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 are made throughout the year to raise funds through 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 into 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.

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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

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 Future Events

Tea and Gateau with the Miller’s Entertainment Group

Nothing But Sea And Sky”

St Mary’s Church Hall – Saturday 19 October at 4.30pm

tickets £4.50 not yet available but contact

Mary 01933 315383 or Christine 01933 418399

All proceeds to The Children’s Society