Church Link to St Paul’s Church, Highfield, Harare, Zimbabwe
Bromley Parish Church is linked to our dear brother’s and sister’s in Christ at St Paul’s Church Highfield in Zimbabwe as part of a link between the dioceses of Rochester and Zimbabwe. The rector there is Noel Magaya and his wife is Tafadzwa and they have a baby Jason. This is a pretty active link as Anne and Ed Tree visited the church in Summer 2012 and Anne, our former vicar, visited in January 2014 and was made very welcome.
Bromley and Sheppard’s Colleges
We are delighted to have in our parish, a short distance from our church, this illustrious establishment. The colleges are unique not only in their age, but also in their purpose. They were founded in 1666 on an independent charitable trust which exists solely to provide affordable, independent living accommodation for retired Church of England clergy from around the world, their spouses, widows and widowers, and their caring children. It is the only institution of its specific type.
The college holds a range of events, retreats and recitals during the year and some are in partnership with Bromley Parish Church. http://www.bromleyandsheppardscolleges.com/
Big Breakfasts for Rwanda
We hold an occasional big breakfast in support of the Rwanda Development Trust (RDT) before the Sunday Service. RDT raises money to assist locally initiated projects that are likely to bring lasting benefit to Rwandanese communities. It concentrates on projects that will alleviate poverty through education and encouraging self reliance. Maria Jones, one of the charity’s Trustees, can be seen enjoying her breakfast in the first picture.
CarePlus is a local charity that provides a free volunteer support service to older people (65+) in the London Borough of Bromley. Formed in 1987 by a partnership between churches in Bromley North and Bromley Social Services, CarePlus has consistently provided practical and social help to older people in and around the London Borough of Bromley.
CarePlus works with individuals, statutory and voluntary agencies to provide a free local volunteer support service for older people (65+) in the London Borough of Bromley to meet their needs for befriending, social support and practical assistance.
CarePlus is funded through donations from local churches and individuals, grants from trusts, events fundraising and contracts with statutory agencies, and relies on the goodwill of the community to continue its work.
The work of CarePlus supports older people to participate in the community, maintain independence and stay active and healthy. CarePlus believes that older people prefer to remain in their own homes if at all possible but that they sometimes need a little help to make this a reality.
A dedicated team of volunteers provides help with everyday tasks like shopping, gardening, transport and personal administration for older people who are finding it difficult to get out of the house or are feeling lonely. If you are over 65 and would like someone to chat to, help with your shopping or drive you to an appointment please call 020 8290 4992, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or write to CarePlus, 9 Park Avenue, Bromley BR1 4EF. See the CarePlus website
Fighting Poverty in Zambia
FPZ is a charitable trust established in 2009 and registered in the UK in 2010. The late Revd. Francis Makambwe of Bromley and Sheppards College was a founding trustee. Francis and his wife, Zena, visited in 2013.
The roads in Zambia are poor. Life in rural areas is often very difficult and there is a lack of basic provisions for many. Healthcare is often limited to the most basic of facilities. With AIDs destroying education and family units, many villages have simply vanished. Generations are wiped out.
The aims of FPZ are to work with the people of Zambia to:
- Implement new sustainable, long-term projects or support for existing projects, in rural communities,
- Assist in the provision of education, training and healthcare projects to enable rural communities to generate sustainable incomes and be self sufficient
- Prevent poverty in Zambia by providing grants and services to rural communities in need.
More information can be found on their website http://www.fpz.org.uk/