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Our Partners

We are committed to supporting the work of organisations working to demonstrate practically Christ’s love for all people of the world.

To provide focus around the Benefice, we support:

Cress Charity

SOWING SEEDS FOR SELF-SUFFICIENCY

CRESS wants to provide the South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda with the range of education, knowledge and vocational skills required to enable them to form self-sufficient, sustainable and ethical communities that do not require Western aid.

In the medium to long term, when they can return to their homes in South Sudan, they should be able to take these skills with them and rebuild their communities.

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Great Wishford C.E
Primary School

Great Wishford Church of England Primary School is a happy, hardworking school community located in the picturesque village of Great Wishford.

Their aim is to create a learning environment where children are challenged and supported to reach their unique potential and become successful, lifelong learners. 

 

Great teaching and learning are at the heart of the school, ensuring every child develops the resilience to keep trying, the confidence to believe they can reach their goals and pride in themselves and who they are.  The School's teaching and learning is underpinned by their Christian Values and Ethos.

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The Trussell Trust
Stop UK Hunger

Our vision is for a UK without the need for food banks.

 

We support a nationwide network of food banks and together we provide emergency food and support to people locked in poverty, and campaign for change to end the need for food banks in the UK.

In the UK, more than 14 million people are living in poverty – including 4.5 million children. We support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK to provide a minimum of three days’ nutritionally-balanced emergency food to people who have been referred in crisis, as well as support to help people resolve the crises they face. Between April 2019 and March 2020, food banks in our network provided a record 1.9 million food supplies to people in crisis, an 18% increase on the previous year and during the coronavirus pandemic food banks have seen need rise even further.

 

You can find out more about the impact of our work during the pandemic in our latest report, available here.

We know it takes more than food to end hunger. That’s why we recently launched our five year strategic plan. We know our goal to end the need for food banks is ambitious, but by working Together for Change, we believe it is achievable

Food Bank Salisbury

HELPING LOCAL PEOPLE IN CRISIS

We don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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Oak Apple Club

The 29th May marks Oak Apple Day. Great Wishford, just outside Salisbury, is one of the last remaining villages to celebrate the now largely forgotten tradition.

Oak Apple Day originated as a celebration of the restoration of the Stuart monarchy in 1660, however in Great Wishford, the day has always centred around a very specific ancient right. In 1603, a charter was granted confirming a right held since 'auntient tymes', permitting villagers of Great Wishford to collect wood and pannage their 'hogges and pigges' in Grovely Wood.

The day typically starts with a band waking villagers, who make their way into the woods to collect oak branches to decorate their church and homes, and to use as firewood. They then make their way to Salisbury Cathedral, where women in costume dance and a service is held where villagers shout 'Grovely! Grovely! Grovely! And all Grovely!' in order to maintain their charter. The day ends back in Great Wishford with festivities and a feast.

Eco Church

Eco Church is a scheme run by A Rocha UK equipping churches to care for God's creation through their worship, buildings, land, community engagement, and individual lifestyles.

By completing an online survey, churches can be considered for an Eco Church Award at either Bronze, Silver, or Gold level. As of the end of 2022, there are 1155 Bronze, 401 Silver, and 23 Gold Church of England Eco Churches, and our first two gold cathedrals; Salisbury and Chelmsford. The scheme is a fantastic resource for encouraging churches, cathedrals, and dioceses to embody the fifth mark of mission.

There are five areas that a church must demonstrate environmental engagement with to receive an award:

  • Worship and teaching.

  • Management of church buildings.

  • Management of church land.

  • Community and global engagement.

  • Lifestyle.

You can see the full list of survey questions here.

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Great Wishford C.E
Primary School

Great Wishford Church of England Primary School is a happy, hardworking school community located in the picturesque village of Great Wishford.

Their aim is to create a learning environment where children are challenged and supported to reach their unique potential and become successful, lifelong learners. 

 

Great teaching and learning are at the heart of the school, ensuring every child develops the resilience to keep trying, the confidence to believe they can reach their goals and pride in themselves and who they are.  The School's teaching and learning is underpinned by their Christian Values and Ethos.

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Almshouse Charity of
Sir Richard Grobham

Two houses in Great Wishford made available for low income persons resident in Great Wishford. 

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Churches Conservation Trust

The Churches Conservation Trust is the national charity protecting churches at risk. We care for the churches vested in us by the Church Commissioners of the Church of England, repairing the damage from sometimes years of neglect, and work with local communities to bring them alive again.

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Providing support pathways for those who are homeless, marginalised or vulnerable

We know that life isn’t always simple. We never know when we may be faced by a crisis, feel despair, or need support to live the independent life we wish for. Sometimes we just need someone to walk by our side. At Alabaré, that’s what we do.

Through our extensive network of homes, drop-in centres and support services, we offer people who are homeless and vulnerable accommodation and support so they can live a safe and positive life of their choice. If housing or wellbeing is a problem for you, take a look at what we do and get in touch to see if we can help.

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