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Dear Friends,

Those of you who are seen less regularly (cough) at divine worship in the House of our Lord may be unaware of an exciting new opportunity that we are offering to Men’s Group members and the wider congregation at St Faith’s.  An opportunity for healthy exercise, good company, and a chance to make a positive contribution to the life of the parish!

Simply put, it’s this.  From now on, Second Saturdays of the Month are officially designated as ‘Church Cleaning and Maintenance Parties’.   From 10am on all future second Saturdays, we’re inviting all who might have a couple of hours to spare, to come and help out in and around the church.  There’s always a long list of jobs to be done, to improve the church for our community.  It might be painting exterior doors, cleaning windows, or clearing up leaves, or vacuuming, or clearing away ivy, or repairing holes in walls, or stopping up draughts, or sweeping tower stairs, or polishing pews, or emptying the cellar, or repairing the ‘bike-shed’ doors, or painting dirty walls here and there.  

Given that Second Saturdays usually follow Second Fridays (and our customary bevy in the Old House at Home) – its also a chance for some Men’s Group members to work off the occasional hang-over.

Hope you can join us next week – 11th March.  If you have a useful skill, whether in the churchyard or in the church, please bring your tools!

Embarrassingly, Clare and I are going to be away…but (apparently) things can happen in the parish without the Rector being present.  Colin, David and Vickie will be there to direct operations and serve beverages.   (I’m also thinking of being away on the night of the forthcoming Variety Show – 20th May….but Colin says I mustn’t).

By the way – ladies are more than welcome too….this email is really just to alert those who may not have read the Pew News for a few weeks! 

Best wishes and thanks in advance…

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

For an online ‘walk-around’ of St Faith’s building, click here

Parish Website: stfaith.com

Personal Website:  tomkennar.com

Tel: 07881 025592

 

 

To Friends and Members of St Faith’s Havant

Dear Friends,

Please find below a request from the Worshipful Mayor of Havant – who is in search of bucket-shakers (and a few other voluntary roles)!  This is to support fundraising for the Mayor’s Charities, which this year includes St Faith’s!  (The Mayor is also supporting SANDS (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity) and ‘Off the Record’ (the local youth counselling service).

There are also opportunities below for athletes (see the Triathlon on March 25th) and Classic car enthusiasts (See the classic car rally on 9th April)

The most urgent need is for collection-bucket-shakers next Wednesday evening (when Clare and I will, regretfully, be at her Father’s funeral in Peterborough).

If you can help with any of these collections (or stewarding duties) for three very valuable causes, please would you respond directly to the Mayor (faith.ponsonby@havant.gov.uk), copied to her secretary (anne.thurlow@havant.gov.uk) so that they will know to expect you.  (By all means copy to me too, so that I know my cry for help has not fallen on deaf ears!).

Many thanks and best wishes

Tom

Canon Tom Kennar

Rector of Havant – St Faith with St Nicholas, Langstone

For an online ‘walk-around’ of St Faith’s building, click here

Parish Website: stfaith.com

Personal Website:  tomkennar.com

From: Faith Ponsonby <faith.ponsonby@havant.gov.uk>

Date: 2 February 2017 at 15:33

Subject: Help for Fundraising for the Mayor’s Charities.

To: “catherinet@off-the-record.org.uk” <catherinet@off-the-record.org.uk>, “tomkennar@gmail.com” <tomkennar@gmail.com> Cc: Anne Thurlow <Anne.Thurlow@havant.gov.uk>

Dear Catherine and Tom,

We have various fundraising events planned for my last three months, and I would appreciate some help with the bucket collections, if possible – and also participants!!

Wednesday February 8th… Bingo evening at Crown Bingo, Leigh Park… if you want to actually play (but you don’t have to!) the cost is upwards of £10 depending on how many games you play, and you need to sign up to the club (free) – the first session starts at 6.45, so we are recommending people get there for 6.30 at latest.   Second session starts at 8.15.   Between the 2 sessions there is a break, and that is when we will do a bucket collection round the hall… and need at least 4 collectors for that.. takes about 20 mins, and you don’t have to play Bingo!!  We might get as much as £200.

Wednesday 15th March … Coffee morning at the Plaza .. 10.30 – 12 noon, and set up time before and after.   Help appreciated with selling the raffle tickets. Saturday March 25th – another go at the Indoor Triathlon at Waterlooville Leisure Centre … help needed with registering and recording the participants – have you anyone who can do a couple of hours or so between 7.45 am and 5.30 pm on a shift system… we need 4 people per shift.  and please ask anyone you know to take part!

Thursday 30th March – Sunday April 9th – Havant Music Festival – various concerts in venues East of the A3M on different nights, schedule out soon.   Ticket prices will be kept low, but again help needed with bucket collections and possibly with refreshments at some of the venues.

Sunday April 9th – Classic Car Run from 8.30 am – 2.00 pm – which raises a lot of money for the Mayor’s charities.   Do please encourage entrants, and visitors, and again helpers with buckets would be good.

Anne Thurlow has details of all these events and will send out posters / fliers if you need them.

Cheers, and many thanks,

Faith Ponsonby Battins Ward Councillor

Mayor of the Borough of Havant 2016/17

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