Gig Mill's Garden Party - 12th January 2008
Big Knit Blankets Delivery - February 2008
The Egg Eggstravaganza - 8th March 2008
Sport Relief - 16th March 2008
The Komera Project - 10th April 2008
Skittles Evening - 9th May 2008
Gig Mill's 76th Birthday - 11th March 2007
Harvest Festival - 29th September 2008
Jane's Abseil - 1st November 2008
Autumn Fair - 1st November 2008
Samaritan's Purse Appeal - November 2008
Christmas Tree Festival - 12th-14th December 2008
Gig Mill's Garden Party
12th January 2008
Joy Jeffrey writes :
"At a time when it seems to me, an increasing number of people escape the winter blues by jetting off to the Maldives, or some other exotic destination, 66 of us Gig Mill folk were much more eco-friendly, and thoroughly enjoyed a delightful Garden Party at the beginning of a cold, wet, windy, miserable January ! The Church Hall was transformed into something like a stately home garden, with sun umbrellas at each table, a flower-bedecked gazebo on the stage (where a talented group, The Apollo String Quartet, played for our enjoyment), flowers were everywhere and even pine trees (recycled from Christmas trees !). We ate tiny sandwiches, home-made savouries and delicious cakes, and drank fruit cordials and fruit punch ! Our Host, Delia (to whom we give our grateful thanks) had arranged a raffle, games to play and quizzes to take part in. She was delighted that we raised £300 for church funds. Well done !!"
Big Knit Blankets Delivery
Over thirty blankets, made from the Big Scarf which wrapped our Church back in November, have been sewn together and presented to representatives from the Salvation Army. Many thanks again to the ladies (and one gentleman !) who made the scarf and the blankets, which will be greatly appreciated this winter.
The Egg Eggstravaganza
8th March 2008
Many thanks to everyone who came, played games, chatted and supported the Church's Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday 8th March. The Easter Bonnets were a glorious sight, and over £400 was raised ! Well done and thanks to all concerned.
16th March 2008
On 16th March, Joe, Tom and Malcolm Jeffrey went to Birmingham to run the Sport Relief Mile. There was a steady stream of runners of all ages, coursing up and down Broad Street in the sunshine, and soon Team Jeffrey were among them, plodding steadily on to finish in 9.14 ! Thanks to all who sponsored Team Jeffrey, who raised £320 for Comic Relief, which helps underprivileged people abroad and in the UK.
The Komera Project
10th April 2008
On Thursday 10th April, we were treated to an evening presenting The Komera Project in Rwanda, which is the District Fundraising Project this year. Up to now, we have donated £400 to this project, and Brian Dawson, the District Co-ordinator, came to deliver an illustrated talk on the Kibogora Hospital, which is situated in a rural area near Lake Kivu. Through Komera and the developing and equipping of the Kibagora Hospital, the church is seeking to heal wounds and bring Health, Peace and Reconciliation to this area, particularly to the old people who are left after the genocide that raged through the country in 1994 : it is also working on lowering the mortality rate for under 5's which currently stands at 20%. We learnt that our donations so far have enabled a 2-storey isolation ward to be built which cost £32,000. Fundraising is still needed, so in order to support them further, we have been knitting small woollen caps for the premature babies : so when Brian Dawson next visits the new Baby Unit at the hospital, he will be taking 271 knitted baby bonnets with him. Thanks to all the knitters who made these bonnets for the Rwandan babies !
9th May 2008
What a great 'Fun Night Out' we all had at our Skittles Evenin. g The hall was full, and filled with fellowship, fun and friends letting their hair down and enjoying themselves. Super food served piping hot - we were all full to the brim. The grand sum of £250 was raised for our Church's funds. Thank you to all who helped in the kitchen and with the food, and for Jane, our Scorer for the night.
Gig Mill's 76th Birthday
27th-29th June 2008
We had a wonderful weekend ! Many, many, many thanks to all who helped in any way to make our 76th birthday weekend such a success. We have been congratulated by many of the visitors over the weekend on not only the beautiful flower displays, but also the friendship and warmth that flowed from our fellowship. The Concert on Friday night by 'The Bostoffs' was excellent. What talent ! Songs to suit all - a must for anyone to go and see. The Hall was buzzing with people looking at the memorabilia and old photos, bringing back memories of happy days. The two services on Sunday, led by Rev Stuart Davis and Barbara Clark, were filled with Christian fellowship and left the Church ringing with song. The super sum of £1306.57 was raised over the three days for the renovation fund.
29th September 2008
A 'souper' time was had by all at the Harvest Supper, held on Monday 29th September. The soup, made from vegetables presented at the Harvest Festival services, was delicious ! Thanks to everyone who helped, especially Jane and Peter Baxter for organising such a popular night, which raised a Grand Total of £194 for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.
1st November 2008
How brave our own Jane Linford was, abseiling down the outside of Dudley Castle on that cold Saturday morning of the 1st November ! We are all very proud of her. Thanks to your sponsorship, Jane made the magnificent total of £400 for the Stroke Association. Well done, Jane !
1st November 2008
The Autumn Fair, held on Saturday 1st November, was a great success. Opened by the Bedcote Morris Dancers, and with nursery rhymes recited by the Busy Bees, the stalls were soon busy, lots of people had their faces painted by Sylvia and Kay, and the Bacon and Sausage Baps were in great demand. Thanks for all who helped ! The super sum of £675 was raised over the day – many, many thanks to all.
Samaritan's Purse Appeal
Hazel Baker would like you all to know that the Shoe Boxes you have all collected and filled for the Samaritan's Purse Christmas Appeal have all been collected and are on their way to those boys and girls around the world whose lives are less fortunate than our own. This year, we all managed to fill 82 shoe boxes, which is another wonderful achievement.
Christmas Tree Festival
12th-14th December 2008
The Christmas Tree and Flower Festival held over the weekend of 12th-14th December was a brilliant success, and the grand total of £281.80 was raised for Church funds. Many thanks to all of the many people who helped at the Festival !