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AGM 21 March 2017

The Annual General Meeting of Methodist Action (North West) will be held on Tuesday 21st March at 6.00pm at Bamber Bridge Methodist Church

Click on the links below to access the agenda and other papers for this meeting.

Paper A: The names and responsibilities of the Members of MANW
Paper B: Minutes of AGM held 21 January 2016
Paper C: Appointment/Reappointment of Directors/Trustees
Paper D: Nomination and Appointment of Directors/Trustees
Paper E: Annual Report and Financial Statements

April Fools' Ball 1 April 2017

Details of this event are below:

April Fool's Ball

Past Events

Singing for Fun Workshop and Grand Concert 11 February 2017

Details of this event are below:

Singing Workshop and Concert

To attend the workshop session, contact Dave Topping as above, or download a booking form from the link and send it to him with payment.

Singing for Fun Booking Form

Homeless Sunday: 22 January 2017

Dr. Peter Lumsden has produced resources for Local Preachers and Worship Leaders to prepare for Homeless Sunday which is on 22 January 2017.

Peter is a Trustee of Methodist Action North West who have recently won an award for their work, not only with the homeless but also in finding places for people to live. The 22nd January is an opportunity, through worship, to make congregations aware of the huge number of people in our country who do not have a place to call home.

The resources can be downloaded from the links below:

Services on Homeless Sunday

Homeless Sunday Materials.

Comedy Night

Date: Thursday 27th October 2016

Time: Doors open 7.00 pm, show starts 8.00 pm

Venue: 53 Degrees Preston

Tickets: Available online HERE.

Comedy Night

21 January 2016: AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Methodist Action North West (MANW) was held on Thursday 21 January 2016 at the Central Methodist Church, Lune Street, Preston.

Methodist Action's Chief Operating Officer Stephen Hetherington (pictured below, third from the right with the Trustees) told a small but appreciative audience that after a challenging 2014/15, the charity is optimistic and has built firm foundations for the future.


"The year 2014/2015 has seen a significant focus of reviewing and consolidating the charity's position.”

"It has felt at times like we have been turning over stone after stone to find the next challenge or problem."

"It is fair to say there have been a fair number of ‘stubbed toes’, and equally successful ‘site preparations’ during the year," he went on.


The charity is best known for its work with the Fox St Community in Preston city centre, and has four core projects in the county. These include the thriving Blackpool Food Partnership, based in Springfield Methodist Church in Blackpool, the Cedar House counselling service in Preston and A Place To Live social lettings agency with properties in Preston, South Ribble and the Lancaster and Morecambe areas.


This year saw a particular emphasis on achieving clarity on the charity’s financial health and on developing clearer internal procedures for day to day working explained Hetherington.

Last year, Fox St. - which provides accommodation for up to 20 homeless men - cared for and supported 54 men, A Place To Live is now responsible for over 150 properties, Cedar House’s counselling service saw 317 clients and the Blackpool Food Partnership collected and passed out over £60,000 worth of food, delivering almost 2,200 food parcels to over 6,500 people.


Hetherington later handed over to four staff – Laura Taylor, Abid Khan, Joanna Clarkson and Nikki Hart from A Place To Live, the Fox St Community, Cedar House, and the Blackpool Food Partnership to offer their own reflections of progress made in the last year.

The charity's also recently appointed Roger Blaxall as a part time community fundraiser; he is aiming to increase awareness of Methodist Action in the Methodist 'family' and the wide community; Blaxall is arranging three skydives this year to raise funds for Cedar House.

You can still download the Agenda and associated papers from the links below in pdf format.

30 November 2015: Santa's sitting pretty at Booth's carol singing day!

Santa visits Booths

Santa took time out of his busy pre Christmas schedule on Monday to call into Booths and support charity carol singing by local schools and a village nursery.

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Toddlers from First Choice nursery, along with pupils from Burscough Methodist (pictured top) and St. John's RC Primary were all in fine voice for the morning and afternoon sessions at the store in aid of Lancashire charity, Methodist Action.

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Santa enchanted the toddlers with his tales of Christmas past and was delighted to lend his name to such a worthy cause: Methodist Action looks after homeless men from all over Lancashire at the Fox St. Community in Preston supporting the homeless and empowering them to regain independence and also runs the county's largest foodbank in Blackpool that's also backed by Booths.

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And manager Richard Ford is pictured with St John's pupils who enjoyed a well earned Vimto and biscuits after their 40 minute session.

10 October 2015: One Voice Community Choir

One Voice Community Choir

On 10th October 2015, Cedar House Counselling Centre was privileged to host the wonderful One Voice Community Choir for an evening of incredible choral music. Nearly 300 people gathered to listen to a range of music from inspirational gospel songs to Michael Jackson and Bob Marley. The choir master is a vibrant character who engaged the audience with the choir and had everyone singing along. Just prior to the interval Joanna Clarkson, the Manager at Cedar House, was able to talk about the work that is done at the project giving a little insight into just how many clients Cedar House works with.

Altogether the evening was a great success and on ticket sales alone has raised over £1,300. It was not planned to take further donations from visitors, but the audience were so impressed by the whole evening that they asked to give further donations. We are waiting to see what the gift aid will be on these donations before we can announce the final total raised on the night.

Thank you to all those who supported the event and especially to the wonderful volunteers who worked so hard to make the evening so successful.