Welcome to Churches Together Marple Area

Welcome to our website

Links to the Churches in our are are at the bottom of this page

Details of  daily and Sunday prayer at our local churches  on PRAYER TOGETHER Page.  If you are looking for something you remember from earlier it may be now on the PAST EVENTS page or the EASTER AND HOLY WEEK page.    Or look at THE ARTS DURING LOCKDOWN  page 

CHURCHES OPEN FOR INDIVIDUAL PRAYER

MONDAY  All Saints Marple  8 -9 pm
WEDNESDAY    St Thomas Mellor 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
THURSDAY    All Saints Marple   2- 3 pm

SATURDAY St Martin’s Brabyns Brow 10 – 12 am
SUNDAY   St Thomas Mellor 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
              St Martin’s Brabyns Brow 2 – 4 pm

MARPLE BRIDGE URC has opened their garden at the church entrance for private prayer. It is available to all and folk can tie a ribbon or a star to a little tree to remember someone or write  something on the chalk board to say thank you or to include someone in prayer. There are two seats there so folk can have a quiet time. 

                                    SAD NEWS      Maureen Matthews

Many of you who have been involved with Churches Together Marple area will be saddened to hear of the death of Maureen Matthews last weekend.  Maureen has played an active role in Churches Together over many years. She took a turn as Chair in 1998 and again in 2012.   She established the Justice and Peace group within Churches Together and more recently was very involved with MESS, the local community project which aims to promote carbon reduction, raise awareness of climate change issues and find local solutions to some of the resulting problems.  Although for sometime now she had been struggling with a degenerative illness, she bravely continued with work for both these groups until lockdown. 

We send our prayers and good wishes to her husband, David, and her  family.  May she rest in peace.

 

GOODBYE  to  Rev. Annette Haigh of Marple and Marple Bridge URC had been due to move  in May, but at very short notice her ministry is now officially being handed over to the new pastorate in West Yorkshire, as from 1st August.

ST THOMAS MELLOR   Where is God in this pandemic? 
With the help of Walter Bruggemann’s book, Liz Shercliff, Director of Studies of Chester Diocese and member of St Thomas’ congregation, explores the issue that is concerning Christians around the world.    In 10 short sessions Liz examines how we humans relate to the virus and to God.    (https://bit.ly/2ynuqHq

 

CATCH UP WITH :
 KESWICK CONVENTION   teachings and events    https://www.youtube.com/user/keswickconvention

 

‘UNITED BREAKS OUT’    VIRTUAL NEW WINE   seminars and worship       https://breaksout.new-wine.org/programme/

SATURDAY & SUNDAY AUGUST 8 & 9

 

THE PEOPLE OF BEIRUT NEED OUR HELP
We have all heard of the recent explosion in Beirut and its devastating consequences for the local area and for whole country of Lebanon.

A PRAYER FOR THE PEOPLE OF BEIRUT
Light of new hope
God of refuge, hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion and move us to reach out in love.

In your mercy, bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.

Give strength to those who are working to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable especially in a time of coronavirus.

Lead us in your ways so that together we may bring
the light of new hope wherever there is destruction and despair.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

YOUNG MINISTERS OF MERCY
Thousands of young Christian volunteers are on the ground in Beirut delivering emergency help, as Lebanon reels from the explosion that ripped through the heart of the capital. With schools, convents and parishes opening up as refuge centres following the blast, Monsignor Toufic Bou-Hadir, director of the Maronite Patriarchal Commission for Youth, described how teams of young people were clearing the debris and delivering urgent aid, with medicine, clothes, blankets and food in huge demand.

The priest highlighted the young people’s “amazing” response to what he called “an apocalypse” in which 300,000 families had been displaced.  Amid reports that Beirut’s mainly Christian district of Achrafieh was worst devastated by the blast, the priest described how the body of one of the Maronite young people, named Joe, aged 25, was discovered deep in the rubble, holding a cross.

Mgr Bou-Hadir said that the Catholic youth had always resisted calls to leave the country, saying that he had – as Joe put it – to stay in order to “water the cedar”, the national symbol of Lebanon. The priest added: “Now, Joe has watered the cedar with his blood.”  The priest stressed the toll of the explosion on the people, saying they were totally dependent on international aid as Lebanon’s economic crisis had rendered the country helpless. Source   Independent Catholic News  August 7th

Several UK Christian charities who were already working in the area would welcome support as their funds are being directed to emergency measures in the area.
https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/emergencies/lebanon-crisis-appeal
https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-Emergencies/Beirut-Emergency-Appeal
https://www.tearfund.org/en/latest/beirut_emergency_appeal/

OPEN AIR THEATRE COMES TO LIFE  IN CHESTER with  The Comedy of Errors 8 August – 30 August

Grosvenor Park roars back into life for one production in August with Shakespeare’s joyous, open-hearted farce. Two sets of separated twins loose on the island of Ephesus; things are bound to get complicated. And they do. Masters & servants, husbands & wives, parents & children, strangers & natives all get terribly confused in Shakespeare’s mishap strewn comedy. A rare, wildly light-hearted treat for all ages.
“Yet this my comfort: when your words are done,
My woes end likewise with the evening sun.”

Tickets are selling fast but there are still some available for later in the month https://www.grosvenorparkopenairtheatre.co.uk/show/the-comedy-of-errors/

A VIRTUAL TOUR OF POWIS CASTL

75th ANNIVERSARY OF THE DROPPING OF NUCLEAR BOMBS ON HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI August 6th and 9th 1945

SADAKO SASKI AND 1000 CRANES

The beauty of cranes and their spectacular dances have fascinated humans since ancient times. Legends about the crane exist in many areas of the world, and the history of the crane is equally fascinating.  In Japan the crane is considered a national treasure, appearing in art, literature and folklore. The Japanese regard the crane as a symbol of good fortune and longevity because of its fabled life span of a thousand years. It also represents fidelity, as Japanese cranes are known to mate for life. Over time, the crane has also evolved as a favourite subject of the Japanese tradition of paper folding – origami- as children and adults attempt to mater this art.  According to Japanese legend anyone who folds a thousand cranes will be allowed a wish to be fulfilled by the gods.

After World War II the folded origami cranes came to symbolise a hope for peace because of Sadako Saski and her unforgettable story of perseverance. She was just two years old when the bomb was dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima. As she was eating her breakfast, Sadako was blown outside by the explosion, but wasn’t hurt.  But one day, when she was twelve years old, she noticed a strange swelling on her body and was soon hospitalised with leukaemia. Soon after she moved into the hospital, Sadako’s father told her a Japanese legend: that if you folded one thousand ‘orizuru’ (paper cranes) you would be granted a wish.

Sadako began to fold the paper cranes. Despite being very tired and in a lot of pain, she managed to fold 1000 cranes. Tragically, she passed away within months, but her story has become a global symbol of peace, and a reminder of the human tragedy and unimaginable suffering that today’s nuclear weapons threaten.

In 1958, a statue of Sadako holding a life-size golden crane, was built in Hiroshima Peace Park. It is called the Children’s Peace Monument. At the bottom of the statue there is a plaque that says: ‘This is our cry, this is our prayer, peace in the world.’   The tradition of folding and sending cranes to Hiroshima has endured but children worldwide as an ongoing wish for nuclear disarmament and world peace.

MAKE a paper crane –  children can help make theirs!

VISIT VIRTUALLY  Hiroshima Peace Memorial  Museum tour https://vimeo.com/441253466 password   Rise
Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum tour
  https://vimeo.com/441253649 password  Rise

REFLECT  –  take a moment in silence to consider how the devastation caused in Hiroshima and Nagasaki should spur us on to campaign even harder for a world without these weapons of mass destruction.

In 1945, the United States Air Force dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with tragic and devastating consequences. Hundreds of thousands of people died, many instantaneously, others soon after from burns and shock, and yet more from the impact of radiation in the months and years that followed.
75 years later, 14,000 nuclear weapons still threaten our survival, even though the majority of people in the world and their governments support an international ban on their development, possession and use.


The Hiroshima Peace Memorial is part of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruin of the hall serves as a memorial to the people killed by the nuclear bomb.

 

CHRISTIAN LEADERS STATEMENT
Christian leaders of all denominations have signed a statement calling on the UK government to make every effort to engage in meaningful international disarmament, most importantly by committing to the cancellation of the current programme to replace Trident.
You can read the full statement, see the first 150 signatories and sign yourself – click on the heading ‘Statement……..bombings’ below

Statement on the anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings

A VIRTUAL EXHIBITION: Hiroshima and Nagasaki 75 years on
CND has launched an exhibition commemorating the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including testimonies and artefacts from survivors. It also includes the history of what happened and challenges the often repeated defence of the attack: that the nuclear bomb was necessary to end the Second World War.
View the exhibition here: https://cnduk.org/hiroshima-and-nagasaki-cnd-exhibition-introduction/

LAST WEEK!  RYEDALE FESTIVAL ONLINE AVAILABLE UNTIL SUNDAY 16TH AUGUST

Eight live concerts were broadcast online from three beautiful Ryedale venues.
Share the joy of classical music with more people than could ever fit into one venue. And  support performers at a time when they have never needed it more.
https://ryedalefestival.com/ryestream /#
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3Z8alARjzdvjbym20squMw
Thankyou to my North Yorkshire relatives who drew my attention to this.

 

                                   

THE ARTS CONNECTED  – a community of people who love the arts
We want to enrich lives through the arts, even if we cannot leave our homes. During the the current situation many people will feel isolated and lonely. On this site we want to connect people through a shared love for the arts.  Enjoy the arts at home with a series of films by Arts Society Accredited Lecturers, published every fortnight. Antiques expert, TV presenter, author and publisher Mark Hill explores two aspects of the seismic changes in British glass during the ‘60s through two objects from his own collection. You can find all 8 of the lectures given during the summer on  https://www.connected.theartssociety.org/talks-lectures
Below are some of my favourites….
Beethoven’s 3rd Symphony

It is suggested you listen to the whole symphony after the talk.  Here is one version

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI18rQLdQTQ&feature=youtu.be

Rebecca Hossack on Aboriginal Art – recording the Dreamtime. It tells the histories – and stories – of three aboriginal paintings, hanging in Rebecca’s home – works by Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and John Mawurndjul. They are three of the great painters of the Aboriginal tradition – though each, coming from a different language group and culture, has a remarkably different approach and iconography.  

Nicola Moorby looks at the new £20 note.  Check your wallet for this small piece of art history, as J.M.W. Turner is the first British artist to appear on a banknote. This film will discuss the background to the new note and examine how the Bank of England’s design represents the various aspects of Turner’s life, work and legacy.

 

 

TWO HELPFUL INSIGHTS FROM A SAINT
Russell Pollitt SJ  Jesuit Institute South Africa

How do we live in a time of uncertainty and upheaval? Many people across the globe have asked that question as we collectively face the onslaught of COVID-19. Countries have shut down; schools and universities have sent their students away offering online classes; churches are closed; we cannot go out of our houses or invite others in; we have to practice ‘social distancing’. People’s livelihoods have been destroyed; economies are buckling. We are living in an unprecedented time.

We do not know how much longer we are going to have to live in this way. As the spiritual writer Ronald Rolheiser OMI says: “like the inhabitants of Noah’s Ark, we’re locked in and don’t know when the floodwaters will recede and let us return to our normal lives.”

Many ‘Health and Wellness’ practitioners have reported that they are busier than ever as this pandemic draws on. They find themselves listening to people who are struggling to cope emotionally, physically, psychologically and spiritually.

St Ignatius Loyola whose feast was celebrated on 31 July,  offers us two insights which, at this time, might help us face the fluid and fragile situation in which we find ourselves.

First, we need to be open to change. Ignatius was smart enough to recognise that changing contexts and varying personal situations meant that things need to be adaptable, flexible. Perhaps now, more than ever, Ignatius’ principle of adaption is one that can help us cope. Instead of longing for what was or hoping for what might come, how do we adapt to and live flexibly in the present as best as we can?

The second insight is much more challenging. Ignatius invites us to “make ourselves indifferent to all created things”. He goes on to say that indifference means that we “want not health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honour rather than dishonour, longer rather than shorter life”. He says that all we should want is “desiring and choosing only what is most conducive for us to the end for which we were created”. Ignatius says that the purpose of our lives is to “praise, reverence and serve God”.

Ignatius invites us, first and foremost, to seek God’s will before anything else. His challenge to indifference is not suggesting that we should be uncaring or apathetic or not listen. It is an invitation to see what is most important, real and authentic. He says that we cannot make good life decisions if we are weighed down by desires that do not come from our true selves.

How might the practice of ‘adapting’ (or flexibility) and indifference give you the spiritual, emotional and psychological resilience you need at this time?

 

UNITED BREAKS OUT            VIRTUAL NEW WINE  30 JULY – 3 AUGUST

 Some videos of work worldwide

 

 

30th July  WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS

Christian Organisation Against Trafficking (COATNET) has released a statement in which it points out that the number of victims of trafficking is increasing because of Covid-19. It urges governments to intensify efforts to do more to identify victims of trafficking and clamp down on this exploitation. COATNET is the network of 46 Christian organisations of different denominations engaged in combating human trafficking. It is a global network that provides opportunities for its members to exchange knowledge and experience, as well as develop joint actions and advocacy on behalf of members

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRVjRmJZjJA

COATNET says the global pandemic has focused governments’ attention on health, but at the same time not sufficient attention was paid on the collateral damage of the ongoing pandemic especially on migrants and informal workers, who are now more exposed to trafficking and exploitation. It also call for urgent and targeted measures to support workers in informal sectors such as domestic work, agricultural and construction work, where most vulnerable workers (i.e. undocumented migrants) can be found.

There are several socio-economic effects of the ongoing pandemic, many of which contribute to aggravating the phenomenon of human trafficking and exploitation, which according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) is affecting more than 40 million people in the world.The governments’ measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had a major impact on the capacity to earn a living of the informal workers who are consequently more vulnerable to trafficking and exploitation. For these workers, job loss has also resulted in the loss of housing to live in.  

You can find out more on www.coatnet.org

 

WE ARE GOING WILD WITH FLOWERS 

Joshua Styles gives a session on Wildflowers both from what you can do at home and what Councils can change to support both our wildflowers and pollinators. He is the founder of the North West Rare Plant Initiative (NWRPI) an initiative based principally across Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and South Cumbria with the aim of cultivating & reintroducing vascular plant species on the brink of extinction at a regional level, where suitable situations exist.

Drawing on his life-long interest in plants, Josh started NWRPI in 2017, after graduating with a first in BSc Ecology from Edge Hill University. Since then, he has continued in academia, and is currently studying for an MSc in Biological Recording and Ecological Monitoring at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as working as a full-time ecologist, and finding the time to cultivate and conserve North West England’s rarest plant species.   See this on  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/we-are-going-wild—with?utm_source=crowdcast&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=followers

Matthew Pottage, Curator of RHS Garden Wisley shares his advice on tidying up forgotten shrubs, we learn how to home happy hedgehogs and discover intriguing edible flowers.

RHS TATTON FLOWER SHOW AT HOME 

Sue Beesley, from Bluebell Cottage Gardens, gives a selection of hardy perennials that you can use to create beautiful naturalistic displays in your summer garden

There are more videos as part of this show :  https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/tatton-park-at-home/whats-on/carol-klein

BUXTON INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

The planned July Festival was cancelled due to Corvid-19.  This has been replaced by an online festival  – BIF Digital 2020.  Recorded interviews are being shared each day between 17-25 July. All are free to view and will be available for a year.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9z2rYuTqDVZ2-xQEkIpsUg/video

PROGRAMME
Friday 17 July     Gill Hornby on Miss Austen interviewed by Vicky Dawson. Gill Hornby’s acclaimed new novel takes a literary mystery that has long puzzled academics and delivers an utterly convincing and enchanting story that questions the idea of legacy, remembrance and what constitutes a happy life.

Saturday 18 July   Paul Kerryson and Wyn Davies explore the work of Stephen Sondheim and A Little Night Music, in conversation with Michael Williams

Sunday 19th July  The BBC Philharmonic made a big impression with their concert at last year’s 40th Anniversary Festival. Omer Meir Wellber began his tenure as the orchestra’s Chief Conductor at the beginning of the 2019-2020 season. In this performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A, K414, Wellber leads the orchestra from the keyboard, in a performance that includes a number of surprises.

Monday 20 July  Where to now for the Arts in the UK? Annie Lydford, Julian Glover, Emily Gottlieb in in a discussion hosted by Michael Williams on the state of affairs regarding theatre and opera in the United Kingdom post-Covid 19.

Tuesday 21 July  Dame Sarah Connolly is an artist of extraordinary breadth and sincerity. In this selection of some of her finest performances, we see her embody two very contrasting Handelian heroes, Julius Caesar and Ariodante, and we savour some of her exquisite song singing from London’s Wigmore Hall.

Wednesday 22 July  Laura Thompson on The Last Landlady: An English Memoir interviewed by Vicky Dawson

Thursday 23 July  Mark Cocker- A Claxton Diary: Further Field Notes From A Small Planet  in conversation with Patrick Barkham about his new book Wild Child

Friday 24 July The Golden Age Crime Panel with Sarah Ward, Martin Edwards and Nicola Upson Bestselling Derbyshire based crime writer Sarah Ward invites writer, editor and critic Martin Edwards and CWA Historical dagger shortlisted author Nicola Upson to discuss The Golden Age of Crime in Britain in the 1920s and 30s.

Saturday 25 July Adrian Kelly talks to Christian Curnyn about Handel’s Acis and Galatea

REPORT ON ‘GOOD SOCIETY’ ZOOM MEETING   see  Report of the Good Society meeting – Councillors – 11th July 2020 (1)

Andy Stoker writes: ‘ Visit our Facebook page “A Good Society @Dialstonelane” to comment and continue the debate – or mail to me  andy.stoker@btinternet.com.  Another meeting is being provisionally planned for Sept 5th ‘  

                                                                                         HOPE for All online
We had just launched our latest HOPE for All magazine when the world went into lockdown. Undeterred, we have developed a website https://www.hopeforall.org.uk/ that aims to help non-Christians explore faith, just as the paper magazines aim to do. We couldn’t wait to tell you about this, even though content is still being added. We hope this will be a place you can point friends to when they want to try praying, read the Bible for themselves or explore some of life’s big questions. Add a link To HOPE for all from your own church website so enquirers can take steps on the journey of faith and use the link in your social media.

FOR THE FAMILY IN THE SCHOOL HOLIDAYS    The last few months have certainly looked very different to normal. For many families, there has been more time to spend together and with the summer holidays swiftly approaching, we wanted to share some of our favourite family based resources with you. Our hope is that you can grow in faith as a family during this time.

Did you get to complete our Family Adventure Prayer Map? If you haven’t, why don’t you try it over the summer? If  you have, you could try it again and go deeper! Click here to see more! https://www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/digital-family-prayer-adventure-map

The Family Prayer Adventure podcasts are a fun and engaging way to help families pray together. At 10-12 minutes long, they feature a game, an interactive Bible story, a chance to pray and great music. Click here to listen to the podcasts. https://soundcloud.com/thykingdomcomeglobal/sets/thy-kingdom-come-2019-family-podcast

‘Bright Ideas for Families’ has some creative and fun activities to help families pray together, such as pebble prayers or rocket prayers! Click here to see more.https://www.thykingdomcome.global/sites/default/files/2019-03/TKC_Home_Pack_V4.pdf

READ THE SUMMER NEWSLETTER
Medaille Trust exists to provide refuge and freedom to victims of modern slavery – supporting them as they rebuild their lives. Today, we are the largest provider of supported safe house beds for victims of modern slavery in the UK. 
https://www.medaille-trust.org.uk/resources/newsletter

 

               

LATEST MAGAZINE 
Many of you may already support Embrace and receive their emails.  This is a Christian organisation – previously called Bible Lands- supporting projects for vulnerable people  in the Middle East. But for those who do not you can find it here.

https://www.embraceme.org/magazine

The letter in the email: 
    We have been blown away by the overwhelming compassion and dedication to serve displayed by our partners, for whom the last few months have been incredibly challenging.
    In this issue, we tell you how our partners have triumphed over adversity, working through difficult circumstances to bring healing and hope to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the region.You’ll hear about how the staff at Tahaddi in Lebanon have continued to educate children during lockdown, using mobile phones to conduct lessons, and the amazing resilience and determination of the students
    We also tell the story of Najwa, a young blind woman who was able to dream big, leave her home town in Egypt and pursue an education – something she never imagined would be possible
    Finally, we celebrate you, our wonderful supporters! Without your amazing support throughout the last few months, Embrace would have really struggled. We have been so thrilled to see the creative fundraising activities our supporters have been taking part in, even whilst in lockdown.
    We are so grateful for your support throughout these difficult times. It means the world to us and our partners.
With every blessing,
Matt Adcock
Head of Communications and Fundraising,
Embrace the Middle East

 

 

 

 

 

THE PROTEST:   BLACK LIVES MATTER   The Bush Theatre ( Shepherd’s Bush) have produced 6 short monologues.

 From the theatre: If we could, we would have opened our building to support and comfort each other during this time. We would have held space together, cried together, and maybe made some art together in order to heal, as that’s what we do in times of crisis.

 So, we decided to do this as much as possible online. We reached out to some of the wonderful artists in our family to see if there was anything they wanted to express in protest.

 Taking a second to talk directly to our Black audiences: we know that this is a difficult time. Feel free to consume this content at your own pace and engage with it in a way you feel comfortable. to help our understanding of the Black Lives Matter issues.   You can see all 6 videos if you click the 1-6 button on the top right corner of this first video.

 

A JOURNEY ACROSS THE OCEAN WITH JAVIER BARDEM
This  follows Javier’s journey with Greenpeace to Antarctica in 2018. It’s a beautiful film as well as showing Greenpeace’s campaigning work. It also highlights why our oceans need protection.
I particularly liked the bit when he goes underwater in a submarine about 45 minutes into the film.

 

 

A HELPING HAND  – sometimes we don’t get the results we expect!!  Thanks to Sue Hollingworth for this to make us smile.

 

 

ADDRESSING THE HISTORIES OF COLONIALISM AND SLAVERY.  The National Trust cares for places and collections on behalf of the nation, and many have direct and indirect links to slavery and colonialism.  It is addressing these histories and their cultural significance.  You can find out more on  https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/addressing-the-histories-of-slavery-and-colonialism-at-the-national-trust

 

 

In their latest newsletter they offered several short videos of canals, I chos e two areas I had been to recently- Foxton Locks in Leicestershire near some of my relatives  and the Llangollen canal with its famous Pontcysyllte Aquaduct that some of you may have walked over.  Foxton Locks seem very different to our locks in Marple as one lock leads straight into the next with no pool in between.

 

You can find more of the videos on https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/news-and-views/our-campaigns/canals-at-home-our-best-bits

NATIONAL TRUST GARDENS TO VISIT –  Chasleton House in the Cotswolds .  This  is one of the National Trust’s smaller properties and access is tricky so the property team have created this video – recorded earlier this spring – to give you a tour of the gardens while the property is closed.

  Also a   tour of the walled rose garden at Mottisfont in Hampshire, which has roses dating back to before 1900. Louise Govier, the general manager at Mottisfont, will talk about her favourite blooms and give you a special glimpse of the rich history of this magical garden.     https://youtu.be/6WNUKPOZBAM

https://youtu.be/F96i5dcFhZA

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY JUNE 

ANOTHER VIRTUAL EVENT   arranged by  Chester Friends of the Earth group and Eco Communities to raise awareness of climate change through the arts.     You can still listen to the various sessions on https://www.crowdcast.io/ecocommunities_

                                    IS FAIRTRADE FINISHED?
KitKat has severed its ties with Fairtrade, despite the organisation behind the scheme warning that thousands of farmers would be hit by the move. The boss of Fairtrade said Nestle’s decision to cut its 10-year association with the non-profit organisation was “profoundly disappointing”. The Swiss owned food giant said it would now source its cocoa for KitKat bars from farms on the Rainforest Alliance terms instead of working with those Fairtrade accreditation. See https://www.fairtrade.org.uk/ under NEWS

This is the latest of several companies to leave the Fairtrade scheme and set up their own alternatives. In 2017 Sainsburys announced it was moving away from Fairtrade labelling for its own brand tea and would use its own scheme to guarantee a good price for suppliers.  
To read the back ground to this, Samanth Subranmanian wrote a very helpful article last July for the Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/23/fairtrade-ethical-certification-supermarkets-sainsburys
Thanks to Pauline Howell for drawing my attention to this

 

 

‘FOR SAMA’   A CHALLENGING INSPIRING  FILM
A love letter from a young mother to her daughter, the film tells the story of Waad al-Kateab’s life through five years of the uprising in Aleppo, Syria as she falls in love, gets married and gives birth to Sama, all while cataclysmic conflict rises around her.
Her camera captures incredible stories of loss, laughter and survival as Waad wrestles with a impossible choice– whether or not to flee the city to protect her daughter’s life, when leaving means abandoning the struggle for freedom for which she has already sacrificed so much.
You can access the film for free via the Channel 4 website:
https://www.channel4.com/programmes/for-sama/on-demand/66428-001

    June 15 -21  More about refugee issues on Past Events page 

‘TREES OF HOME’

 

This beautiful poem, ‘Trees of Home’ – by refugees at the Islington Centre for Refugees and Migrants in collaboration with Sita Brahmachari and illustrated by Axel Scheffler – speaks to the heartbreak of being separated from loved ones. Even after lockdown many refugee families will still be apart due to unfair UK rules. The Home Office must bring #familiestogether again. #refugeeweek2020
https://www.facebook.com/AmnestyUK/videos/721919868620635

                                                                  SOMETHING ELSE FROM ROMILEY

 

For any young Sherlocks bored of staying in their Holmes right now, we have just the thing!
A mystery has unfolded at your school.
We need your help to follow the clues, eliminate the suspects & solve the crime.
A Romiley Mystery Trail for the whole family to enjoy.
£4 per trail
Any proceeds will be donated to Friends of Romiley Primary School.   Any questions, please email: slw2000@me.com    (Organised by Lorna Wells & family)
https://www.thefrps.com/treasuretrail       

                   

                                              Singers around the world unite to sing AMAZING GRACE … 

 

   

You can hear prayers and readings daily on the telephone.   The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044 is for those who are not able to join online activities.If you know anyone who has maybe not yet heard of this service and might benefit please let them know.  

ANOTHER GARDEN TOUR    This time  of the Bethlehem Palestine Museum of Natural History. It features the gardens, animals, sustainable growing practices and much more. The film is narrated by Mazin Qumsiyeh the founder of the museum.   

 

 

RACISM

A joint statement  from both Archbishops  on the unnecessary death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, at the hands of the Police: ‘Recent events in the United States of America have once again drawn public attention to the ongoing evil of white supremacy.

Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world. Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled. Let us be clear: racism is an affront to God. It is born out of ignorance, and must be eradicated. We all bear the responsibility and must play our part to eliminate this scourge on humanity. 

As Dr Martin Luther King Jr said, “In a real sense, we are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Therefore, injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

We pray that God’s abounding wisdom, compassion and love will guide leaders across the world to forge a better society.’

Thank you to Sue Hollingworth who sent this some time ago. I have only just found out how to put it on the website but it does seem appropriate. When you click on, it does start  at the beginning!

  

A lovely blessing including Irish dancers and drummers

 

 

VIRTUAL CHORAL EVENSONG  – thanks to  Kath Powell for recommending it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3X8FYAb3JK0&feature=youtu.be

FROM LYME   Lead Ranger Chris Dunkerley talks from the top of the stable block about Swifts.

 

My two  favourite posts  – worth a second or third watch!

DUCKLINGS GALOR!    A video to make you smile        https://youtu.be/5N9Aq460_dA

A DRONE’S VIEW  Our cross  from a very different angle. This appeared on Marple Community Hub on Good Friday.  

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1828827993803558/permalink/32123329554530

                                        
 
 

 

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