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.


“In or Out” Spring Quiz

The Spring Quiz for the Children’s Society is still available – entry £1 available from Committee members or Joy on 01933 318415. Closing date 30 June.

It is with sadness the Committee announce the passing of John Holloway, the author of the sheet quiz. John was a staunch supporter of the society and from 2003 to autumn 2018 John raised £11,206.  


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

The Children’s Society Coffee Morning in the church hall on Saturday 11 May 10am – noon.

Admission 50p   All welcome to peruse the stalls or sit and chat with friends

Tea and Gateau with the Miller’s Entertainment Group on Saturday, 19 October – tickets £4.50 further details to follow