Alton Webteam: March 2017
I had planned to write an article celebrating the 10th anniversary of the ecumenical Traidcraft coffee morning, held every Tuesday in Alton Methodist Church but, when I looked back through my records, I saw that I had missed the moment. Our 10th anniversary occurred in April last year — how time flies! So we'll have to wait a few more years before another significant anniversary rolls around; but, meanwhile, there is still cause for celebration. My records show that during the eleven years of its existence the coffee morning has donated £8,500 to local charities and organisations — and all from 50p a cup!
Teams from both the Methodist church and the Parish of the Resurrection run the coffee mornings and I'm grateful to everyone who gives such willing support. Special thanks are due to Christine Allan, Sarah Broadbent and Sheila Wooding who began this venture with me in 2006 and are still here eleven years later.
If you would like to join the team of helpers, we would be very pleased to hear from you. I think that sometimes people don't put themselves forward because they think "oh, that's always been so-and-so's job" and they don't want to step on anyone's toes. Whilst I'm happy to continue to organise the coffee mornings for a few more years, my toes would definitely not be trodden on if there's someone out there who is just itching to take on the job!
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