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Messy farewell to Christine Legge

The home of Messy Vintage , in Jersey, has said a fond and heartfelt farewell to co-pioneer Revd Christine Legge, who with National Coordinator for Messy Vintage, Katie Norman, had helped devise and launch this concept of Messy Church specifically tailored to the needs of older people. Christine and Katie have been a dynamic duo developing ideas first at Philadelphie Messy Centre on the island (formerly Philadelphie Methodist Church), and then taking Messy Vintage out ...Read more

Five new Anna Chaplains

Five new Anna Chaplains and six Anna Friends A new academic year and fresh beginnings for five brand new Anna Chaplains in Kent. With 14 such chaplains supporting older people in the north of the county now, Kent boasts the highest number of Anna Chaplains anywhere in the country. At a special commissioning event held in the grounds of the residence of the Bishop of Rochester, Bishop James Langstaff said he was delighted to see ...Read more

Lobbying government

Helen Wordsworth, Debbie Thrower and Jeremy Sharpe Representatives of the coalition Christians Together Against Loneliness met with a senior civil servant in Whitehall. Helen Wordsworth (Parish Nursing Ministries UK), Debbie Thrower (The Gift of Years) and Jeremy Sharpe (Linking Lives UK) met Ramona Herdman of the Loneliness Unit headed by Parliamentary Under-Secretary Tracey Crouch MP at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. ‘I think it was definitely helpful to have flagged up our ...Read more

Welcome Brian Dunlop

The Revd Brian Dunlop has been busy working on the development of Anna Chaplaincy in and around Cheltenham for some time now and has now joined The Gift of Years network. Brian read physics at Exeter University and then trained in London as a Patent and Trademark Attorney, later moving to Cheltenham where he was a partner in an international firm of attorneys for around 30 years. ‘Much of my work came from the United ...Read more

Welcome Mandy Baker

Congratulations to Mandy Baker, a new Anna Chaplain joining the network. Mandy trained as a registered general nurse, and left nursing in 2000. She worked as an early years’ practitioner and special needs coordinator at St James Church preschool, Tunbridge Wells, and now runs a breakfast and after-school club for St James church. Mandy explained that she was licensed as a lay minister in 2017. ‘I have always had a heart for older people. I ...Read more


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