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Wednesday 13 November at St Oswald’s 6.00pm – 7.30 pm
YOU are invited to attend!
Open Invitation to the official launch. The launch will allow the Alliance to brief on our work to date and plans for the future. Your views and observations will help us shape our forward plans. Teas and coffees, light refreshments and sparkling wine will be available during the event.
Gill Lancaster and Roland Edwards
Please contact either Gill or Roland to confirm your attendance (click on one or other of the names to send an e-mail). This will allow us to make the necessary catering arrangements. Please reply by 10 November.
Can YOU Help?
Macclesfield Winter Nightshelter (WHAM)
WHAM (Winter Homeless Accommodation in Macclesfield), part of Hope in NE Cheshire, provides accommodation and refreshment over winter weekends for men and women who would otherwise be sleeping rough around our town. A different team of volunteers covers each of the three shifts each night (7.30pm to 10.30pm, 10.30pm to 6.30am and 6.30am to 8.00am). Each shift is under the guidance of a trained and experienced Shift Leader from one of the Churches. We provide training for all volunteers. WOULD YOU LIKE TO CONSIDER BEING A VOLUNTEER? Read more
Volunteers successfully working with the Police, the clubs, the pubs and the Council.
We help people, whoever they are and whatever their situation, by listening, caring, and offering practical help (including free flip-flops and water!) late on Saturday evenings! COULD YOU HELP? Read more
Interested in becoming a volunteer driver?
If you have your own car and would like to help out those in the community who struggle to get to appointments, please get in touch. All expenses are paid. Read more
Action Against Knife Crime
The Knife Angel will be outside Chester Cathedral during November 2019 as a collaboration with the police and CWAC to raise awareness and prevent knife crime.
Our Harvest Festival service took place on 20 October. This year all non-perishable food items were given to the HOPE CENTRAL food bank, while money collections were in aid of Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy which cares for farmers. Our collection was £422.84!
You can read more about how YOU can help support the work of the Agricultural Chaplaincy here.
Or visit their website at www.agchap.com
A dementia-friendly community is a city, town or village where people with dementia are understood, respected and supported.
Communities who wish to be recognised as dementia-friendly can register on Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friendly Communities recognition process. These communities will be considered to be ‘working to become dementia friendly’ and may use the ‘Working to become Dementia Friendly’ symbol (‘the symbol’) as long as they are part of this process.
Bollington is now part of this process!
We’ll add more detail when available
We are hoping St Oswald’s may be used as a regular support meeting venue for carers and sufferers in future
Volunteering Clean Up Day at the Cre8 Community Building
Dear Friends & Supporters,
We are organising a clear-up, fix-up and sort out day at the Cre8 Community Building and we are looking for helpers!
A wonderful team from Peaks & Plains Housing Trust have been working hard to repair and renovate the Building which is fantastic and we are very appreciative. We have a new electric system, heaters and (drum roll) hot water heaters! See the photos of the work below.
Following this, we’re wanting to give the Building a spring clean and a refresh and are looking for helpers to join us!
Wednesday 10th of April and Tuesday 16th of April
We’ll be working at the Building between 9am and 4pm.
The Jobs The sort of jobs we need help with on the day are:
Lifting / carrying / wheelbarrowing large logs from around the back of the building. (These are free to a good home too as we no longer need them).
Deep clean of all rooms
Laying carpets / flooring
Odd job repairs and fixes both internally and externally
Making cakes / lunch and cups of tea and coffee to keep the teams going!
If you’re able to help us out on one or both of the days, for the whole day or just part, please let us know
email@example.com or 01625 503740
We are grateful for your support as always
From the Cre8 Team
The support service for the Macclesfield Food Bank has changed. The organisation “HOPE CENTRAL” has taken over the operation formerly run by “Hampers of Hope”.
THE RED BIN IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR YOUR GIFTS.
We need a variety of non-perishable foodstuffs to add to the store cupboards. For example, milk (UHT or powdered); sugar (500g); long-life fruit juice; fruit squash; soup; pasta sauces; tinned sponge pudding; tinned tomatoes; cereals; tinned rice pudding; tea bags; instant coffee; rice; pasta; instant mashed potato; tinned meat or fish; tinned fruit; jam; biscuits; snack bars. We can also accept personal hygiene products, for example.
Please do not include items with short shelf life or containing alcohol.
Please take advantage of any BOGOF (By one get one free) offers on any items in your weekly shop.
Just think what you yourself would welcome as a life-saving gift of staple foods if you were to find yourself in a similarly desperate situation. Please take the trouble to put those extras into your own shopping trolley when the opportunity arises and bring them to St Oswald’s to put in the RED BIN.
When shopping at Tesco, look out for the times when the blue tokens can be used to support HOPE CENTRAL.
More information is available at Hope Central Facebook page.
Richard Raymond writes…
A Million Pound Milestone
On 13 January 2001 a van swung out of the drive of the old vicarage in Prestbury and went to make a collection of a Christmas tree. Tied onto the tree was an envelope containing a few pound coins. Building on a fundraising initiative based on the Parable of the Talents proposed by Men’s Choir member Mike Thompson and his wife Lis when the church required a new organ, those coins were the first donation to the East Cheshire Hospice Christmas Tree Collection.
Some 19 years later (to the day!) on 13 January 2019 over 40 vans all manned by volunteers of the same Christmas Tree Collection will be out hoping that they will pick up the one tree whose donation will raise the cumulative net amount of monies raised for the hospice to over one million pounds.
Since 2001 over 70,000 trees have been collected. Countless volunteers have helped over the last 19 years; many meals have been served to keep the van crews going; endless roads have been visited; bundle-loads of leaflets have been delivered; and a whole community has helped in so many ways to do this. We could reflect on our award-winning status or that we are the largest volunteer-led Christmas tree collection in the country, or that another 50 hospices have followed our lead to run such a fundraising initiative.
But now is not the time for all of this! We have a six-figure target to smash! And to do so we shall mobilize our teams of volunteers who will have to collect another 75 tonnes of trees. Once again we will organize an enormous industrial operation to turn these into recycled mulch.
However all of this will not achieve our target. It is the generous support of all our customers which will push this year’s total to over £120,000, and that will see us through £1million! Please help us!
By doing so we can all support our local hospice and help them to provide care for those with life-limiting conditions, and their families and friends, through the in-patient unit, the daycare centre and the Hospice at Home service.
Please go to www.echtrees.org.uk. Here you will find how to book your tree in and how to make a donation.
The Collection will be on 12/13 January 2019.