Abbey United Reformed Church, Romsey

Explorers' Charity

Explorers' Charity

Each year the children and young people collect for a charity, either in this country or overseas.  In 2018 they are supporting Mercy Ships, a charity which dramatically changes people's lives with its medical facilities on board. For more information go to Mercy Ships.

Great to get together to have some fun at the Bingo - and raise funds for Mercy Ships! Eyes down!  A good time was had by all. The bring and share tea went down particularly well.

The Explorers would like to thank everyone for a bumper fund-raising Easter for Mercy Ships.  The egg raffle, with the addition of 4 cakes, raised £58, Val’s cream teas £76 and the organisers of the Easter breakfast added a further £72; an amazing total of £206. This has got us off to a very good start.

On 4 March the Explorers introduced the 2018 charity, Mercy Ships, to the congregations, along with their representation of ‘Africa Mercy’. The Explorers had a visit from Matthew who told them about the charity who sail to the edges of the poorest continents, bringing hope and healing to adults and children in desperate need.

Matthew volunteered on the ship Africa Mercy as a navigator. He could see first-hand how much it helps the people in the countries it visits. He even helped with some dental surgery. He showed the Explorers pictures of the ship and all the different facilities they have on board. There are operating theatres, wards, a school and even a swimming pool. He challenged the Explorers to make their own version of the ship but it was quite tricky as the ship is 152 metres long and carries a fleet of 27 vehicles!

When the ship docks there are thousands of people queuing for medical treatment, People start queuing long before daybreak and some have walked over the borders of 3 countries when they hear the ship is coming. During the screening days, the crew decides who they can help on board. Their faith helps them through these very difficult decisions.

There are a whole range of services available on the ship from basic dental and eye surgeries to cleft lip and limb correction. Often there are cases where people suffer large growths on their bodies which have to be removed. Matthew showed some ‘before and after’ photographs of people who have been helped and the children were amazed at the life changing transformations that had been possible through the help of Mercy Ships.

All the volunteers live on the ship and their children are educated on board. It is a way of life for them, as once the ships docks, it stays in the same place for many months. Each year more than 1600 volunteers from over 50 nations give their time to be of service on the ship.

The sale of cakes after the service raised £30. We would like to thank everyone for the kind donations of Easter Eggs and for buying raffle tickets. The draw will be made on Easter Sunday before the service, so please check to see if you are a winner! Also, on Easter Sunday we will be selling take-away cream teas, kindly donated by Val Lloyd.

 On the 14 January we handed over a cheque for £1360.00 to Canine Partners.  Thank you to all who helped raise this magnificent total, supporting our fundraising events and collecting coins. This will buy a puppy to train and cover some of his expenses.


On Saturday, 30 September the Explorers, Pioneers with their family and friends enjoyed a sponsored walk to Mudeford Quay.  The weather was kind and everyone have enjoyed the walk.   Thank you to everyone who supported us.

On Saturday 10 June, we had a Bingo night in aid of Canine Partners in the Abbey Hall and we were delighted to have more people than last year. Everyone enjoyed the event, especially the food!

Wendy, a puppy parent from Canine Partners, brought along her dog Quella who demonstrated what she had already learned as a puppy of

just 8 months.  

Thank you very much for the amazing amount of money that the explorers and congregation managed to raise for the Madabadaba school. I had a great time raising the money with you at things like sponsored walks, quiz evenings and cake sales and I am honoured to have done all of that with you.

At the end of it all you’re not just helping me build the school, you're helping 250 children who will have a good school to go to with proper class rooms, toilets and an actual building that is secure and safe for them to learn in. Not only will it be a larger and well organised building, but the  students they will teach will now also include the girls. This is because there is currently no room for every child so they prioritise with teaching the boys.  However when we have rebuilt the school it will be big enough to teach the girls as well which gives them an equal opportunity in education. So thank you very much for all of your generosity and help, for both me and all those 250 children.


We presented the cheque to Kathleen for the Madabadaba Primary School Project for £1030. Most of the money came from the bingo night, the sponsored walk, coin collection and donations. We thank you all for your generosity. During the explorer session Kathleen told them about her latest training weekend which had centred on health and safety and first aid, as the nearest hospital is a long way away.

Kathleen was very grateful for the support the Explorers, and the church, had given to her in preparation of her trip and promised to return and share her adventures.

Saturday, 24 September dawned bright and breezy for the start of the Abbey United Reformed Church’s Sponsored Walk.  Nineteen members and friends of the Abbey United Reformed Church met at Friars Cliff car park to undertake a walk along the seafront to Mudeford and back.  They were all there to raise funds towards the Explorer’s Charity.  Each year the children and young people of the church collect for a charity, either in the UK or overseas.  In 2016 they are supporting the building of Madabadaba Primary School which is part of the Tanzania 2017 Hampshire Scouts Expedition.  Kathleen, a Pioneer at Romsey URC, is a member of this expedition.

It was a lovely sunny day and everyone enjoyed walking along the front watching the swimmers, families and wind/kite surfers enjoying the Indian summer.  On arriving at Mudeford Quay the group stopped for refreshments before returning to Friars Cliff to round off the day enjoying a picnic lunch together.

Kathleen Beaman was chosen as part of the unit made up of 150 young people and adults from Scouting who will be travelling to Tanzania in summer 2017 to undertake community projects.  Kathleen is in Team Tembo (Elephant in Swahili) and their project is rebuilding a school in a remote village, Madabadaba.  The current school is only a tin shack which provides education for the boys as there is not enough space to educate the girls as well.  The village has donated a larger area of land for the team to build a brick built school which will have room for 250 pupils; this will mean all children in the area can receive an education.

The preparation for Tanzania began in January 2016 and will take 18 months, during which time the Scouts will grow in confidence and learn many new skills.  The group will bond over a series of weekend camps and activities on the gear up to Tanzania to ensure they are fully prepared for the life changing adventure. Not only will they have the opportunity to change the lives of local villagers, the experience offers them the chance to learn new skills that they will use throughout their lives.

On Sunday 10 January 2016 Chris Hall, the Manager of Romsey Young Carers, visited Abbey United Reformed Church to collect a cheque for £1,050 from the church's Pioneers and Explorers youth sections. The money had been raised by the young people of the church with the help of the congregation. The Pioneers and Explorers had chosen Romsey Young Carers their charity for 2015. At the start of the year they learned about the work of the charity and how different the lives of young carers were from their own. They made cakes and also ran a craft table at the charity’s Family Day in August. Other activities during the year included raffles, including one for Christmas hampers, a sponsored walk, a skittles evening and a Christmas tea. There were lots of donations and everyone had been filling jars and bags with their spare change - so lots of  5p, 2p and 1p coins were counted. Chris thanked the children and the congregation, he explained that the money would be used by Romsey Young Carers for respite activities for the young people


Young carers are children and young people whose lives are affected by caring for a family member who has a long-term illnes or disability, mental health problem or issues with drugs or alcohol. They may care for a parent, brother or sister, or perhaps a grandparent living in the family home. Caring is not always about practical tasks. Children and young people can find themselves offering significant emotional support which can have an impact on their daily life as well as their development. For young carers the charity organises family days, outings, cook days, trips to theme parks and residential breaks.

On a lovely sunny day, 31 October 2015, a group of 12 adults, 1 Pioneer, 2 Explorers and a dog walked from Friars Cliff car park to Mudeford Quay. We stopped for refreshments at Mudeford before walking back.  The children had a lovely time making slides on the beach.  The walk was in aid of the Explorer's Charity 2015 - Romsey Young Carers.


The Explorers had great fun finding out about their chosen charity this year - they were even allowed to chose which animals we would like to give to the charity! Every family who receives a gift from Send a Cow promises to pass on a gift to another family in need. Whether it’s the first female calf, seeds, saplings or skills, each gift starts a chain of giving that continues to grow and grow. Importantly, they become donors themselves, restoring their dignity and pride.


  • This Sunday

    Sunday 15 September             

    10.30 am Combined Battle of Britain and RAFA Anniversary Family Service – led by the Minister

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

    Forthcoming Events

    Monday 16 September

    10.30 am MOT in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Tuesday 17 September

    10.15 am Grand Fun in Abbey Hall Lounge

    Wednesday 18 September

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

    Thursday 19 September

    7.30 pm Worship Group in Minister’s Vestry

    Friday 20 September

    7.30 pm Badminton in Abbey Hall

    Saturday 21 September

    7.00 – 11.00 pm Harvest Supper and Barn Dance

    Sunday 29 September following morning worship

    11.45 am Church Meeting

    Saturday 23 November

    10.00 am – 4.00 pm Church Vision Day in Abbey Hall led by Revd Mary Thomas and Ruth White

    Next Sunday

    Sunday 22 September

    10.30 am Family Harvest Festival led by Derek Hiscocks

    6.30 pm Evening Worship in Abbey Hall Lounge led by the Minister



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