From the total of 19 nominations received this year, one charity has been selected in each of the categories, Local, National and International, for the collection which takes place on the weekend of 15th & 16th December.
Thanks to Anne Hoye for her report below on the festive gathering of the Lunching Ladies...
Thanks to Frances Allen for providing this update on Yara Eid's progress since August, when the Palestinian student gave a talk in Merrow. Below is a message of thanks from Yara to those who have supported her, and a short video shot on campus at Edinburgh University.
Many in the Parish know and support Carole and David Hudson's fantastic charity Project Peru, which operates a children's refuge in Peru providing food, clothing, shelter, education and healthcare.
One important aspect of Project Peru is that virtually everything is done on a volunteer basis, so that all the money raised by the charity benefits those in its care. Carole explained to me this week that even the shipping of containers of goods from the UK to Peru is provided free of charge to Project Peru, as are the ingredients for the many Christmas cakes which Project Peru offers for raffle all over the country at this time of the year.
Last week Michael Gove, Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, delivered the Theos 2018 annual lecture. More details can be found in the report in the Independent Catholic News. A video of the lecture, with slightly poor sound, is available below.
10th December 2018 7.30pm at the Electric Theatre, Guildford
Canon Rob Esdaile recommends 'Another News Story', an award-winning documentary following the migrant trail across the Mediterranean and on into Europe. Look below for more details and to watch the trailer.