Macmillan coffee, politics and religion, sight loss

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Macmillan coffee, politics and religion, sight loss

This year the Mother’s Prayer Group hosted the annual Macmillan coffee morning in the Cathedral Narthex, raising £681.25 for Macmillan Cancer.

“It was a very happy, well supported event,” writes Cecilia McKenna. “Due to Covid restrictions I was unable to organise the Coffee Morning last year, but we did collect £410.00 in donations which was sent off to Macmillan.”

Portsmouth Diocese are hosting a diocesan symposium on Politics and Religion. Two keynote speakers will tackle the question “Should Religion have a Role in Politics Today?”

They are Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP for north-east Somerset, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council; and Ruth Kelly, who as Labour MP for Bolton West (1997-2010) became the youngest ever woman to serve in the UK Cabinet. She is presently a member of the Vatican’s Council for the Economy.

David Lord Alton will be among those leading workshops, which cover a range of issues including immigration, homelessness, diversity, being a Christian on the front line of politics, climate change and Catholic Social Teaching.

The event takes place online on Saturday November 6, and you can purchase a ticket via this link:

The Torch Trust will be running a series of taster sessions to help churches welcome blind and partially sighted people.

Every six minutes someone in the UK starts to lose their sight, and Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) taster sessions offer a way to respond.

These 30-minute Zoom sessions offer the opportunity to hear all the benefits of SLFC, meet the SLFC team and ask your questions. Sessions available are:

Tuesday 26 October at 2:00 PM
Wednesday 10 November at 2:00 PM
Tuesday 16 November at 11:00 AM
Wednesday 12 January at 2:00 PM
Monday 24 January at 2:00 PM

To register please visit

Sight Loss Friendly Church (SLFC) comes from Torch Trust, the UK Christian sight loss charity. For more information, please email

Pictured above is Canon David Paul at the Macmillan coffee morning