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Sunday 15th May - 2.00pm. - 4.00pm.

As you know we are no longer doing a door-to-door collection for Christian Aid in St. Ippolyts so I thought I would have a “Tea and Cakes” afternoon.

Everyone is invited to 1 Ash Drive to enjoy a slice of cake, a cuppa and (hopefully) some sunshine in the garden to raise some money for this very worthwhile charity.

Donations of cakes or raffle prizes would be very welcome, just let me know what to expect!  I look forward to seeing everyone.

       Barbara Thomas

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In 2005, after many years wondering about it, I decided at last that I wanted to volunteer abroad.  So I started looking into it.  Eventually I found a company where you could go for 1 month or 3 months.  I decided on 3 months as I thought that one month would not be long enough to contribute anything.

They had placements in various parts of the World and all looked tempting but eventually I chose Ghana and the start date was January 2006.  I set off with a mixture of excitement and terror!  I arrived in Accra and was met by a driver.  Besides myself and two others from the UK the other volunteers were all from America.

I had chosen to go to a small fishing village called Woe.  We were taken by local bus to the school where I was volunteering with 3-4 year olds.  The children were great and all happy to come to school - they usually arrived at school before the local bus got me there and ran to meet me and drag me into the classroom.  Depending on what they were learning, we were either in the classroom, or if they were being read to, outside under a large tree for shade, usually after lunch.  They were taught in a mixture of English and their local dialect.

The way of life was simple - no television, usually not enough signal for a mobile phone, no internet access so I couldn’t send or receive emails and it was total bliss!

Five of us decided to take the last two plus weeks off and hire a van and driver to take us round Ghana.  This was amazing - seeing so many different aspects of Ghana from region to region, punctures galore from going down potholes, different dishes, staying at a game reserve where one elephant would come every morning to drink from the fresh water swimming pool, the monkeys who stole all my washing off the line and strewed it all around the camp, hearing the local folklore handed down from generation to generation but never written down, the vibrant colours of their dresses and outfits and above all, their innate friendliness, kindness and interest in us.

A remarkable 3 months and if it hadn’t been for my two lovely dogs and obvious commitments back home, I would have been very happy to stay far longer!

                                                                                          Clare Reid

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The next Bible Study Group meetings will take place on Wednesdays 4th and 18th May.  We meet at 2.30pm. at Oakhurst (behind Kingshott School) home of Margaret Edmonds.  We will be continuing our study of the Letter of Paul to the Galatians.  Refreshments are served after the meeting.  Do come and join us - all welcome.

For further information please contact Margaret Edmonds (01462-452340) or Clare Larsen (01462-453541). 

                                                                                 Clare Larsen

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EVENSONG WITH SUPPER - Sunday 15th May at 6.30pm


We thought it might be a nice idea to follow on from our Evensong service at St. Ippolyts Church with a light supper to give people a chance to chat and catch-up with one another.  If you haven't been before then Evensong is a sung service using traditional language and lasting around 45 minutes.

Supper following our service on Sunday 15th May at 6.30pm. will be quiche and salad and a dessert.  It would help to know numbers so please either sign up on the sheet in church or let Reverend Ginni know by email or phone.  There is no charge for supper.

                                                                                    Reverend Ginni

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Please would anyone who would like to remember a loved one at Easter make a small donation towards the cost of our Easter lilies.  Donations can be placed in the envelopes provided at the back of the church.  Print the name on the envelope and Reverend Ginni will read out all the names on Easter Day. 

Please give your envelope to Jane Veasey either at church or deliver to Gosmore Cross, Newlands Lane.  Or deliver to Carol Scott, Bow Cottage, Gosmore.  Thank you all!

             Frances Williams

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