Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Pioneers' Charity

Pioneers' Charity

Each year the children and young people collect for a charity, either in this country or overseas.  In 2020 they are supporting A Rocha, a charity which cares for God's earth. For more information go to A Rocha

Thank you for supporting the Easter Egg raffle. We had 21 eggs and raised £65. if you have won one, it is safe in church. The Bingo Evening and Skittles are on hold at present and we will update you when we have more information. 

Sadly, our Easter Fun Club could not take place. We had lots of craft prepared but hopefully we will be able to use the ideas later in the year. 

Our Pioneers have been telling us how they are coping with the lockdown and you will find this elsewhere in the magazine. It has been good to see them, via Zoom, at Sunday morning worship.

On the A Rocha website is the following which might be of interest:

  1. Richard talks of his experience of being in lockdown in Nepal; how it has made him aware of how many countries are involved in supplying his food; how the sounds in his life have changed - bird song replacing the buzz of motorbikes and delivery trucks. His last thought "looking down the row of shuttered shop fronts from my roof this morning, was how quickly and drastically new realities can change our lives."
  2. Among the projects they list for doing at home, is taking part in a penguin watch. Volunteers are needed to help identify the penguins (adults, chicks, eggs) in photographs taken automatically near their colonies.

If you were able to be in church on 15 March you would have seen the video of A Rocha (pronounced “aro shar”) International and the videos produced by the children showing why they decided to support this charity.  A Rocha is a Christian environmental charity which has many projects worldwide supporting animal conservation, re-forestation and many other environmental issues. Please go to A Rocha website  to see the breadth of work they do worldwide. During the service a video was played illustrating the beliefs and work of the charity - the link to the video shown in church is .  Thank you to Val who produced the gorgeous cakes. The donations for tea, coffee and cake after the service began this year’s fundraising.

We have other fundraising events planned. Thank you to those who have donated eggs for the Easter Eggs raffle and bought tickets. We will draw the raffle and hope to deliver the eggs to you by Easter. If you want to buy tickets but have not been able to do so, then please let Wai or Carole know and we will organise that for you. 

The Bingo evening planned for 6 June may have to be rescheduled – watch this space.  We are planning to continue with the skittles evening on 19 October.  Please find a jar to save your coins for us, as in past years, as this does mount up and boosts the final total considerably.

Great to get together to have some fun at the Bingo - and raise funds for Mercy Ships! Eyes down!  A good time was had by all. The bring and share tea went down particularly well.

The Explorers would like to thank everyone for a bumper fund-raising Easter for Mercy Ships.  The egg raffle, with the addition of 4 cakes, raised £58, Val’s cream teas £76 and the organisers of the Easter breakfast added a further £72; an amazing total of £206. This has got us off to a very good start.

On 4 March the Explorers introduced the 2018 charity, Mercy Ships, to the congregations, along with their representation of ‘Africa Mercy’. The Explorers had a visit from Matthew who told them about the charity who sail to the edges of the poorest continents, bringing hope and healing to adults and children in desperate need.

Matthew volunteered on the ship Africa Mercy as a navigator. He could see first-hand how much it helps the people in the countries it visits. He even helped with some dental surgery. He showed the Explorers pictures of the ship and all the different facilities they have on board. There are operating theatres, wards, a school and even a swimming pool. He challenged the Explorers to make their own version of the ship but it was quite tricky as the ship is 152 metres long and carries a fleet of 27 vehicles!

When the ship docks there are thousands of people queuing for medical treatment, People start queuing long before daybreak and some have walked over the borders of 3 countries when they hear the ship is coming. During the screening days, the crew decides who they can help on board. Their faith helps them through these very difficult decisions.

There are a whole range of services available on the ship from basic dental and eye surgeries to cleft lip and limb correction. Often there are cases where people suffer large growths on their bodies which have to be removed. Matthew showed some ‘before and after’ photographs of people who have been helped and the children were amazed at the life changing transformations that had been possible through the help of Mercy Ships.

All the volunteers live on the ship and their children are educated on board. It is a way of life for them, as once the ships docks, it stays in the same place for many months. Each year more than 1600 volunteers from over 50 nations give their time to be of service on the ship.

The sale of cakes after the service raised £30. We would like to thank everyone for the kind donations of Easter Eggs and for buying raffle tickets. The draw will be made on Easter Sunday before the service, so please check to see if you are a winner! Also, on Easter Sunday we will be selling take-away cream teas, kindly donated by Val Lloyd.

 On the 14 January we handed over a cheque for £1360.00 to Canine Partners.  Thank you to all who helped raise this magnificent total, supporting our fundraising events and collecting coins. This will buy a puppy to train and cover some of his expenses.


On Saturday, 30 September the Explorers, Pioneers with their family and friends enjoyed a sponsored walk to Mudeford Quay.  The weather was kind and everyone have enjoyed the walk.   Thank you to everyone who supported us.

On Saturday 10 June, we had a Bingo night in aid of Canine Partners in the Abbey Hall and we were delighted to have more people than last year. Everyone enjoyed the event, especially the food!

Wendy, a puppy parent from Canine Partners, brought along her dog Quella who demonstrated what she had already learned as a puppy of

just 8 months.  

Thank you very much for the amazing amount of money that the explorers and congregation managed to raise for the Madabadaba school. I had a great time raising the money with you at things like sponsored walks, quiz evenings and cake sales and I am honoured to have done all of that with you.

At the end of it all you’re not just helping me build the school, you're helping 250 children who will have a good school to go to with proper class rooms, toilets and an actual building that is secure and safe for them to learn in. Not only will it be a larger and well organised building, but the  students they will teach will now also include the girls. This is because there is currently no room for every child so they prioritise with teaching the boys.  However when we have rebuilt the school it will be big enough to teach the girls as well which gives them an equal opportunity in education. So thank you very much for all of your generosity and help, for both me and all those 250 children.


We presented the cheque to Kathleen for the Madabadaba Primary School Project for £1030. Most of the money came from the bingo night, the sponsored walk, coin collection and donations. We thank you all for your generosity. During the explorer session Kathleen told them about her latest training weekend which had centred on health and safety and first aid, as the nearest hospital is a long way away.

Kathleen was very grateful for the support the Explorers, and the church, had given to her in preparation of her trip and promised to return and share her adventures.

Saturday, 24 September dawned bright and breezy for the start of the Abbey United Reformed Church’s Sponsored Walk.  Nineteen members and friends of the Abbey United Reformed Church met at Friars Cliff car park to undertake a walk along the seafront to Mudeford and back.  They were all there to raise funds towards the Explorer’s Charity.  Each year the children and young people of the church collect for a charity, either in the UK or overseas.  In 2016 they are supporting the building of Madabadaba Primary School which is part of the Tanzania 2017 Hampshire Scouts Expedition.  Kathleen, a Pioneer at Romsey URC, is a member of this expedition.

It was a lovely sunny day and everyone enjoyed walking along the front watching the swimmers, families and wind/kite surfers enjoying the Indian summer.  On arriving at Mudeford Quay the group stopped for refreshments before returning to Friars Cliff to round off the day enjoying a picnic lunch together.

Kathleen Beaman was chosen as part of the unit made up of 150 young people and adults from Scouting who will be travelling to Tanzania in summer 2017 to undertake community projects.  Kathleen is in Team Tembo (Elephant in Swahili) and their project is rebuilding a school in a remote village, Madabadaba.  The current school is only a tin shack which provides education for the boys as there is not enough space to educate the girls as well.  The village has donated a larger area of land for the team to build a brick built school which will have room for 250 pupils; this will mean all children in the area can receive an education.

The preparation for Tanzania began in January 2016 and will take 18 months, during which time the Scouts will grow in confidence and learn many new skills.  The group will bond over a series of weekend camps and activities on the gear up to Tanzania to ensure they are fully prepared for the life changing adventure. Not only will they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers, the experience offers them the chance to learn new skills that they will use throughout their lives.

On Sunday 10 January 2016 Chris Hall, the Manager of Romsey Young Carers, visited Abbey United Reformed Church to collect a cheque for £1,050 from the church's Pioneers and Explorers youth sections. The money had been raised by the young people of the church with the help of the congregation. The Pioneers and Explorers had chosen Romsey Young Carers their charity for 2015. At the start of the year they learned about the work of the charity and how different the lives of young carers were from their own. They made cakes and also ran a craft table at the charity’s Family Day in August. Other activities during the year included raffles, including one for Christmas hampers, a sponsored walk, a skittles evening and a Christmas tea. There were lots of donations and everyone had been filling jars and bags with their spare change - so lots of  5p, 2p and 1p coins were counted. Chris thanked the children and the congregation, he explained that the money would be used by Romsey Young Carers for respite activities for the young people


Young carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by caring for a family member who has a long-term illnes or disability, mental health problem or issues with drugs or alcohol. They may care for a parent, brother or sister, or perhaps a grandparent living in the family home. Caring is not always about practical tasks. Children and young people can find themselves offering significant emotional support which can have an impact on their daily life as well as their development. For young carers the charity organises family days, outings, cook days, trips to theme parks and residential breaks.


  • Saturday 21 May

    9am–2pm Christian Aid book stall in the Cornmarket

    10am–12noon Church open for quiet reflection

    Sunday 22 May 

    10.30 am Morning Worship led by Revd Mike Perrott

    Wednesday 25 May

    2.30pm Table Tennis in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 28 May

    10am-3pm Church open for the ‘Royals in Romsey’ photo exhibition

    Sunday, 29 May

    10.30am Songs of Praise service, including dedication of organ

    Ian and Margaret would like to invite you to join them after this service for cakes and bubbly.  Everyone is welcome.


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