Electoral Roll

On completion of the 6 yearly Electoral Roll Review the revised list is on display in the St Stephen’s and St Leodegar’s Church Porch for you to check your entry. Please be aware that only those included on the list may be involved in the APCM and/or hold a position of responsibility.

News of Eileen Murphy, our former SAMS Link Missionary

Some of you will remember Eileen Murphy who was headmistress of St Andrews’s School, Asuncion, Paraguay and for a number of years was our SAMS Link Missionary, making several visits to our parishes. I received from Eileen H prayer letters from Beryl Baker, a nurse, who has been working in the Paraguayan Chaco for (probably) over 40 years. Beryl makes regular trips to Asuncion and knows, and is friends with, staff from St Andrews’ School. Beryl Baker did nursing training and went out from St Paul’s Church, Northumberland Heath, Erith. Eileen H lived in the area for many years and although she has moved still keeps several of us who have moved away up to date with news of Beryl.

A few months ago, Beryl’s email said that Eileen Murphy was in a hospice in Northern Ireland. In her email sending Beryl’s latest prayer letter Eileen H said that she believed Eileen Murphy had now died. I have recently told Eileen H of our link with Eileen Murphy, and as Eileen H now receives the SAMS Ireland magazine she will look out for any article about Eileen Murphy and will no doubt let me have any further information.

Some of you may recognise the names of Megs and Gwen, who both taught at St Andrews School for 37 years. News from Beryl is that Megs and Gwen have now retired. They both worked with Eileen Murphy for some years, and are also friends of Beryl.

Maggie Rozier

Sulawesi tsunami Indonesia

I am pleased to report that Stage 1 of our tsunami emergency relief work in 3 villages in Palu, Sulawesi, Indonesia went very well indeed and BEATS’ Trustees are extremely happy with the relationship and reporting from our partner there. Thank you so much to everyone who helped us to raise £8,300 for this aid. Together we have helped 341 families with emergency aid.


BEATS want to now instigate Stage 2. This time the plan is to help the villagers with agricultural projects for food security and livelihood. Our partners, YSI, will help the same villages and aim to continue relationship building as well as practical help in those places. A similar amount of money is needed. So far we have raised about £6,000, which means we still need about £2,000. We will transfer money to YSI on 20th March and they have said they will do their best with what they get, even if it is not the full amount. But it would be fabulous to reach the target before then if possible. If you would like to help you can do so by direct transfer:

BEATS bank details:
Sort code: 08-92-99
A/C No: 65248849
Ref: Tsunami appeal

Alternatively, please give a cheque (made payable to ‘BEATS’) or cash to Sarah Page.
47 Arnold Way
PO18 8NJ

Thank you

A Celebration of Song

An informal evening of singing with our local Community Gospel Choir and the Choir of St. Wilfrid’s Hospice.

At St. Stephen’s Church on Saturday 30th March at 7:30pm.

No tickets necessary, just come along and enjoy the music.

Donations to St Wilfrid’s Hospice and St. Stephen’s local charity gratefully accepted as you leave.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to Gill Munden who is now standing down from her role as organiser and co-ordinator of the church cleaning rota. Gill has done a fantastic job over many years and we are all extremely grateful to her. Her final task was organising and leading the Church Spring clean!

The church looks great so thank you.