Christmas Day 2017
Following on from the success of the monthly Community Lunch we decided to do Christmas Day dinner at St John’s School. 35 of us enjoyed a traditional Christmas dinner and all the trimmings. As well as singing carols, playing quizzes and pass the parcel we listened to the Queens speech. Everyone enjoyed each others company and had some laughs together. A very big thank you to all the volunteers. Geraldine and Emily Page
God willing we will be back to enjoy Christmas 2018 together
Chess Valley SVP Update, March 2017
We would like to thank all parishioners for their continued support through the SVP boxes in all three parishes since our relaunch on the feast of St Vincent de Paul in September 2015. Through your support, we have recently been able to help families with fuel costs and needed travel expenses for medical care. We have also donated to the Crisis in Sudan Appeal, which will help with their Baby Feeding Programme and providing Medical Care. Should you wish to read more about this appeal or make a direct donation please go to www.twinnage.org.uk.
Soup lunch for Vinnie Packs (January 2017)
January was a challenging month with periods of severe cold and icy nights. So, with Vinnie Packs in mind, Chess Valley SVP was delighted that Jessie Pione with family and friends offered to put on a Friday soup lunch on January 27th to raise funds for this important SVP activity. So, several homemade delicious soups and breads were served up – with second helpings eagerly sought. Thanks to parishoners’ generosity we donated enough to sponsor over 50 Vinnie Packs. Thank you, Jessie, Dave and Katie!
Vinnie Packs (Summer 2016)
Earlier this year the SVP Westminster conferences swung into action to purchase stock for “Vinnie Packs”, 12,000 of which were prepared over the autumn for distribution to the homeless on the streets of our capital and elsewhere round England and Wales before the onset of winter. Most of the money for the materials comes from donations, parish appeals and fundraising activities. There is inevitably a deficit and fundraising over the next few months is essential if this project is to continue in the future.
Two of our volunteers show the finished product, which generates extremely positive feedback from our clientele.
The “Vinnie Pack” (see above) is a plastic bag containing two pairs of thermal socks, a hat, gloves, toothpaste, toothbrush and a biro. This year the packs were put together by over ninety volunteer SVP members (including representatives of the Chess Valley SVP), parishoners and a local Muslim charity during the weekends of October and November, ready for delivery round the country. Employees of a small number of businesses also helped out as part of their “corporate responsibility days”.
This picture shows the extent of the assembly operation, which takes place in the hall of an old school building.
The Big Mile*, Westminster Diocese, 26/06/16
The annual Big Mile walk is organised jointly by the SVP and Caritas Social Action network (CSAN). The aims are to raise awareness that Christians are working together to combat poverty in all its forms and to raise funds for both organisations.
On 26th June 2016 members from local Westminster SVP Conferences, including representatives of Chess Valley SVP, met on the steps of Westminster Cathedral for the Big Mile walk where Bishop Paul McAleenan led us in prayer. We then set out to walk down Victoria Street to the Houses of Parliament.
*Abstracted from the SVP website http://svp.org.uk/node/595
Chess Valley SVP Vigil for refugees, 24/02/16:
Praying for refugees: a prayer vigil with Exposition, readings and hymns was held at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Rickmansworth on 24th February 2016.
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