertainer, the Archbishop met heads of local schools, district and county councillors, and community leaders. He was welcomed by Janet Blann, Chief Executive of Test Valley Community Services and one of the driving forces behind Askalot.

 
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