MHA Newsletter

Welcome to your August & September Newsletter
Who we are….
We want to reduce loneliness and isolation amongst vulnerable older people
aged 55 and over living independently in South London. We’re trying to make
things better for older vulnerable people including people living with Dementia
and their carers, enabling them to remain active participants within their own
local community.
We do this through initiatives like coffee mornings, lunch clubs, walking groups,
bereavement support, gardening, mindfulness, exercise classes and more.

Thank you Bernard & Charlotte

Due to their hard work we are now on the Caring for God’s Acre website. Click below to see our entry and have a look at the wonderful work that the organisation does.

Returning in September

Last Tuesday of every month 8.00am – 9.30am For all ages

Pop in for 5 minutes or stay for the whole time.

Pray, reflect and enjoy some peace and quiet before you start your day.

Coffee always available and something different to read each month if you want to.

The wonder of wildflowers on our doorstep

Barry Goodwin & Bernard Maguire share their thoughts after a wildflower and grass survey of St John’s churchyard.

There is quite rightly a real concern about the loss of biodiversity across the world today but sometimes we can be surprised by just how much there is on our own doorstep.

Click below for the full article

St John the Evangelist Church, Shirley, welcomes Ukrainian Guests

Families from St John’s Church are hosting families from Ukraine who have joined with new friends in Shirley as part of the community, enthusiastically taking part in worship and social activities.  They were here to share the Queens Jubilee celebrations and a Parish picnic and now regularly attend the church tea room on Sunday afternoons.

Shown here wearing some national clothes and sampling a St John’s cream tea are:  Yurii, Vova, Sophia, Oksana, Maria and another Oksana together with hosts from Shirley: Barbara, Janey and Karen

Additional note from Karen Dovey (wife of Revd Andy Dovey, Senior Chaplain CUH )

“Our guest family come from Odesa, Barbara’s family are from Lviv and the visiting family are from Kyiv. They have all worked hard to get all their documents sorted and several of them have schools sorted out,  the youngsters are working in cafes or pizza shops. Their hope has always been to go back to their homeland, but plans to return change weekly as the situation gets more difficult  This is one of the best things we’ve ever done as a family “

Bernard Maguire, Verger St. John’s Church

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