Kidlington Methodist Church has sent tents, sleeping bags, and a mountain of socks to help ease the plight of refugees living in makeshift shelters in and around Calais.
The church has been linking up with CalAid, an organisation operating fortnightly truck runs to the French port to provide essentials for refugees from Syria and elsewhere.
As Worship Leader Ali Bromhall explains: "CalAid tries to fill its trucks with items that are most urgently needed. When we first heard about the scheme there was a desperate need for tents, tarpaulins, groundsheets, sleeping bags ...and socks! At very short notice, the Kidlington congregation came up trumps".
To find out more about CalAid go to www.calaid.co.uk
Saturday 19th September : a day of fun and games for all ages with a Rainbow theme. There was a bouncy castle, side shows, crafts, face painting and lots more! Back by popular demand were Al and his owls. If you had windfall apples in your garden, you could bring some along and Kidlington Abundamce pressed them in to apple juice for you… and if that was all too energetic for you, you could sit and enjoy the live music and a cream tea. Admission was free - we were FUN raising not fundraising and we enjoyed seeing so many people there!
Nearly 70 people enjoyed this year’s Holiday @ Home event...our annual holiday club for those of more mature years! Throughout the week we enjoyed great company, great food and some great guests including the Kidlington Community Singers and our friends from Hands on Oxfordshire’s Heritage who this year took a sporting theme to take us back in time.
Another highlight of the week was our ‘Wednesday Away Day’ when nearly 50 of us boarded a coach to Staffordshire to explore the delights of Trentham Gardens near Stoke-on-Trent.
Sincere thanks to all those who made the week possible. It’s hard to believe that Holiday @ Home has now been running for seven years...but we look forward to doing it all again in 2016.