Cream Teas in Storrington – A Little Bridge to El Salvador

Our sincere thanks go to Trevor, the CAFOD team and the Storrington Parish for hosting a delightful garden party with a Cream Tea on Saturday the 21st of July.

The event raised £460 for the Parish’s Connect2: El Salvador project where the people of Puentecitos (meaning little bridges), a small village near the border of Guatemala, are  improving community life by opening small businesses and using organic farming methods.

Storrington Garden Party 2 July 2018

Now is it jam first or cream first?

Thank you to those who made and provided such splendid cakes, to those who donated prizes for the raffle, to Waitrose in Storrington for the gift of scones. Thanks to Anita for her contribution from selling her husband Mike’s collection of puzzles. Particular thanks to all those who did the setting up, served the tea and helped in the many ways that made it such a success. Thanks, too, to those who weren’t able to attend but nevertheless gave generous donations.

Our thanks also go to the Chemin Neuf community for the use of the cloister garden, such an ideal setting.

This brings the parish fundraising total for our friends in El Salvador to an amazing £13,860. The Parish are also planning a Harvest Supper on the 27th of October for our Family Fast Day (5th Oct). Thank you Our Lady of England!

The beautiful setting of the Cloister Garden

The beautiful setting of the Cloister Garden

Some of the Community in Puentecitos, El Salvador

Some of the Community in Puentecitos, El Salvador

Fasting Joyfully – The Light Lent Lunch

When we are asked to fast, we are asked to do so joyfully and always with prayer and almsgiving. Light Lenten lunches are a great way of doing this.

Many social occasions encourage us to over-indulge, but not a CAFOD Soup Lunch! Not only do these lunches raise much needed funds for CAFOD, but they also provide attendees with a healthy, low-calorie lunch in pleasant company. Just what is needed after the Christmas season!

St Edmund's Soup supper

Happy Diners at St Edmund’s

Numerous lunches have already been held across the diocese. Our thanks go to:

  • Holy Angels, Ash
  • The Crawley Parish
  • Christ the Prince of Peace, Weybridge
  • St Edward the Confessor, Keymer
  • St Michael’s, Worthing
  • St John’s, Farncombe
  • Our Lady of England, Storrington
  • St Clement’s, Ewell
  • St Edmund’s, Godalming
  • Sacred Heart, Hove
  • St Dunstan’s, West Hoathly
  • St John the Evangelist, Tadworth
  • The Nativity of the Lord, Redhill
  • St Theresa of Lisieux, Southwick

for all of their hard work in organising lunches. (If we’ve missed you out please let us know).

It would be too long an article to detail each event, but an example would be Hove where our volunteer, Heidi Worrall, organised the lunch at Sacred Heart Church.

Sacred Heart Soup Lunch
Contended Diners at Sacred Heart

Heidi told us that it was fairly quiet due illness and half term, but 20 people attended, and thoroughly enjoyed their soup. As Heidi said ‘We served 3 different types of soup, and by the end there was not a drop left!’. £162.50 was raised for CAFOD, for which we are very grateful. We will feature more events in future blogs over the next month or two. Please send us photos if you have any!

Money raised towards our Lent appeal between Shrove Tuesday 13 February and Saturday 12 May will be doubled by the UK Government, up to £5 million.If you’ve missed out on your biannual bowl of soup, details of upcoming lunches may be found here. We look forward to seeing you! And don’t forget that the UK government is doubling all donations this Lent up to a total of £5 million.


Watch a webinar on Hunger & Malnutrition in Zimbabwe by Livison our Project Leader.

If you would like to know more about our work on hunger and malnutrition in Zimbabwe then do listen to a webinar by Livison Chipatiso, who is CAFOD’s project leader in Zimbabwe. Livison will be sharing his first-hand experiences of the families and communities whose lives have been transformed by these essential projects.

Livison Chipatiso, Project Leader for our work in Zimbabwe featured in the Family Fast Day materials

Livison Chipatiso, Project Leader for our work in Zimbabwe featured in the Family Fast Day materials

The webinar was recorded recently so just click on the link and register to watch the recording.

To register for the webinar just click on this link