Crazy weather – just wandered down my garden. The following are in bloom – hellebores, roses, primroses, vincas, mahonias, pulmonarias, Welsh poppies, hardy geraniums (aptly named) and joining them today, aconites… some shrubs as well, but forgotten their names !
What is Posada all about?
During the evenings leading up to Christmas Day, nativity sets of Mary and Joseph travel on a roster basis visiting a different family or place every night. The night Mary and Joseph ‘stay’ provides a great opportunity to invite guests around to share together the true meaning of Christmas with a prayer evening or Christmas carolling, for example.
Mary, Joseph and Donkey are doing the rounds in North Cheriton this year. If you look carefully, you may see them on someone’s windowsill, gently illuminated by candlelight, before arriving in church on Christmas Eve in time for the Carol Service.
(If for any reason you are unable to play host to this travelling trio on the pre-arranged date, please contact Belinda on 31382 or email email@example.com)
- FEEDING THE HUNGRY TODAY
The Lord’s Larder Food Bank
We in North Cheriton have been supporting The Lord’s Larder in Yeovil for the last two years. It’s a wonderful food-distribution system for really needy people in this part of Somerset. We donate food, via our own Parish Church, St John the Baptist.
What is the Lord’s Larder?
It is a local “bank” of non-perishable food, operated by volunteers from churches in and around Yeovil. It began in a small way in 1991, when a representative of the Yeovil Citizens’ Advice Bureau spoke about the need for emergency food parcels to members of one of the Yeovil churches. More than 45 local churches, 25 schools and several community groups now supply the “food bank” regularly.
Each year thousands of emergency food parcels, averaging over 42,000 items of food, are given out via different agencies to help about 2,000 adults and more than 1,000 children.
How the Larder works
· Local schools, churches, community groups and others organisations donate food and money throughout the year.
· Volunteers sort and store the food in a purpose built larder.
· Volunteers make up emergency food parcels in response to requests by phone from Social Services and other recognised agencies.
· The agencies collect the parcels and deliver them to those in need.
How you can help
In these difficult times, more and more people are finding that they don’t have enough money for food. Please help us to help them. Experience shows that donating food to organisations like The Lord’s Larder is a very effective way.
So when you go shopping for food, buy an extra item or two from the list overleaf and put them in the large collecting box in North Cheriton Church. As the box fills up the food and is taken by volunteers to The Lord’s Larder in Yeovil.
For Christmas 2015 we are setting a Parish target of 200 items, by 18 December.
If you’re interested in donating non-perishable food items to The Lord’s Larder food bank, the following items are the most in need.
- Tinned Tuna, Tinned Meat Pies, Tins of Stewed Steak
- Tinned Mince, Tins of Hot Dogs, Tins of Meatballs
- Tins of Corned Beef, Tins of Ham, Jars of Pasta Sauce
- 80 Teabags, Coffee, Large and Small Packets of Cereals ie Weetabix
- Cereal Bars, Porridge Oats, Meat Paste
- Packets of Biscuits, Packets of Cream Crackers,
- Small and large bags of Sugar, Cartons Long Life Milk
- Cartons of Fruit Juice, Squash, Jars of Jams
- Tins of Curry, Tins of Chilli Con Carne, Instant Potato,
- Tins of Mixed Vegetables, Tins of Peas, Carrots, Potato
- Tins of Fruit, Rice Pudding, Jelly, Instant Custard, Instant Whip
- Baked Beans, Tinned Ravioli, Tins of Beans and Sausages
- Tins of Spaghetti, Packets of Rice, Cuppa Soup Tins of Sweetcorn,
- Packets of Pasta, Pasta sauces, Noodles, Couscous, Savoury Rice,
The Lord’s Larder operates in many part of Britain. Individuals in need of food urgently should telephone the following central number. SOMERSET DIRECT 0845 345 9122
SHORTAGES RIGHT NOW
Long life (UHT) milk, sugar, pasta sauces and
men’s toiletries (soap, shower gel, deodorants, toothpaste, etc).
Just come home from this year’s very successful supper. . excellent traditional meal with bells and whistles! Many thanks for all the hard work by the cooks and thanks to the two young waiters who did a marvellous clearing operation. ‘Til 2016 !
Have a good Christmas. David and Gaynor