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by Michael Ford last modified 03 Dec, 2018 01:53 PM

The e-Bulletin is a weekly update from around the Diocese on Tuesdays. The items below are taken from it.

Notices

Lead Theft – an update
Rural parishes are being asked to be extra vigilant after a TV news programme highlighted the profitability of a recent spate of lead thefts from churches in the Diocese and warned the thefts are on the increase.
The Venerable Dr Sue Groom, the Archdeacon of Wilts said:  “It was good to see Sky News highlighting the devastation caused to small rural communities by the theft of lead from church roofs. However in doing so they have raised awareness that such thefts could be lucrative! Please be extra vigilant in the coming weeks.”
More here

Annual Christmas Gift Appeal
For a number of years, the Salisbury Journal has urged its generous readers to donate gifts which are subsequently distributed to charities. Donated gifts are for all ages and are collected from the Journal office. If your parish, school or organisation would like to be a recipient of this appeal, please email or telephone 01722 426535.

Regarding funding for Milton Abbey
Press release here

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Funding & Giving

Do you take card?
You can take your church collection by contactless card this Christmas! 
As less and less people carry cash, it’s becoming increasingly important for parishes to look at alternative ways to receive donations. Alongside small hand-held card readers (costing as little as £19 each) there now are more sophisticated self-service donation units available for churches, from Parish Buying. To find out more, click here

Be a peacemaker for Christmas Aid
At Christmas time, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and yet violence and conflict remains the norm for millions across the globe, from South Sudan to Colombia. This Christmas, Christian Aid calls us to stand together with peacemakers around the world, working in seemingly impossible situations.
Just £10 pays for three young women to attend a community dialogue event and learn effective ways to reduce crime. £130 pays for a week’s worth of counselling and therapy to young refugees in Lebanon. Will you stand with the peacemakers this Christmas? Make a donation here or call 0845 700 0300.
Can you help publicise? Click here for a ready-made parish magazine article.

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Resources

‘Lest We Forget’
A 60-page book produced in Corsley and Chapmanslade commemorates the end of the First World War in two parts: a diary detailing the impact of the war using 200 contemporary articles from the Warminster and Westbury Journal, and biographies of the 28 men from our two villages who sacrificed their lives in WW1. It's beautifully illustrated and would make an ideal Christmas present. Copies are £8, with proceeds donated to The British Legion. Info and ordering here

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Housing

Almshouse Flats in Salisbury
St Nicholas’ Hospital, Salisbury is an almshouse with an ancient Christian foundation situated on the southern side of Salisbury, within walking distance of the city centre. It offers flats to “persons of good character in need of assistance” - who are able to live independently. Two flats are still available. 
More info here

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