It all began with a talk by the leader of RAFT – Refugee Aid from Taunton, who came to the Crewkerne Deanery Synod last autumn to report on the plight of the refugees after the Jungle Camp in Calais had been cleared. Reuben Morris, our Associate Vicar Jonathan’s son, was so moved that he decided to travel to Calais with two friends to see for himself what had happened to the people who had been driven out. He gave us a vivid report on the terrible conditions in which the refugees now exist. The closure of the camp had not solved anything, it had just driven the people further away. Their very survival depends on the work of charities.
After hearing Reuben’s moving and disturbing stories, St Michael and All Angels in Haselbury decided to host a fund-raising coffee morning for the Refugee Support Group South Somerset and ask for people to donate clothing. The initial response was overwhelming in its generosity, and since then we have continued to receive regular donations of clothes, blankets and sleeping bags. Such items can be left in Haslebury church at any time, and we will take them to RAFT’s depot in Taunton.
Donations can also be arranged via the Benefice Office or by contacting Jonathan.
Team hits top gear in race challenge
An exciting new youth engineering, science and design project has got off to a flying start in Crewkerne.
Greenpower has been launched by a business and church in the town in partnership with two Crewkerne schools, Wadham School and Maiden Beech Academy.
The community project was initiated by St Bartholomew’s Church and Wydale Plastics to inspire young people to become engineers, scientists or designers by taking part in a national competition to design, build and race an electric car.
The project was launched last week at Maiden Beech with a £1,000 donation by the Rev Stuart Huntley on behalf of St Bartholomew’s Church and a cheque for £500 and the offer of engineering support by Robin Wyatt and Ian Veale of Wydale.
The competition is run by Greenpower Education Trust which organises races at some of the top motorsport tracks in the country, including Goodwood. Two teams of six pupils from each school are already working on two cars, one donated by Silverline Tools and the other by Taunton School.
Team leader Nick Clarke is looking for more sponsors to boost this exciting project, and he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07842 192402.
This year we have supported, Macmillan Cancer, British Red Cross, Rotary, Royal British Legion, Ferne Animal Sanctuary to name a few charities.
The Christmas Tree Festival in December provides an opportunity for 40+ organisations in Crewkerne to show off their community and crafty skills in decorating Christmas trees that remain in St Bartholomew’s church for the Christmas period.