Churches Together were very pleased to welcome Rev. David Keen from Yeovil to discuss th impact hundreds of new homes will have on Wellington. He spoke to the summer meeting in the parish church hall, in the presence of the Mayor and Cllr Peter Critchard. In the coming years Wellington will increase its population by several thousand newcomers on sites at Longforth Farm, Cades Farm and Jurston.
These estates are removed from our town centre amenities and centres of worship. David Keen’s presentation showed how he works with the planners, developers and churches to respond to the varied needs of the new residents. He made a number of important points:
Church members can offer each home a welcome pack of local information, a town guide of what’s on in Wellington, the provision of a box of basic foods, even tool kits. Church groups could put families in touch with one another with common interests and provide hospitality and a welcome to everyone, irrespective of their religious affiliation or none.
No one church tradition or group should act alone. Churches had different means of helping, some had no financial resources, but whose prayer support was fundamental. Other churches had personnel with skills and gifts who could provide activities for children, and mums and toddlers groups, etc.
A core group made up from the different church traditions, parish and district councils, housing associations and developers would be necessary in getting to know one another, to make the right steps for Wellington.
The Foodbank was open on Wednesday afternoons between 2.00-4.00 pm in the United Reformed church hall.
Talk with your MP Jeremy Browne, over a packed lunch on Friday 12th July, in the Temple Methodist Church, Taunton between 1.00 – 2.30pm.
The Big Tent Children’s Holiday Club 20th-21st &22nd August in Wellesley Park school grounds. Children are signing up for places.
Howard Road Fun Day on Sunday 1st September 1.00 – 4.00pm BBQ and games all free.
Communications Secretary for CTW & District: Isabel Ward