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.
On Good Friday 2013, a modern live dramatic performance representing Christ’s Passion from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion will be played out through out the streets of Belper and in iconic local venues engaging the public in the action.
Hope will be suporting the Belper Passion play with the provision of refreshments in the Memorial Gardens at the climax of the play.
Directed by Belper-based actor and director Larry Waller, the play will begin at noon in the grounds of the Methodist Chapel on Chapel Street.
More information about the play can be found here, but meanwhile here’s a trailer that the team behind the play have posted on YouTube.