The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are from its 'Announcements' section.
ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) has received close to £1.4 million from the Big Lottery Fund to lead a nationwide partnership of eight organisations to encourage rural communities to set up social enterprises.
The two-year learning, outreach and engagement campaign will help communities start their own social enterprises – from setting up a shop or saving a pub to opening a café or cinema.
The focus of the campaign will be a ‘community to community’ learning network, which will see volunteers from social enterprises across the UK become mentors to share the secrets of their success.
One of the partners in this initiative, Village SOS has launched a survey to find out what type of support those considering setting up a social enterprise would like. It closes on 31st July. If interested please complete the survey at http://www.villagesos.org.uk/uk-news/village-sos-we-want-your-views
Develop ECS, based in Chippenham, is enquiring whether any Wiltshire churches or parish groups have need of volunteers for cleaning, flower arranging, maintenance of the church, admin or help within local Church groups. Develop ECS is a voluntary sector organisation funded by Wiltshire Council, supporting local community organisations and charities.
Email Terésa Cairney: email@example.com
Or ring 0845 034 5250. www.developecs.org.uk
Seeking Suitable Families
The Guardian Family Network has been set up to provide friendly, supportive and reliable British families to care for international children at UK boarding schools. They are currently on the lookout for host families. Do you have a spare room?
Website here: www.guardianfamily.co.uk
A 1614 Bible has been stolen from a church in Berkshire: thieves replaced it with a similar-sized hymn book. Story here
Parish Spotlights are generated by 2011 census data and the mission and finance statistics returned by parishes to the Department of Research and Statistics at Church House, Westminster. They include 'barometer readings' of how parishes are doing and include helpful suggestions for future work. Click here for the page
Sarum College will be one of the three Community Matters charities at Waitrose during the month of July. The college asks shoppers to support their kitchen upgrade by spreading the word, hoarding tokens in June and shopping ‘little and often’ at Waitrose in Salisbury in July, dropping as many tokens as possible into the Sarum College slot.
Bishop John Wraw, formerly Archdeacon of Wiltshire, has been diagnosed with cancer and is being treated in Southend Hospital. Please keep John, Gillian and all the family in your prayers.
The memorial service for the Right Reverend John Austin Baker, Bishop of Salisbury from 1982 until 1993, will take place Salisbury Cathedral at 2.30pm on Friday 5 September, followed by the interment of his ashes in the Cloister Garth, and a reception.
More details will follow when they are available.
First World War Roll of Honour
A Roll of Honour for All Wars is being compiled in the St Michael Chapel. All are invited to add names of remembered loved ones who have served in any war, at any time, in any place, and to volunteer as readers on 4 August, when the Cathedral will encourage visitors to reflect. Brief details:
Email Christine Keegan or ring her on 01722 555123:
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