Church all revved up

Rev Bob Speak and his wife Peggy
Rev Bob Speak and his wife Peggy

PREACHERS in a lawless part of the world are to given a two-wheeled treat courtesy of a congregation in Ashover.

Members of All Saints’ Church have pulled together to buy two off-road trail bikes which will be used by a ministry in Northern Kenya.

The machines were bought to honour the Rt Rev Bob Beak, assistant bishop of Derby, and his wife Peggy, for a lifetime’s service to communities at home and overseas. The couple, who are both in their 80s, now live in Ashover and play an active role at All Saints’.

The 125cc Suzuki bikes have cost £5,000 and will be used in Marsabit, where the couple formerly worked.

They keep close links with Marsabit’s present Diocesan Bishop, the Rt Rev Rob Martin, and his wife, Sue, who now visit Ashover whenever in the UK.

They have responsibility for 39 congregations in an area the size of England that has no Tarmac road and no public transport.