A Big Old Barn Dance

In Full Swing - The Cobham Barndance

In Full Swing – The Cobham Barn Dance

The parish of Cobham have outdone themselves once again by organising a big barn dance in aid of CAFOD. The parish group are used to organising race nights and barbecues but have now turned their hands and feet to dancing.

The dance, which raised £240 for CAFOD was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

Martin from CAFOD A&B said ‘I wasn’t able to go to this event but I remember other barn dances I’ve been to. They were so much fun, such good exercise and a great way to socialise. It’s nice to think that in raising money for CAFOD people had such a good time and spent time building their parish communities.’

Local Parish Volunteer, Jackie, said that the evening was ‘great fun’

Our thanks go to the Parish of Sacred Heart, Cobham and all those who made the evening a special event.

If you would like help in organising your own social event for CAFOD, then please do get in touch or see our events guides.

Hurspierpoint and Keymer Catholics in the Soup

Our thanks go to St Edward the Confessor, Keymer with St Luke, Hurstpierpoint for their Harvest Soup lunch on Friday.

A good crowd gathered for some tasty soup at St Edward's, Keymer

A good crowd gathered for some tasty soup at St Edward’s, Keymer

A delightful soup was served after the 12.15 Mass at St. Edward’s in support of our Harvest Fast Day appeal and a raffle added to the event.

Parish CAFOD volunteer, Julia, said

‘Our thanks go to Sue and Tina for making the delicious soup and also all those who came and supported the event.  We raised a wonderful total of £248 from the raffle and the lunch.

Good food, good company and a good cause – a true recipe for a delightful event.

Our thanks also go to the organisers, to the cooks Sue and Tina and the hungry diners for all of their support.



All Things Brightened Beautifully at St John’s, Horsham

Children of St John's with Maria, Martin and Head Teacher Mrs Bono

Children of St John’s with Maria, Martin and Head Teacher Mrs Bono

Martin from CAFOD A&B tells us about how he spent the morning of Harvest Fast Day this year.

‘I was delighted to visit St John’s Catholic Primary School in Horsham this morning with School Volunteer, Maria Hutchinson, for their Harvest Fast Day ‘Brighten Up’ assembly.

St John's - in the heart of Arundel and BRIGHTon

St John’s – in the heart of Arundel and BRIGHTon

All students and a good many of the staff had dressed up in incredibly bright clothes to mark the occasion – and what a wonderful sight it was.

We learned about children growing up El Salvador and the different struggles they have; with growing crops, getting a good harvest, getting a good education and so much more.

We learned how CAFOD supporters, through our partners, have helped train people to grow different crops in sustainable and affordable ways, provide safe places for children to play and learn new skills, stay at school, start new businesses and share their skills with others.

The children were incredibly attentive, eager and well-behaved. Not only this, the older pupils brought in money to donate to CAFOD which totalled £305.61 – an incredible amount. The younger pupils brought in food to share with the local St John’s Night Shelter, an example of showing compassion to our neighbours both near and far.

Our thanks go to Maria, Mrs Bono and all at St John’s in Horsham (including the parents) for their enthusiasm, generosity and great welcome.

For more information on our work and resources for primary schools, see our primary school page. For more information about Harvest Fast Day, see our Harvest page.