HAIR TODAY – GONE TOMORROW
At the tender age of nine, Nell Vaul, a pupil at Glebe School, had a lovely head of hair, which reached below her waist. Originally she wanted to have her hair cut to just below shoulder length, but after her aunt and cousin did a charity sponsored swim and, further inspired by the singer, Jesse J, who had her hair shaved off in aid of Comic Relief, Nell decided she wanted to raise some money for charity herself.
Nell’s mum, Karen, heard that the Little Princess Trust charity provides wigs made from real hair to children suffering from cancer and alopecia. She mentioned it to Nell, who was so enthusiastic she decided her hair should be cut even shorter so more of it could be used! “What if you don’t like it afterwards?” Karen asked. “It doesn’t matter”, replied Nell, “it will grow again and the wig will make a child feel a bit pretty and be happy. I’ve seen it on Emmerdale!”
So Karen set up Nell’s “Just Giving” page in aid of the Little Princess Trust, to try and raise the £350 it costs the charity to get just one wig made by professionals. However, the whole family was amazed how generous people were when they heard what Nell was doing. Neighbours, friends, relatives, her dad’s work colleagues and even the children and teachers at Glebe School helped to sponsor her. By the time Nell went off to her mum’s hairdresser, Julie at KJM in West Ruislip, to get her tresses cut off at chin level, so that the 17 inch lengths of bundled hair could be sent off to the trust, Nell had raised well over £2,165! - enough for six wigs to make six children happy!
When not raising money for charity, Nell is learning to play the guitar at Glebe School and is about to join their after-school football club. She also goes to ‘Soul Performing Arts’ on Saturdays where she takes singing, tap dancing, street dancing and drama.
The Little Princess Trust was launched in 2006 and so far has helped over 2,000 boys and girls. For more information, or to make a donation so even more children can feel a lot better about themselves, please visit Nell’s page at www.justgiving.com/Nell-Vaul
LETTER FROM THE REVEREND FELICITY DAVIES
As this drops in through your front door we shall quite literally be entering into the Rectory to set up our new home. In the last couple of weeks we’ve been deciding which plants can be lifted or divided and brought with us to find a home in new soil without spoiling the display in our old Vicarage garden.
The garden of our Sussex Vicarage had grown into a mass of colour and shape, with a rich variety of flowers throughout every season of the year, and (apart from this year) fresh vegetables from summer through to almost Christmas. Three big fir trees which darkened the front garden became firewood, and the viburnum which obscured the kitchen window is now a slimmer, healthier version of its former self. Gardens at their best are always evolving, apparently naturally with seedlings popping up in odd places, but usually with a bit of background TLC from the gardener!
When we transplant a flower it will flourish best if it has the right soil and is surrounded by plants with complimentary colour, shape and form. It reminds me that ‘church’ is a group of people in all their rich diversity, uniquely gifted, constantly growing and gradually being transformed. God (as head gardener) brings out our different giftings, which are sometimes unexpected or surprising, so that when we’re growing together there is a sea of talent and expertise among us which brings glory to God as our faith is nurtured and shared.
God has been working out his purposes in churches around Ickenham for hundreds of years. Many Christians have passed through, each one chosen by the head gardener as having the colour, shape and fragrance for the particular gap he wants to fill. Tony and I have moved to take root in what, for us, is a new piece of soil, and we pray that we shall quickly become established and grow alongside you as part of God’s plan and purpose for Ickenham.
The Revd Felicity Davies will be installed as Rector of St Giles’ Church and the Parish of Ickenham by the Right Reverend Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, in a service at St Giles’ on Wednesday 3rd September at 8pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED - St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm.
Drop-in for a friendly and informal chat over a cup of tea with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 15th September (then Monday 20th October).