2019/20 Series of St Luke’s Food for Thought Talks
The next talk is on 7th February 2020 entitled Economics of Fair Trade and the two speakers are Ian Bretman and Humphrey Pring who will be describing the rationale behind the creation and the beneficial effect of The Fairtrade Foundation that works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by tackling injustice in conventional trade. We could not have better guides to the subject. Ian has been involved with the Fairtrade movement for over 30 years since joining Oxfam Trading as Head of Marketing in 1986. Since then he has been involved in selling fairly-traded handcrafts; researching the potential of the Fairtrade Mark; being CEO for 11 years of the Fairtrade Foundation and then 4 years as its Head of Global Strategy & Governance. Today he is an elected Board Member at Fairtrade International and supports producer networks in Africa, Asia and Latin America. At home, he chairs a CAB service and sits on the Board of an NHS Clinical Commissioning Group. Humphrey was Marketing & Sales Director for Cafedirect, the leading Fairtrade hot drinks company, and worked with Ian at the Fairtrade Foundation to promote the growth of Fairtrade products. Click here for a poster with details of the venue and timing.
The following talk is on 6th March entitled Modern-day Slavery and will be presented by Michele Cooke who is well placed to speak on this subject since, as a volunteer for the Diocese of Rochester, she works on a Church of England project called the Clewer Initiative which has been raising awareness about this scourge on our country. Even though slavery is illegal in every country in the world, it still happens today all over the world, but hidden in plain sight. It is estimated that 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery across the world with 136,000 “slaves” in the UK. Michele Cooke will be talking about how modern slavery works, what can be done to prevent it happening in our local community and to whom to report suspicions of modern slavery. She will give a brief introduction to “County Lines” which are when gangs and organised crime networks groom and exploit young people to carry and sell drugs. Kent Police know that youngsters in Sevenoaks have been snared. Michele will highlight local examples using case studies and training written by the Clewer Initiative in collaboration with the Gangmasters Labour & Abuse Authority. There will be a retiring collection for the Diocese of Rochester’s work combatting modern-day slavery. Click here for a poster with details of the venue and timing.
Contact Peter Ashwell – 01732 461087 – for more information
Wednesday Lunch Time Recitals
Here is how the Altar appeared during the period from Christmas until Candlemass with the scene, created in the body of the altar, gradually gathering more visitors to the manger.
Here is a how the church was decorated for Remembrance Day 2019
Here is a beautiful view of candles lit at St Luke’s All Souls Service on 3rd November 2019.
Here is a video of the 2019 Harvest Flower displays around the church.
Fun had at BBQ on Sunday 7th July 2019
This was a very well attended event with tasty BBQ’d bangers and burgers (Thank you Russell, Anne and Oliver! Ed) who were ably supported by a bevy of volunteers who had prepared an array of salads and beverages to accompany the BBQ fare (Many more thanks to Janet and Tim and all their team members…and of course the plate and glass clearer- awayers and washer-uppers! Ed)
Here are a few photos to record this joyous event….