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Ways to save our seas

  • If you see some litter pick it up - litter such as plastic bags are super lightweight and get blown into waterways by the wind. If it’s safe to do so, pick it up even if you’re not by the sea.
  • Use reusable bottles - 500 billion plastic bottles are used worldwide every year, many of which don’t get recycled.
  • Support charities - there are many incredible charities that work hard to clean our oceans that depend on donations to continue their planet saving work. For example, 4Ocean is a company who use plastic from the sea to make jewellery. The purchase of one bracelet funds the removal of one pound of rubbish from the oceans!
  • Shop smart - when shopping for groceries choose foods that aren’t wrapped in plastic; only 14% of plastic packaging gets recycled.
  • Invest in reusable items - there are so many environmentally friendly alternatives to single use plastic, from reusable straws to beeswax cling film.

Want to find out more? ‘A Plastic Ocean’ – a multi award winning documentary, available on Netflix or to rent on Amazon, reveals the effects of plastic on the planet’s marine ecosystems and on human health. Praised by David Attenborough as ‘one of the most important films of our time”.

Anita Beer

MWiB update – Swanwick 2021, and volunteering opportunities

Happy new year to you from MWiB.

SWANWICK 2021

Following the huge disappointment of having to cancel the weekend at Swanwick in 2020, we have been determined to offer something in 2021, but sadly, we have made the decision not to meet face to face at Swanwick because of the ongoing uncertainties of life with Covid 19, and the need to keep everyone as safe as possible.

However, we are delighted to be able to invite you to ‘Together, with Hope on the Way’, an online conference taking place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th April 2021. It will be different to our previous conferences, but nevertheless is an exciting new venture, which will be accessible to a wider audience.

Our keynote speaker Sister Imelda Poole will be joining us ‘virtually’ from Albania, to talk about her work educating and training young people to help prevent them becoming trafficked. There will also be worship, prayer and Bible study, plus news and information on the work of the World Federation, and a chance for us to celebrate 'together' the tenth anniversary of MWiB.

You can find more information and register your interest now on the MWiB website: https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2021/01/15/swanwick-2021-together-with-hope-on-the-way/

I hope you'll consider joining us - and please pray for the conference as we continue to prepare and as we meet online.

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

We're currently seeking two volunteers to work with us as we lead this exciting and growing movement into it's second decade: Communications Coordinator, and Website and Social Media Coordinator.

Could this be you? Or someone you know? Perhaps a younger person, or someone not directly connected with MWiB?

You can find an advert for noticeboards, newsletters, websites etc, along with further information and application packs for both roles on our website. Please share and forward this information as widely as possible within your own church, circuit and district: https://mwib.org.uk/index.php/2021/01/11/looking-for-a-new-challenge-2/

AND FINALLY...

Keep in touch with MWiB and the World Federation on our Facebook page: Methodist Women in Britain and via Twitter: @MethodistWomen

Judith R Simms
Communications Officer
Methodist Women in Britain

News from The Leprosy Mission Dec 2020

Allister du Plessis, Regional Manager for The Leprosy Mission, has written:  

'Our wonderful supporters continue to humble us with their sacrificial generosity for people affected by leprosy. 2020 has been an amazing financial year, allowing TLMEW to fulfil funding commitments for work overseas.  You have helped to ensure no one affected by leprosy is forgotten during this crisis.

As the world went into lockdown back in April, we prayed together that God would build a mighty hedge of protection around every leprosy community, that Covid-19 would not enter in.  Praise God that to date,  Covid-19 has not entered any leprosy community!  Sadly, we have seen field staff struck down by the virus, with six valued members of the worldwide team losing their life.  Please do pray particularly for Anandaban Hospital in Nepal, where there are cases on the leprosy wards and amongst staff.

 Christmas is coming and so are the carols……….

 I am thrilled to pass on the exciting news of our Virtual Carol service, Thursday 10th December at 7.30.   This year our annual Carol Services at Lichfield Cathedral and St. Giles in the Fields in London are unable to go ahead. But this doesn’t mean you will miss out! Our online Leprosy Mission Carol Service will be going out live on YouTube at 7.30pm on Thursday 10th December. Pam Rhodes is leading the service which includes an address from +Donald, Bishop of Peterborough, a film of Pam Rhodes meeting Lovely (a lady affected by leprosy in Bangladesh) and beautiful carols.  Former Regional Manager Jarrett will also be singing in the choir. 

If the date and time doesn’t work for you, don’t worry because you can download the link to watch at another time.  We hope you enjoy it!'

 Allister also gives advance notice that the campaign for World Leprosy Sunday 2021 will be towards ending leprosy in Mozambique –  and the exciting news that the UK Government will match fund any donations that are made between January 24 and April 24!  

 I'll be in touch with supporters about this early in the New Year.

Kathy Morrison

Methodist Women in Britain Newsletter 2020-4 Winter Newsletter

Click here to view / download: MWiB Newsletter 2020-4 Winter

It contains plenty of news and information on the latest planned events including:

  • All We Can Big Church Sing - Christmas Special on 29th November at 4pm
  • Action for Children: Starry Night Virtual Carol Concert and entertainment, hosted by Jon Snow
  • Next year's residential: Together, with Hope on the Way to be held at Swanick 16-18th April 2021 - virtually if not possible to meet together by then.
  • And a short article from 'Our Woman in Togo' - the mention of this country took me straight back to my stamp collecting days at age 6 or thereabouts, when the colourful exotic fish stamps from Togo were among my favourites - although I recall I only managed to accumulate a couple of them!

Kathy Morrison

Fair Trade and Eco stall

The Fair Trade and Eco stall has moved from MHMCHURCH to our house! ( Hopefully back to normal when the church building is open again.

In the meantime, you can buy items and I can deliver on my daily walks - or you can collect from our place. The list of what’s available is on the photos below.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss a purchase - 07910073436.

Anita Beer

Harborough Hygiene Bank

Harborough Hygiene Bank was set up in late June this year, to help ameliorate the effects of hygiene poverty in Harborough district. With the end of the Furlough scheme, it is expected that more people will find themselves in the situation where they are making very difficult choices between paying their housing costs, their utility bills, feeding themselves and their family, and keeping themselves clean.

What we do

We are a group of volunteers who collect donations from the public, store and sort them, then distribute to partner organisations what they need for the people they are in contact with. We work closely with these partner organisations so we can deliver exactly what they need.

Donation Points

The following places have Donation Boxes where people can place their donations.

  • The Co-op, the Commons, Market Harborough
  • Boots the chemists, St. Mary’s Place, Market Harborough
  • Sainsburys, Market Harborough
  • The Co-op, high Street, Kibworth
  • The Manor, Tur Langton

Contact us

Our social media sites (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) are all @thbharborough

Our email address is thbharborough@gmail.com

For specific enquiries and information, The Co-Ordinator is Judy Rowley, who can be contacted at the thbharborough@gmail.com address and on mobile 07958 059440

Battle for Naseby Square 2020

Naseby Square Housing Complex was a happy community of post retirement age adults living in a Social and Sheltered Housing development.

The local authourity, Harborough District Council, initiated negotiations with the managing Housing Group to agree to demolish 30% of the complex simply to gain access to develop a small plot of land. Manipulation of the truth (I'm not allowed to call them 'lies' - so don't mention this problem until you've seen the web-site of 38 Degrees). Suffice to say that appalling management behaviour can be clearly shown with inducements also offered by the local authority. They can now no longer afford the development costs, so they wish the Housing Group to buy their land and carry out the development for them.

The proposals are felt totally inappropriate for the area. There is no provision for the replacement of the social and sheltered housing nor retention or replacements of the community amenities - Communal Lounge, Warden's Office and Community (Centre) Hall that previously served both tenants of the complex and the surrounding community.

Since May 2018 a small group of supporters has lobbied the local authority and the managing housing group to very little avail. It appears that 'the powers that be' are assured of this Planning Application going through regardless of overwhelming numbers of objections.

The treatment meted out to tenants 'forced' to move has been appalling. The total disregard of the local pressures being placed on local services such as schools, social care and health - let alone already over-crowded narrow streets where traffic flow is sometimes impossible - adds up to madness.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get the better chance we may have of stopping the scheme.

You can read more and sign the petition here: Battle for Naseby Square 2020.

Thank you, and God bless,

Dave Tomlin, pp Tenants' Support Group.

Sight Loss Friendly Church Taster Sessions

Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) are providing some free 30 minute SLFC Taster sessions on Zoom for churches to find out more about SLFC including all the benefits of this free resource, meet the SLFC team and ask questions. They currently have sessions planned for 29 & 30 September and 27 & 28 October. If anyone would like to find out more visit sightlossfriendlychurch.org.uk or to book a place email .

Fair Trade Rice Challenge

I would like to highlight the information below and that the rice will be available at the Farmers Market on The Square, MH on Thursday, September 3rd. Also that I can deliver if people are unable to get out and about (tel. 01858 440988 or 07910 073436).

There is work going on to see if we can have a limited Fairtrade/ Eco stall in church at MH but this is not available just yet.

Anita Beer

Fair Trade Rice Challenge

Leprosy Mission News

A few weeks ago I cringed when I first heard the words ‘Leicester leper’ used in a news report. However, I was very pleased to see that the National Director of The Leprosy Mission, was swift to respond and has written to UK national newspaper editors and the BBC in a bid to stop them from using derogatory language to people affected by a 21st Century disease.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 we have witnessed a proliferation of the word ‘leper’ used in the media in connection with the virus. Following the government imposing a lockdown on Leicester, the press was littered with the phrase ‘Leicester leper’, the unfortunate alliteration tragically bolstering a catchy headline and soundbite.

National Director, Peter Waddup, described the word 'leper' as outdated, derogatory and stigmatising to the millions of people today affected by leprosy globally.

He said: “It is associated with fear and being an outcast. It reduces a person to merely a disease and increases the stigma around leprosy, something we work tirelessly to counter.

“I do obviously realise the media’s intention isn't to stigmatise people affected by leprosy. It is to describe the alienation a person feels because of coronavirus. However references to 'Leicester lepers' only serve to perpetuate the age-old prejudice millions endure today because of leprosy.

“There might be only a handful of people diagnosed and treated with leprosy in the UK each year that would know the hurt this causes. But we are part of a global society where leprosy, although treatable, remains a huge problem.

“I have met too many people who have unnecessarily suffered terrible physical disabilities and the huge emotional hurt of being rejected by their friends, family and community. This is all because of leprosy and the prejudice surrounding the disease which the word ‘leper’ only goes to perpetuate.”

The UN’s principles and guidelines for the elimination of discrimination against persons affected by leprosy, published in 2010, states the use of the word ‘leper’ should be removed from government publications and for the media to portray people affected by leprosy with dignity. The same year the BBC’s journalist style guide was amended to include that the word ‘leper’ should not be used in reporting. Yet the pejorative term ceases to be omitted from all BBC content.

Peter said: “Only by fighting against the use of this pejorative term globally can we begin to rid the world of leprosy. Stigma undoubtedly remains the greatest barrier preventing people from coming forward for treatment.


Do have a look at the web site www.leprosymission.org.uk/latest-news where you’ll find among other news items, an article about Victoria Hislop, author of The Island and ambassador for the work of The Leprosy Mission; an inspiring account of the interfaith network in Sri Lanka, established by The Leprosy Mission in the aftermath of the 2019 Easter Sunday suicide bombings; and positive news that lessons learnt from COVID-19 in India have shone a light on the spread of disease in city slums that could lead to leprosy rates being slashed ‘as bad as COVID-19 is, if it means action is taken to improve the living conditions and health of millions of people in Mumbai, at least it will not have been in vain’.


I received the following email from Imogen just after I had returned from an optician’s appointment in Market Harborough, where my eyesight had been thoroughly examined using a variety of state-of-the-art equipment.

‘Thank you for your prayers and support for Chandkhuri Hospital. Dr Elkana and all of the hospital staff are so grateful for your help, but there is still an urgent need for equipment. Our staff are worried about how they will meet demand when the coronavirus pandemic is over. Without the tools they need, our team won’t be able to give patients vital eye operations at the hospital. 

The nerves around the eye are often damaged by leprosy, which can prevent the eyelids from blinking and lead to blindness. But with essential equipment like an ophthalmoscope, our team can examine the eye and save the sight of a person affected by leprosy before it’s too late.

Your support today could make this possible. If you and 12 others like you give just £25, you could fund an ophthalmoscope, providing sight-saving treatment for thousands of people. You can give these people hope for a future not limited by leprosy.

Please visit our web site today to give people affected by leprosy the eyecare they deserve. 

With every blessing,

Imogen Moore

Legacy Manager
Goldhay Way
Orton Goldhay
Peterborough
PE2 5GZ
01733 646279

We all receive many calls to support so many good causes that are dear to us, but if anyone would like to support the purchase of an ophthalmoscope, with any contribution, please let me know in case we can raise sufficient to fund one together from the Circuit. Thank you. Kathy Morrison ()