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Charity abseil Saturday 16th July

Where is it happening?

At St Mary’s Church Tower in Ferndown (postcode BH22 9EU).

St Marys church tower d

You can have a thrilling experience and benefit local charities at the same time.

We are raising money to help run activities at the Bus Stop Club and we can say with great conviction that many many families and individuals from the East Dorset area are benefiting in so many ways from the events that we already organise.

If you would like to help raise money and have a head for heights and would love to step over the edge, then use the DONATE button on our website to sign up.

Participants are required to pay a registration fee of £25 to cover costs and should aim to raise at least £100 in sponsorship for either the Beacon Centre at St Mary’s or The Bus Stop Club or to benefit both charities.

How to sponsor us

Follow link to print off a sponsorship form Charity Abseil from St Marys church.

The event will be managed by fully qualified and insured instructors from Dave Talbot (Adventure Events). Please see attached information regarding their setup Participant Abseil Information 2016.

The Bus Stop Club

Susan and Mary at the Royal Garden Party in May

This year Susan was invited to the Royal Garden Party by the Lord Leiutenant Mrs Pitt-Rivers.  She is familiar with the work of the Bus Stop Club charity and has visited us at the Turbary Resource Centre, where we run activities like our weekly Job Club, Community Cafe, 1:1 support for parents, help with debt and budgeting, craft and I.T. access.

The Bus Stop Club

Susan and Mary at the Royal Garden Party

When Susan received the phone call – it being a total surprise – her first thought was – ‘what shall I wear?’ and then ‘who will I take with me?’

Mary, the secretary of the Management Committee kindly agreed to go.  Mary wanted to make it a special occasion for them, so she booked them into a hotel the night before!  On the day, the weather was not at its best, but they had enough sunshine to enjoy the occasion.  Her Majesty the Queen was in attendance with Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Camilla, and other members of the Royal family.

Tea sandwiches and cakes, with tubs of strawberry ice cream were the order of the day – lovely!  Susan and Mary were not chosen to speak to anyone (a bit of a relief!) but they enjoyed being there and meeting other people, also actively involved in their communities.

Highlights of 2013

Activities that took place during 2013

    We had a very successful and rewarding time last year running many activities throughout the year where lots of families were able to join in. We also provided a number of courses where people from the local community were able to participate and learn new things. A number of the activities are listed below.
  • Family Nutrition / Let’s Cook sessions.
  • The Blessing Bin – 15 Christmas hampers distributed to families in the local area.
  • The Let’s Cook course was featured on South Today.
  • Easter Fayre with display from Assisting Dogs.
  • Capture the Memory – I.T. training and album pictures produced.
  • Visit to Longmead Community Farm.
  • School Uniform provision.
  • Start of TRC Job Club running over the year in 6 week blocks.
  • Choir concert and start of The Good Food Community Caff – we were awarded 5 stars!
  • Sewing, craft sessions and card making.
  • Scottish Supper during the Christmas holidays.
  • Increased local publicity and developing links with Job Centre Plus.
  • Launch of the G.P. Listening service.
  • Increasing support for families in crisis.