Horsham Speaks Up

Speak up Five of St Johns HorshamA small crowd gathered today in St John’s Church Horsham to speak up about climate change. As part of the Climate Coalition, CAFOD supporters around the country have been asking their MP’s to highlight the importance of climate change to the Prime Minister.

In Horsham we started with a cup of tea and sharing our thoughts about climate change

We then planted ourselves a seed or two in a pot of the most ethical compost that could

A photo of some plant pots

Some plant pots

be found and took them home. There were some great conversations held about CAFOD and how we work, and our sensitivity and knowledge of local culture. We also took the chance to take part in CAFOD’s new campaign Power to Be and discussed how powerful (no pun intended) a little bit of energy can be in lifting people out of poverty.

Local MP, Jeremy Quinn, had a prior appointment but will be sent a briefing.

Our thanks go to the St John’s parish for hosting us and for those that came to raise their voice on behalf of those in poverty.

Year 6 Pupils from St Edmund’s present Power To Be to Jeremy Hunt MP

Jeremy Hunt with Year 6 pupils at St Edmund's Primary

Jeremy Hunt with Year 6 pupils at St Edmund’s Primary

Many thanks to Jeremy Hunt MP for South West Surrey for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit St Edmund’s RC Primary in Godalming in this Speak up week of Action. The children in Year 6 wrote their thoughts about the Power To Be campaign on rays and three children spoke superbly about the need for the poorest communities to have access to electricity.

Presenting Power to Be to Jeremy Hunt

Presenting Power to Be to Jeremy Hunt

One child wrote “As children we all have a dream. For us if we work hard we can accomplish it . But for children in poorer places it is just a hope because they lack the thing we take for granted – electricity”. Another child wrote “291 million children don’t have electricity at their school which CAFOD are trying to solve.”

Jeremy Hunt talks to Year 6

Jeremy Hunt talks to Year 6

Jeremy listened carefully to what the children had to say and he talked about his experience in Kenya when he visited a school that had solar panels which provided electricity so that the students could study in the evenings . He said ” The CAFOD Power To Be  Campaign was brilliant”, and he acknowledge the work that CAFOD does overseas.


Chris Richardson, our fantastic school volunteer then led an assembly for the whole school on the Power to Be Campaign and shared how having electricity can change children lives so that they can achieve their dreams.

Jeremy Hunt addresses the school

Jeremy Hunt addresses the school

I would especially like to thank Sue Hua the Year 6 teacher for her work with the children to enable them to participate in the Power to Be campaign and for organising the morning.  Also many thanks to Elizabeth Higgins the head teacher of St Edmund’s for her support of the campaign and encouraging the children to get involved.

Jo Lewry


Thank you to Jeremy Hunt and Year 6.

Thank you to Jeremy Hunt and Year 6.


Eating cake, planting seeds and changing the world. In Horsham.

climate coalitionAs part of the Speak Up Week of Action on Climate Change Horsham parish have organised a lovely event this Friday (7th July) where people can join the parish for weekday Mass (10am) followed by tea and cake.

People will be able to plant a seed or two and take the pot home with them.  They will also have the chance to take part in CAFOD’s new campaign, Power to Be and will send a message to local MP, Jeremy Quinn about our concern for the world’s poorest and hopes about renewable energy.  All are welcome, particularly those in the Horsham Constituency*.

We all have dreams. What are yours?

What do you want the Power to Be?

10am for Mass in church followed by cakes etc at 10:30-11:30am, Friday 7th July in the hall of St John the Evangelist, 3 Springfield Rd, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 2PJ.

Please email mbrown@cafod.org.uk for more info.

*Those who live outside the Horsham Constituency are more than welcome to take part in everything but won’t be included in any numbers/messages for lobbying Jeremy Quinn MP.