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A Million Hands

Margaret Hollands with boys from Beavers Many more children now understand dementia better thanks to Margaret Hollands, who is an Anna Chaplain and Dementia Friends Champion in the Diocese of Rochester. ‘A Million Hands’ is a partnership between the Alzheimer’s Society and the Scouts Association through which youngsters learn about dementia and what actions they can take to make a difference in their communities and helps them achieve their Community Impact badge. ‘In July, when ...Read more

Fourth annual Network Gathering

Delegates at the 2018 Network Gathering Feedback has been glowing from the 50 people who attended the fourth annual The Gift of Years network gathering, held this October at the Hayes Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Each year the gathering moves around the country. ‘We’ve come a long way since a dozen of us met at Waverley Abbey in Surrey in 2014,’ said The Gift of Years Team Leader, Debbie Thrower. Facing it This year, for ...Read more

Archbishop commissions latest Anna Chaplains

Three new Anna Chaplains and three new Anna Friends, with Archbishop Justin Welby The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, has commissioned our three newest Anna Chaplains, and three Anna Friends working with them, on a visit to south-east London. When the Anna Chaplains and Anna Friends came to be commissioned, the Archbishop asked the question: ‘Anna Chaplaincy requires sensitivity, discretion and patient love. Do you promise to carry out your duties with ...Read more

'Give us our daily bread' Quiet Day

Experiencing growing older as a precious time for reflection was the theme chosen for a BRF Quiet Day at Old Alresford Place: ‘Give us our daily bread.’ Debbie explored some of the layers of meaning from what she called this ‘deceptively simple phrase couched in the imperative, Give! God gives us permission to ask for the little things as well as the big.’ ‘It was a day,’ she said, ‘for thinking about how we might ...Read more

Heart of Kent Anna Chaplaincy official launch

St Peter and St Paul Church in Aylesford, Kent, was the setting for the official launch the Heart of Kent Anna Chaplaincy and the new partnership with the Heart of Kent Hospice . The Bishop of Tonbridge, the Right Revd Simon Burton-Jones, conducted the service withy special prayers for lead Anna Chaplain, the Revd Colin Terry and his team of Anna Friends: Alice English, Pauline Welch and Daphne Gear. Debbie led the prayers and spoke ...Read more

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