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Hayling Island section of the Catholic Women’s League has been part of St Patrick’s parish for 54 years. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month (except August) in the Parish Hall (behind the Church). Our present complement is 15 and our present officers are: Mary Webb (Chairman), Theresa Carpenter (Vice-chairman), Pauline Brice (Secretary) and Rita Mead (Treasurer).
We fundraise throughout the year and donate to various charities, local, national and international. We make regular donations to Cafod and particularly last year when the St Vincent de Paul Society were appealing for help for all who were suffering by the floods in Kerala we sent a donation to them which was increased by the CWL collecting at the church doors after Sunday Mass.
We hold gifts / cakes / books / plants
sales and Tombolas after Mass on Sundays, when we take our turn once a
the “coffee after Mass rota”. Our
Secretary hosts “At Home” afternoons in her house/garden 3 times a year
which not only parishioners but friends and neighbours attend. We hold Bingo afternoons
very regularly which
have become very popular and have added greatly to our funds. These afternoons are very
3 games of Bingo plus a “flyer” at the end, and a Raffle and home-made
with tea/coffee in the interval.
Just before Christmas we appealed in the Parish for items for the seafarers who are cared for by the Apostleship of the Sea. You can see below a photograph of the officers on the day when we gave Fr John Lavers (Chaplain to the AoS, and at present residing at St Patrick’s) all the items which had been donated.On Wednesday 20th February Fr John gave a presentation in the Parish Hall on his role as Chaplain to the Apostleship of the Sea - Stella Maris - and what is involved in caring for the seafarers on all the ships that dock at Southampton. The Presentation was very well received and it was wonderful to see a full hall, the CWL served tea/coffee and biscuits prior to Fr John speaking.
The Appeal for them is on-going and items such as knitted woolly hats*, fingerless gloves, thick socks (to go inside their work-boots), small torches, men’s toiletries and razors, sweets and chocolates - especially Toblerone bars (which are especially popular) are always much appreciated.
(knitting patterns can be found on the AoS website at: www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk)
Pictures show Fr John giving his presentation, Mary Webb (Chairman of Hayling CWL) introducing him and the full hall of people, you can also see the table of donations.
New members are always very welcome - why not come along to a meeting and see if “it is for you”. Further details can be obtained from Mary (tel 023 9246 3714)
or Pauline (tel 023 9246 8498).