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February 2017

A Message from The Rev Alan Clarredge…

Dear friends in the U.K. Thank you once again for your prayers and and continued support. The   work   that   has   been   undertaken   continues   to   be   of   vital   importance   to   so   many   suffering   people   both young and old and I only have two major plants left to bring back into use before I return to the UK. For   8   days   of   this   visit   I   have   received   excellent   help   and   support   from   Austin   Brooke-Thomas,   who   raised   his own funds to fly out to me. He   works   as   a   host   in   Christchurch   Hospital   Macmillan   unit.   Thank   you   Austin   for   your   encouragement   and valuable assistance. Financially the hospitals literally have no money and during the last year have become virtually bankrupt. This   was   very   noticeable   after   I   completed   my   work   at   Victoria   Falls   hospital.   when   I   presented   a   receipt   for fuel and accommodation (One of two hospitals that have always covered costs). I   was   called   into   a   meeting   of   heads   of   departments   along   with   the   medical   officer   of   health   for   the   locality; they   appeared   to   be   extremely   embarrassed   as   they   told   me   “our   cashier   went   to   the   bank   this   morning   and the   manager   has   refused   to   let   us   have   any   money   whatsoever   so   we   cannot   pay”,   I   felt   glad   to   be   able   to   say Rivers   of   Living   Water   would   cover   their   costs   and   they   expressed   sincere   thanks,   the   same   happened   at   the other hospital in Beit Bridge on the South African border. It   has   been   necessary   for   me   to   supply   all   fuel   for   a   hospital   truck   this   year   and   to   hire   transport   to   get   around when the hospital truck has not been available. Also to pay for accommodation for staff. This has proved very expensive but until now and I praise the Lord for this, has been sufficient for our needs. One   great   point   this   year   is   that   not   only   here   in   Bulawayo,   but   throughout   most   of   the   country,   there   has been torrential rain. In   fact   it   has   rained   every   day   I   have   been   in   the   country   (no   sun   tan!!).   That   is   with   the   exception   of   the   very South   of   the   country   (Beit   bridge)   which   has   seen   no   rain   whatsoever;   this   rain   has   its   drawbacks;   partly because the supplies have been blocked by silt and debris. I have been kept very busy cleaning water purification systems. At   one   point   of   my   journey   we   were   trapped   in   flash   floods   and   the   depth   of   water   reached   over   twenty   feet on the road!!!!. Thankfully we were kept safe. The   medicines   were   well   accepted   by   the   hospitals   and   clinics   and   helped   their   dwindling   and   in   some   cases none existing supplies considerably. The   blankets   were   so   well   received   not   only   by   the   hospitals,   but   also   the   mustard   seed   orphanage,   where   52 children   included   disabled   and   handicapped   youngsters   are   cared   for;   Sweets   from   the   children   of   Rossmore Church,   knitted   clothes,   blankets   and   toys   from   the   Pop   in   at   Bere   Regis   and   numerous   items   from   other churches   and   individuals;   baby   clothes   and   toys,   knitting   toys   and   giving   items,   also   distributed   at   the   school at Monde. Although   the   challenges   are   immense   I   know   that   one   again,   in   a   few   days   this   years   work   will   be   successfully completed. Thank you for your continued support for the work Alan

Sing Your Heart Out February 10th…

10th February Thank   you   to   all   who   supported   out   Christmas   Sing   your   heart   out   event   Pop   In   Performers,   Rev   Charles   and the School Christmas Choir with Lucy Roberts. Dear Alison, Thank you so much for sending your generous donation. Thanks   to   you   and   your   fabulous   choir,   many   more   vulnerable   and   isolated   older   people   will   be   given   the support   they   need   to   live   happily   and   independently.   So   although   we’ve   said   it   before,   we’ll   say   it   again   –   thank you. Sing Your Heart Out

The Pop In Place Piano Café…

10th February Thank   you   to   all   who   supported   the   Macmillan   Coffee   Morning,   it   was   very      special   as   it   was   in   memory   of Rose   Wise   who   was   a   founder   member   of      the   Pop   In   Place   and   a   very   good   volunteer   with   us   for   many   years, and of course a dear friend. We are so pleased to announce that we have raised when all monies are collected over £700.
27th February

Michael Tomlinson MP…

I was delighted to drop in to the Bere Regis, Pop in Place community café this morning. The   All   Age   Community   Cafe   is   open   on   Mondays   and   Fridays   10-12   am   and   promises   a   warm   welcome         to everybody. There is also a Baby & Toddler group on Thursday mornings. If   you   need   transport,   please   phone   Alison   on   01929   472023   or   for   more   information,   call   team   leader   Alison on 01929 472023

We are appealing…

for   the   good   folk   of   Bere   Creek   to   offer   your   whole   hearted   support   to   our   next   production   "   Way   Out   West   "           ( a western musical) The Pop In Performers are doing four performances of "Way out West". They   are   Thursday   18th   May   at   6pm   Friday   19th   May   at   7pm   and   two   on   Saturday   20th   May   at   2pm   and   again 7pm. TICKETS   are   £5   and   will   be   available   on   Fridays   and   Mondays   at   the   Pop   In   Place   you   will   need   to   pre   buy   your tickets soon as we are expecting a big demand for this show. This   is   a   very   special   production   as   it   is   Pastor   Jim's   last   script   and   also   will   be   raising   much   needed   funds   for Bere Regis Church Roof.

Great Get Together…

We   are   pleased   to   announce   that   the   Pop   In   Place   will   hold   a   Great   Get   Together   on   Friday   16th   June   from 10am   until   12   noon   along   with   our   MP   at   the   Upper   Drax   Hall   .   It   will   be   a   very   simple   format   CAKE   COFFEE and   MUSIC   I   am   looking   for   some   local   musician   to   play   for   us   during   these   two   hours   if   you   can   help   out   with this please let me know.
© 1996, Pop In Place.

February 2017

A Message from The Rev Alan

Clarredge…

Dear friends in the U.K. Thank you once again for your prayers and and continued support. The work that has been undertaken continues to be of vital importance to so many suffering people both young and old and I only have two major plants left to bring back into use before I return to the UK. For 8 days of this visit I have received excellent help and support from Austin Brooke-Thomas, who raised his own funds to fly out to me. He works as a host in Christchurch Hospital Macmillan unit. Thank you Austin for your encouragement and valuable assistance. Financially the hospitals literally have no money and during the last year have become virtually bankrupt. This was very noticeable after I completed my work at Victoria Falls hospital. when I presented a receipt for fuel and accommodation (One of two hospitals that have always covered costs). I was called into a meeting of heads of departments along with the medical officer of health for the locality; they appeared to be extremely embarrassed as they told me “our cashier went to the bank this morning and the manager has refused to let us have any money whatsoever so we cannot pay”, I felt glad to be able to say Rivers of Living Water would cover their costs and they expressed sincere thanks, the same happened at the other hospital in Beit Bridge on the South African border. It has been necessary for me to supply all fuel for a hospital truck this year and to hire transport to get around when the hospital truck has not been available. Also to pay for accommodation for staff. This has proved very expensive but until now and I praise the Lord for this, has been sufficient for our needs. One great point this year is that not only here in Bulawayo, but throughout most of the country, there has been torrential rain. In fact it has rained every day I have been in the country (no sun tan!!). That is with the exception of the very South of the country (Beit bridge) which has seen no rain whatsoever; this rain has its drawbacks; partly because the supplies have been blocked by silt and debris. I have been kept very busy cleaning water purification systems. At one point of my journey we were trapped in flash floods and the depth of water reached over twenty feet on the road!!!!. Thankfully we were kept safe. The medicines were well accepted by the hospitals and clinics and helped their dwindling and in some cases none existing supplies considerably. The blankets were so well received not only by the hospitals, but also the mustard seed orphanage, where 52 children included disabled and handicapped youngsters are cared for; Sweets from the children of Rossmore Church, knitted clothes, blankets and toys from the Pop in at Bere Regis and numerous items from other churches and individuals; baby clothes and toys, knitting toys and giving items, also distributed at the school at Monde. Although the challenges are immense I know that one again, in a few days this years work will be successfully completed. Thank you for your continued support for the work Alan

Sing Your Heart Out February

10th…

10th February Thank you to all who supported out Christmas Sing your heart out event Pop In Performers, Rev Charles and the School Christmas Choir with Lucy Roberts. Dear Alison, Thank you so much for sending your generous donation. Thanks to you and your fabulous choir, many more vulnerable and isolated older people will be given the support they need to live happily and independently. So although we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again – thank you. Sing Your Heart Out

The Pop In Place Piano Café…

10th February Thank you to all who supported the Macmillan Coffee Morning, it was very  special as it was in memory of Rose Wise who was a founder member of  the Pop In Place and a very good volunteer with us for many years, and of course a dear friend. We are so pleased to announce that we have raised when all monies are collected over £700.
27th February

Michael Tomlinson MP…

I was delighted to drop in to the Bere Regis, Pop in Place community café this morning. The All Age Community Cafe is open on Mondays and Fridays 10-12 am and promises a warm welcome   to everybody. There is also a Baby & Toddler group on Thursday mornings. If you need transport, please phone Alison on 01929 472023 or for more information, call team leader Alison on 01929 472023

We are appealing…

for the good folk of Bere Creek to offer your whole hearted support to our next production " Way Out West "    ( a western musical) The Pop In Performers are doing four performances of "Way out West". They are Thursday 18th May at 6pm Friday 19th May at 7pm and two on Saturday 20th May at 2pm and again 7pm. TICKETS are £5 and will be available on Fridays and Mondays at the Pop In Place you will need to pre buy your tickets soon as we are expecting a big demand for this show. This is a very special production as it is Pastor Jim's last script and also will be raising much needed funds for Bere Regis Church Roof.

Great Get Together…

We are pleased to announce that the Pop In Place will hold a Great Get Together on Friday 16th June from 10am until 12 noon along with our MP at the Upper Drax Hall . It will be a very simple format CAKE COFFEE and MUSIC I am looking for some local musician to play for us during these two hours if you can help out with this please let me know.