The Children’s Society

The Children’s Society

The Church of England Central Home for Waifs and Strays was founded in 1881 by Edward Rudolf, a Sunday school teacher and the charity has now evolved into The Children’s Society, a leading children’s charity committed to making childhood better for all children in the UK. Children in trouble with the law, runaways at risk on the street, disabled children, refugees and many more are helped by the Society.

The local committee for the Society is linked with St. Mary’s Church and attempts to raise funds throughout the year with various functions, for instance a coffee morning, table top sale, quiz night and cream tea etc.

Every year at Christmas we celebrate Christingle, a service for children who are reminded of the message of Christmas with an orange and candle. The orange represents the world, a red ribbon around the orange denotes the blood of Christ, the candle, the light of Christ and four sticks decorated with sweets and dried fruit also inserted in the orange are the four corners of the world and the bounty of harvest given to us. Everyone sings Away in a Manger by Candlelight, a very moving service, to which everyone is welcome.


“Who Said That?” Autumn Quiz

The Autumn Quiz for the Children’s Society is now available called “Who Said That?”- entry £1 available from Committee members or John on 01933 318415.


Committee members and contacts for the sale of tickets:

Anne Riley – Chairman tel: (local code 01933) 316380

Mary Hadley – advertising tel: 315383

Cathy Calder – treasurer

Anna Allen tel:                   tel:358289

Liz Cromwell

Teressa Plumley

Kathy MacKenzie            tel: 418399

Christine MacKenzie      tel: 418399


 Future Events

A Quiz and Ploughman’s Supper on Saturday 23 February in the Church Hall. 7.15pm for 7.30pm start.

We invite you to our popular yearly quiz with supper included. It will be good to see you again and new teams are most welcome to join the fun evening. Tickets £7.50 contact Mary 01933 315383 or Christine 01933 418399

Looking further ahead, dates for your diaries:

Afternoon Tea with Entertainment by ‘Just Good Friends’ on Wednesday 1st May in the Church Hall at 2-4pm

If you have enjoyed this event over the last two years, we are sure you will not be disappointed if you join us again on this very pleasant, fun afternoon. All welcome. Further details to follow.

The Children’s Society Coffee Morning on Saturday 11 May 10am – noon