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Scottish Holiday at Home

Attendees at the Scottish Holiday at Home News of a Holiday at Home with a Scottish flavour comes from network members in Southampton the Revd Dr Erica Roberts and Anna Chaplain Faith Kenny. ‘More than 100 guests gathered to visit Scotland: The Highlands and Islands in a transformed Highfield Church. From piping in a chocolate roll Haggis to Scottish Dancing and a boisterous rendition of that favourite, "Auld Lang Syne", two days of Scottish themed ...Read more

Goodbye to Jill Phipps

Pushing advocacy for older people up the agenda in Portsmouth has been the focus for network member Jill Phipps in recent years. Now retiring, sadly, Jill steps down after three successful years in the pioneer post to make way for a successor to take on the baton. Jill’s farewell tea was a lovely occasion, said Alex Burn, The Gift of Years Coordinator. ‘There were so many older people there from a "Do Something Different" event ...Read more

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


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