Lancaster Gate tube station
Lancaster Gate tube station is closed until July 2017, please see alternative travel routes.
The Market on Saturday on 3rd December had a great atmosphere and was the most crowded for years. The live music brought people in and many just stopped for a while and listened, taking a rest from their busy activities. The children were kept entertained by Rachel’s arts & crafts workshop and the magician. There was something for everyone and many left with big bags full of goodies.
After taking off the cost we were able to donate the profit of £2,700 to The Friends of St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, for equipment for the Children’s Ward. It was even more than we aimed for. Many thanks to donors, customers, musicians and helpers!
The Friends of St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington are looking for volunteers to help in:
Our kiosk in reception at the Western Eye Hospital
Our Café in Out-Patients
Our Shop in the Queen Elizabeth
If you could spare a few hours each week on a regular basis and would like to find out more please contact the Friends on 0203 312 6586 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Birthday Arline!
Our oldest pupil in the German class, Arline Firth, celebrated her 100th birthday in November. Congratulations!
DVDs for Seamen’s Mission
If you have spare DVDs that you don’t need we will happily collect and pass them on to lonely seafarers. On the ocean they usually don’t have TV reception.
A few people from the German YMCA have continued to collect money from the street. This year we received the results of five years of picking up from Nottingham. One member dedicated her penny-piggy-bank to the good cause. The final result of £216.31 were donated to The Connection at St Martin, the homeless charity in Trafalgar Square, together with the leftover biscuits from the Christmas Market (and one Stollen; all others were sold this year). £18.80 were from an oyster card lying in the street. So, if you find money, jewellery or the like, our Chaplain will happily add it to the collection for 2017.
Stamps for Bethel
For many years we have been collecting used (and unused) stamps for Bethel, a social charity in Bielefeld, Germany. The donated stamps are sorted and processed by disabled people to be sold on. This gives them jobs and a lot of fun in finding out where this particular specimen is from. Please keep all undamaged stamps and pass them on to Udo Bauer, who will send them on to the good cause.