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District Newsletter – November 2019

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Welcome to the Bolton and Rochdale District Newsletter.

This edition includes details about events, dates for your diaries, training opportunities, vacancies, links and contacts.

If you have any information to share please contact us so we can include in future editions.

Please share this newsletter around your churches, circuits and contacts.

Upcoming Events

Bolton Faith Youth Event

As you may know, in recent years Bolton Interfaith Council has ran a successful Young Ambassadors project working with girls and young women across Bolton, and the project concluded earlier this year.

Since then we have been developing ideas regarding a new youth project, and are keen to partner with other organisations who work with young people in the borough.

To kick start this process, we are excited to announce plans for a launch event entitled ‘Bolton Faith Youth’, to take place during National Interfaith Week this November.

The event will take place from 10:30am-1pm on Saturday 16th November at Friends Meeting House Bolton (BL1 1PP), with lunch and refreshments provided.

This will be an open consultation event to discuss ideas for a new ongoing youth programme, to be developed in collaboration with young people from all faiths and none, between the ages of 11 and 25. On the day we will have a short presentation about Bolton Interfaith Council, followed by round table discussions on key questions such as ‘What does Faith mean to you’, ‘What does Interfaith mean to you?’, ‘What are the things that religious people have in common?’, ‘What can we religious people do to work together?’ and ‘What can young people in Bolton do to help?’ This will then lead into a wider feedback and full group discussion, to develop outcomes and action points moving forward.   

For more information please contact Steph Email: contact@boltoninterfaithcouncil.org.uk / Phone: 07732 742 969

Precious memories lunch and chat afternoons (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)

We meet every 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month, from 12.00 -2pm at Christ Church, Mytham  Road, Little Lever, Bolton, BL3 1JE.

A friendly group for people living with memory loss, anxiety and depression with their Carers, family and friends. If you are looking for a free, safe, relaxed and welcoming environment  to have fun and laughter together, join us for a light lunch and a chat! There is also the option of table games, fun with music, gentle exercises, arts and crafts and entertainment. 

Dates for your diary: visit the District Website: www.barmd.org.uk

Ros Colwill – Amaudo Itumbauzo Centre for Mentally Ill Destitutes, Nigeria

Ros Colwill founded Amaudo Itumbauzo 30 years ago, having originally been sent out to the Leprosy Colony at nearby Uzuakoli as a Mission Partner by the Methodist Church.To celebrate 30 years of achievements at Amaudo Itumbauzo and to support its ongoing work, Ros is undertaking a sponsored walk as detailed in her message below:-

Can you support me in my sponsored walk for Amaudo?

Dearest friends and family,

I writing in the hope that you will be able to support me in a challenge I have recently taken on.

Many of you know my story about how I experienced a massive stroke in 2002 which left me disabled and then how three and a half years ago I was medically evacuated back to the UK from my beloved Nigeria. As it turned out I had experienced another smaller stroke which left me barely able to lift my head up. Since this time I have worked hard on regaining as much mobility as possible which has involved physio three times per week and roping in friends and family to support me to walk a lap of my garden whenever possible. Gradually my strength has returned although I still find walking a challenge. My left side is paralysed and I have dyspraxia which means I often struggle to work out where I am and how to move my body. Despite all of this I am determined to stay mobile and as fit as possible.

Over the years I have heard about all the amazing challenges that people have undertaken to raise money for Amaudo and this year decided I wanted to be part of the fundraising effort. I have therefore decided, with support and encouragement from my physiotherapist, Marianne, to attempt 3 laps of my garden! I know that most people wouldn't think twice about walking around their garden, let alone have it as a fundraising challenge but for me this is huge. Most of my walks involve one lap and on the few occasions that I have managed two I have had to suffer the consequence of all the exertion with cramps and exhaustion. But those of you that know me well, know that I like to push myself and I am really looking forward to this challenge.

So please, please give what you can to encourage me onwards and to support Amaudo, a charity that is so close to my heart.

Here is the link to make a donation - https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?userUrl=RosColwill&pageUrl=1
Thank you!

Best wishes

Nkechi Ros Colwill

Further details of the work at Amaudo can be found at amaudo.org where there are stories of how lives have been changed. For further information, please contact me on j1pennells@hotmail.com.
John Pennells
Trustee, AmaudoUK

Imperial War Museum War Memorial Register. I am a volunteer and up until last year was able to travel around to churches recording Military and War Memorials for the National Archive. I am now in a wheelchair and would still like to do my voluntary work.

I am after photographs of the memorials in and around every church, these can be individual or collective memorials, this is so I can update the records we already have or record those that we don't know about. These can be crosses, boards/tablets, battlefield markers, alter ware, Rolls of Honour, almost anything, it just has to have someone that served on it. We also now record the names commemorated so the wording needs to legible if possible please.

Besides WW1 and WW2 we record all periods, it just needs to mention a rank or service. Not all memorials have names on them, we still want those. We also record personal or family memorials. We don't record Commonwealth War Graves although if gravestone records the death of a person in service buried elsewhere, we want those.

I even want to know if you have no memorials, I can mark you of the list I have recording that.

Would you be able to send me photographs of your memorials please? The only information I need with the photographs is the name of the church and its post code. this is important as the email has multiple recipients.

If you would like to know what we already have recorded please let me know and I will send you a list. An example of what I need is below.


If you have a large amount of pictures or they are high quality then there are file transfer systems that are free to use, Google and WeTransfer are just two available.

Some people send them to me on memory sticks, these I return once the images have been downloaded. For these my address is, Mark Newton, Ryecot, Conicavel, Forres, Moray, IV36 2TU.

I hope you are able to help me with this and please don't worry about a delay in responding.

Many thanks

Mark Newton - Imperial War Museum Volunteer
War Memorial Register

The Learning Network write a regular e-newsletter which is very informative, one will be coming out very soon. If you are new to the Region and / or don’t already receive this, please could you sign up by filling out your details here:https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-work/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region/subscribe-to-the-dmln-north-west-and-mann-newsletter/


For details of the various jobs around the Connexion please visit: www.methodist.org.uk/jobs


Advanced Module Training Dates – please visit the Events section of the District Website to book places on these training days.

Policies and guidance – the most recent are now available on the Methodist Church website: https://www.methodist.org.uk/for-ministers-and-office-holders/safeguarding/policies-procedure-and-information/policies-and-guidance/

District Safeguarding Officer: New email address Kev Brabrook - boltonandrochdaledso@dso.methodist.org.uk

Training Opportunities:

Learning Network: North West & Mann Region

See:  www.methodist.org.uk/nwm

Our Learning Network Team have various events and training coming up so please visit the website for further information of what is coming up - http://www.methodist.org.uk/learning/network-regions/north-west-mann-region


General Data Protection Regulation came into effect on 25th May 2018.

Training and resources from TMCP are fine tuned for The Methodist Church context:


How to become a Fairtrade Church: The three goals: To be part of the campaign by becoming a Fairtrade Church, please register with us www.fairtrade.org.uk/en/get-involved/in-your-community/faith-groups/fairtrade-churches