Outlook Issue 20 Winter 2015
News and Views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
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Pop in to Poppy’s. Save the Swift
5 He has been learning to sit quietly in church and the occasional bark and sneeze are rarely heard now. Charlie always has drinking water beside him and a well-timed dog biscuit keeps him happy, while it’s even better in the hall afterwards, when he can enjoy the odd ‘people biscuit’! He clearly loves coming to the Sunday morning service and meeting friends, old, new – and the very young! As a PAT dog, Charlie is there for everyone, to be stroked and fussed, and to provide friendship and comfort where needed. Thank you, Mary – and Charlie! To find out more about the work of the charity, please go to http://www.petsastherapy.org/ or simply Google ‘pets as therapy’. Veronica Howe Pop in to Poppy’s Home-made cakes, delicious baked potatoes and freshly-cut sandwiches are all part of a tasty selection of snacks at Poppy's Pantry – Woodbridge's latest ‘pop up’ café, which operates from St Mary's Church Centre every Tuesday (1000-1430), and has recently received the top hygiene rating. Poppy's Pantry is run by Realise Futures, a Community Interest Company which provides training and work opportunities for adults with learning difficulties. Parish Pump Save the swift! A lot of people will share my feelings about swifts. The screams and shrieks of swifts as they turn and swirl in the evening sky are a precious part of summer. We want this to be more than just a nostalgic memory, as swifts are declining in numbers. This summer in Woodbridge I heard some bad news: swifts had been trying in vain to find nest sites in a restored building by the harbour. It appears that the spaces under the eaves where they had nested had been blocked. I also heard