On the 30th April and for the third year in a row, the parish of Sacred Heart hosted a vintage cream tea to raise money for the Connect2 El Salvador. The church hall was decked out to look like a traditional tea shop and over 50 people attended – so many that two sittings were organised. All enjoyed the afternoon tea, where tiered cake stands groaned under traditional English tea treats, from cucumber sandwiches to homemade cakes to scones with clotted cream and jam.
Tickets were sold at £8 for adults and £4 for children, meaning over £530 was raised. The money will go the community of Puentecitos, a town in western El Salvador, which Sacred Heart supports as part of CAFOD’s Connect2 scheme, which links parishes in the UK with communities overseas. All funds will be used to support villagers in Puentecitos open small businesses, run women’s groups and utilise organic farming methods.
Enjoying the Vintage Tea
Mary Tomlin, who helped to organise the event, said:“It’s always a nice community event, where the whole parish comes together and has a good time. The young people helped serve the tea and lots of parishioners baked cakes, making it a real community occasion.”
Many thanks to Mary Tomlin and the rest of the organisers at Sacred Heart for all of their support for CAFOD. It sounded like a wonderful event and we really appreciate the generosity and support of the parishioners..
Many thanks to Mary Lee our CAFOD parish volunteer at Christ Prince of Peace, Weybridge for inviting me to their monthly CAFOD soup lunch on Friday 5th May. This month the donations for the lunch were going to the East Africa Crisis Appeal. A simple lunch of soup, bread, cheese and fruit was provided. There was a choice of three different soups all made by parishioners which were delicious- I tried them all ! The artisan bread had been donated by the Good taste Bakery in Camberley and they also supplied extra bread and tray bakes which were sold and raised over £70. About twenty people attended, with pupils from Year 4 class at St Charles Borromeo Primary helping out by waiting on the tables and washing up afterwards. So many thanks to them.
Alan with Mary our CAFOD parish volunteer.
After the lunch I was introduced to Alan, who has been in the parish for over thirty years and who always attends the Friday soup lunches. He told me that he comes each month because he is a longstanding CAFOD supporter and he enjoys the chance to meet up with other parishioners over a simple lunch .
It was lovely to chat to the parishioners and thank them for their generous support of the Lent fast day and East Africa appeal and I hope that they enjoyed the lunch as much as I did. Many thanks to those who made the soup, provided the food and attended the lunch as about £200 was raised. Also special thanks to Year 4 pupils for all their help especially with the washing up their parents would have been very impressed! Jo Lewry
We are holding two events over the next couple of months for people who would like to know a little more about what we do and how we are trying to end global poverty.
The first will take place in Holy Family Church Hall, Lancing on the 14th of June from 11:30am – 1pm followed by a simple lunch (optional and donation only).
Looking at the world with facts and numbers
The second will take place in the hall of the Church of the English Martyrs, Horley from 2:30-4:30pm on the 1st of July.
During this time we will share about CAFOD’s vision of a world transformed, our mission to promote human development and social justice in witness to Christian and Gospel values and we will share about our work throughout the world. We will also share an update of latest news and suggest ways people and parishes might support us in our work.
Interesting discussions with inspiring people
The events are designed to be inspiring and entertaining and to give a chance for people to ask questions and hear how we put their donations to good use. All are welcome. Why not bring a friend or two or some fellow parishioners who might be interested in getting involved?
It would be helpful to know, for catering purposes, if you are intending to join us. Please do let us know by phone on 01483 898 866 or email email@example.com