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Launch of Chichester Anna Chaplaincy

The Chichester Anna Chaplaincy has been officially launched in style with a grand tea-time garden party in the city. Two hundred guests gathered to celebrate in a large marquee set in the beautiful Bishop’s Palace gardens. Refreshments included delicate cakes and sandwiches very kindly prepared and donated by the cathedral’s Cloisters café. There was even a specially iced celebration fruit cake – baked by one of the team members behind the project – to mark ...Read more

Talks on ageing and dementia

Anna Chaplaincy has a determined champion in the Revd Dr Anne Townsend, part of the ministry team with the Revd Anne Jablonski, Vicar of Bromley Parish Church; St Peter and St Paul. ‘I've been following it all as it's developed with appreciation and enthusiasm.’ Anne, a psychotherapist, and her husband John were missionaries for many years, and retired to Kent. Anne has given a talk on the topic of ageing. Read a transcript of her ...Read more

New network member Beverley McArdle

New network member Beverley McArdle is based in East Sussex, and is Rest Homes Team Leader with Brighton and Hove City Mission. Beverley visits rest homes across the Brighton and Hove area with a team of volunteers providing short informal services, and some one-to-one visiting with residents. She also aims to support churches with their work among older people in the city. Beverley has been involved in book selling and teaching, and has worked with ...Read more

New network member Lindsay MacRae

We have a new network member in London, Lindsay MacRae. Lindsay is project coordinator for St Luke's Older People's Project in Kentish Town, North London. The project aims to tackle depression and social isolation among people over 75 through lunches, creative sessions, tea parties, outings and discos! ‘Many events are intergenerational so that we can build a more understanding and loving community,’ she said. Lindsay is a former journalist and the author of several collections ...Read more

Anna Chaplaincy training

More than thirty people gathered for Anna Chaplaincy training at St Mary’s Church, Kings Worthy near Winchester. As well as people from the Worthys and Upper Dever Valley, there were parishioners from the neighbouring benefice of the Itchen Valley, from Christ Church, Winchester, the Three Saints Benefice, Winchester, and from Highfield Church, Southampton. The afternoon and evening training sessions Debbie delivered were designed to equip both Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends volunteering alongside them. Feedback ...Read more