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From Smartie Tube… to Egg box! E-mail
Wednesday 24th February 2016
This from the Stockton Unitarian congregation newsletter…

Lent Appeal 2016
Who can remember filling Smarties tubes with "old" 5p pieces? We don't seem to have been so diligent with our savings in recent years. Following some discussion on the subject at a recent Worship Group Meeting I volunteered to come up with an incentive for Lent this year.

You may have noticed on page 2 of the recent Inquirer an appeal for more contributions to help send disadvantaged children for a much needed holiday in the country at Great Hucklow. These children really appreciate being served three delicious meals a day during their stay at the Nightingale Centre.

With this in mind, I offer to those of you who come to a service in the next week or two, a "nest" containing an Ingleby Arncliffe Free Range egg for your breakfast or tea, plus a little chocolate treat. In return I hope you will empty out your purses of loose change during Lent and save the coins in the egg container for the Send A Child To Hucklow (SACH) Fund.

Hazel Warhurst

Thank you, Hazel! It's not just the meals the children appreciate! We wonder if "Smartie tubes" still exist… and if they might now fit 20p pieces…?!


We're ready for 2016! (not just living in the past!) E-mail
Thursday 14th January 2016
We're ready for 2016! (not just living in the past!)
15 holidays for disadvantaged children are scheduled for 2016, starting next month, February.

Donations Treasurer leads by example!
Last financial year we just about raised our target of £50k (see the latest Annual Report. Our Donations Treasurer, Sue Catts (nee Cooper) led by example, by celebrating her "allotted span" birthday, inviting donations in lieu of presents, then promptly getting wed to Ralph (lay Pastor at Hull Unitarian Church), and their celebrating by inviting gifts in lieu to SACH!

"Black Bull" caroling
A crowd from Gateacre Unitarian Chapel, Liverpool, together with other scouse Unitarians, including 3 parsons, and the Hon. Sec and his wife from distant Yorkshire, descended by arrangement (they've been doing it for about 10 years!) on the "Black Bull" pub across the road to sing carols to the customers. Over £400 was raised on a splendid evening; one lady donated £50 for the privilege of singing "Silent Night"! The local Co-op donated a splendid "Order of Service" sheet to grace the occasion.

Many & varied
We never cease to be amazed at the variety of things folk will get up to to raise money for us. Rev Ant Howe, from the Kingswood congregation in Birmingham, is rumoured to be planning to do some sort of sponsored activity in the spring. Watch this space!

New publicity leaflet available
Our splendid new leaflet, designed by Trustee Judith Short, has been circulated to Unitarian congregations countrywide, and is now available to be downloaded here.


Just in time for Christmas! E-mail
Monday 6th October 2014
Just in time for Christmas! “Sounds of the 60s” - the ideal present! 2 albums on one CD!

(including material previously released only on limited-edition vinyl!)
Includes Sleeve notes on all the songs and singers "Digitally-remastered" (well, John, Cliff... and Colin, and Colin had a hand in it!)


‘WE’RE FOLK AND WE’RE SINGING: UYPL Folk Sessions from the 1960s'

The first 14 tracks were recorded at Wythenshawe Unitarian Church, Manchester at the Unitarian Young Peoples League annual Drama Festival on Saturday 20th March 1965. The next 12 tracks were recorded during the UYPL’s Manchester Region Annual January Weekend at Great Hucklow on Friday 26th January 1968.
The tracks include songs from:-

Flick and FredJohn AllertonJoan AllertonTrevor JonesBrian Hopkins and Jen Pickles
Peter and Kathy TimineyPip Walker and Dorothy StrettonGeoff KentCliff Reed

Amongst the songs are:-

"Wild Rover""Foggy Foggy Dew""This land is your land"
"“Captain Kidd""Wade in the Water""New York Girls"

Sleeve Notes Tracks 1 – 14 were recorded on the evening of Saturday, 20th March 1965, at Wythenshawe Unitarian Church, Manchester. The occasion was the Unitarian Young People’s League’s annual Drama Festival, won that year by the Altrincham branch. At the time, the Rev. Trevor Jones, folk-singer and fiddler (in the musical sense!), was minister at the Wythenshawe church, where he led a very successful folk club. These tracks were first issued on a vinyl ‘LP’ with the title ‘Folk Drama ‘65’.

Tracks 15 – 26 were recorded on the evening of Friday, 26th January 1968, at the Unitarian Holiday & Conference Centre in Great Hucklow, at the heart of the Peak District National Park. The occasion was the Manchester Region UYPL’s annual January Weekend, which attracted young Unitarians from all over the country. The tracks for the ‘LP’ were chosen by ballot from amongst the many more songs sung that evening!

Within UYPL, the traditional ‘sing-song’ had, by the mid-1960s, morphed into a folk-session, such as those found in the many folk-clubs which thrived at that time. With one or two exceptions, the songs on this CD are either traditional folk-songs or songs written by 20th-century folk-singers. But even if a song wasn’t a folk-song in the true sense, it became one when people sang it! As John Allerton can be heard observing on track 6 in the introduction to ‘Favourite Things’, “We’re folk and we’re singing.” As the enthusiastic audience participation shows, many of these songs were well known favourites at UYPL gatherings.

In the 1960s, UYPL was a truly national Unitarian youth organisation, run by young people for young people between the ages of 14 and 30. The basic unit was the local church-based youth group or branch. Branches were gathered into regions, which in turn constituted the national movement, whose ‘spiritual home’ was Great Hucklow.

When UYPL held events there, folk-singing was by no means the only music to be heard! And on Sunday mornings the Old Chapel was packed with young Unitarians, raising the roof with their spirited rendition of the UYPL hymn, ‘Lord of the wondrous earth’ (now number 1 in the green hymnal, ‘Hymns for Living’), written in the 1930s by UYPL’s first National President, Arthur Vallance. Thanks to Robert Waller of the Ipswich Unitarian Meeting for putting the two original recordings on to one CD. The 1965 recording was made by John Hewerdine, that from 1968 (to the best of my recollection) by Colin Horsfield, both of whom were UYPL’ers at the time.
Notes by Cliff Reed, Easter 2014. The CDs can be ordered from the SACH Hon.Secretary, Ern,
Postage and packing free for a minimum donation of £7.


Tuesday 8th April 2014
Committee Meeting March 14
At the instigation not least of veteran Trustee Rev Derek Smith Send a Child Trustees held a special one-off meeting in March to look to the future.

The gathering began with the new Chairman Rev Peter Hewis' movingly reading Mavis Jean Cole's poem, “I am the Child”. To general acclaim, recently-retired Chairman and joint-founder ( along with Rev Glyn Pruce ) Rev Peter Godfrey was appointed as Life President of Send a Child.

Whilst there is no doubt that the need for the holidays continues – no problem there! - and we continue to wider our geographical spread, it was recognized that social life, and what constitutes “disadvantage”, has changed. In particular children are now increasingly faced with “managing” their split families. Children have less time spent on them, and debt can mask deprived family states.

The “Statement” of basic information about the Fund sent out to all groups was revised and updated, in particular with regard to maximum and minimum numbers, the age-range covered, and a procedure for variation from these rubrics.

Under the heading “Futureama” it was agreed that social media was probably of limited use to us at this stage, but the vital importance of this Website and its updated content was affirmed. We would be helped if there were volunteers to be “local treasurers”, i.e. promoting fund-raising and seeking out local sources of funding, both Unitarian and non-Unitarian. Any offers?!

We need too for younger folk to “own” SACH, and perhaps join the Trustee body.

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  • 14 weeks are planned for 2014, our highest number ever – again!
  • The latest Annual Report is available on this website.
  • An updated SACH poster is available. Is it on your Noticeboard? Download it now!



A new era dawns?! E-mail
Tuesday 10th December 2013
Peter Hewis and Peter Godfrey
At the recent, November, Annual Meeting our veteran, Rev Peter Godfrey reliquished his role after 51 years of service as a founder, as former Secretary, and, for the last dozen years, as Chairman of SACH. [The picture shows new Chairman, and also long-standing original Trustee, Rev Peter Hewis, presenting Peter G with a certificate to mark the occasion, in the Dining Room of the Nightingale Centre.] Peter G remains a Trustee, and we look forward to his support and wise counsel for many years to come.


We welcomed new Trustees Sarah Benfield, Colleen Burns, Tom Grimshaw, and Ruth Taylor.

We raised some £74,400 in 2012-13, though half of this is accounted for by one-off donations, including that from the Women's League Project. Looking to the future, in a world of changing needs, a special meeting of Trustees will be held in March next.

  • 14 weeks are planned for 2014, our highest number ever – again!
  • The printed Annual Report will be in the post in the next 7-10 days, and will appear soon on this website.
  • An updated SACH poster is available to download.
  • Please also see our downloadable 'Items for Sale/ Way to donate' poster.



We feared a double dip! E-mail
Monday 6th May 2013
After the magnificent result marking our 50th Anniversary, we thought our donations would be seriously down: we shouldn't have worried! You haven't forgotten us, and this financial year looks likely to be well up to average and more.

We acknowledge with grateful thanks considerable donations:

  • Unitarian District Associations: Merseyside & District Missionary Association; East Cheshire Union; North-East Lancashire Unitarian Mission, and the Yorkshire Unitarian Union ( from the sale of Pudsey Unitarian Church );
  • A E R Goulty's Charitable Trust, Friends Hall Farm Street Trust, J & A Slater Memorial Fund, Zochonis Charitable Trust, Dagney Raymond Charitable Trust, the Fellowship Theatre Company of Sheffield (via Fulwood Old Chapel);
  • in memory of Rev Keith Gilley and Dineka Humphreys;
  • individuals: ex-UYPLers Sandra Coleman, and Gavin Mason;
  • Wirral and Manx Unitarians with Mockbeggar Morris;
  • from many congregations and individuals;
  • The National Unitarian Womens league, who made us their project for 2012-13, and raised some £14,400 (+ more from branches), a record for them! Our Chairman was pleased to receive the cheque at the recent Unitarian General Assembly Meetings in Nottingham.
  • We also mention with thanks having the first tranche of our Jubilee fund-raising “doubling”!
We apologise if someone has been left out: we're only human!


Just Text Giving E-mail
Tuesday 16th October 2012
Supporters can now send a donation of up to £10 by texting SACH22 and an amount to 70070.
(example: text SACH22£10 to donate £10, or text SACH22£5 to donate £5.)
Texts are charged at your mobile phone operator's standard rate. The charity will receive 100% of your donation. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer's permission. For full terms and conditions and more information, please visit www.justgiving.com/info/terms-of-service.
Why not give it a try now!



“Christianity, community and social concern” E-mail
Monday 30th January 2012
Long-standing SACH Trustee R J ("Reg") Ash's solidly-researched and recently-published, splendid "History of the Liverpool Domestic Mission Society from 1836"... to the time he became Warden in 1969, is now on sale. All profits of the sale, price £10, we think, go to Send a Child.

Reg is currently writing his "memoirs" as Warden ( a sort of "History", part 2 ), and we wish him speedy progress in that eneterprise!

Bentley Operatic Society are giving a Concert in aid of Send a Child at Ullet Road Unitarian Church, Liverpool, on Saturday, 7th July 2012. Thank you in advance to their members.


Trevor and Sheila Jones CD E-mail
Friday 27th January 2012
Trevor and Sheila Jones CD

Featuring several old favourites and original songs from the 60s Wythenshawe folk club scene, recorded by John Hewerdine, this is available for £5, all going to “Send a Child”. Available by contacting the Hon. Secretary.



 
 

The Send A Child To Hucklow Fund originated in 1961 and became a registered charity (No. 271585) in 1976.
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