Link to hope Shoeboxes

by Fiona Baxter Belarus, Moldavia, Ukraine – these are just some of the Eastern European countries that these shoeboxes are headed for via Link to Hope.   Link to Hope’s aim is to combat poverty and give humanitarian aid and has special concern for the most disadvantaged. The poorest – especially people struggling to survive…

Remembering His Royal Highness, the Duke of Edinburgh

With the announcement from Buckingham Palace that His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh has sadly died, Bishop Guli of Chelmsford and Bishop Peter of Barking have both shared their condolences. Bishop Guli said:”I am very sorry to learn about the death of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh. We pray for Her Majesty…

January 2021: Letter from the vicar

Dear Residents of the Parish of High Ongar, Happy New Year to you all from the Parish Churches of High Ongar! We continue to live in strange and difficult times. Our area has had high rates of Covid-19 infection. Some members of our community have been ill, and unfortunately a few have passed away. These…

Update from Sanctus Homeless Charity

As we go into November things are much the same at Sanctus – we still hand out 50+ hot meals and endless hot beverages at our door, seven days a week. By Sandra Pluthero, Cafe Manager We have helped home some of our service users and supported some who have been at risk of losing…

News from Sanctus during lockdown…

Imagine being homeless during lockdown? Imagine if your only sanctuary had to be closed because of the risk of infection? By Sandra Pluthero, Cafe Manager at Sanctus Homeless Charity, Chelmsford Before COVID-19 Sanctus was a day space for the homeless and vulnerable in Chelmsford. Sanctus offered free food and beverages from 10:30a.m. till 5p.m. seven…