The Anglican Chaplaincy of St Andrew, Costa del Sol (East)
About our Chaplaincy
The Anglican Church in Spain - until very recent times there was no freedom of worship in Spain, the only recognised church being Roman Catholic. Hence, St George’s Church in Madrid, built in 1925, had to be enclosed behind a high wall. Similarly St George’s Church in Málaga is enclosed by walls and huge cactus plants. Nowadays under the Spanish Law of Religious Freedom all registered churches have equal status. In the late 1960’s, in response to the influx of tourists and new residents the Revd Arnold Hellicar, then Chaplain of St George’s Málaga, gave up his appointment to concentrate on work along the coast. He gathered together groups of friends along almost 100 miles of coastline and conducted services in hotels, golf clubhouses and particularly in Roman Catholic churches and chapels. In February 1968 Arnold Hellicar founded a new Anglican Chaplaincy based in Torreblanca, not far from where St Andrew’s is situated.
The Chaplaincy of St Andrew is centred on the resort town of Fuengirola and extends eastwards to Benalmádena and westwards to the eastern outskirts of Marbella, taking in several urbanisations (housing developments). It forms a coastal strip some 36 kilometres long and extends inland for perhaps 10 kilometres to encompass Mijas and Coin. There is a modern dual carriageway along most of the coast, and a new motorway linking Málaga with Estepona in the west. Gibraltar is about an hour’s drive while Málaga airport is about 30 minutes by motorway from los Boliches or 40 minutes from Los Boliches train station. Flight times to UK are around 3 hours. There is an excellent local rail service to Málaga where inter-city connections can be made to the rest of Spain. Bus services are frequent and cheap. The church of St Andrew is located on one of the main streets close to the railway station, beach and motorway, very close to the Chaplaincy House.
Profile of Our Community
This area attracts a high proportion of retired ex-pats, many are long term residents, others are seasonal residents. Additionally there are a lot of British people who work here. Many, and they cover all age groups, are catering for the constant flow of tourists (e.g. bars, restaurants, travel agents). Freedom of movement within the EU has encouraged younger people of other professions to live and work in the area. These are often families whose children are educated within the Spanish system. Some British companies, with the benefit of EU grants, have set up in Málaga province. In addition to the normal range of Spanish schools, there are international, fee-paying, schools in the area which cater for children of all ages from 3 to 18 and provide education up to IGCSE, A levels or International Baccalaureate. The church hall, is used by several local organisations (bridge, dancing, yoga etc.) every week, providing a meeting place for non-church people. Within the district there are branches of the Royal British Legion, a Field Walking club, a branch of NADFAS - the British Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies, a Fishing Club, the Cricket Club, the British Society, theatre etc. etc. The list is almost endless and denotes a very active community. Golf is everywhere - between Málaga and Gibraltar there are some 43 courses.
All our Holy Communion services use Common Worship Order 1 except the Wednesday morning service which uses BCP. Holy Communion is celebrated at St Andrew’s every Sunday at 11.30am and alternate Sundays at 9.30 am in a chapel of the Spanish RC Parish Church in Benalmádena or at a Spanish RC Church in Calahonda some 15km to the west, also every Sunday in the Cemetery Chapel in Alhaurin el Grande. On Sundays when there is not a Holy Communion at these places Common Worship Morning Prayer is conducted by a Lay Assistant or Reader. Midweek Holy Communion is held at 9.30am every Wednesday at St Andrews and a weekday service inland at Coin at 10.30am on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The size of the congregation varies on an annual cycle, peaking in the early months of the year. The electoral roll of 2008 stood at 123. The 'hard core' of worshippers are mainly, but not exclusively, the resident retired ex-pats but these are supplemented by holiday makers and sportspeople of all ages throughout the year. Winter brings the SAGA people, and similar groups, while summer brings fewer but younger visitors. The average age of the congregation is heavily biased to the over 60's (and higher). However at Calahonda, where about a third of the congregation are young couples with children who attend the local schools there is a small Sunday School. The main church building, St Andrew’s, which is owned by the Chaplaincy is situated on the ground floor of an apartment block. It is a multi-purpose hall with the facility to screen-off the chancel, thus permitting secular use of the remainder. This flexibility facilitates letting the hall to other organisations thus providing an essential source of income. The hall is also used for the weekly Chaplaincy Charity Shop and Coffee morning which as well as generating income provides social activities. We publish a bi-monthly Newsletter and also a weekly 'Pew News' for each congregation which gives the weekly notices and the Collect and Readings for that Sunday. The Chaplaincy Office, which we own is separate from but adjacent to the church. The office consists of an outer office for the Administrator and an inner office for the Chaplain. The dividing wall can be opened to form a meeting room. There is a strong ecumenical movement on the Costa del Sol where all denominations and nationalities work together (there are more than 20 nationalities living here). The local Roman Catholics permit other denominations to use their churches where necessary. In Fuengirola there is an Ecumenical Centre (Lux Mundi) which is led by the Ecumenical Officer of the RC Bishop of Malaga, Church of Scotland services are also held in that building.
OUTREACH FOR OCTOBER
Locum’s Letter.. The Revd Keith Kimber
Here again at a significant time
I'm most fortunate to have spent half a year accompanying the Chaplaincy at a new stage in its life, at several levels. When I first arrived, last November, you'd just lost a pastor-cum-Archdeacon, and a Bishop, retiring on the same day. Now at the start of my third spell with you, I've been privileged to participate in welcoming a new diocesan Bishop, at his Enthronement in Gibraltar Cathedral on September 4th.
European Anglicans finally have a chief pastor who lives and works in the diocese, one who knows it from grass roots experience on the inside. This is bound to be encouraging for faithful people making the church grow in far flung places across the continent and far beyond.
My list is not exhaustive, but in addition to four of us from my native Wales processing into the Cathedral, there were ministers I met from Morocco, Vienna, Helsinki, London, Paris and Brussels, and others from other places I didn't meet. Only the Pope could gather such diversity, as a matter of course. It's the richness and ecumenicity of the shared Christian experience which I treasure greatly about the diocese. It's one of the motivations that led me to volunteer in retirement to work here. We are unmistakably and broadly Anglican in 'who we are and what we do'. That enables us to embrace others of different cultures and religious understandings in a way that does God proud.
The challenge of scarcity
I'd hoped I might see a new Chaplain welcomed before a new Bishop, but this was not to be. British Anglicanism has experienced decades of decline in ministerial vocations. This hasn't yet been offset by the increasing number of women being ordained. Reduced clergy numbers working in teams and covering larger areas with bigger workloads is, perhaps for many readers, already a familiar aspect of modern parish life. If a priest has a spouse committed to their profession, as is often the case, both need to be free to accept a move elsewhere at the same time, whether in the UK or Europe. That's the problem of availability of the right people for the right place nowadays. There are now fewer experienced people able to take up a post than there were when I came into the Diocese 22 years ago. These days, at any time, a dozen or more chaplaincies are vacant in Spain alone. It's a wonder that communities continue successfully to extend care to the local expatriates and offer worship regularly with lay ministry teams supported by locum clergy.
Not just waiting but doing
Even if the delay in finding the right person for a great job vacancy takes some time, something more significant is happening than just coping or treading water until 'rescued'. Congregations are accepting, if not rejoicing in stability and continuity, achieved by thoughtful church leaders with vision and determination. Social activities continue vigorously as usual, study groups emerge. How good that recently eight young children have for the first time been prepared to receive Communion ahead of Confirmation, something now permitted among Anglicans as it is with Catholics.
Redefining the scope of local mission
Here we're more spread out geographically than British parishes. It makes pastoral care more of a challenge for lay and ordained ministers working together. We learn to think more about each other's needs across a larger territory. We love to feel we belong somewhere particular, but the idea of parochial boundaries we grew up with doesn't benefit the mission of the church, as it once did. The lack of ordained ministers we face is a crisis that can become an opportunity, once we understand what's needed for the church to develop in new and changing circumstances.
Generosity, the key
We can trust ourselves to do something in response to a different situation by pulling together, being generous with our loyalty as well as time and funds, to ensure everyone who looks to the church for blessing, encouragement and care is catered for. How things have been arranged in the past may not be how they have to be in the future. It's amazing how things can grow when God makes challenge and opportunity happen.
God bless us all as we wait expectantly to see what will happen next!
THE BISHOP’S ENTHRONEMENT
The Right Revd Dr Robert Innes was installed as Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe at 6.30pm Thursday 4th September, during a celebration of the Eucharist at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Gibraltar. 22 people from our Chaplaincy were able to attend this special occasion which started with a colourful procession along Main street to the Cathedral. Resplendent in their robes were several Bishops, the Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Ven Sheila Watson, who represented the Archbishop of Canterbury, various Clergy and Readers from our Diocese and the bewigged and gowned Diocesan Registrar and Diocesan Chancellor ahead of the new Bishop in his splendid mitre and robes embroidered with a map of the Diocese of Europe.
Most of us wished the weather was rather cooler but it was worth while being part of a wonderful event.
Please pray for the Bishop and his family at this special time as he takes over this post of enormous responsibility. Many of you will know that our Diocese is the largest in the Church of England.
FIRST COMMUNION SERVICE
On the 14th September during the 10.30am service at Alhaurín, 8 children and one adult were admitted to Communion for the first time. It was Holy Cross Day and the theme was present throughout the service. The children processed in carrying a simple wooden cross plus a crown of thorns and a white cloth. In his sermon Father Keith explained the meaning of these symbols and the children helped to decorate the cross. It was a very moving service with the children taking part throughout and it was an honour to assist Father Keith during the communion on this special day. As each received their certificates I am not sure who was more proud, the children or those who had helped them achieve this important goal. Music was provided by the choir from Calahonda accompanied by Margaret Jones, the piece they sang about Jesus welcoming Children could not have been more appropriate. After the service each child was given a ceramic tile depicting the Cross Window at St Andrew’s Church which had been used in the teaching during their preparation course. Refreshments outside in the sunshine included cupcakes decorated with of course a cross.
It has been a long journey getting to this day and thank you to everyone who helped in whatever way to get us there. Special thanks are due to The Rev John Ball who helped us begin our planning, the people who prepared the application then the course itself, Sandy and Marjorie for their teaching, Father Keith for a wonderful service, Linda Hammond for covering services on the coast so that some of us could be there, Maureen for her fabulous cakes and of course the family and friends who supported the children and came to be with them on the day. Antonio, Marivi, Jemima, Jessica, Madeleine, Peter, Natalie Rowan and Sam, well done and we look forward to the times ahead when we shall celebrate around the Lord’s table together and in supporting you when you are ready to take the next step in Confirmation.
Please see lots more photos elsewhere on the web site www.st-andrewscofe-spain.org
Laylines …… An article from a Lay member of our Ministry Team
The Church Army, Still In the Front Line
You all know our Captain John Le Page, Church Army, as a caring Christian friend and admire his faithful ministry within our congregations and in the local community. Have you ever wondered though why service people think so highly of the Church Army and treat its members with such respect?
For those of us with careers in the forces these quiet, supportive evangelists have been a constant in our working lives, assisting the chaplains, forming part of the welfare support for patients in service hospitals, providing a listening ear and a comforting presence to service men and women far from their families. Where the forces go, so do the Church Army Officers, I do not know if there are any serving in Afghanistan but it would not be surprizing.
As the start of the First World War is remembered we should reflect on the role of the Church Army in that conflict. When war broke out in 1914 the Church Army mobilised immediately. Within 24 hours Lady Bagot, a C.A. member who had established Church Army war hospitals in South Africa, put forward plans to send evangelists, trained by the St John’s Ambulance, to Belgium to establish a hospital for the troops.
The Church Army provided an essential service at the heart of the war effort. Church Army evangelists and volunteers dedicated themselves to serve the fighting and injured soldiers, those working at home in munitions factories and their families.
During the next four years they raised funds, sent parcels to prisoners of war, escorted wives and mothers to France to visit their dying loved ones in hospital. They ran hostels for soldiers travelling to and from the continent and set up a rehabilitation centre for disabled servicemen.
The main activity though was through the Church Army’s recreational huts, some 2000 by the end of the war, wherever British soldiers fought, Europe, Malta, Gallipolli, Alexandria, Jerusalam, Baghdad, Dar es Salaam…etc.
Sponsored by donations, the huts were constructed in sections, easily moved to follow the troop movements. Soldiers could visit on their way to the trenches or returning from them, they were easy to find near the front lines of battle, so close some were hit by shells. Men were given meals and hot drinks, gallons of tea, provided with games to distract them from the horrors of the front and thousands of sheets of paper to write letters to their loved ones. These were places of sanctuary and respite, somewhere to rest, read or think. The Church Army Evangelists and Army Chaplains allowed men to talk about their experiences and fears, to rail and weep, offered them comfort, counsel and prayer and on Sundays cheerful, lively, inspiring services.
The Evangelists and Chaplains understood how the soldiers felt, they lived with the same squalor, mud and rats, experienced the same fear and the constant noise of shelling and battle, also the gas attacks. No-one and no-where was safe, let alone quiet and peaceful, it was a life of un-remitting tension, horror and uncertainty.
Many men were not church goers but they found support through being prayed for and were taught to use simple prayers that could be remembered and used in times of danger. Whilst in battle they were sustained by the knowledge that people prayed for their safety, or souls.
One Army Chaplain at a hut near Ypres in 1917 was approached one evening by two men asking if he would celebrate the Eucharist for them as they had not been able to receive communion for several months. The Celebration was arranged and 40 men had walked more than four miles to attend, as it was nearly dark and the only light was from the altar candles, they could not read the books but repeated clearly and firmly from memory the responses to the service. Other men passing by came to see what was happening, standing outside watching. Each Sunday more arrived for the service and more came forward to receive communion.
During these four years Church Army Evangelists and hundreds of volunteers who joined them risked their lives working selflessly in some of the darkest and most dangerous places to bring Christ’s love, with a good cup of tea, to men facing their darkest hours.
Admiral Sir Horace Law, a former chairman of the Church Army Board, wrote about the huts: “Though numerous cups of tea and buns were served in the most unlikely places, it is noteworthy that the Lord’s Supper and His words of comfort and grace were offered as the most valuable food, which was and still is the privilege of the Church Army to arrange to serve wherever captains and sisters are to be found.”
100 years on they are still doing it, offering comfort, loving care, practical help and support to members of the armed forces and many ordinary people in need of help and encouragement. Living out their faith, displaying Christ’s love and compassion, praying for those who wish for prayer, befriending the homeless and the drug addicted in many places unheard of by the majority of people.
May the Lord bless them and their work, keep them safe and encourage the more fortunate to donate towards their ministry.
. Linda Hammond, Reader
Chaplaincy Day of Prayer
Tuesday 7th October
At the home of Linda and Peter Hammond La Cala de Mijas Starts with coffee at 11am and will finish with the Eucharist at 4pm Bring and Share Lunch. During this all day event we share prayer, worship and fellowship. Those who, for whatever reason, can only spare an hour or so are welcome to come for part of the time. If you cannot come please pray for the chaplaincy on the day. For more information contact Linda 952 49 41 84 please let us know if you are coming so we know numbers for catering. Lifts can be arranged, please ask.
As we continue with the interregnum it is more important then ever to seek God’s will and guidance for the future. We will be praying for our Chaplaincy and for ourselves as together we travel our Christian journey. Come along and get involved. There will be periods of fellowship, praise, prayer and meditation and plenty of hymns and choruses – perhaps even some that you remember from Sunday School.
Those who attend our Days of Prayer find them a spiritually uplifting time. The power of prayer is immense so let us, together, harness this power to drive our Chaplaincy onward in love and harmony to ensure we are ready for whatever exciting plans and direction our new Chaplain will bring.
St Andrew’s Church, Los Boliches
At last, there are parking spaces outside St Andrew's church! It must be September and the invading hoards from Madrid, Cordoba have returned to their cities and left us some space (until Semana Santa anyway). We should be used to it but even some regulars tell me that they 'came to church but couldn't park and so went home'. It sounds reasonable and I don't criticise any one who gives up in despair. However, a little tip for you. It is worth remembering that during August, El Corte Ingles (just across the road) is open on Sunday's and their underground parking is free if you spend few euros. Alternatively if you are able to walk a few hundred metres, the sea front parking is free on Sundays - just don't leave it too late in the morning. One of the plusses of summer is the increasing number of visitors who find us for the first time. Many of these have found us through the local press or from the internet. These visitors can usually be persuaded to take a poster or copies of Outreach back to their hotel and so maintain a steady supply of new faces.The congregation continue to bring generous weekly gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs which are gratefully received in the Los Boliches branch of CARITAS for distribution amongst the needy of the area. This is a vital and practical expression of Christian love in action. Thank you to all those who give so generously.
I will finish by looking ahead rather than reporting on what has happened. February 2015 sees the 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of St Andrew's Church. This is a once in a life-time event! Planning is still in the very early stages but it is hoped to have a celebration dinner of some sort and a celebration Eucharist. Don't make any plans for February next year - there is going to be a party!
Custos St Andrew's congregation.
Wednesday morning Cake Stall
I need people to help me with this please. Contributions of baking, cakes, savouries any thing saleable would be welcomed. If anyone could bake for the stall once a month it would be most helpful, but even the occasional cake is appreciated.
Alhaurín el Grande
Throughout the summer children from Alhaurín and Calahonda have not only been enjoying all the fun of life here but also working very hard. 8 children plus one Mum have been following a course preparing them for Admission to Communion. The service takes place at Alhaurín on 14th Sept and is reported on another page. As well as learning about the Communion Service itself we also explored belonging to God, prayer, why we do what we do and so much more.
Thanks are due to Sandy and Marjorie who along with me shared the teaching and also to Father David Wright for joining in and helping us. I would say that everyone involved learned from each other, I know I learned things from the children who entered into every activity with enthusiasm. They can be seen learning about the Seder Plate and choosing items from the newspaper that they wanted to pray about. It will be a joy to welcome them all to the Lord’s Table.
Following on from our Lent Course we have decided to hold another group during the Autumn. The group will meet on Tuesday mornings at 11.00am at Caroline's house in Coin beginning on Tuesday 14th October. The length of the course is flexible but we think it will take us 6 sessions to complete. At the moment we are considering meeting fortnightly but we can as always be flexible with dates and times to suit us all.
It will be led by Hilary and Caroline as before. The title for the Course is 'Hearing God' and aims to explore how we listen to and understand God for ourselves today. Sessions will last approximately one hour followed by coffee. There is a booklet which accompanies the course, cost £3.50, I can order these in bulk for those who would like a copy.
Sunday 5th October is HARVEST FESTIVAL
6pm HARVEST PRAISE SERVICE, Alhaurín With the TAPAS choir
Our worship centre now has its own Altar Book. Because we borrow the Capilla de San Jose from the Iglesia Virgin del Carmen for only our Sunday services, a book could not be left permanently on the altar. We have therefore named it a Prayer Book. Names for both people who are sick and the anniversaries of members who have died are appropriately entered in this book. Every Sunday it is put out on display in the reception area along with the visitors' book and the notice boards for all members of the congregation to see on their way into the Service. It is then an opportunity for anyone to add a name if they so wish.
The first anniversary entry is for Noreen Frew 10th September 2012, this is followed by Ann Longley also 2012. Then Gwen Cowell-Smith 1995.
One member of the Benalmádena congregation, Andrew R Cowell-Smith has now lived in Spain for half a century. Quite a record. Andrew arrived in Málaga with his Mother Gwen Cowell-Smith in the Summer of 1964. They flew into what was then a very small aerodrome. They had come from the beautiful city of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Regrettably, Gwen was taken ill in 1995 and died in the Universidad Hospital in Malaga on July 23/24 of that year. Andrew still lives in Torremolinos. He divides his Sundays between our Worship Centre at Benalmadena, St Andrew’s Church in Los Boliches and St. Georges Church, Málaga. He loves to take a turn doing a reading for whichever service and helps where he can. Andrew can be seen often at the Coffee Mornings in Los Boliches. He always appreciates a chat.
There are many events to be held during the last four months of 2014. Details can be found on the notice boards in Church and also on the back of the weekly pew sheets.......not forgetting the information in the monthly OUTREACH.
I shall not be in Spain for September so unfortunately I shall miss many enjoyable events. However, I shall be able to attend the Service in the Cathedral in Gibraltar on 4th September for the Installation of the New Bishop, the Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes.
I shall also be back in time for the Harvest Festival on the 5th October. Most of the Snow Birds will be flying back in.
See you all then.
It has had a busy summer with many holiday makers and also the return of some of our regular congregation. It's also been a hot sticky summer, however our early start at Calahonda, 9.30 morning services has been a blessing allowing us to attend our worship before it has become far too hot. Due to us not being able to use the back room after the service for coffee/tea and social chat during the month of August, we have been made very welcome at Cafe Stella just across the road from church each Sunday following the morning service. Some of our congregation have asked if we can continue using the cafe for the first Sunday in the month, allowing everyone to enjoy a little social time.
We have welcomed Martin our visiting organist who plays for our Sunday services whilst he is here on holiday, he is a talented musician, this also gives Margaret our regular organist a little respite.
Most of Calahonda congregation are looking forward to the special service for the children who have been preparing for admission to Communion. Although some of us will be attending that service in Alhaurín September 14th, to show love and support to our Sunday School. There will still be morning service at Calahonda for those not attending Alhaurín. We as a congregation congratulate and thank Sandy Wright and all who have been involved in the preparation of the children for their special day. The children are our future, it will be great to be at Alhaurín for the service and special refreshments following the service.
PANTOMIME...... we are still in need of a Peter Pan and a Widow Twanky so if you fancy trying our for the parts please contact Pauline....633 405 884
Pauline Hulme, Custos
Calahonda Sunday School
Led by the Lord
At the end of August I felt we had had a run of “craft” activities for our Sunday School so I made a last minute change to the planned activities and I found a short sketch which looked like fun. The script was based on the “parable of the sower” so I was really surprised when, on arriving at church, I found that not only was this the Gospel of the day but Caroline had also based her sermon on this topic as well. (Thank you Lord).
Then Jesus said… “Those who have ears can hear, and will listen and understand”
Antonio and Marivi performed the play “Crossed Lines” about 4 passengers in a train carriage. The train guard goes to each passenger in turn trying his best to convey the message that, due to a problem on the line ahead, the train would not be stopping at the next station.
Passenger 1 has a “Walkman” on, with the volume obviously turned on full – and doesn’t hear the information at all.
Passenger 2 stares serenely ahead, lost in thought. She hears the message but is soon back to her own thoughts.
Passenger 3 has his head buried in a newspaper, and is so involved in the news that he doesn’t really hear anything at all.
Passenger 4 is doing a crossword, and is the only passenger who really listens to the guard’s message:telling her that no one can get off at the next station and that busses will be arranged as alternative transport at the following station.
Having heard and understood the message this passenger sits back and relaxes knowing that everything is under control.
The train pulls into the station and the first three passengers all rush to get off and end up falling off the train. Passenger 4 stands up and says …”Oh dear! What a strange thing to do, and the guard was so insistent about not getting off at this station…” (She shrugs and returns to her seat)
Mark 4:13-20 New International Version (NIV)
13 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”
We have had good attendances at Coin considering the high temperatures we have had during July and August. With the addition of Revd Patrick Springford's helping hand we have had the opportunity of singing hymns to music via the computer and speakers and this has definitely made a big difference to our services. We were also delighted that we had visitors from the coast who came to join us.
This month’s coffee morning was very well attended as you will see from the photograph, even though the sun was bearing down on us, we still managed to have a really good time with lots of laughter.
We are now looking forward to slightly cooler weather and also our Harvest Festival on 9th October. It is with joy and happiness that Alan is fine and Mac has told us of the improvement in Jean's condition and whilst it may not be a major leap even small steps make a big difference.
Carole Smith Custos
Various things are needed to make our Autumn Fund raising events successful, please consider how you can help.
29th November CHRISTMAS FAYRE
A message from Sandy for the bottle stall: With the Christmas fayre fast approaching I would be grateful for any contributions of bottles (wine, beer, spirits, bubble bath, oils etc ) for the bottle stall. Thank you Sandy.
We also need preserves, home baking and suitable Christmas ‘Goodies’ for the produce stall.
Prizes for the tombola and Good quality Bric a brac please
10th December Christmas Draw
Our most pressing need for this event are one or two people to organize it please, ask Linda Chadburn for information.
Please find us some exciting prizes for this, A holiday, cruise etc would be wonderful! But you could ask your favourite restaurant or beauty parlour for a voucher. Businesses often give vouchers if asked.
Contributions of wine, spirits, Christmas Food, beauty products or anything you would like to win yourself are requested.
These two events bring in a good proportion of our fund raising budget so it is important that they have items that are attractive and good value