Blogger Jenny Bennett who writes for the online blog muminpractice.com says she has been overwhelmed by people’s generosity in response to a toy donation she posted on her Facebook page.
Jenny said: “I’d been wanting to do something special for Christmas this year, so I posted the appeal on my page asking people to buy an extra gift for the mums and children who would be spending Christmas in one of the refuges provided by the Southern Domestic Abuse Service. Some of these women have to leave life-threatening situations with nothing but the clothes they are wearing. We wanted them to know how brave we all think they are, and take the worry of presents for the children off their shoulders.”
She posted the appeal on Facebook and word quickly spread. Then the donations started to flood in. “I have to give a massive thank you to Sew Creative in Petersfield and the staff of Haslemere Town Council at the Town Hall who offered to be drop off points for the gifts. This wouldn’t have been possible without them,” said Jenny.
A friend’s garage was filled with treats and toys for the mums and children at the refuge and anything left over this year will be used as birthday presents for the families in 2018.
Jakob Bloch, CEO of Commodity Appointments based at The Old Dairy in Petersfield, will be taking part in the first Peru edition of ‘Marathon de Sables’ next week.
An experienced endurance runner, he has already run across the Sahara Desert in the legendary Marathon des Sables on behalf of a Liphook-based children’s charity.
The Marathon de Sables, known as the Toughest Footrace on Earth, is a six-day ultra-marathon over a distance of about 250km. This is the first time it will take place in the Ica desert, 300km south of Lima.
Jakob will be again taking part with the aim of raising publicity and funds for Dreams Come True, an inspiring team of people who fulfil moments of joy for children with serious and life-limiting diseases. If you would like to support Jakob’s efforts, please go to www.commodity.global/donate
Here is a brief trailer of what awaits him on this adventure:
Join Aladdin and friends as they discover the Cave of Doom and meet the magical Genie of the Lamp on December 18 when this year’s panto is performed in aid of local charity Action for A-T. Audiences will be transported to the streets of Peking with songs, audience participation and slapstick comedy.
Taking place at Haslemere Hall, this family favourite show is ideal for kids aged three to 11. Tickets cost £8.
Contact susie.shillingford@actionforAT.org with any enquiries. Click the “Tickets” button to purchase your seats.
Madeline Plummer (17) from Haslemere will be performing a classical piano recital at St Peter’s Church in Peterfield on Sunday, November 12, 1.30-2.30pm, in aid of MND Association.
Madeleine is a sixth form pupil at Churcher’s College in Petersfield currently studying for A Levels in English, History, Music and Music Technology. She hopes to go on to study for a music degree at university and a post graduate course in conducting. A gifted pianist, Madeleine will be playing the following pieces:
· The second and third movements from Beethoven’s ‘Pathetique’ Piano Sonata
· Prelude and Fugue in G minor by Bach
· Reverie by Debussy
Madeleine explained: “I lost my grandma to MND a year ago and wanted to do something in her memory to help improve life for people with this condition. I decided to combine my love of music with raising funds for this cause and I hope that as many people as possible will come along. All proceeds raised on the day will go to the MND Association, and all donations will be gratefully received to help raise much needed funds and awareness.”
Motor Neurones Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. Up to 5,000 adults are living with MND at any one time in the UK.
Julia Beales for the MND Association added: “At the MND Association we improve care and support for people with MND and their families and carers. We fund research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure. We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people affected by MND are recognised by wider society.
“Almost all of our work is funded by voluntary donations. We rely on the time and generosity of people like you, and indeed supporters like Madeleine, to help us achieve our vision; a world free from MND. To find out more about our work please visit our website or join our community on social media.”
Russian cellist Mikhail Lezdkan is giving a solo recital on Sunday, November 12 at 3pm, in St Laurence Church, Station Road, Petersfield.
The programme includes two solo suites by Bach; no. 1 in G and no. 6 in D, plus Suite 3 by Benjamin Britten (written for Rostropovich). There will also be some short intervening readings from Milton’s Paradise Lost. Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of the charity Making Light. Refreshments will be available in the interval.
The importance of friendship in helping us lead happier and healthier lives was celebrated at an event organised in Farnham by members of the Oddfellows Friendly Society, as part of the organisation’s nationwide Friendship Month.
People attending the event, which was held at the Mercure Farnham Bush Hotel, enjoyed a selection of finger sandwiches with a variety of teas, as well as a raffle which raised money for the Arthritis Matters and Fibromyalgia Support Group charities.
“It was a great success; our members were able to catch up over tea and cakes and we were joined by a couple of people who hadn’t been to one of our events before, so everyone made them very welcome,” said Jane Nicole, Branch Secretary of the local Concord Branch of the Oddfellows, which organised the event.
“We had a fantastic spread of ages, from nine months to 92 years old, and it was great to see people of all ages enjoying themselves together.”
The event, on September 24, was held as part of the Oddfellows’ Friendship Month campaign, which ran nationally throughout September as a way of bringing communities closer together by hosting a variety of fun events all over the UK.
More than nine million people of all ages in the UK say they are lonely either often or always, according to research by The Co-Op and the Red Cross. The Oddfellows believe that friendship is the answer, helping people lead happier and healthier lives with the support of friends around them.
Research published by Michigan State University in June found cultivating good-quality friendships is beneficial in raising self-esteem and buffering against stress. The study found that people with supportive friends reported lower rates of diabetes, cancer and heart disease.
Joining the Oddfellows is a great way to make new friends. The Concord branch holds an informal ‘Together for Tea’ event in the café at High Cross Church, Camberley, between 2-4pm on the fourth Friday of each month. The branch is also interested in organising regular meetings in the Farnham area, if you would be interested please contact either Branch Secretary Jane Nicole on 01276 66868 or Branch Development & Events Organiser, Kristen Reid at email@example.com.
The branch will also be holding a pub quiz at the Ely Hotel in London Road, Blackwater, Camberley, at 7pm on Wednesday, November 1. Anyone interested in attending should contact Kristen Reid using the email address above.
The Oaks Playscheme, a small local charity providing a holiday playscheme for children with disabilities and special needs, is thrilled to have the support of Petersfield Round Table.
Chairman Paul Baker and colleagues came and visited The Oaks Playscheme during the summer holiday playscheme to present a cheque for a whopping £1,500.
Kim and her dedicated team accepted the cheque along with some of the children and together they will decide just how to spend this money.
The Oaks Playscheme has been running in Petersfield for 20 years and provides a safe, fun and caring place for children, aged three to 11 years, with disabilities and additional needs.
Angharad Snow said: “The charity relies on the support of local groups and businesses to help fund the activities that provide wonderful experiences for the children who come to The Oaks. Visits from a dedicated musical therapist, local farms, donkey rides and travelling theatre groups would just not be possible without the generosity of other charities like Petersfield Round Table and on behalf of all the children and staff we’d like to say THANK YOU!”
Call 01730 261866 or 07796 134724 or see the website http://220.127.116.11/oaksplayscheme.co.uk to find out more.
Three local ladies are organising a Style Evening at Haslewey, Haslemere, to raise money and awareness of Walk the Walk, a breast cancer grant making charity, most well known for organising the MoonWalks in London.
The event on Friday, September 8 will include a presentation by a professional image consultant and stylist, and makeup tips, tricks and demonstrations by local experts. There will also be free make overs and consultations, reflexology tasters, and a number of local businesses will be supporting the event showcasing their products and services. The evening will be fun and informal, and ladies of all ages are welcome. Tickets are £10 which includes a glass of Prosecco and are available directly from Haslewey or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are not able to attend the event but would like to sponsor the ladies for their Arctic Marathon, please visit https://arcticchallenge2018.everydayhero.com/uk/theteam.
A group of twelve young people aged 13-16 took part in an exciting wilderness expedition this summer, in the Surrey Hills.
The group, brought together by the Leatherhead Youth Project, experienced two days of self-led navigation across 15km of Surrey Hills terrain, undertaking ‘wild’ camping and& cooking to complete the very first ‘Into the Wild’ expedition.
Oli Bell, Senior Youth Worker for the Leatherhead Youth Project said: “I’m so delighted with the success of this first ‘Into the Wild’ expedition. Watching this group of young people move away from their comfort zones, challenge themselves and come together as a team was inspirational. The aim of the exhibition was to provide each of them with a wilderness experience which would teach them lessons about themselves, each other and the world they live in.”
The group set off from Westcott, with a small amount of equipment to see them through the next few days. The 15km trek took them up into the heart of Winterfold Forest where youth workers led some reflective exercises with them including a 20-minute silent walk.
Oli said: “The silent walk proved a challenge to some of the group as many of them were used to constant noise and entertainment. Being silent for 20 minutes allowed them to experience nature in a new way, listening to noises and looking around them.”
The group successfully navigated their way through the woodlands of the Surrey Hills, eventually setting up camp at 7pm. Despite being exhausted from a full day of exercise and fresh air, the group set up survival hammocks, strung between the trees, and set about starting a campfire from flint in order to cook their evening meal.
The next morning the group packed up and set off on their trek again, taking in the views of the Surrey Hills landscape and bonded by their shared experience.
This ‘Into the Wild’ two day expedition was made possible by a grant from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, Leatherhead Community Association and Community Foundation for Surrey.
As part of the expedition young people achieved the John Muir Award, an outdoor award based on the foundations of exploration, discovery, conservation and sharing experiences.
The Surrey Hills Trust Fund, established in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey, aims to help local communities enjoy the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and safeguard its future for generations to come.
Neil Maltby, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund said: “Many of the young people had never been into the Surrey Hills before and this is exactly what the Surrey Hills Trust Fund is about – encouraging everyone to respect and enjoy the countryside on their doorstep and leave with a passion to protect it. We’re delighted to have played a part in the inaugural ‘Into the Wild’ expedition and hope to see many more like it. Offering young people an experience they don’t usually get is just wonderful.”
Petersfield man Mark Straffon, along with his childhood friend and fellow Liphook Football Club player Matthew Rothwell, have completed a charity bike ride from Petersfield to Lausanne in Switzerland in just 72 hours.
The pair raised more than £3,000 for the country’s Alzheimer’s Association from their efforts.
Matthew, who now lives in Switzerland and is a keen cyclist and runner, decided to create Team Horizon and invited Mark to complete the challenge. Team Horizon is a not-for-profit association and each year, all excess money it makes will be donated to a chosen charity.
Team Horizon is now coming to the UK. Mark and his wife Natalie are going to head it up, raising money for the Alzheimer’s UK charity.
Natalie said: “My husband and I work at Petersfield Infant School, where Mark is the caretaker, so we are both very involved in the local community.
“We will be running the UK team, offering weekly running sessions as well as planning some of our own amazing trips and challenges.
“We are now looking for sponsors from local businesses to sponsor our kit and we would like to invite anyone interested to join us.”