Intergenerational Project for Rural Schools
This is an exciting initiative aimed at supporting community resilience and challenging rural isolation and loneliness. We were delighted to be accepted on to the project- one of ten in Hampshire.
Our school community have chosen the name The Generation Game and please enjoy the photos and newsletters below.
If you would like to be involved please call 01420 562117, email or pop in to the school.
Remembrance Day 2017: Generations together
St Mary’s came together to honour the sacrifices so many have made and continue to make, as well as to look forward as peaceful communities.
India Generation Game
The Church Council organised a fantastic Generation Game all about India to raise money for sponsorship of a girl at Kathryn's Mercy Home. There were lots of activities including rangoli patterns, henna art and trying on lots of wonderful outfits. Mrs Matharu made some delicious onion bahjis which were also sold at the end of the day to raise more money. Well done Church Council for a great afternoon!
On Tuesday 3rd June we were delighted to welcome cyclists Lucas Meagor and Chris Britton. They are currently cycling 3,000 miles to visit all 111 Gold Post Boxes and over 20 London 2012 Olympic & Paralympics venues in aid of Sport Relief, Paralympics GB and Tree of Hope.
The cyclists stopped at Alton’s Gold Post Box on Paper Mill Lane at approx. 3.45pm, they were greeted and offered refreshments by the Town Mayor and Mayoress along with the Town Crier, Councillor Sue Hodder, Emily-Jane Messenger (Communication and Events Officer) and Megan Horwood (Community Sports Officer.) The team arrived 45 minutes behind their original 3.00pm eta, explaining that they didn’t want to let us down and so had not even stopped to eat since breakfast. On hearing that there were several Bentworth school children waiting for them at the next box, they insisted on carrying on to greet them before eating. The Town Mayor offered words of encouragement in support of their epic cycle challenge for charity, and congratulated them on their efforts.
The Cycle team reached Bentworth’s Gold Post Box at approx. 4.30pm. They were cheered as they arrived by the Bentworth school children, who had been waiting in excited anticipation for 1 hour after school had finished. The children had made posters wishing Lucas and Chris good luck with the rest of cycle challenge.
Lucas Meagar said “We have been so overwhelmed by the support we have received in Alton and Bentworth. We have never had a Town Crier and a Town Mayor greet us before. We shall take the Bentworth school children’s posters with us, in our map folder for good luck on our cycle around the rest of the country. Thank you so much to Alton Town Council who have organised such fantastic welcomes for us at the two gold post boxes, with such short notice. We really do appreciate all the support we get at each post box, which helps to encourage us on our charity cycle challenge.”
Peter Charles the local Equestrian Olympic Gold medallist for whom the boxes have been painted gold, showed his support by retweeting the picture and message from Lucas Meagar at the Bentworth Gold Post Box.
Cllr Graham Hill Alton’s Town Mayor said “It is an amazing challenge that these two men have undertaken in support of Sport Relief, Paralympic GB and Tree of Hope. I wish them luck and good weather for the rest of their incredible journey”
To our knowledge this is the first time a continuous man powered journey will have been taken between all 111 Gold Post Boxes. Their itinerary can be found online at www.lucaskeepsrunning.co.uk. They can be followed on Facebook: Lucaskeepsrunning; Twitter @lucaskeepsrun and a live tracking of our progress on www.lucaskeepsrunning.co.uk as well as a daily blog.