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November 2005

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Getting ready for our Monday night Alpha meal


Boys Brigade October Antics

Following on from our Peak District camping, hiking and climbing weekend in June, it was decided to see who could paddle a canoe in Wales for our next venture and, continuing with the water theme, who could rock climb up the side of a waterfall!

 Lake Vyrnwy in Mid Wales gave us the opportunity to try out our paddling skills in open canoes.  It became very apparent that steering a canoe was not an easy task.  However, all were eventually safely gathered in back at the boathouse, including Wendy, Ellie and Sam, who had joined us for the day, along with Jem who had opted for the saddle of a mountain bike – and no, he didn’t cycle on water, but around the road at the side of the lake!

 After the canoeing, it was back to the campsite for a BBQ and a game of football, before eventually going to bed in the nice warm tents!  Oh, we must not forget to mention Alex Bowman’s facial expressions following his ‘tasting’ of Dave Mayo’s extremely hot chilli sauce!

 Unfortunately, Wales’ reputation for wet weather was plain to see on the Sunday, as the heavens opened.  This meant the cancellation of the climbing and abseiling; however, we visited Canolfan Tryweryn National Whitewater Centre, near Bala Lake, to watch expert canoeists in action, along with the exciting whitewater rafting.  We then treated the lads to drinks from an unsuspecting café in Bala town centre, before making our way back to the campsite to pack up the tents, clean the campsite, and leave for home.

 All experienced another good weekend and the lads are already asking ‘when’s the next one, Sir?’

District Women's Network

Induction of the District Network President

Sheila Jackson, a local preacher from St Stephens, was inducted into this role on 21 September 2005.  Network is a Methodist organisation for women of all ages; a lively group who set out to encourage, enable and equip women of all nationalities to live full lives and reach their potential wherever possible.  Along the way they have fun, fellowship, spiritual guidance and activities of all kinds.

The service was held at St Stephens and we were pleased to welcome the newly appointed Chair of District, Rev John Howard.

Project Launch

On Monday 14th November at St John's Methodist Church, Shrewsbury, Sheila Jackson launched her project for the coming year at a special day event -  'Do you hear what I hear?' During the service the congregation signed hymns and there was deaf church information.



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