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Zambia Update

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Zambia Update
Through the generosity of parishioners and a number of fund raising events in 2009 we managed to send a total of £6149.92 to support projects in Zambia. As part of this total, £2000 was sent to support two seminarians and a further £3442 was sent to the Kassisi orphanage and Sr. Maria’s homes and school. None of this could have been possible without the continued support, social gatherings and collections for special events.
This year already has seen £442.50 from our crib collection, over £400 from our Darts Night in March, a Lenten lunch, £160 from a Sunday afternoon cream tea at the end of May and £645 from our Italian evening on 10 July.
No injuries were sustained on the Darts Night apart from a few marks to the plasterwork in the hall. Whilst Eric Bristow and co. have nothing to worry about, some parishioners amazed some of us by managing to finish on doubles on the board.
The Lent lunch for Zambia was part of a series of lunches held by local Christian churches and was well supported. The simple lunch of homemade soup, bread and fruit was enjoyed by members from the local Christian communities coming together on Palm Sunday.
Father Oswald’s weekend visit at Pentecost was to thank us and to give us a first hand account of the work we support. After the Vigil Mass on the Saturday and the parish Mass on the Sunday we were able to chat with him and get further feedback. Father Oswald is going to the University of East Anglia in Norwich in September to continue his studies, so hopefully we will see him sometime in the future.
The cream tea on 30 May was enjoyed by everyone who came along and held pleasant surprises for some whose numbers were pulled out of the boxes for the 200 club half yearly big draw.
The Italian evening was held in the parish hall on a balmy night in July. Over 45 parishioners and friends were treated to a delicious four course meal prepared by Maria Amesbury and Father Christopher. We were welcomed with glasses of Pimms or fruit cup followed by antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci courses with wine and soft drinks.
More events are planned after our Summer break.

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