Bishop to recognise Assistand Chaplain to farmers - The Bishop of Whitby, the Right Reverend Paul Ferguson will recognise Yvonne Bowling a member of the congregation of St Oswald, Sowerby as an Assistant Chaplain to the farming community at the Thirsk Rural Business Centre on Thursday 13 Feb at 9.30am.
Yvonne who is currently a lay chaplain at the Rural Business Centre with Yorkshire Churches farming ministry said 'Farmers and their families have specific problems and are often isolated and therefore less able to access support. They suffer from stress, overwork, physical illness, diseases and financial worries. Bexit is an additional worry as it threatens disruption of market patterns and consequent income and profit. On top of this, the public and political awareness of the ecological crisis is likely to demand major changes to farming practices. Farmers may not be able to access a GP easily. The provision of mental health services has been identified as a long-term weakness in the NHS; the service avilable in rural areas is weaker than in urban areas. My task will be to minister to farmers and their families when they come to the Rural Business Centre, which draws them in from accross the region. A cuppa and a chat is an easy way for them to unwind and talk about what worries them'
Thirsk Rural Business Centre lies within the parish of St Oswald, Sowerby. Phone 01845 523165 YO7 3AB
The chaplaincy at Thirsk Rural Business Centre has the support of the directors of Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart Ltd.
Contact Yvonne Bowling 07835 512710