Wolf Fields springs back after break-in

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wolf fields springs backChildren and churches have helped Wolf Fields spring back into life after the community garden was attacked by raiders.

A Rocha UK suffered more than £1,000 worth of loss and damage after thieves broke into the site in Norwood Green, just before the Easter holiday season. But A Rocha UK has since held children’s activities and a sunrise service there.

SHOWER OF BLESSING

Nearly 50 people from five local churches attended the Easter service – despite a 5am start in the dark and the rain. Three A Rocha UK volunteers helped manage the event, which was led by Rev Jeff Pyne from St Mary’s Church. Worship was led by Rev Dawn Jewson from St George’s Church.

‘Some people said the brief rainfall was a shower of blessing,’ said Communities Officer Kailean Khongsai. ‘The service went really well. There were five local ministers and eight local volunteers involved – all working alongside A Rocha UK.’

On a separate occasion, more than 20 five to 11 year-olds descended on the three-acre park for one of A Rocha UK’s Easter Specials (pictured – photo by Harpreet Castleton). They learned of plans for developing Wolf Fields – while also enjoying seasonal games and crafts led by Education Officer David Melville and his team.

JOLLY TIME

‘It was A Rocha UK’s first half-term special at Wolf Fields,’ said David Melville, ‘and a jolly “eggy” time was had by all – with some good learning about the new and exciting activity zones. I got the impression that the children love Wolf Fields. They certainly want to keep coming back.’

Such positive events were in stark contrast to the shock experienced by A Rocha UK workers who had found wrenched padlocks and valuable items missing from Wolf Fields on St Patrick’s Day. But instead of condemning those who took essential equipment, they’ve been encouraging thieves to come forward and help. Read the background story to Wolf Fields here.

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