Hope for Belper bought together folks from across the congregations to put together Christmas Hampers for those of our neighbours who through numerous circumstances would have been unable to celebrate Christmas with a festive family meal.
Christians from many local churches responded with amazing generosity to sponsor hampers to the tune of £1,600. This meant that on the day we were able to shop for and put together 33 hampers instead of the initial 20 planned.
The staff at the Sure Start Children’s Centre were delighted to be able to support so money more families in this way.
Many thanks to all those who supported the project again this year, from some anecdotal feedback and a note from one family the provision of these hampers means a lot to those who receive them.
Many thanks also goes to ‘Inspirepac’ for specially making and gifting the hamper boxes to order.
- Christmas Eve also saw Hope for Belper out on the Market Place once again supporting the Town Council Carol Service. This event is always well attended and the cup of hot chocolate has become a fixture over the years.
Around 500 cups were served and our thanks go to the management of The Black Swan for once again allowing us to work out of their kitchen and also to No.28 for supplying tables.
Earlier this year you may have been lucky enough to have your bags packed at Morrisons by a keen bunch of local Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from the 1st Openwoodgate Scout group.
Over a six hour stint, children from all three age groups and supervised by Leaders and parents, raised nearly £1000 from their efforts!
It was decided that the monies should be split between the pack’s funds and Hope for Belper, which among other projects operates the Basic Idea food bank in the town.
Pictured are four of Hope for’s trustees, Caroline Stoddart, Helen Greenwood, Paul Linford and Gareth Greenwood, receiving a cheque for £474 from some of the cubs involved in the bag pack.
The presentation took place at the cubs’ weekly Wednesday evening gathering at St Mark’s Church, Openwoodgate.
Sharon Marshall, the Group Scout Leader said it was “great to see the children all working together and helping others.”
Hope for Belper chair Gareth Greenwood added: “We are thrilled that the scout groups have chosen to be so generous towards their town, in giving half the money raised towards Hope projects!”
Belper’s Street Angels project is featured in a new book about how Street Angels have been making a difference up and down the country.
The e-book is written by Paul Blakey MBE who started up Street Angels and who came to Belper to help launch our own project in June 2012.
It is available for download on Amazon Kindle and can also be downloaded to any device as a PDF.
A minimum donation of £5 is suggested for the book, proceeds of which are going towards Street Angels projects nationwide. You can donate here.
The project was originally launched by Hope for Belper last year and celebrated its first anniversary in June.
The Street Angels are approaching their annual commissioning and first birthday party, which will happen on June 7th, 6:45 for 7pm. Our birthday party and annual commissioning will be held at St John’s chapel, you are very welcome. We will be thanking all those who have made the project possible and celebrating our journey so far as a project.
On the 24th May we met our new Belper Street Angel recruits for training and a social, so that questions could be asked and experience gained.
We continue to cover the estates and the town alternately so that Angels can choose for their once-monthly round either the 7pm-11pm estates round, or the 10pm until 2am town round.
As we recruit more and more people, the goal we have set ourselves, to have enough people eventually to cover both areas simultaneously on an evening, might soon come true. You can make this happen! Please do get involved. For information and an application form contact Belperstreetangels@gmail.com
Rachel Marszalek (Belper Street Angels Co-ordinator)
The Belper Passion play due to take place in the town on Good Friday is to be staged indoors, organisers have decided.
The play had been due to be performed in the open air climaxing in the crucifixion scene at the Memorial Gardens.#
However due to uncertainty about weather conditions for later in the week and also for safety reasons it has now been decided that the play will be staged indoors.
The first act will now be staged inside the Methodist Church at 11.45, followed by a procession to St Peter’s Church where act two will take place.
After the play there will be an opportunity to “meet the cast” with refreshments provided.
Hope for Belper will be providing practical support to the event and a Hope team will also be on hand at St Peter’s to chat and pray with people afterwards.