Friends of St Nicholas Newsletter January 2020

Thanks to your support the Friends were able to donate £28,000 to St. Nicholas in 2019. This brings the total since we started to just over £128,000. In addition, we still have £15,000 ring fenced for the restoration of the West Window and another £6,000 which will contribute to the vital building work currently in hand.

The 100 Club continues to be a mainstay of our fundraising activities. We now have 70 members and are climbing slowly toward our goal of 100. The 100 Club is a marvellous way to support the Church – for just £10 a month you can make a real difference. If you are not already a member of the 100 Club, please consider joining. An application form is available here. Once completed simply return your form to the Parish Office.

There are two exciting events coming up:

  • The first is Music for a Desert Island with John Inverdale in the hot seat and Gill Farquharson asking the questions. This will take place on Thursday the 23rd January from 7pm in St. Nicholas. Last year with Simon Brett was such a success we decided to cast John adrift to find out how he would cope.
  • On the 29th February we will be holding a Balloon Debate which involves us launching a balloon with five people in it and only one parachute. The five will have to persuade the audience that it is they who should have the parachute and be saved. Those trying to stay in the balloon are:
    • Simon Brett as Oscar Wilde
    • Tonya Carver as Elizabeth I
    • Wayne Morgan as Sir William Osler, the founder of modern medicine
    • John Prideaux as Tim Berners Lee, the founder of the Internet
    • Dame Sheila Wallis as Valentina Tereshkova, Russian cosmonaut and the first woman to have flown into space.
    It should be a cracking night and I hope that many of you will be able to join us.

The Line-up for the Swallow Club dinners is:

  • 5th Feb 2020 – Richard Robbins who will recount his experiences of organising and running the Cresta Run in St Moritz for many years. He had a long involvement with the Run and its evolution to the present day.
  • 13th May I will be talking about South Africa and suggesting what the future for that wonderful but troubled country holds.
    30th September – Andy Batty will talk about the Arundel Project which is trying to breathe life into Arundel.

So, there is lots to look forward to!

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