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Reply Rosie Sinfield
10:04 AM on May 5, 2015 

Dear Parishioners of the Staple Hill Methodist Church,

 

I am writing with details of an interesting new volunteering opportunity in Staple Hill. We are looking for volunteers from the local community to become 'Health Champions'. These are role models who provide advice and signposting to people living within their community to enable them to make positive health choices.

 

We want to support and empower people to eat healthy, be physically active and improve their emotional well-being.

 

Volunteers come from all walks of life, local groups, professionals from community services and local residents, they will choose to speak to groups that they are familiar with and work together at bigger events . Community Ignite will facilitate the training and support for the volunteers. There is a two-day Level 2 training programme in June and ongoing training opportunities.

 

For example, a member of your congregation may chose to become a health champion. After going on the two days training, they can come and pass on the information and advice throughout the church. They can attend community events such as fête's and coffee mornings, speaking to friends old and new about being and staying healthy, signposting people to appropriate services and encouraging positive health activities.

 

If you are interested in finding out more, either contact Dawn on 0117 960 4186, or drop into an information session on Friday 15th May, 9.30am-11.30am at Our Place, 1a Berkeley House, Nelson Road, BS16 5HS.

 

Reply Jane Hole
5:01 AM on April 16, 2015 

Andrea Robertson says...

Hello, I have visited your site in the hope that someone can shed light on one of your parishoners, Mrs Maureen Webb from Signal Road. 

My mum, Patricia Westwood, age 85 and with very limited sight lives in Newport but was best friends with Maureen in their school days. Maureen 's birthday was just 2 weeks after my mums (1929) and they have remained in touch throughout their lives but more recently just through Christmas cards etc.  My mum noted that the cards stopped arriving from Maureen in 2013 so she tried ringing but her phone number is disconnected. She suspects that Maureen has passed away. I have googled her name and this directed me to your website and I can see that this seems likely from the entry about the memorial tree. Can anyone please let me know if Maureen has passed away and if so when. Also if any of her 3 children live locally. It would mean a lot to my mum to know what has happened.  Also, Is it possible that I can take a photograph of the tree dedicated to Maureen's memory so I can show this to my mum.  Thank you very much: A very nice and informative site. 

Hello Andrea

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you.  If you could forward me your email to [email protected] then I can give you some details about Maureen. 

Jane Hole

Reply Andrea Robertson
8:57 AM on March 21, 2015 

Hello, I have visited your site in the hope that someone can shed light on one of your parishoners, Mrs Maureen Webb from Signal Road. 

My mum, Patricia Westwood, age 85 and with very limited sight lives in Newport but was best friends with Maureen in their school days. Maureen 's birthday was just 2 weeks after my mums (1929) and they have remained in touch throughout their lives but more recently just through Christmas cards etc.  My mum noted that the cards stopped arriving from Maureen in 2013 so she tried ringing but her phone number is disconnected. She suspects that Maureen has passed away. I have googled her name and this directed me to your website and I can see that this seems likely from the entry about the memorial tree. Can anyone please let me know if Maureen has passed away and if so when. Also if any of her 3 children live locally. It would mean a lot to my mum to know what has happened.  Also, Is it possible that I can take a photograph of the tree dedicated to Maureen's memory so I can show this to my mum.  Thank you very much: A very nice and informative site. 

Reply StapleHillMethodist
10:06 AM on April 12, 2013 

Violet,

The Annual Ecumenical Songs of Praise Service was due to be held in May, unfortunately this year we have had to cancel the event due to an apparant lack of support from some of the other Churches in the area, and the non-availability of our friends The Salvation Army band.

We sincerely, hope we can revive this again in the very near future.

Gods Blessing To You.

violet carey says...

Hi,

Sorry couldn't find what I was looking for on calender, When is your songs of praise afternoon / evening.

God Bless

violet

Reply Sue Hopkins
7:31 AM on February 25, 2013 

Good site with plenty of smling faces which portrays the welcome received at the church. My mother, Edna Stokes, was a member for many years and she was always welcomed and felt very much at home there, as do I when I attend.

Reply violet carey
8:41 AM on January 20, 2013 

Hi,

Sorry couldn't find what I was looking for on calender, When is your songs of praise afternoon / evening.

God Bless

violet

Reply Feeling sad
8:10 AM on December 9, 2012 

A lovely picture on the home page of happy smiling faces. Unfortunately, that was not apparent when attending a recent service - hardly a smile to be seen! Then followed by the mutterings of the same few 'so-called Christians', who seem to enjoy stirring up trouble whenever they can.

A dying church, I fear.

Reply Martyn Harris
10:01 AM on September 2, 2011 

Douglas Byron says...
My Grandpa, Alfred Orchard, and Grandma, Ellen Elizabeth (Wren), were married in your church July 28th 1904. He with his brothers George and Robert owned Orchard and Sons Hardware on Fishponds Rd. My maternal Great Grandfather, Frank Wren, was a patron and officer of the church and accredited with refurbishing and decorating the church building in 1897. He built several homes, The Limes and Windermere. Wrenbert Road is named after Herbert his son and Clifford Rd after his other son. He built a house for my Grandpa and Grandma at #1 Overnhill Rd. My Great Uncle Charles was a preacher and leader of children to Christ through Sunday School in Wotten-Under-Edge with the Christian Endeavourers movement. My mother-in-law Lillian Pelzer has compiled a family history including this information about my ancestors. My mother, Muriel Byron, went to be with Jesus last Tuesday April 19th at age 91. We will celebrate her life April 30th with a memorial. Sad, but rejoicing in the heritage of faith passed from generation to generation. For this we praise God and share these comments. Doug and LaVonne Byron, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Reply Douglas Byron
3:50 PM on April 23, 2011 
My Grandpa, Alfred Orchard, and Grandma, Ellen Elizabeth (Wren), were married in your church July 28th 1904. He with his brothers George and Robert owned Orchard and Sons Hardware on Fishponds Rd. My maternal Great Grandfather, Frank Wren, was a patron and officer of the church and accredited with refurbishing and decorating the church building in 1897. He built several homes, The Limes and Windermere. Wrenbert Road is named after Herbert his son and Clifford Rd after his other son. He built a house for my Grandpa and Grandma at #1 Overnhill Rd. My Great Uncle Charles was a preacher and leader of children to Christ through Sunday School in Wotten-Under-Edge with the Christian Endeavourers movement. My mother-in-law Lillian Pelzer has compiled a family history including this information about my ancestors. My mother, Muriel Byron, went to be with Jesus last Tuesday April 19th at age 91. We will celebrate her life April 30th with a memorial. Sad, but rejoicing in the heritage of faith passed from generation to generation. For this we praise God and share these comments. Doug and LaVonne Byron, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
Reply Karen Parker (Was Drew nee Dring)
5:16 PM on November 28, 2010 

Hi,  i moved away in February 2009 to settle in Midsomer Norton with Georgina and Archie. II just wanted to say what a fab website you ahve created.  I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through to see what you ahve all been up to.  We will be coming to the Gift Service next week and look forward to introducing our latest addition!!