Church leader’s nostalgic trip

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Two national leaders from the Methodist Church are to spend a week in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

The Rev Leo Osborn, president of the Methodist Conference, and vice president Ruth Pickles will visit from March 3 to 11 – the longest trip in the UK since their year of office started last July.

It will be a nostalgic return to Sheffield for Ruth – she studied at Sheffield University for five years and was a member of the University’s Methodist Society. She will be speaking at a society meeting and visiting the university chaplaincy.

Sheffield Methodist District chairman The Rev Vernon Marsh said: “It will be a tremendous privilege to host the visit and we are delighted they will have an opportunity to see at first hand the tremendous work going on at churches and projects in our area.”