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Sermon 7th February – Lydia Groenewald and Emma Mawer

This Sunday we were privileged to have two sermons for the price of one! Lydia spoke about Church Action on Poverty Sunday and Emma told us more about how TRJFP@AH Cafe tries to help our community. Here are notes from their sermons.


Lydia
Reading: Matthew 8: 1-17

Today is Church Action on Poverty Sunday, with the theme “Bread Broken for All”.

Church Action on Poverty is a national, ecumenical, social justice charity, committed to tackling poverty in the UK. They work in partnership with churches, and with people in poverty themselves, to find solutions to poverty, locally, nationally and globally. (As Heston has mentioned) I’m one of their Trustees. I took up the position of Treasurer over a year ago as I am passionate about the work they do and was very impressed by the impact they have despite their very limited resources. Church Action on Poverty believes in equipping people who are experiencing poverty to speak to power themselves – not to provide a voice FOR the poor but to give those in poverty a voice – as they are “experts by experience”. Church Action on Poverty is increasingly becoming part of the essential movement for food justice in this country, the need for which we will explore today.

There are many things that unite us as humans, but few more universal than our need for food. Without access to a regular, nutritious supply of food our bodies die. Without the feeling of community and acceptance that comes as we share food together our spirits die. Food has elements of healing and is essential for a healthy life, but as we know well, not everyone has access to this primary aspect of life – not only in the majority world, but increasingly here, in our wealthy and privileged country too. Food is a gift from God. But today, in one of the world’s richest countries, thousands of people are being denied access to that gift and made to go hungry.

Our reading from Matthew 8 recounts many acts of healing: the man suffering from leprosy; the Centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law, amongst others. I found it interesting to think about the role food plays in these accounts.

I love the fact that, after her healing, Peter’s mother-in-law’s first action, once she was back up on her feet, was to prepare dinner for Jesus. Sharing food through hospitality is her instinctive response as soon as she is made well again.

The account of the man with leprosy might feel a little alien to us – how many of us know someone with such a debilitating skin disease today? We’re so fortunate that, in our country, leprosy is not a disease we’re at risk from. But if you think back to Jesus’ time, when this disease was all too commonplace, it was a much bigger deal. Leprosy meant not only sickness and disfigurement, but also social banishment. Leprosy was highly contagious. Sufferers had to stay well away from everybody else. Nobody approached them, let alone ate with them; nobody would dream of touching them. Imagine for a moment what it must have felt like for that man, to have Jesus touch him and accept him after years of being ostracised? PAUSE. Jesus’ action was the start of that man’s restoration into society, not only physical healing but also the means for re-integration.

Even if we don’t have the tragedy of people experiencing leprosy in this country today, who are the people that our society treats as social outcasts? Could it be the asylum seekers, those with mental health issues or the so-called “benefit scroungers”? If we are to follow Jesus, then how can we find more opportunities to encounter these people, and show God’s love to them by accepting them, loving them, and even sharing a meal with them?

In the section about the Centurion’s servant, Jesus’ description of the invitation of the Kingdom of heaven is wonderfully inspiring, and revolves around sharing food. The quote from The Message translation is: “This man is the new wave of many outsiders who will soon be coming from all directions—streaming in from the east, pouring in from the west, sitting down at God’s kingdom banquet alongside Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” This not only shows the value God places on sitting and eating together, but also challenges any narrow-mindedness that we find in ourselves about who might be “in” and who is “out” of God’s Kingdom – this is a feast where everyone is welcome and we’re all invited!

Church Action on Poverty is working hard to ensure that God’s kingdom banquet can become a reality, in our society today, as it is in heaven. And so their supporters campaign for a “right to food” for everyone and try to hold the government accountable for this.

The right to food is contained within the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Its special committee on economic food and social rights explained it as:

“The right to adequate food is realised when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.”

The British Government signed up to guarantee an adequate standard of living, including food, when the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was ratified in 1976. So as citizens we are entitled to expect that the country we live in will respect and fulfil the right to food that is affordable for all our people.

The right to food is amongst the most basic of all our human rights. Its a matter of justice, not charity. However, we know that injustice exists today, even right here on our doorstep.

Are we too accepting of the existence of food poverty in our country? It has been great to see churches stepping in to the breach and setting up foodbanks, like our own Parish Pantry, but are we doing enough to challenge the government policies which have made these provisions necessary? The Trussell Trust, one of the main facilitators of foodbanks, highlights how many of their recipients are actually in work but not receiving enough wages to live on; or there because of harshly applied benefit sanctions or delays. By providing foodbanks, as necessary as they are, are we treating only the symptoms, and not the causes? You’ll all know the story of the community which had a river running through it. One day they found a person being swept along by the river, and then another and another. Initially they rescued each person floating by, but as the numbers increased, they realised they would need to go up stream to deal with the cause of this issue to prevent people falling in the river in the first place.

Food poverty is, of course, not about a shortage of food as we very well know. I read recently that the world already produces enough food for 14 billion people, twice as many as are now on earth. But what is happening to that food? In a moment, Emma will be sharing with us how our café, here at All Hallows, is being used to challenge the shortcomings in our food supply system, and to counteract the impact of food poverty amongst our neighbours.

Community is a core part of what helps us to flourish. So alongside the re-instatement of our social-security safety-net, we need to support initiatives such as our café which encourages and fosters community building. We’ve seen first hand how food can be a vital ingredient for nurturing community. Foodbanks follow the model of “I give and you take”, re-enforcing inequality, but our cafe is based on the principle of “We share” through its Pay as You Feel system.

The bread and wine that we are about to share together as we share the Feast of Life are symbolic of Jesus’ final supper. Jesus shared that meal with his disciples, some of whom themselves were the outcasts of their society. This was his last act before his body, the “bread of life”, was broken for all. One of the significant elements to this symbolic meal is that everyone gets an equal amount – God’s hope for the world in action.

After the service today we will be sharing food together – yummy pancakes in honour of the fact that it is Shrove Tuesday this week. We will also be taking donations to support the work of Church Action on Poverty. Any money you give will help people who are affected by stigma and food poverty to make their voices heard, building their confidence and helping them to speak out for justice. It will also support Church Action on Poverty’s campaigns to tackle the root causes of the UK’s growing hunger crisis, working towards a UK where no-one is made to go hungry. As their Treasurer I can assure you your money will be put to very good use!

Emma is now going to tell us how our Sunday Feast of Life continues during the week through our wonderful café and its people.

 



Emma

TRJFP (The Real Junk Food Project) @ All Hallows’ Café has been running since the 12th September 2014. It is essentially a means by which this church reaches out into its surrounding neighbourhood and shows them the love of God.

The UK, which now has so many people in food poverty, doesn’t have a food shortage. The problems are consumerism and mismanagement. As consumers we are encouraged to buy food that it ‘2 for the price of 1’, the latest food product on the market, food that is pre-packaged in a plastic bag, food that looks attractive (not wonky carrots or muddy parsnips), convenience food, food that will only last until its use by date. Due to this pressure, the average UK household throws away almost an entire meal a day (that could have been eaten). To add to this mountain of waste food, supermarkets throw out anything that is slightly mouldy, squashed or past its use by date. Most of the time, this food is still perfectly edible and yet it ends up joining our ever increasing piles of landfill. By using waste food in the café, we are trying to be better stewards of the wonderful gifts that God has given us. Last year alone we ‘intercepted’ (put to good use) 8⅟4 tonnes of waste food.

The café opens on a Tuesday, Thursday morning and Friday. It has about 25 regular customers and then there are always new people who pop in each day. On an average day, any number between 30 and 60 people come through the doors. On arrival they are greeted, shown where to help themselves to drinks and snacks, and then their food order is taken. The food is given on a ‘Pay As You Feel’ (PAYF) basis – customers either give a monetary donation, or volunteer their time to ‘pay’ for their meal.

Hyde Park has a diverse community which we welcome and serve. Our regular customers include council refuse collectors, a few asylum seekers, people struggling with alcohol addiction, others who have recently been made redundant, one family are Muslims, and then there are those with physical health challenges, mental health challenges and housing issues. Sometimes our role is to encourage friendship and understanding between some of these individuals who wouldn’t usually mix. Other times it can be fighting against stereotypes. Our main aim is to treat everyone with respect, regardless of who they are or where they have come from. We do this to demonstrate how Jesus views each member of the human race – worth more than the flowers and birds of the fields. Regular customers often describe the café as having ‘a lovely atmosphere’. The fact that Heston is actively involved in the café enables us to actively share our faith, not only in actions, but also in what we say. Many people have asked for prayer and others have had questions about the Christian faith.

A group of volunteers help to prepare, cook, serve and tidy up after the meals. They include various people who are on benefits. These individuals really value being able to ‘do something worthwhile’ with their time. In addition, they enjoy the social aspect of being part of a team. One of them has been out of work for a long time and in January, at the age of around 50, was still living with his father. Through volunteering, he has really grown in confidence and is now starting to take on a supervisory role. He has moved into a flat of his own and has applied for a part-time job. Another volunteer has struggled with poverty and ill health for many years. However, the café gives her a purpose, an opportunity to give to others. It also provides her with hot, tasty meals when her cupboards are bare. A third volunteer is again in poverty. He has ad-hoc jobs, but struggles to feed his family. On one occasion he admitted going without food so that others could be fed. In the café, he is very hard working and a wonderful role model for other volunteers. Two weeks ago, he invited a friend to come and volunteer too. She is a stay at home mum, who found that she had too much time on her hands, when her youngest child started school. Volunteering in the café means an awful lot to her. We are currently training up 3 of these individuals, with the hope that they will become café managers. Our aim is to give each of them a salary of 5 paid hours a week, at the living wage of £8.25 per hour.

The café reaches wider into the community than just serving those who come through the doors. Last year, the Sinclair project, the Ladybird project, the Youth Offending Service, Leeds City College and St Annes alcohol services, all approached the café, recognising its value. We now work in connection with them all, be it through providing placements for volunteers, providing a space where they can hold meetings, providing hot meals for their service users, or receiving their excess food. Live at All Hallows’ invites artists to perform gigs in the church. We are also work alongside them, offering pre-gig evening meals. Then, on Christmas Day we provided a Christmas meal and entertainment for 65 people, most of whom would otherwise have been on their own, or finding the day difficult.

TRJFP @ All Hallows’ Café is an exciting project to be a part of. No two days are the same and there are frequently new challenges. But to sum up in terms of healing, the café gives food to the hungry, both physically and spiritually. It gives hope to the hopeless, friends to the friendless and purpose to those who feel worthless. We try in our own small way, to bring some of God’s kingdom to this area of Hyde Park.

If you would like to partner with the café, please pray for the project and, if you can, support us financially by filling in a ‘Community Investor’ form (available from the church or from Lydia).

 

All Hallows’ birthday weekend!

The first of November, All Saints, All Souls or All Hallows – and the weekend that we take as our patronal day, or if you like, our birthday!

And what a birthday weekend we had!

It started on Friday with Pumpkin Pie at the cafe. Then on Saturday late afternoon we decorated the church, prepared food and set up all manner of crazy things for us to do in the evening.

The evening consisted of fantastic pizza, more pumpkin pie and other food prepared by Simon and a load of young helpers. In the church we had a “marquee” where apple bobbing and other strange things happened. Loads of giant Lego bricks (otherwise known as cardboard boxes) where used to build castles and trains.

Eventually everyone settled down to watch “The Lego Movie”, an awesome theological treatise on the purpose of life!

Finally to bed. Some softies went home (including the author) but many more adventurous types spent the night in the “marquee” or huddled around cuddly toys and boxes. I understand that some sleep was had but judging by what I saw in the morning, not a lot!

Then Super Simon and his crew rustled up a cooked breakfast which revived us all. Thank you Simon!

So to the service and the sermon. Who knew that the Lego Movie was such a source of awesome theology? Well, obviously, Heston did! And so we discovered that we are all awesome, we are all saints, we are “the most talented, most interesting, most extraordinary” people in the universe and we are “capable of amazing things”. The Lego Movie says so, and so does God! He has called us to join Him in being “Master Builders” of His new kingdom here on Earth.

Communion was a little different in that we all crowded into the “marquee” and we reminded each other that we are all saints.

After the service there was more awesome food and then it was time to clear up. I’ve never seen so many cheerful “clearer uppers”, a huge thank you to all of you who made clearing up such fun.

And then, all the saints, all the master builders went home to catch up on their sleep in readiness for their role in the next week of helping to build God’s Kingdom.

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Live At All Hallows – Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture, and Jasmine Kennedy

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Grace Petrie & The Benefits Culture
Jasmine Kennedy
14th November 2015
19:45 – 23:00

Grace Petrie is a songwriter, activist and performer from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive folk-punk anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Protest legend Billy Bragg heard her music and invited her to share his Leftfield stage at Glastonbury.

Since then she has quietly become one of the most prolific and respected songwriters working in the UK. Her latest release, Love Is My Rebellion (2013) charts the journey beyond protest singer, through mid-term political cynicism and personal change to emerge through shades of folk, Americana and country as a more mature songwriting voice. The result is a collection of songs that provide a soundtrack to the modern struggle, with faith and with love, that will resonate with listeners everywhere.

Grace’s young career boasts three studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts. She has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and named “one to watch” in the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures.

Handmade Festival say (and we agree):

“Grace Petrie is one of our favourite people in the world. Not only does she make music that is inspiring, confident and downright important, but she’s one of the funniest and most committed people we’ve met in our years on this earth.”

The LAAH team first heard Grace in 2011, and she played a solo set at Live at All Hallows in March 2013. This time she is bringing along her band, The Benefits Culture, fresh from a stunning Greenbelt mainstage set.

When we asked Grace for any preference on who we asked to support her at this gig, she immediately asked for local lass Jasmine Kennedy. Grace and Jas met at our March 2013 International Women’s Day gig, and have been musical compatriots ever since. This 22-year-old from Batley has immense talent and an endearing charm. She sings from the heart and has a most soulful voice that is often compared with Tracy Chapman’s. Her lyrics spring from a collection of throw away observations and bittersweet tales which possess a remarkable power to stun an audience to silence.

Jasmine has recently hinted that she’s beginning to write for her third album, the follow up to 2013’s a Love Song to Finance. Maybe she’ll try a new song out on us?

“When I heard Jasmine Kennedy for the first time it was one of those rare moments where everything had to stop while I listened. There is a simple honesty about the voice and the songs. I am not often struck by a quality I cannot readily describe.” – Sam Saunders, LMS

Tickets for the gig are £8 in advance, more on the door, as well as being available online they will be some in due course at Jumbo Records.

And if you want to make it a full night out, between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert from the The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows. The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

For more information see Facebook

We Love Hyde Park

Today some corporate volunteers and locals came to help us with a clear up day. The day started about 10 with litter picking and tidying away of bins. There was lunch available at TRJFP@AH Café followed by more litter picking. Can you spot Heston?
We Love Hyde Park!

  

Permaculture Sunday 2015 – sermon

Genesis 2:5-15
Micah 6
Luke 4:1-4

• Today it is Permaculture Sunday and 2015 is International Year of Soils
• I’ll mention a bit about Permaculture but if you want to know more read some of the links or we can arrange for an evening where we talk about it

Permaculture is based on a set of ethics – Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share – and as I have said before, I find that these ethics sit incredibly well with my Christian faith and help to provide me with a framework within which to work my faith out.

One of PC principles is to observe and interact – to take time to look at how things are working before doing anything. And I find that when we observe Nature we discover some amazing things and we find much better ways of doing things.

So, to soil. If we observe soil we find that healthy soils are teaming with microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and microscopic roundworms called nematodes.

From <http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/12/23/soil-quality.aspx>

Some scientists are now thinking that there is a strong relationship between health and our contact with healthy soil. Our guts are also teeming with micro-organisms and we know that if we wipe them out with antibiotics we are more likely to be unwell. If our gut microorganisms are exposed to soil microorganisms then all sorts of things happen and we are generally healthier and more able to fight disease and illness – this is not to say that we can’t also pick up diseases from the soil. This is led to some people using the phrase “we are soil”

We are soil, when we die we say dust to dust, ashes to ashes, I add the bit “compost to compost”. This soil then feeds the next lot of food we grow. There is a lot of truth in that Yorkshire song – On Ilkley Moor Baht’at! If you recall, if you go out on Ilkley Moor courting Mary Jane without a hat on you will catch your death of cold, then, when you are buried the worms will eat you up, and the ducks will eat the worms and we will eat the ducks! It is said that we all carry a bit of William the Conqueror in us. Ultimate recycling.

It would seem that we, and the planet, are healthiest when we live close together.

Healthy soils also absorb and store huge amounts of carbon dioxide as what we call “organic carbon”. If these soils are left exposed to the elements with no plants in them or they are regularly ploughed up or compressed or sprayed with chemicals then they lose their structure, the microorganisms and other soil life that do the work of trapping the carbon die and the soil gives off carbon dioxide rather than storing it contributing to climate change. By keeping soils well planted all year round, by recycling the so called plant “waste” (prefer compost material) back into the soil to feed the organisms, by not ploughing or compressing the soil then the soil can regenerate – you can actually grow soil and all sorts of amazing things happen. In the Jordan, an area of semi-arid desert where, in some places, modern farming and irrigation techniques have led to the soil becoming salty and almost unable to support plant life, about 15 years ago a group of permaculturists started to dig trenches called swales along the contours, they mulched their sides with plant waste from other farms, waste that was going to be burnt and they planted a mixture of nitrogen fixing trees and fruit trees. Local people thought they were mad, the trees would die, it was too dry and salty for them to survive. But when the rains came the trenches filled with water and instead of it evaporating off it soaked into the soil and was kept there by the mulch providing water for the plants. Within 4 years they were harvesting food. Scientists from a local university came to find out why the salt wasn’t killing the trees and they found that the fungi in the mulch was taking up the salt and trapping it chemically in an inert form that didn’t hurt the trees. All over the world, similar stories are happening.

http://permaculturenews.org/2009/12/11/greening-the-desert-ii-final/

It would seem that we, and the planet, are healthiest when we treat the soil well.

So how do we treat our soils, the soils that we depend upon for our life? Monty Don says “If we are to feed the world we must have good soil”. Again and again in history civilisations have risen and then fallen because they have exhausted the soil – they have failed to look after the soil. And if we don’t wake up and act we are going the same way but on a global scale. Recent scientific articles suggest that we have about 100 harvests left before our soil is exhausted.

<http://www.fwi.co.uk/news/only-100-harvests-left-in-uk-farm-soils-scientists-warn.htm>

The way the article was reported it says that we should grow more food in the cities – which I agree with – but it didn’t say much about changing the way in which we do our farming!

So how is much of our farming done?

The Green Revolution in the mid-20th century saw us apply science and technology to growing more and more food. At a time when the population was starting to grow rapidly and more and more people were moving to the cities we needed to rapidly increase our food output and so we started to treat food growing as a an industry. And it worked, we got huge increases in production. But at a cost. In particular agriculture became very oil dependent. Here is a brief summary of what some of our farming involves today

• Oil powered machinery clears the land whether it be rainforest or existing fields
• Oil powered machinery ploughs the land
• Fertilisers manufactured using oil are applied to the land
• Herbicides and pesticides are used to clear unwanted plants and insects
• Seeds that have been transported half way round the world, that are treated with anti-fungal treatments and genetically altered to make them resistant to herbicides and to help them resist certain pests are sold at vast profit to farmers who then use oil powered machinery to plant them
• Oil powered machinery is used to spray oil based herbicides and pesticides onto the crop
• Oil powered machinery pumps water to irrigate the plants
• Giant poly tunnels and greenhouses are heated often using … guess what.. oil
• Oil powered machinery harvests the crop
• Oil powered machinery processes the crop, often throwing out anything that is the wrong shape or colour
• Oil powered machinery is used to store food in an atmospherically controlled environment
• Oil powered machinery transports the food round the globe
• Oil powered machinery is used to process and package the food, often adding additives that have required oil powered machinery to produce them or are even made out of oil.
• Oil powered machinery is used to transport the food to warehouses and points of sale
• We then often use oil powered machinery to transport the food home

So you can see, most of our farming is very industrial and oil based. And to make this method of farming more efficient we don’t want trees and hedges in the way, they just slow down our machinery and use up land that could be planted on. The result is that hedges and trees are ripped out and we end up with massive fields of unprotected soil or, during the growing season, a monoculture crop – wheat or potatoes or cabbages as far as the eye can see. Unfortunately, monocultures are very susceptible to disease and pests so they need spraying. And the giant fields have no trees and hedges and other plants to protect the soil so it blown or washed away at an alarming rate – no wonder we may only have 100 harvests left. In some parts of the world those harvests are already failing. The slash and burn methods of farming that are destroying the rain forests of South America often exhaust the soil at a much faster rate.

In Africa, South America and other parts of the world, where small farmers have been growing a huge range of food on their small holdings, governments and businesses are moving in, throwing them off the land, ploughing the land up to make more giant fields for their industrial farms. This is known as land grabbing. It leads to a few rich businesses owning all the land and the farmers losing their livelihood and often ending up in the slums of the cities.

This is the cost of much of our food production today. We are destroying our life support system and we are destroying the lives of many people but since we are living in cities and are so distant from what is going on we don’t feel so affected by it all.

Currently we produce about 140% of the food needed to feed the whole world!
There should be enough for everyone. But not only do we not share it out evenly, we throw obscene amounts of it away.
What strange land is this that we live in?
• We have more than enough but we don’t share it out.
• We don’t allow people to grow their own food, to make their own living.
• We allow big companies to dictate the economics of small countries and the way in which everyone has to live.

This gets me angry and I’m sure that the God of the Old Testament prophets and the God of the New Testament Jesus must be angry as well.

Currently, the way that much of our food is produced is not sustainable. Despite the recent drop in oil prices, oil will get more expensive and there is only a finite amount of oil in the rocks. It is starting to run out!
And our soil is running out.
And population growth is another matter I won’t cover here.
This is not sustainable!
So what solutions are there?
Perhaps there is another, better way? Perhaps there is a way in which we resist the temptation to allow a small few to have the power to produce most of our food?
Perhaps there is a way that we can feed the world using less or no oil. Cuba has demonstrated that it is possible to feed a nation on reduced oil input.
Perhaps we should stop wasting so much food when so many are hungry?
It is calculated that up to 50% of the food gets wasted in the process of getting it from farm to consumer, and that is after the huge investment we have made in it!

Again and again God has demonstrated that He is a God of abundance, that he will meet our needs, that He can provide enough for today (eg manna in the wilderness). And Jesus taught us that too, in words and by his actions. When faced with huge crowds of hungry people he could have turned stones into bread, instead he chose to take what there was and to share it with everyone – and there was enough.

So what can we do?
How can we reduce the amount of oil we use to grow food?
What can we do to help make enough food available to everyone?
How can we work towards Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share?

Here are a few suggestions, we can’t all do them but if we started or increased doing some of them it would make a difference:
• We could grow more of our own. Every little helps! Movements like Feed Leeds and Incredible Edible Todmorden are leading to an increase in the amount of local food being grown and eaten. It is putting people back in touch with their food. It is creating and strengthening local economies and communities and having an impact on people’s health.
• We could buy local foods – food miles is a very complicated topic but if we bought from local farmers, other local producers, local shops then, hopefully, we are reducing our dependence on oil.
• We could eat seasonal foods – buying and eating strawberries from local farmers in the summer is going to use less oil and create less waste than strawberries from overseas at Christmas!
• We can campaign against land grabs – this is where the rich and powerful throw people off their land in order to turn it over to growing monocultures – one crop over a large area – as opposed to the more sustainable, and probably more abundant forms of farming that the local people practice such as eco agriculture.
• We can support the small farmers and small holdings here and abroad – these are often more efficient at feeding people and involve more people thus reducing unemployment, increasing food security.
• We could vote for a party that really cares about the earth, the soil and it’s people!
• We could stop throwing so much food away!

And this is where The Real Junk Food Project network of cafes comes in.
http://www.therealjunkfoodproject.co.uk/
http://cafe.allhallowsleeds.org

The project was set up about 18 months ago by Adam Smith and it is a growing network of cafes of all sorts with 6 in Leeds and more being planned. Operated by volunteers, waste food from shops, markets, supermarkets, restaurants, homes, food banks and other food retailers – food that is perfectly good and useable that is otherwise destined for land fill is cooked into nutritious meals. And this food is then available to customers on a Pay As You Feel basis – people pay what they feel like paying, what they think the food is worth, or what they can afford, or they can volunteer. The food is not free, but you don’t have to use a coin with the Queen’s head on it to pay for it.
Our main aims are
• To reduce and eventually eliminate food waste
• To reduce and eventually eliminate food poverty
• To build community
All Hallows café is currently open Tuesday and Fridays 10am to 4pm with occasional catering for events.
If you want to know more then Google “Real Junk Food Project” or ask me afterwards.
In this world of inequality and injustice I believe that we are called to bring a bit of God’s justice and compassion to people in need and at the same time challenge those things that so obviously need changing. Sometimes we are so disconnected from what is going on the world, but if we apply the first principle of Permaculture and observe, then we will start to see those things that are wrong, those things that need changing, and those things that are good, that we can celebrate.

Prayer for the Soil
Giver of life, we give you thanks that in the richness of the soil, nature awakens your call to spring
We praise you for the smell of the fresh earth, the life that creates and lives in the soil, and the life that comes from the soil
We ask that you help us to be good stewards of the land, and even though we live in the city, may we support those who care for the land on our behalf.
In the name of the one who gives us new life, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen
Useful links
Permaculture Association
Soil Association
Greening the Desert – video about the Jordan
The Real Junk Food Project Network
TRJFP@AH café – All Hallows’ Junk Food café
Red Kite Permaculture – my permaculture blog (a bit quite at the moment!)

Paul Magnall
3rd May 2015

Live At All Hallows’ – Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley

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Sensations of a Wound depicts the story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the First World War.

Robert Riby Boyes’ First World War experience took him a long way from home. He travelled from Scarborough to the Western Front in France; from the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium to a cattle truck in the South of France; from the mountains of Italy in winter to the Front in Northern France and further still……
Jim Boyes, a member of critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, is Robert’s grandson. He remembers how his grandfather, who was known as ‘Croppie’ in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences.
It was only when Jim began writing songs and researching First World War history that a fuller picture of his grandfather’s past emerged. While preparing for a performance for Flemish organisation Peace Concerts Passendale, Jim discovered the long journey of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex regiment.
Bringing together ‘Croppie’ Boyes’ first-hand accounts, Jim Boyes’ original songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s subtle piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier far from home caught up in the enormity of the First World War.

Tickets will be on sale online and via Jumbo, £10 in advance and £12 on the door.

After the resounding success at our November O’Hooley & Tidow gig, we’re pleased to announce that The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows (as seen on the BBC’s Songs of Praise) are opening their Cafe especially for us before Sensations of a Wound on 20th February.

The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.

Between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert before the gig (doors 745pm); plus there will be a pop-up LAAH bar in the Cafe area so you can accompany your meal with a drink should you wish. For more information see their website and please do consider liking their Facebook page.

Doors for the gig itself will open at 7:45pm as usual, along with the full Live At All Hallows bar including local craft ale…. but we hope you might fancy making it a full night out by joining us for a meal beforehand?

Live At All Hallows’ – O’Hooley and Tidow

Last night’s LAAH gig staring the magnificent O’Hooley and Tidow was a great success. The duo performed some of their well known numbers as well as some new ones including “The Pixie”, a great song about Daisy Daking, a young woman who taught Morris Dancing to the troops during the First World War (you can see a performance of The Pixie on Youtube – not at AH though!)

A new feature for this gig was the catering provided by TRJFP@AH Cafe beforehand. This was a brilliant success and you can find out more about it on the cafe website here and here.

o'hooley and tidow

O’Hooley and Tidow enjoying the catering

We are now looking forward to several gigs in the new year including Jim Boyes with Belinda O’Hooley in February and a return of Lucy Ward in May

Poverty Inc

“Poverty Inc is an eye opening documentary which asks some difficult questions about the attempts to alleviate poverty in the developing world. The West has initiated a vast multi-billion dollar poverty industry but the results have been mixed, in some cases even catastrophic, and leaders in the developing world are growing increasingly vocal in calling for change. Poverty Inc unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.”

The film, Poverty Inc has been shown as part of the Leeds Film Festival, it was so popular that it is being rescreened on Tuesday 18th Nov, 2014, 18:00 at Leeds Town Hall – Albert Room (£8 / £6) – see http://www.leedsfilm.com/films/poverty/

On Wednesday 19th November from 7:45pm at All Hallows, WDM will be hosting a pay-as-you-feel dinner and discussion evening celebrating the release of the film POVERTY, INC, food will be provided by TRJFP@All Hallows café. See https://www.facebook.com/events/299434623597367/ for more details.

You don’t need to have seen the film in order to come along but it might help! A few clips of the film will be shown on Wednesday night.

It would be appreciated if you signed up on https://www.facebook.com/events/299434623597367/ or let us know that you are coming so that we cater for the right numbers!

TRJFP@AH Cafe

Last Friday saw the first opening day of the new “The Real Junk Food Cafe @ All Hallows’ Cafe” – a bit of a mouthful to start off with! It was a great success and you can read all about the cafe and follow it’s progress on

The cafe will be open every Friday between 10am and 4pm to start off with. It’s aims include

  • reducing food waste by using “intercepted” food from food outlets such as supermarkets and other cafes
  • preparing good meals for people who otherwise might not get a decent meal
  • to make this food available on a PAYF (Pay As You Feel) basis. This means you decide what you think the meal is worth or that you can afford and this doesn’t necessarily mean paying for your food using money, you could volunteer your time and skills or provide items needed by the cafe or the community.

This is a really exciting development for the AH Community Project and we hope that many of you will be able to support it by visiting the cafe.

TRJFP@AH Cafe