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Women’s Day of Prayer, Polish lunch and sewing invite

Latest news from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes a world day of prayer, a Polish Sunday lunch and an invitation to people who like sewing.

St Benet's parishioners in Beccles were delighted to host a local Inter-faith Service, part of the annual Women's World Day of Prayer on April 28 after the original service was postponed from March due to the "Beast from the East".

The service was written by a group of women in Suriname, in South America, with the theme "All God's Creation is Very Good!" Representatives from all faiths in Beccles spoke the parts of seven Suriname women and gave examples of how much we have to thank God for.

They then made clear that we also have real responsibilities to protect the environment and ensure there will be a future home for the human race. The seven women, and all those present, made a personal commitment to do one thing – however small – that will help lessen the damage we do to our world. The service was concluded with a blessing from Fr Martin Gowman, before the congregation adjourned to the Parish Hall for fair trade tea.

Pictured above are the seven women from Beccles who took the roles of the Suriname speakers and led the commitment to change.

It has become a tradition for the Polish community in the Ely parish of St Etheldreda’s to provide a Sunday lunch once a year. Once again this year a group of ladies (pictured right) provided a magnificent selection of traditional dishes demonstrating their wonderful culinary skills.

Not only were there lots of savoury items but people were spoilt for choice when it came to desserts.

Days for Girls East Angles is running a training course for sewers who would like to make sustainable feminine hygiene kits in St Edmunds, Bury St Edmunds on September 22.

The training, from 10 till 4pm is for intermediate or advanced sewers who would like to make kits (see www.daysforgirls.org) to take to Myanmar in the first instance for the charity Ahtutu.

Tickets are limited and can be booked either via Event Briteor by contacting Mary Durkacz, onahtutucharity@gmail.comor 07825 580085.

Mary is also recruiting for her teaching team going to Myanmar from January 2 to 20, 2019. Teaching experience not essential.

The annual pilgrimage in honour of Mary, Mother of Good Counsel takes place at Clare Priory in Suffolk on Sunday May 13 from 11.30am. It is the patronal feast of the church and visitors come from across the Diocese of East Anglia and also from parishes administered by Augustinian confreres in Birmingham and London. An added aspect for rejoicing together is the fact that this week it is the 65th anniversary of the friars' return to Clare, and the celebration of the first parish Mass on May 10 1953, explained parish priest Fr David Middleton.