International students from around the world are coming to Morley next month.
A team of students from Capernwray College near Lancaster will be descending on the town at the beginning of March to help in the 10 day Community Links programme.
They recently spent a familiarisation and preparation weekend in the town. They are guests of Morley Community Church who are organising the annual Community Links week. Church members provided hospitality, a tour of the shops and sights as well as being introduced to local people and community leaders.
The student team were taken on a whistlestop tour of key heritage features in the town centre by local town councillor and historian Andy Dalton to introduce them to the history and distinctive culture of Morley. He contributed to their induction session using his wealth of local knowledge and history. The town hall, war memorial, Beryl Burton Gardens and the statutes of the Morley Weaver, the Morley Miner and Ernie Wise were all included in the route. They marked their to the town hall with a group photograph in front of the busts of Prime Minister Herbert Asquith/Queen Victoria next to the staircase on the ground floor.
The group of eight females and two males are international students. There are four Canadians, three Americans, two German and one Hungarian student. Their leader is Gabrielle Taut from Germany.
All of the students had never heard of Morley and most of them had not been to the UK before they began their course at Capernwray College where they are studying theology.
The Community Links Week runs from February 28 - March 8. The student team will be helping in a range of initiatives including children’s clubs, youth events, pensioners luncheons, coffee mornings, special projects in schools, church services and other functions.
A spokesman for the church said that this is the eleventh year that Morley has welcomed teams of students from Capernwray College. Working in conjunction with 12 local organisations and schools, they are planning a whole range of activities and projects which will benefit local residents.