The Cause, the Company and the Soup.

Parishioners of Worth have just come together for their last Lenten lunch of the year. Hal and Rory Clarke have been running a series of soup lunches for CAFOD through Lent as they have done for a few years now.

It was a bright and sunny day as people gathered in the converted barn and the sound of lambs bleating filled the air. All in all round twenty people gathered today with conversation touching on many subjects such as gluten free bread, children’s liturgy and the parish’s livesimply award progress. These lunches provide a great way for people to catch up on what’s happening in the parish. The group shared how helpful Mandy, recently retired parish secretary in Worth, had been over the years, something to which we can also attest.


A happy group with some hearty soup

Lunching regular, Tony, said that he comes for the cause, the company and the soup (which was both delicious and healthy by the way). Another mentioned how people came along because they feel so welcome.

Fr Paul Fleetwood, Worth Parish Priest, joined the crowd and shared how the livesimply project on which the parish is embarking will hopefully help bring people together. This theme was also echoed by Hal who was delighted that the lunches did the same whilst also supporting people who are in difficult circumstances.

Hal remarked ‘how generous people are in coming every week and some even bring cakes to add to the meal’.


Not only soup, but bread, butter and cakes too.

The total raised this year is £555 for which we are truly grateful. This time the lunches have been held in support of our European Refugee Crisis appeal.

Our sincere thanks to Hal and Rory for their hospitality, their generosity year after year and for making the soup each week too. Thanks also for preparing the barn so that it could be used for these functions. Our thanks also to the parish community of Worth (including West Hoathly).

Thanks to all those who have been holding and hosting soup lunches recently, they are truly in the spirit of livesimply.

Rosemary Moon Shines

Food writer and champion of local food, Rosemary Moon, has held a fundraising cookery demonstration in a bid to help the millions who face starvation in East Africa.

On 23rd March the parish hall of Our Lady of Sorrows, Bognor Regis, was transformed into a kitchen filled with delectable delights.  With the assistance of sous chef, assistant priest Fr. David King, Rosemary cooked a variety of dishes including onion and chilli tabbouleh, butternut noodles with salmon and coconut and a citrus winter fruit salad.  Taster areas were set around the room where guests could sample the dishes, which were made using Fairtrade ingredients where possible.  £150 was raised for CAFOD’s East Africa appeal.

Rosemary Moon

Cookery demonstrator and organiser, Rosemary Moon, said:

“I have a skill and if by contributing the cost of the ingredients and using this skill, people come and have a great evening and the net result is hundreds of pounds for charity, then it’s a no brainer – why not?”

“People think, what possibly can my £1 or £5 do in East Africa, but you have to dig in your pocket and know that it for people out there, it will make a difference. As well as giving money, you have to think about what changes you can make at home to stop climate change, which has been a huge factor in causing the famine.  By walking more, using Fairtrade products and so on you can be sure as eggs are eggs that it will make a difference.  It’s two-fold – you have to look at what changes you can make and give money.”

In East Africa, there are currently over 16 million people in need of urgent food and other life-saving assistance. Despite the challenges, CAFOD makes sure that aid reaches the families who are most in need, through the network of trusted local organisations with which CAFOD works in South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.  The money raised by Our Lady of Sorrows will help CAFOD ensure that assistance reaches those who so desperately need it.

CAFOD’s representative, Martin Brown, said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to Rosemary for running the demonstration and for Fr. David King and Our Lady of Sorrows for hosting the evening. It was clearly a huge success and the generosity of you all, and those who attended, is greatly appreciated.”

If you would like to try one of Rosemary’s recipes, then why not try the Onion and chilli tabbouleh?

Onion and chilli tabouleh

Serves 6

  • 6 spring onions
  • 1 red and 1 green chilli
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 175g cracked wheat
  • 1 lemon
  • extra virgin olive oil
  1. Finely slice the spring onions. Seed the chillies and chop them finely with the watercress (this can be done in a processor). Coarsely grate the cucumber, reserving the liquid.
  2. Wash the cracked wheat in a sieve then turn it into a pan and add 450ml boiling water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stir and add the cucumber water, then leave to stand for 10 minutes, covered.
  3. Turn the cracked wheat into a bowl and add the prepared vegetables. Grate the zest from the lemon into the salad, squeeze the juice and add that with some seasoning and leave for a few minutes. Check the moisture and add a little olive oil. Season again and serve.

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Camberley and Bagshot Catholic Parish raise funds for East Africa

Camberley and Bagshot parish soup lunch

Camberley and Bagshot parish soup lunch

Many thanks to our CAFOD supporters in Camberley and Bagshot Catholic Parish for raising over £1,800 for the East Africa Crisis Appeal which is a fantastic amount to raise in a week!

Camberley and Bagshot parishioners enjoying the soup lunch.

Camberley and Bagshot parishioners enjoying the soup lunch.









Jo Carroll our CAFOD parish contact in Camberley and Bagshot told us that they organised a soup lunch yesterday (Thursday 30th March) which 35 parishioners attended and donated £455 and then with the retiring collection that took place after all masses last weekend they raised £1846.18 to support those in desperate need in East Africa.

Over 16 million people across South Sudan, Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya are in urgent need of food, following months of drought. CAFOD is working with our local Church partners on the ground, who are providing vital aid to communities affected by hunger and drought. Please support the appeal  by organising a collection in your parish or putting details of how people can donate to the appeal in the newsletter.