Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Amnesty International

Amnesty International

We are Amnesty International UK. We work to protect men, women and children wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.
As a global movement of over seven million people, Amnesty International is the world's largest grassroots human rights organisation. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilise the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.
We are ordinary people from across the world standing up for humanity and human rights.

Abbey URC donates use of the Hall Lounge for the Romsey group’s meetings, we meet there on the third Monday of every month at 7.45pm. For more information about the group please phone 01794 515116 or see www.amnesty.org.uk/groups/romsey

  • We joined Southampton in March to hear Alex Jackson, all the way from Glasgow, speak about Eritrea. He had spent many years there, but since his return the democratic situation has deteriorated due to border disputes with Ethiopia, causing Human Rights abuses in an attempt to hold the small and vulnerable nation together.   As always, we welcome anyone who is interested on the third Monday of the month in the Church Lounge - tea and biscuits provided.

The `Write for Rights` evening was well attended. We sent off over 140 cards to victims of human rights abuses in several countries. We also wrote letters to the authorities in those countries. Thank you to those of our Church who supported the event

In September Amnesty Headquarters is launching the `I welcome` campaign which could prove to be controversial. Therefore, we hope to set up a stall asking `What IS a refugee?’ Not a terrorist. Not an economic migrant. This country has a record of welcoming migrants going back over centuries and I remember efforts made after W.W.2.

We wrote to Caroline Nokes wishing her well for her next years in Parliament, bringing to her attention the plight of Nazanin Zgghani Ratcliffe and Kamal Foroughi, both British Nationals, unjustly imprisoned, inviting her involvement.

We also wrote to the new Moroccan Ambassador and the Moroccan Authorities concerning our prisoner currently in solitary confinement for 7 months, ill, without suitable medical care and sleeping on a slab without covers. He is serving 7 years.

Sylvia T

Thank you to everyone who supported Amnesty International during December by signing cards with messages of support to prisoners of conscience, to help them know that people around the world are thinking of them.

Notices

  • This Sunday 

    Sunday 12 January

    10.30 Family Service led by the Minister

    Donations received for Romsey Food Bank - items requested include sponge puddings, long life fruit juice, toilet rolls, nappies size 2 & 3

    Forthcoming events

    Monday 13 January

    10.30 am   BALM in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday  14 January

    10.00 am Planning meeting in the church for Romsey Festival Exhibition and related activites – open to all who would like to help with this event. 

    10.15 am   Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 15 January

    2.00–4.00 pm Kettle’s On-Time for Tea in Abbey Hall Lounge 

    Thursday 16 January

    10.30 am Prayer Meeting in Abbey Hall Lounge

    2.30 pm     Funeral Service for Ruth Liggett at Test Valley Crematorium, led by Revd Alan Green 

    3.15 pm     service of Thanksgiving for the life of Ruth Ligget led by Revd Alan Green and Revd Mike Perrott

    Friday 17 January

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Final date for submission of articles for February Magazine

    Wednesday 22 January

    7.30 pm    Churches Together in Romsey Annual General Meeting, including Dementia Awareness Training Session led by Ian Bradford of RomDAG – all welcome

    Sunday 26 January

    10.30 am   Family service led by the Minister

    followed by Church Meeting

    6.30 pm     United Service for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Romsey Abbey 

    Saturday 8 February

    6.30 pm     Burns Night Supper – 

    tickets available from Sarah Beaman

    Sunday 9 February

    10.30 am   Community Awareness Service 

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 19 January

    10.30 am   Family Service led by Marion Carter

    6.30 pm     Evening Communion Service led by the Minister in Abbey Hall Lounge.

     

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