[C]entral Academy Year 7 and Year 8 students have visited St Aiden’s Church to hold the first Carol Service since the church was devastated by the flood of December 2015.
St Aiden’s Church held its first community service since it was inundated by water on the anniversary of the flood, 5 December.
Today’s service (14 December 2016) was conducted by the Vicar of St Aiden’s, Reverend Teasdale who is also a governor at Central Academy: “It was a pleasure to welcome the students from Central Academy back into the church for their carol service. Unfortunately, last years’ service was cancelled due to the flood, so I am delighted that we were able to open our doors to the academy again this year. It is important as neighbours that the church and the school have strong links, as we are all part of the same community.”
The carol service included the telling of the story of the nativity. There were readings from students and the Chair of Governors Liz Beaty.
Students heard about the day of the flood and how the community had come together in the days, weeks and months that followed.
Academy Principal Stephen Gilby said: “The Academy is at the heart of the community it serves. We believe in every single one of our students, and this is a valuable opportunity for them to reflect on the year behind and look forward to the year ahead.”