January 2017  Coffee and cakes

A splendid total of £925 was raised last year from donations for coffee and cake after Wednesday morning Mass at St. Mary’s church in Barnstaple.

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Along with delicious cake, a friendly welcome and chat awaits everyone in the presbytery.




December 2016 ‘At Home’

Parishioners, neighbours and friends who gathered to enjoy mince pies at the presbytery of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Kingsbridge donated £285 to WORK.  As with all funds, this will be put to good use helping very vulnerable orphans and widows.

November 2016  Curry and Quiz 

A curry and quiz evening in Corsham, Wiltshire raised over £1,800.  Many thanks to those who organised a very enjoyable event.








Also in November, a Curry and Quiz in Barnstaple raised £900 for WORK funds.  Thanks to St. Peter’s Church, Fremington for the use of their lovely church hall and to all those who contributed to making it a very successful evening.

October 2016  Sponsored Run

Huge thanks to everyone at Ashford Baptist Church in Kent who are supporting WORK by raising money for their parish ‘Kenya Water Project’.  This project will bring water to Namboboto Clinic.






Their sponsored 10K run brings the total raised so far to £5,861.

Namboboto Clinic has 18 beds for the use of men, women and children as well as a maternity unit. When the parish took on the project the clinic had no running water.  The only available water was either rain water
 or water carried uphill from the dam.

The church has raised  the £3,000 needed to pipe water from the reservoir to the clinic and install a 10,000 litre water tank.  The sponsored run raised enough for the second stage of the project namely £1,500 to connect the water to the maternity unit and Minor Theatre and provide sinks and taps.

Stages three and four will involve connecting water to the male ward and night nurse station, fitting an extra sewage outlet and installing six rain collecting tanks.

An ambitious project is making great progress thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of all involved.

August 2016  Sponsored Walk  

A sponsored walk along the south Devon coast by Fr. Adrian Toffolo raised £2,500.  Fr. Adrian is the parish priest of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Kingsbridge, south Devon.  He received great support from the parish and from friends in Kingsbridge and beyond.



Fr. Adrian checking his route at the start of his 15 mile coastal walk.







July 2016  Afternoon Tea in Barnstaple 

The home of Yvonne and Ralph Oram was the venue for a delicious tea on a gloriously sunny day in July.   Everyone relaxed in the garden and enjoyed a wonderful selection of sandwiches, scones and cakes.  It was a lovely afternoon and raised a splendid £312 for WORK.