1.5 Million Buttons Needed For School Holocaust Memorial Project

Pupils at The Lakes School in Windermere are appealing for anybody with unwanted buttons to help them reach their massive 1.5 million total for a holocaust memorial project.

Teacher Laura Oram says the school wants to create a memorial that acknowledges the million victims, with a pupil suggesting that buttons of different colours and sizes could represent each victim and would help to visualise the tragedy. More than 3,000 buttons have been collected so far. Laura said: “With our school’s history, and connection to the 300 ‘Windermere Boys’ who were liberated from concentration camps in 1945, we felt that this was a project we could run with. 3,000 is a good start, but obviously far short of the 1.5 million we have decided to collect. Please check your bits and bobs drawers, sewing boxes and let us have any buttons you no longer need for our memorial. We’d like to make this a global project, having representation in the final display from all over the globe. So please share this post and get it around the world.”

You can send buttons to Laura at The Lakes School, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1HW. You can email her at laura.oram@lakes.cumbria.sch.uk

Source: http://www.thebay.co.uk/news/local-news/one-point-five-million-buttons-needed-for-school-holocaust-memorial-project/


Here’s the Mitzvah Day flier

What is Mitzvah Day?

Join 40,000 people on Sunday 19th November 2017 to volunteer for the community around us.  Mitzvah Day is the largest multi-faith day of social action in the UK.

Mitzvah Day is a Jewish-led day of social action that brings thousands of people together of all faiths and none, and all ages, to give their time, NOT their money, to make a difference to the local community around them on Mitzvah Day.

Beth Shalom Reform Synagogue and Cambridge City of Sanctuary invite faith groups to collect items for CamCRAG on Sunday 19th November for their next convoy to France.

A list of the items needed is below.

Donations may be dropped off at Beth Shalom, Auckland Road, Cambridge CB5 8DW between 1pm and 5pm. For directions see www.beth-shalom.org.uk. This is drop-off only as there is no easy parking, but volunteers will be on hand to help. If you need goods collecting, please contact a City of Sanctuary volunteer on email: cambridgecityofsanctuary@gmail.com.

Office 2 353-359 Finchley Road London NW3 6ET +44 20 3747 9960 info@mitzvahday.org.uk http://www.mitzvahday.org.uk Mitzvah Day @MitzvahDay Charity no. 1125682

CamCRAG is collecting donations for refugees facing winter living on the streets in Northern France.

The following items only will be collected by City of Sanctuary on November 19th. Please ensure that all items are brand new and well within any expiry date:


Baby wipes

Men’s razors

Spray deodorant (men’s)



Shaving foam

Packs of tissues

Hand sanitiser

Hair oil

Talcum powder


Golden Syrup

Olive Oil


Plain Flour

Tomato Puree

Lemon Juice

UHT Milk

Tinned tomatoes (ring pull top)

White sugar

Tinned chickpeas (ring pull top)

Kidney beans (tinned)

Dried fruit and nuts

Salt and black pepper

Cardamom, turmeric, chilli flakes

Curry leaves, star anise, bay leaves


Washing up liquid

Bin bags (strong)

Plastic gloves

Disinfectant spray

Cling Film

Strong biodegradable bin bags

Orange tape

Brown parcel tape

Permanent markers

Unlocked phones with chargers

Cambridge City of Sanctuary autumn actions

We are all invited to take part in a simple and practical action to help refugees on Nov 19th 2017. Mitzvah Day is a Jewish tradition on which individuals make a small gesture or do a good turn to help others.
Cambridge City of Sanctuary, Beth Shalom Synagogue, and Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group (CamCrag) have teamed together to invite your congregation or group to participate by asking members to donate on that day a small item or items needed for the next CamCrag convoy. We attach a flier with details. We hope that you will be able to organise this collection in your organisation. Items collected can be dropped off at Beth Shalom that afternoon, or we can collect (see comments below for details).
Refugees in France are facing the winter, and many are on the streets or in make-shift camps. Our help is badly needed. We very much hope that you can adopt this simple and practical idea. You may decide to concentrate on certain items, or to give your members the choice of the full list on the flier. Please note – we are NOT collecting clothes, and do not want anything that is not on the list! Please put Mitzvah day into your diary now, and begin planning.
CCOS are looking for some volunteers to help on the Sunday afternoon the 19th with receiving and sorting items. Please let Rosemary or Lianne know if you can help. It would also be helpful to know whether your Faith Group is planning to promote this idea and make a collection, so we have some idea of the likely up-take. If you have any queries, just get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.


Like London buses, we have two great ideas coming at once! Here is another request for your help:
Cambridge City of Sanctuary is discussing teaming up with Winter Comfort to hold a “sleep-out” in town to highlight the plight of refugees who are homeless this winter. What would make this idea a reality would be the offer of a venue. Does any faith group have a church yard or similar, preferably in a noticeable location, with access to toilets, where this could take place?
If you think you could help, please get in touch with Tony King on tking@ipv.com

With best wishes,
Lianne Parrett (ljparrett@yahoo.com)
Rosemary Watson (rosemary.watson@talk21.com)
City of Sanctuary Faiths’ Group

Cambridge Hospital Chaplaincy vacancy

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust logo

Chaplain Band 6

“We are looking to appoint an experienced Chaplain who is able to work flexibly and creatively to deliver effective pastoral and spiritual care within an acute Trust that is investing in its chaplaincy service.
The chaplains work closely with bereavement officers, an experienced team of chaplaincy volunteers, as well as with a range of other staff. They are expected to be involved in multi-disciplinary team meetings and Trust-wide strategic groups. The applicant will therefore need to have demonstrable team working skills.
You will have a proven record of pastoral experience, have worked within a healthcare environment and have excellent communication/interpersonal skills.”




Full Time 37.5 hours per week and on call hours

Job ref


£26,565 to £35,577 p.a. pro rata


26/10/2017 23:59


From LICC: Whole Life Preaching resource now available

From LICC:
It’s Sunday. The church gathers. Individuals, couples, families. Students, stay-at-home parents, those in employment and those not, the retired and those hoping to retire. Different backgrounds, different lifestyles, different frontlines. All of them, in their own ways, want to serve Jesus in their situations, and be faithful witnesses to him. 

So how will our preaching disciple such a diverse body of people for their everyday lives – to help them make a difference wherever they are?

Whole Life Preaching is a new online video series from LICC on the power of preaching for everyday life. In six short films Antony Billington (Head of Theology, LICC) and Neil Hudson (Imagine Project Director, LICC), themselves regular preachers, explore how a focus on whole-life disciplemaking can transform the way we preach.
Whether you’re an experienced preacher or just starting out, Whole Life Preaching will help you to consider how God can shape us all, through preaching, for the calling he has given us on our daily frontlines.
The full series is available free online now at licc.org.uk/preaching alongside materials for individuals and groups to explore further and suggestions of things to do.
Watch Episode 1 now: https://www.licc.org.uk/resources/preaching-episode-1/

‘These short videos are going to help countless preachers around the world.’
Revd Mark Meynell, Director (Europe & Caribbean), Langham Preaching, Langham Partnership

‘This new resource from LICC is a great gift to us all.’
Dr Krish Kandiah, Founding Director: Home for Good

May God bless you this week in all you do.
The LICC team.

Be an angel: help protect the lead roofs of our Cambridgeshire Churches

imageMany of our local churches have angels in their roofs: these are at St Wendreda’s in March. But our roofs are under threat and they could do with some real life angels to help them as well as wooden ones. Could that be you? Here is a guest post from Denis Payne, Appeal Secretary for the Cambridgeshire Historic Churches Trust, that is trying to find the funds to make a real difference:

Did you know that there was a problem with church roofs that are lead covered? And one that can be solved with a just bit of help?

Many historic churches have lead roofs – it does the job superbly, it’s low maintenance and it’s part of the historic, listed, structure. It’s also valuable – about £1,000 a ton – and can easily be recycled. A church roof can be 7 or more tons of lead – and far too many are finding that thieves are stealing that!

You might think that insurance would cover the costs of repair and reinstatement (all the more costly for listed buildings, of course). But insurers insist on a specialist roof alarm. Without it, the only support a church might get from an insurer is to put in place a temporary cover.

To help churches put  the necessary alarms in place (at a cost of around £5,000 each) the CHCT is trying to put together a funding package to pay half that cost. Seventeen churches are already being helped at this level. And the Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire has just promised £10,000: that’s great news and means there are six more churches we can help.

But we believe that around 25 further churches still need this protection: and we are urgently appealing for further funds to allow us to help them – and as soon as possible, as a major source of funding only runs to the end of this year.

Can you help? Every gift of £1,500 means that CHCT can offer a 50% grant to the cost of another alarm and protect another Cambridgeshire church and community. Please contact me, Denis Payne on 07450 850970 or at chctappealsec@gmail.com if you or a trust you know are able to help. We and the churches of Cambridgeshire will be most grateful.