Celebrate St Patrick’s night in style in Ringwood!

The parishes of Ringwood and Fordingbridge are celebrating St Patrick’s night in style this year – and helping CAFOD at the same time!

They are holding a special Traditional Irish Night on Saturday 17 March (St Patrick’s day, of course), at Greyfriars Hall, Christchurch Road, Ringwood. With an Irish meal at 7.30pm and Irish merriment from 8.30pm, it promises to be a very entertaining evening! Tickets are £5 (including the meal) each for adults (15 years +) or £12 for family tickets.

All proceeds from the evening will go towards CAFOD’s Lenten appeal, which is fantastic! A poster for the event can be downloaded here.

If you are short of fundraising ideas this Lent, you might want to read on to find out all the wonderful things that the Ringwood and Fordingbridge group has been organising to help CAFOD in the past year. The report has been put together by our fab parish contact Helen Eales!

Ringwood and Fordingbridge Joint CAFOD Group

“We have had an interesting year since last November, continuing to raise funds – almost £2000 – for Connect2Bangladesh.  We have been particularly supporting the village of Kainmari which is on the lowland of Bangladesh and very prone to flooding.  CAFOD are working with Caritas to improve the villagers’ lives and ability to manage when the floods arrive.  
The parishes also respond to Fast Day and Harvest collections and special appeals.

Skittles Night

We started last November with a Skittles and Pub Games evening which appealed to people of all ages. As well as some sparkling performances on the skittles alley, there were shove ha’penny, darts, a quiz and other pursuits to keep us all occupied. It was very well attended and raised £471.00

Giselle Boll concert

In March 2011 we welcomed our new parish priest, Fr Tony Pennicott who, just two weeks after his arrival, was able to join us for a wonderful musical evening in aid of CAFOD.   Giselle Boll, one of our parishioners is a professional violinist. She offered to give a concert with her colleague, lute player Katarzyna Milek.  The rich and varied programme included works ranging from Baroque to Romantic and beyond.  Especially haunting was a piece by Arvo Paert, the Estonian minimalist composer known for some of his settings of religious texts.  It was a thrilling occasion and the hall was packed for these quality performances raising a healthy £516.00.

Italian evening 

‘Italian’ waiters Terry Mee and Mike Smith

This October saw us try a more intimate event with an Exclusive Italian Evening.  We had great fun setting up the ground floor of the old Ringwood Presbytery as a bistro with flags and posters, ambient music and soft lighting. The three course meal was prepared by the members of the group and the waiters did sterling work at the front of house. As well as raising over £300 it was considered by all to be a very enjoyable evening and one on which we will consider modelling future events.  It was especially good to welcome visitors from the wider Pastoral Area too.

We are looking forward to 2012 and finding more ways to raise awareness of the plight of the world’s poor and providing more enjoyable ways of bringing people together to raise the much needed funds for CAFOD.”

A huge thanks to Helen for sending in this brilliant report (and, of course, for all her efforts “behind the scenes” in putting together all these events!), to everyone in the CAFOD group who was involved as well and of course to all parishioners who attended for their generosity!

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