Our Chairman of Trustees Michael Abbott pays tribute to supporters as the Bedford & Ouse Valley Auxiliary merges with Friends of Dorothea Court to become a single group
A Christmas coffee morning was held in Bedford on 8th December in aid of Pilgrims' Friend Society. The event was held at Providence Baptist Chapel Bedford and attended by both residents of Dorothea Court and supporters. This was our 'last' event in as much as we have now merged the Auxiliary and Friends Group into a single 'Friends of Dorothea Court', with joint responsibilities for supporting Dorothea Court and promoting the wider work of the Society.
The Auxiliary was still very active: last year we organised an inter-Church quiz evening (with 12 teams of 6), a walk at Cardington Village followed by a talk on John Howard (the prison reformer who lived there), an organ recital and various other events. However, the former Friends Group had not met since Covid due to the loss of members. By combining the two and enrolling new members, we hope to refocus the support for Dorothea Court whilst still maintaining the broader remit of promoting Pilgrims' Friend Society.
Having been personally involved with Dorothea Court for many years, including as a trustee before ownership was passed to Pilgrims’ Friend Society, I am delighted that this excellent support will continue and would like to take the opportunity to thank all those who give their time, talents and prayers.
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