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by Michael Ford last modified 18 Sep, 2017 05:40 PM

The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.

2017 Inter Faith Week: “Looking ahead, the annual Inter Faith Week will be 12-19th November. I would be glad to know of any parish that would be interested in having an event - whether a discussion, an encounter or anything that will increase our ability to relate to those around us of other faiths. Please be in touch by email.”
Guy Wilkinson

For Sale: A pair of Vanpoulles Processional Torches in Brass, height 40.5 inches, each with torch stand. Condition as new; used only a few times. £120 for the pair (original cost £364). Appropriate permission will be required to install the items.
Details and contact

Nearly a million adults used a foodbank in the last 12 months. The latest Church Urban Fund research into food poverty is here.

Save money with green energy contracts and discounts on office and church supplies via the CofE’s Parish Buying Scheme. Latest offers email via this link.

This month’s funding email from Wiltshire Community Foundation is here.

Stamps for Sudan: We are collecting old stamps - foreign, picture, British, Victorian and Edwardian issue only - at Church house, 99 Crane St, Salisbury SP1 2QB (Mon-Fri 9-5, or post through letterbox). Stamps will be for sale on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 10-12 at the URC in Salisbury, SP2 7RG. All profits go to Sudan Link. Inquiries to Anna Wilde.

Make the world a little friendlier this Christmas! Welcome an adult international student to your home for a day, weekend, or three nights and a help a lonely student feel at home. Many international students in the UK feel isolated and would love to spend a short time with you. HOST is a charity set up in 1987 by the British Council. Info and contacts here.

If you haven’t read it yet, there’s a cracking edition of Grapevine awaiting you here!

Trust Funds
The Erskine Muton Trust Fund’s latest deadline for applications is 3 November. 2018 dates to follow ASAP. Page here

Audio gear and furniture on offer!
Includes a number of mixing desks, speakers and items of furniture. Click here for the sheet and contact detailsSome may be suitable for schools; some may require permission to install them in a church. Please check with the relevant person first!

The Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust is looking for a new Ride+Stride Administrator for the Sarum and Wilts Archdeaconries to take over next year from Charles Graham. The role includes organising the printing and distribution to parishes of sponsorship forms and publicity materials, and dealing with the sponsorship money.  For more information please email Charles Graham or Nigel Jackson, Trust Secretary.


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Harvest appeals: 

Archbishop of Canterbury and Church Urban Fund’s ‘Mustard Seed’ Appeal. Details here

Life Giving Bottles: the Water Aid Harvest Appeal 2017
Climate change is devastating some of the world’s poorest communities. In 2016, the worst drought in 35 years struck southern Africa and around half a million people were left malnourished and hungry. WaterAid has over 35 years’ experience of providing long term sustainable access to water. Please help if you can. Resources and info here.

Celebrate Harvest with Self Help Africa and you can help African farmers to break the cycle of hunger and poverty and create a brighter future for their families. Free resource pack includes stories from some of the African families we’re working with, suggested prayers and hymns, children’s activities and fundraising ideas. Info here.

USPG: What would you do if there wasn’t going to be a harvest? This is the dilemma facing many in Madagascar, where storms have destroyed farmland. The church is responding with emergency aid, preparation for future disasters and income generation schemes so the people can buy food. Info and resources here

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