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The Bible, non-stop.


PEOPLE in Balsall Common, Berkswell and Temple Balsall are to be asked to take part in a non-stop sponsored reading of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelations.

Four schools and six churches in the villages near Coventry have pledged their support for the four-day reading, starting on February 3.

Funds raised will help refurbish Balsall Common village hall, which is nearly 100 years old and needs a new kitchen and modernisation.

The event is being organised by local Methodist Church steward Doug Timmis, who is keen to get the whole community working together towards a practical end which will benefit everyone.

Mr Timmis, aged 61, said: "I thought of the Bible readings and at first thought we would use just one venue. But with all the schools getting involved this has proved logistically difficult and so we will keep the readings going from one location to another.

"We're planning to start at 7am and volunteers can be sponsored for five or 10 minutes, or a shorter period."

Meriden Conservative MP and shadow cabinet member Caroline Spellman, whose constituency covers the area, has already pledged her support at one of the last few readings, which are due to wind up at 10.30am on February 6 in Balsall Common Methodist Church.

Mr Timmis said: "As well as schools and local Methodists we so far have support from the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Pentecostal churches, the village hall committee, WI, horticultural society, Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Darby and Joan club."

Anyone wanting to find out more about choosing their favourite reading can log on to the website, or phone Mr Timmis on 01676 534346.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Dec 29, 2004
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