Newsletter - September 2010

Dear Friends

I am delighted to have been appointed as the Missioner.
I am looking forward to visiting you all and getting to know you over the next few months.

I have already joined you for the Sunshine Party at Polam School which was a lovely event, and the staff and pupils at Polam had put a lot of work into making it a wonderful afternoon for us all.  I learnt many new songs at the Singalong in July, and have already realised that all the events required tea and cake!

We had a lovely trip to Redcar, Marske and Kirkleatham Hall in August. The weather was better than last year, so we parked to see the sea, no-one ventured out to paddle!
There was a lovely exhibition at Kirkleatham Hall Museum called ‘Memories of Childhood’ which many enjoyed.

We have some exciting events lined up for the rest of the year including a trip to Saltholme Nature Reserve;  a Games afternoon at the Gardens Care Home;   a trip to Peter Barretts;  our Annual Carol Service at All Saints Church and Carol Singing at Morrisons.

You can contact me on 467052, if I am not there, leave a message and I will call you back.

Take care of yourselves and I will see you soon.
Best Wishes

One of the great aspects of the work of the Darlington Town Mission is that it keeps hope alive in so many people.

We live in a continuously changing and uncertain world; the elderly seem to be even more vulnerable in many ways than ever before.  People’s expectations have been raised only to see them dashed.

The work of dtm is needed at much today as it has ever been needed.  The nature of our work over the years has changed.  As society has changed under God’s guidance dtm has attempted to move in order to meet those new challenges.

Like all Charities we are also feeling the cold blast of financial austerity, in many areas our work is not known as it deserves to be – what can we do?

All people of no matter what age can pray and in those prayers remember dtm, we can become ambassadors for dtm letting the people of Darlington know what we do and how lovingly we do it – we can support financially. Whatever we do, do it with love and help keep hope alive in so many.

Rev. Brian Holmes, Chairman.


Tombola – May 28th, Morrisons, Morton Park.

This event –run by an all male team was a great success. All prizes had been won by lunchtime and £110 was raised.  Many people asked about our work and many leaflets were handed out.

We had games at our Carnival stall on June 26th.  We didn’t make much money but raised our profile in the Community.



Our Chairman certainly enjoyed the puddings at the barbecue, which raised £360 for our work.  We all had a good time too.


Future Events.

Street Collection.

Our Street collection this year is planned for Saturday 2nd October.  We are based at Cockerton Methodist Church this year and only collecting in Cockerton.  Brian Tyreman is Organising this event so please volunteer.  Give him a call on 485591.

Coffee Morning

10am to 12 noon on Saturday 6th November at Cockerton Methodist Church.  Donations of cakes, scones, books, produce, all gratefully received.  Again call Brian Tyreman if you have any donations or can help on the day. 485591 is the number.

Put the date in your diary now!

Carol Singing

We have the date booked for this popular event.  Friday 17th December is the day to remember.

Mock Wedding Reception.

This unusual event is planned for January 2011.  It will include an auction of gifts and promises, and involve a little cross dressing, as well as an opportunity to get your best dresses out. An interesting night to be enjoyed by all.  Tickets will be available to purchase soon.

Volunteer Visitors.

Could you all report to Sandra please and let her know the number of visits which you have made.

May Quiz.

1. What is ¾ of 100? 75

2. I need one fifth of 40. 8

3. Give me the square of six 36

4. What is the square root of 81? 9

5.  3 x 4 x 5 = 60

6. I need the product of 3 and 4. 12