Our annual Spring Fair in St Mary’s postponed from March is on Sat. 17th September.  This is supported by the eight churches in our group. Could you place any donations in a bag and bring it along to church anytime on or before Sunday 11th September. Large items or baking can be brought to St Mary’s on Friday 16th Sept. after 7.p.m. (We’ll also be very glad of some help to empty bags and sort donations then!) The stalls are as usual – toys, Cash in the attic, toiletries, books, jewellery, Tombola, baking.

If you have any unwanted presents, bargain buys, jewellery that’s no longer your style, books you have read, hobbies you no longer do, sports equipment someone used to use, toys outgrown, dishes you haven’t used in years – we’ll take it!

Remember, you can park in St Mary’s car park for 2 hours free.  Just remember to get a ticket though, even if for less than 2 hours!

Thanks to all who have continued to fill boxes and give donations over the summer.  There is an urgent need for help in South Sudan.

“Imagine living each day in fear, surrounded by conflict. For more than two years, this has been the reality for many people in South Sudan as civil war between the government and opposition has persisted.

Although long-delayed steps towards peace are finally being taken, conflict and instability continue amidst severe humanitarian needs.

Relentless fighting has forced 2.4 million people from their homes, as they have fled from the violence, some from the threat of sexual abuse, executions and other human rights abuses. Civilians need your help.

Harvests have been disrupted, and food and fuel prices have risen. People are severely hungry. They are eating wild foods like water lily roots, and drinking unsafe water to survive. 4.3 million people are in urgent need of food.

This year South Sudan could face its most severe lean season since gaining independence in 2011, putting hundreds of thousands more at risk of severe hunger. They desperately need your support.”

Thank you on behalf of Christian Aid for all your help,

Lorna Hall, Area Coordinator.