Aldrin Peloko Melanesia visit Sep 2014

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undefinedA communications specialist from Melanesia in the South Pacific visited the communications department at Church House, Daresbury, recently. Aldrin Peloko - who lives in the Solomon Islands also attended a Church of England communications conference in Birmingham.

Aldrin Peloko is the communications officer for the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM). Strong links exist between our diocese and Aldrin’s church.

While at Church House, Daresbury, Aldrin was shown by our design and communications officer Stephen Freeman how our popular eBulletin is prepared and distributed. He also joined our director of communications, Stephen Regan, in preparing stories to go on the regularly updated news section of www.anglican.org

Melanesia is a province that comprises three nations – Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. ACOM covers all three nations but has most members in Soloman Islands. In Melanesia other Christian denominations are represented, including Methodists, Roman Catholics and Seventh Day Adventists.

In his communications role Aldrin produces a quarterly magazine called The Melanesian Messenger and supplies content and edits www.acom.org.sb He also helps parishes and priests if they get into media difficulties. He became communications officer some two-and-a-half years ago. Prior to that he was a TV journalist. He is married with a four-year-old son.

Aldrin said: “I learned a lot about the way things are done in England, communications-wise, during my visit. Also I had my first traditional pub lunch. God bless my English friends.”     

During his stay in our country, Aldrin also attended a meeting organised by the Anglican Communion, visited Chester and Liverpool, met the Bishop of Chester and attended the Melanesian Mission UK Festival in London.

Above, Aldrin Peloko with communications director Stephen Regan at Church House, Daresbury