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Ipswich: Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praises Town Pastors

23:31 28 March 2014

Archbishop Justin Welby visits the night-time streets of Ipswich with town pastors.
Pictured with Sarah Jenkins, Paul Daltry and Guy Fairweather

Archbishop Justin Welby visits the night-time streets of Ipswich with town pastors. Pictured with Sarah Jenkins, Paul Daltry and Guy Fairweather

The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby praised the efforts of fellow Christians in Ipswich tonight as he witnessed their work helping vulnerable revellers incapacitated by alcohol.

Archbishop Justin Welby visits the night-time streets of Ipswich with town pastors.
Pictured talk with Ipswich revellers Archbishop Justin Welby visits the night-time streets of Ipswich with town pastors. Pictured talk with Ipswich revellers

Archbishop Justin joined with the Town Pastors as they patrolled the streets supporting worse-for-wear drinkers who had become separated from friends.

“The Town Pastors in Ipswich are widely known as one of the best quality projects around the country,” he said.

“It’s very impressive to see so many Christians involved in a real expression of the love of Jesus Christ to the people of the town. It’s practical action and I’m very excited to see it.”

The Town Pastors work in partnership with police, councils and supporters in the business community to make the streets safer without interfering in the fun and enjoyment sought by many on their night out. Archbishop Justin said excessive indulgence had “always been a part of human nature” and the church was not there to judge. “We just need to support people,” he added.

The scheme started with a group of 20 concerned Christians who were prepared to spend late nights helping others.

It has grown to include more than 570 volunteers from different faith denominations covering nine towns across Suffolk.

The Rev Canon Paul Daltry, minister for church and community engagement in the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich diocese said: “Town Pastors work in close partnership with the police and other agencies, but they guard their independence as they must not be seen to be another branch of the authorities, but rather friends on the streets who care for people and who look out for people.”

3 comments

  • As someone of the older generation, we had no need for town pastors and so I can't agree with you. I'm entitled to a different opinion, remebering a different Ipswich at night. Hopefully a different opinion will be printed this time.

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    waspie

    Monday, March 31, 2014

  • Oh goodness however did we manage without street pastors..er the law on drunk and disorderly was enforced, often court the next morning. Hospitals were not used as drunk tanks. People had more respect and Ipswich was a nicer place.

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    waspie

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

  • These guys are amazing, people from all walks of life and ages coming out to help others. They are out until 4am or later, while most people are asleep and must feel like zombies for the rest of the weekend. The police seem to rely a lot on Town Pastors to look after people that can't look after themselves and the presence that they have in the town is clear to see. I would like to applaud the town pastors for all that they do, you are massively appreciated, I just hope there is enough funding to keep it going for as long as possible because things would definitely go downhill for all stakeholder groups if they were withdrawn. It's a shame there aren't more comments and compliments for these amazing individuals I really can't emphasise enough the difference that they make!

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    IpswichResident

    Saturday, March 29, 2014

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