St Mark's Mansfield

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Christian Aid Week 2019

This year during Christian Aid Week we read stories of mothers and babies in Sierra Leone, perhaps the most dangerous place in the world to become a mum.   Ten women every day die from giving birth and one child in nine dies before the age of five.   It is a country saddled with huge debts in the wake of the Ebola crisis and funding for proper health clinics, health training and ambulances is in short supply.   

A gift of £300 could provide a delivery bed for a new health centre giving mums a safe place to deliver their babies. We need your support now, more than ever.

At St Mark’s during Christian Aid Week 2019 we have an imaginative plan for fundraising.

You can sponsor St Mark’s ‘triathlon’ team – Val Gibbons, who will run 25k at the gym over the week, Chris Heseltine-James, who will cycle 100 miles and Isobel Bounford who will swim a mile at Water Meadows!   Please pledge a donation by signing the sponsor form at the back of church or visit to donate online.   Why not encourage your friends and family to sponsor our sporty trio too?!   For other ways to donate please contact Isobel on 07790 223037.

You can also support by bringing your friends to our Christian Aid Coffee Morning 10am-12 noon on Saturday, 18 May in the Henley Hall.   There will be stalls to browse, including a plant stall, as well as the usual delicious cakes, coffee and conversation.   All proceeds will go to Christian Aid.

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Weaving Dreams


Last Friday the Henley Hall was perfumed with the sweet scent of willow as 12 people wove garden ornaments under the watchful eye of  inspirational Yeoman Basketmaker, Eddie Glew.   You might have seen Eddie on the television in programmes such as Kirstie’s Handmade Home or Garden Rescue.   He’s a great teacher, clear and simple in his instructions and always ready to sensitively offer encouragement and support if you’re struggling.

We had a great time and at the end of the day we glowed with pride, forgetting our aching thumbs, as we admired our finished obelisks, dragonflies, bird feeders and other garden decorations.

You can see some of Eddie’s own baskets and willow sculptures if you visit his website

Alternatively look out for his wicker snowdrops at Trentham Gardens in Staffordshire or Wallington Hall in Northumberland.   If you go to Warwick Castle mind you don’t get lost in his ‘Horrible Histories-style’ willow maze!