The Milton Keynes Youth Cabinet met in Olney on the 2nd April 2022 to start their advance planning for the Milton Keynes Youth Conference to also be held in Olney in 2023.
After visits to St Peter & St Paul in Olney and to the Cowper & Newton Museum, the Cabinet then held the first full meeting since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020 at the Olney Centre.
‘Within this trip we had a great opportunity to learn more about Olney and its history. We started at the church where we were given information about the church’s past and the architecture that remains as well as John Newton’s discovery of Christianity and his involvement within the church after. Then we finished at the church with an interesting treasure hunt to test our memory of what we learn and solidify it in a fun way, which we all enjoyed.
The museum was our next stop, being another lovely exploration that gave an even more detailed insight into the history of the area and John Newton. Including his involvement in the slave trade and the abolition of it. We also got to walk the shortcut through the gardens that John Newton would take from his home to the church, seeing the beautiful greenery.
To finish the trip, we had our lunch and meeting as a lovely chance to get to know each other as the new people had joined.’
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