Practical Action’s Quilt Project

14 BVM and IoM3On 31st January a member of the congregation, Nicola Craddock, told us about a project she is running to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the international development charity Practical Action and raise funds to support its work. She told us a bit about what the charity does: it focuses on helping some of the poorest people in the world access the technology they need to improve their livelihoods. Whether its by creating smokeless stoves to protect women and children from lung diseases or zeer pot fridges to keep produce fresh for longer in hot climates, Practical Action aims to “see what people are doing and help them to do it better”.

All members of the congregation were invited to donate a button for the quilt with £1 and to say why they wanted to take part. The result was a beautiful quilt square which was put together by the Friday Knit and Knat group.

Funds raised by the quilt project will go towards setting up renewable energy projects in isolated rural communities in Malawi and Zimbabwe.

The completed quilt will be presented to Practical Action at their Supporter’s Day in June 2016. To find out more about Practical Action’s work and the quilt project see:

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Redevelopment update

New hallConstruction is on schedule – the foundations of the new hall are in place and work will begin on refurbishing the link block and installing the lift on Monday 1st February.

That will be the start of the most difficult phase of the project for us as a congregation, as we will lose access to all areas other than the Church itself from that date. Temporary toilet facilities will be in place at the back of the Church in the porch by the back door, but some disruption is inevitable, though services will continue as normal.


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Shrewsbury Street Pastors Vacancies

The trustees of Shrewsbury Street Pastors are keen to recruit a new Prayer Coordinator and teams of Prayer Pastors & supporters who will ensure that the work of the Street Pastors on the streets of Shrewsbury is founded in prayer.  What do we need?

  • Prayer Coordinator- to supervise all prayer matters liaising with Trustee responsible for prayer.
  • Prayer Pastors – pray at Central the whole time the Street Pastors are out on the streets. Working in teams of three or four.
  • Prayer Supporters – Come to lead prayers for 20 minutes before the Street Pastor team go out.
  • Prayer Friends/buddies – they pray for individual Street Pastors on the nights they go, these prayers are done at home or in prayer groups.

For more details contact Steve Jones.


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Redevelopment begins!

With thanks to the Mayor and Mayoress, local councillor, Veolia, our architects and builders for coming along today to mark the start of the building works at Belle Vue for the Hermitage Centre development.


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Hermitage Centre Update

After many months of planning and fundraising, the Church Hall and internal refurbishments at Belle Vue Chapel are about to commence. The tendering process is complete and it is anticipated that the contractor will start working on site in late November. A turf-cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Shrewsbury and the local councillor is scheduled to take place before the work starts.

Fundraising for the project is in its final stages with the outcome of two in-progress grant applications pending, but thanks largely to the generous help of the Circuit the work can now begin.

On Saturday December 5 from 11am to 2pm we’ll be holding a Christmas Fayre in Church to raise additional funds. It will also be a great opportunity to talk to local people about the exciting developments over the winter.

Please keep the work in your prayers as we proceed in faith, remembering Psalm 127 verse 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labour in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guard stands watch in vain.

Mike Hallworth

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Raising Money While Shopping

Do you shop online? Easy fundraising is a scheme organised by the Institute of Fundraising which has raised over £10 million for UK good causes.

It’s really simple – before you buy on the Internet, you log in to and follow the instructions to order from your chosen site – John Lewis, Amazon, Argos, Tesco, Sainsbury’s etc etc.

You order from the retailer’s site in the normal way and you pay exactly what you would normally pay – but the retailer makes a donation to Church Funds (typically 1-2% of what you spend, sometimes up to 5%).  A plan with no drawbacks!  Pick up a card at the back of the church to remind you – and use them to spread the word among family and friends!

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Community Open Day and Christmas Fayre

On Saturday 5th December, we’ll be having an open day and Christmas Fayre at Belle Vue from 11am – 2pm, to help raise money for our Hermitage Centre development.

There will be:

  • Gifts, Cards, Christmas Cakes, Mince Pies, Jams, Mincemeat
  • Bran Tub & much much more
  • Tea/Coffee & Stollen. Free drinks for children

Offers of help to fill the tables with craft gifts, home produce etc. will be gratefully received. Please add your name to the list in Church or speak to Muriel, Selwyn, or one of the Church stewards.


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Cycling group

There was willing, but insufficient, response to my attempt to start a sociable cycling group on Fridays, so I have decided to put the idea on hold.  When our new hall is built I may ask Church Council if we could set up a wider, Belle Vue Community, cycling group, using the Hermitage Centre as a base, but I would need help to do it.  If you have any ideas along these lines, now’s the time to talk about it.  Paul.

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Contributions for new-look Contact magazine

Thank you to all the people who contributed to the first edition of the new-look Contact magazine. It is now time to get those pens, laptops, tablets etc busy again! In order to have something for you to read in the September edition I need  articles, anecdotes and any other suitable contributions you can offer! Please let me have any items for inclusion by 1st August, preferably by email, though hand-written contributions are equally welcome! Thank you in advance for your support. Ruth Henley..


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Belle Vue Arts Festival – Graffiti Art at Belle Vue Methodist Church

The theme for this year’s Belle Vue Arts Festival (6th – 20th June) is MEMORIES.

This church has played a part in the Arts Festival for a number of years. We have staged Challenging Trails on the school fields, always with a Reflective theme based on Christian Ethics & Philosophy. In 2013 we offered a trail on our own premises to coincide with the Open Days started by Frances Bisseker entitled ‘X marks the spot.’ Last year a trail was designed to attract people, as they followed the Scarecrow Trail around Belle Vue, entitled ‘Follow the Light’

This year we are hosting an Arts project, an idea developed through Ellie Welch at the Annual Church Meeting and which will be on display to people following the Belle Vue Open Gardens Trail on Sunday June 14th from 12noon-4.00p.m.

Called ’Installation/Mural/Graffitti Art’, the idea is that people are given an opportunity to paint on the walls of the church hall before it is demolished. The Arts Festival Committee are excited by this suggestion. To start things off Mike Griffiths, the retired head of Art at Wakeman School will be available on Saturday June 6th from 10.00-1.00 so that budding artists might see the space available and receive some advice. Anyone can simply call in and see him.

On Wednesday 10th the Brownies & Guides led by Theresa Bradbury will have an opportunity to start things off. Then from Thursday 11th to Saturday 13th the premises will be made available as required. In between preparing my garden for the Garden Trail, I’ll be available to open up. Belle Vue Arts Group Members will be on hand to supervise.

Some paint, brushes, sponges etc will be available if you want to join in and have a go. Only water based emulsion type paints will be allowed. Spray paints and gloss will be banned! It is suggested people wear old clothing. Participants are encouraged to bring any old tins of emulsion along with them.

The ‘Knit and Nat’ group through Chrissy Bridge are talking about putting a woollen spiders web in the window space and for the inventive there are hooks on the ceiling for ‘hangings’. There may also be a film of the activity so that there will always be a ‘Memory’ of the Event.

If you are interested or know of people who would like to leave their mark then please encourage them to meet up with Mike on 6th June.

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