Greek Evening - 23rd July 2015
Thank you to all who supported our Greek evening which
raised a fantastic £801 for the Roof Restoration Fund.
Special thanks to Paddy who inspired and organised the evening. The Greek dishes she and her family provided were wonderful. Special thanks also to Poppy for her delightful Greek singing and dancing. For pictures of the evening, please click on the Gallery icon.
Our Parish has had various events over the years, please click on the Gallery icon for pictures.
Irish Night - 17th March 2016
THANK YOU to all who contributed to the Irish Night, it was a wonderful evening and £ 850+ was raised towards the Roof Restoration Fund.
ROGATION SUNDAY, 21st May. This was a well attended, prayerful occasion with about 80 people from the joint churches attending. Thanks are due to the farms, and to all who attended: the clergy who led the prayers and to the talented, hard working ladies of our parish who put on a wonderful supper which was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The commitment of all these people to ensure the success of the Rogation Sunday Service was exceptional and greatly appreciated. Heartfelt thanks to you all.
GALA EVENING at St. Anne's Westby, MUSICA LIRICA gave us a sparkling concert on Sunday 11th June. It was uplifting and joyful and our church was the perfect venue for their amazing voices. Many thanks to the wonderful ladies who provided delicious refreshments, to Mary Kelly and Elwyn Smith for car parking arrangements both in the afternoon and evening and especially to Jeff Chambers who was the driving force behind this fabulous event.
Parish Sunday Lunch - 2nd October 2016.
Thank you so much to Shelia Pugh for organising such an excellent lunch at Singleton Lodge. A very enjoyable afternoon was had by all who attended, nearly 60 of us! Apologises, I was enjoying the meal so much I forgot to take pictures!!
Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita, 8th February
St Anne Westby will be starting 2018 with the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita.
This is a day to reflect on the scale and depth of Modern Day Slavery and raising awareness for the Medaille Trust. St Josephine
Bakhita also known as ‘Mother Moretta’ (our Black Mother) She bore physical scars throughout her life which were received after she was kidnapped at the age of nine and sold into slavery. Such was the trauma experienced that she forgot her birth name and her kidnappers gave her the name Bakhita meaning ‘fortunate’. Flogging and maltreatment were part of her daily life. She experienced the moral and physical humiliations associated with slavery.
It was only in 1882 that her suffering was alleviated after she was bought for the Italian Consul. This event was to transform her life. In this family and, subsequently in a second Italian home, she received from her masters, kindness, respect, peace and joy. Josephine came to discover love in a profound way even though at first she was unable to name its source. She died on 8th February 1947 and was canonised 1st October 2000.
2018 will be the Medaille Trust’s 12th year of operation and although much has changed over this time, one thing they have always tried to do is to pause and reflect at key points in the calendar and to consider the ways people of faith can come together to make things better.
St Anne Westby and Holy family Freckleton have helped to kit out 9 bedrooms in a safe house in the North West plus through sales of Reindeer over Christmas, St Annes Westby raised £1000. This will go towards helping them even further. If you would like more information and if you wish to donate please go to www.medaille-trust.org.uk.
Please click on the photo above for link to a video about St. Josephine Bakhita
TROUBLE AT MILL - 16th February 2017
A Big Thank you to Paddy and the social team
for raising over £740 for the Roof Restoration
fund at the Lancashire Night a couple of
weeks ago “ It was a Beltin night”.
Parish Sunday Lunch - 8th October 2017
Once again, thank you so much to Shelia Pugh for organising such an excellent lunch at Singleton Lodge. We all enjoyed ourselves and raised a glass to Father Kevin who will be missed very much.