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Notes on PACT Social Concerns Meeting Monday 31 May

Present: Hilary Bonney (chair), Sue Bone, Judith Peake, Christine Tully, Brian Edwards, Pippa Collingwood, Joanna Fells, Linda Read,

Devotions: Pippa Collingwood - Pippa read James 2:14. Our faith should show itself in practical action. She then committed the meeting to the Lord in prayer.

Matters arising

1) Easter

Appreciation was expressed for the talk given by Linda. However Linda remarked that not all of the large crowd could hear the PA system. Many were present, who also went to St Peter’s afterwards for a hot cross bun.

2) Chaplaincy

There were 12 active chaplains, visiting in Rams Walk, the Square and EHDC. They meet every Friday morning in confidence to exchange stories and encourage one another. They will be voluntary marshalls for the torch relay, wearing their chaplaincy jackets. There will be an official launch in September attended by the bishop, one of the patrons. A coffee morning held in Winton House had been very successful.

3) Christmas Lunch

We need to urgently source the key leaders; otherwise the lunch may not be able to go ahead. This need should be put in church notices and read out to the congregations. We need the overall co-ordinator, the chief cook, a master of ceremonies, a technician qualified to use all equipment.

Christine was to contact Sylvia to see if she was willing to be the MC again. Note this was done on Monday evening. Sylvia was very grateful to be asked again. She could not commit herself at this juncture.

Sue Bone was to contact Sue Farr concerning Becky’s availability/willingness to lead a singing group. If so, she would also know how to deal with the equipment.

4) Food Bank

Food stocks are high, the demand dropped for a while but is now steady again. Since our last meeting there had been 20 issues of food, helping 26 adults and 26 children. These issues were initiated by: Drum/Radian 9; C.A.B. 3; Sure Start 2; Tree Tops 3; Life church 2, St Peters 1.

£127.00 had been donated since our last meeting and £23.60 spent on fresh food for one person and nappies for another. Cash in hand was £349.95, excluding that in the PACT account. More money could be spent on fresh food if someone was available to go and buy it at the time a client reported to the food bank! Brian would check with Tescos whether or not they could supply food vouchers which could NOT be spent on drink or cigarettes. Such could then be given to carefully selected clients. Also we could ask if volunteers could be sourced, to be able to buy food, if requested by phone, on Thursday or Friday morning 9.30 – 11.30am.

The food bank has to be registered with EHDC, which will then do an inspection.

100 Food Bank hand outs were prepared for the Jubilee celebration, which had been handed over to the PACT chairwoman.

5) Jubilee Festivities

The stalls would be manned from 2:25 - 5:00 pm. Rosemary had the matter in hand.

A discussion to consider a new focus for the group

Issues mentioned for our possible consideration were: the homeless/food needs; money matters counselling; marginalised people; loneliness/isolation; more prayer time for the group.

We would start with the homeless. Linda had been asked to go out with David Bridges of Street Watch to find out where the homeless people were in Petersfield. There were about half a dozen. We would invite David to our next meeting. (Linda to action this, tel 233829)

Date of next meeting: Monday July 9th 10am 30 Oaklands Rd


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