Mothers’ Union static caravan is blessed by Bishop

Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley enjoys a cuppa with Mothers' Union representatives after blessing the static caravan.
Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley enjoys a cuppa with Mothers' Union representatives after blessing the static caravan.

A brand new static caravan at Filey, owned by the Mothers’ Union, has been officially blessed and opened by the new Anglican Bishop of Ripon. Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley cut the ribbon on the brand new caravan which will provide holidays and much needed respite for those unable to afford holidays. Bishop Helen-Ann said “This space is a wonderful place for rest and refreshment and makes the opportunity to get away from it all accessible to those who most need it.”

The new caravan is a replacement for an ageing model and will ensure the Mothers’ Union ‘Away from it all’ (AFIA) holidays will continue well into the future.

Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley cuts the ribbon.

Bishop of Ripon Helen-Ann Hartley cuts the ribbon.

Bishop Helen-Ann began the blessing outside on the threshold of the caravan and then gave a short prayer in each room concluding with these words: ‘And now the eternal Spirit, enfold this holiday home with love; indwell this home with joy; and build this home in peace’.

The AFIA holiday scheme offers free accommodation to families in need of a break who could not otherwise afford a holiday.

The scheme is almost entirely funded by Mothers’ Union members in the Anglican Diocese of Leeds.

The Mothers' Union static caravan at Filey.

The Mothers' Union static caravan at Filey.