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Recycled clothes benefit victims of abuse

Southern Domestic Abuse Service has benefited from the Recycled Fashion Show held at Alton Methodist Church.

Rachel Windebank and Alice Neylon were delighted to receive a cheque for £1400-00 by Show compere and co-organiser, Judy Nicholls.  Several of the Fashion Show models and organiser, Karen Booker, were present too, giving their support to the work carried out by the Southern Domestic Abuse Service, which provides inclusive services to all victims and survivors of domestic abuse.

The money donated will go towards activities for the women and children during school summer holidays, but also help to provide much needed basics: pillows, duvets, meals and toiletries for the first few days - items that could not be taken when the victims left home.

More details of Southern Domestic Abuse Service can be obtained at their website.

Next year's Recycled Fashion Show at Alton Methodist Church will be on Tuesday 16 April 2013.

Fashion Show proves success of recycling!

Alton Methodist Church was filled with ladies for its annual Recycled Fashion Show, with 100s of donated items priced and modelled, then sold after the Show.  This year the event was supporting Women's Aid (East Hampshire Domestic Abuse Service) and the Alton Methodist Redevelopment Fund.  

Compere, Judy Nicholls, and co-organiser, Karen Booker, acknowledged the large team of helpers from the local GAP churches that had made the Show such a happy evening.  

Karen said, "This is a time to welcome the community into our church.  It encourages people to recycle, while enjoying the fun of finding a bargain.  Judy and I have been collecting and pricing clothes since January, and now we are starting to plan next year's Show!"

A further reduced price sale took place the following day, with a wonderful final total of £2700 raised.  The remainder of the clothes were thereafter donated to the local charity shops, so the recycling continues!

£1000 for Wessex Cancer Trust

Wessex Cancer Trust representative, Diana Faithfull, accepted a cheque for £1,000.00 from Karen Booker and Judy Nicholls following their recent successful Mad Hatters' Tea Party at Alton Methodist Church, in memory of Robyn Fitzer.

Diana thanked the team at church who had made the event so successful, and spoke of how the money will be used for patient welfare during their cancer treatment, providing support in ways not covered by the NHS.

Experience Easter

99 pupils from St Lawrence Primary School took part in Experience Easter in church, organised by Rev David Hinks with a team of ordained and lay members of the Parish of the Resurrection and Alton Methodist Church.

In a series of hour-long sessions, the children shared the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Day, considering the situation of those taking part at the time, as well as relating the experiences to their own today.

Striking tableaux set out in St Lawrence Church set the scene for each "station" of the Easter story,  the children moving from scene to scene, with activities and thinking times related to the topic in each one eg Remember Me, Alone.

As a volunteer at the Alone "station" recreating the Garden of Gethsemane, I was moved by the responses of the children to the experience of being alone, as they sat with me amid the wonderfully created tableau.  They too obviously felt they learned from the morning, realising that Holy Week relates to human experience, and has much to teach us about ourselves.  One pupil, Rosie Willis, wrote in her delightful thank you letter,

"it made me think about the emotions Jesus must have been going through when he was praying to God and being hanged on the cross."

This was a well organised and worthwhile outreach, and our thanks go to Rev David and Julie Hinks for their preparation, as well as to all who helped.

From Karen Booker 16/04/12

Mad Hatters' Tea Party in Memory of Robyn Fitzer

Wessex Cancer Trust representative, Diana Faithfull, will receive a cheque for £1,000.00 in memory of Robyn Fitzer, thanks to afternoon tea with hats for sale!

Robyn was a member of Alton Methodist Church, as well as former Mayor of Alton, and died of cancer last autumn. Before they closed in Alton, "Experience" donated a selection of beautiful hats and fascinators to Karen Booker and Judy Nicholls, for their annual Recycled Fashion Show which raises funds for a local charity. They decided to hold an extra event in aid of Wessex Cancer Care: afternoon tea with the hats for sale, in memory of Robyn, an elegant lady, and a regular model for their Fashion Shows.

Organiser, Karen Booker, said, "A delicious spread of home-baked cakes, tea served in fine bone china, and the choice of over 40 hats enticed almost 70 ladies to Alton Methodist Church for a fun and successful afternoon, remembering Robyn in style!"

The Recycled Fashion Show will take place on Tuesday 24 April, with tickets and further details available from the Alton Methodist Church Office.

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