Chicken triumph again!

Sue Bownas from the CAFOD Chester Support group writes below of a tradition at Easter for the Chester communities.

For several years now the Chester CAFOD Support Group has raised hundreds of pounds each Easter thanks to Judy one of our founder members who  has been responsible for the annual preparation and sale of Easter Chickens. During lent a team of knitters led by Judy have created the rare breeds, whilst parishioners have been invited to provide the chocolate eggs that will fill them. Then ten days before Easter, the chickens go on sale, and it is over to the wonderful staff and pupils/ students at St Clare’s Primary School and Chester Catholic High school, and our fantastic parishioners to play their part by buying these amazing chicks.  

However, 2017 it seemed would be different; with Judy not able to lead us, it looked as though  Easter would be “chicken free” this year. 

That was to underestimate the strength of the team built up over the years!  A new leader emerged and soon a  team of knitters were at work and the annual request for chocolate eggs appeared in the parish newsletter,  and this lovely “tradition” was secured for another year.  Despite us having less time, ( with a later than usual start and the need for earlier sales in the schools as they broke up for Easter on 31 March) chickens of every hew and breeds, never before seen,  started to hatch and supplies sent to the schools for sale, and then with one week to go , we were completely sold out of chickens. 

 Our huge thanks go to all concerned: our generous and loyal knitters, fillers and buyers all made sure this annual sale happened again and, as a result, they have raised £ 542 for CAFOD’s Emergency Appeal for countries affected by famine in East Africa.

Find out more about our East Africa crisis appeal

 Although the needles are once again still, there is talk of us  making an earlier start next year …….”



Keith Taylor from St Alban’s Parish in Macclesfield writes briefly about the very successful run on 27th December to raise money for our Syria appeal. img_8378

The sun shone on a record turnout for the sixth edition of the Cafod annual Fun Run at Bollington on Tuesday 27th December. Some 235 runners, joggers and strollers enjoyed crisp air and blue skies.

Read about the current situation in Syria.

The participants included Macclesfield MP Mr David Rutley and Bollington Town Mayor Cllr Alan img_8369Williams and of course Fr Paschal of St Alban’s Macclesfield now a Fun Run veteran on his third outing.

At the moment, with many sponsors still collecting from their backers, the total raised for Syrian and other people affected by the violence in so many countries in the Middle East, stands at £4000.

Post Script: A special thank you has to go to the marshals and stewards who worked both before and during the event to help to make it run as smoothly as it did. There are far too many to mention by name however Chris Pimblott, the overall organiser deserves an individual mention. Thank you Chris and here’s to the Fun Run in 2017!

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Some of the wonderful behind-the-scenes-people who helped to make the event run so smoothly.

Some of the wonderful behind-the-scenes-people who helped to make the event run so smoothly.