Christmas Floral Workshop

A Christmas flower workshop to make a table decoration. (No experience necessary.) Demonstration by an experienced florist.

Chris Booth :: Thursday 16th November 2017 :: This Story

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At the Baptist Church Hall,
Basingbourne Road
Church Crookham
GU52

 7pm for 7.30pm

£10 pp to include Christmas refreshments

Please contact 01252 614150 or ruthhughes@btinternet.com for more information.

Ocean Stars Team 2

Find out how they are getting on in Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Tuesday 24th October 2017 :: This Story

Find our all the latest news at http://ostteam2017.blogspot.co.uk

Day 3 - Trincomalee


Five members of team two had the chance to experience the beautiful sights of Sri Lanka, the elephant safari and the delicious Sri Lankan food. We had already fallen in love with the country but as soon as we arrived in Trincomalee we had the chance to see another even more inspiring aspect of the Sri Lanka community. We immediately joined the rest of the Ocean Stars team and had the chance to see first-hand how the Ocean Stars funds are used. It was great to see the joy on the faces of the local children who received bikes purchased by Ocean Stars supporters. Boxes of very cute and fluffy chickens which will support sustainable livelihoods of families were handed to families in need. However.  The most excitement was generated as the boys from the local cricket team all crowded around and peered into a huge bag which contained a full set of cricket equipment.

Finally the team walked across to the house of a local villager, where the  wide of a local fisherman and her 5 year old son happily received a boat donated by a generous sponsor. We then came together as a whole team again where we finished off the afternoon with tea and cakes, which took me right back to that first evening where excited but anxious team two participants sat in Dilanee's front room to start the planning of this life changing experience. 



Aidan and Chris

We arrived at Trinco to find ourselves in the middle of the various gifts donated being given out to individual children and families.

Seeing children at the gate so grateful and happy to receive a pair of shoes to wear or a bike to ride to and from school was so humbling. For each of them it meant so much and a number of them  struggled to express their feelings. However, their reaction and smiles said it all.

Being asked to give 20 chicks each, to the mothers of two families so they could have fresh eggs was both emotional and humbling. We were in the midst of people who had so very little and yet their faces and reaction meant they had received so much.

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Although we had heard so much about Sri Lanka and Ocean stars whilst preparing to visit, it is only when you experience a day like today that you realise just how special and important the work  is that Ocean Stars is doing.





 

 

Afternoon Delight!

Organ Recital at Hartley Wintney Methodist Church for OST was a delight!

Chris Booth :: Sunday 1st October 2017 :: This Story

Picture: /files/latest-news/276/w288/organ-recital.jpgMusic lovers from Fleet and Hartley Wintney, Hampshire enjoyed a real treat on Saturday 19th August. Rev Gisela Lawson a former minister of the Methodist church in Hartley Wintney, brought her nephew Toby and his partner Miriam, to the church to present an organ recital in aid of Ocean Stars Trust. Toby and Marina are both music scholars and they provided an afternoon of high quality musical entertainment for all who attended.

Over £150 was raised for the work of OST in Sri Lanka!  Thank you to Gisela, Toby, Miriam and all the community at Hartley Wintney Methodist Church for your on-going support!

Big Day for Hannah

A big day for Ocean Stars as Hannah Shaughnessy started work as our intern today.

Chris Booth :: Tuesday 19th September 2017 :: This Story

Welcoming Hannah

She received an Ocean Stars Lanka welcome of a garland. Trustees Jo and Kate both came to meet Hannah as well as our Sandra our Ocean Stars Trip Assistant. We would like to wish Hannah Good Luck with her internship at Ocean Stars Trust.

Hannah at work

Our Annual Variety Show

7th October - Enjoy our talented performers and raise money for Ocean Stars Trust at the same time

Chris Booth :: Tuesday 12th September 2017 :: This Story

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Where: FLEET METHODIST CHURCH
When: SATURDAY 7TH OCTOBER 2017 6.00 PM
Tickets: £10 OAP'S / CHILDREN £5 - tickets available on the door

This Years Acts:

- CALTHORPE PARK SCHOOL MUSICIANS
- RECORDER GROUPS
- VELMEAD SCHOOL CHOIR
- SHUFFLE TUNES
- DANCE FOCUS ACADEMY


ALL MONEY RAISED WILL GO TO HELP CHILDREN IN
EASTERN SRI LANKA ACCESS EDUCATION

Please come and support your local community fund raising for Ocean Stars

Christmas Card Crafts

Come and have fun making some beautiful Christmas Cards at our Christmas Craft morning - 14th October

Chris Booth :: Tuesday 12th September 2017 :: This Story



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Where: Fleet Methodist Church, Reading Road South, Fleet GU52 7TF
Time: 10am-12.30 pm
Cost: £10

For which you will make three cards,
have fun and raise money for a
worthwhile cause
Refreshments will be provided

To book: place please contact
Christine: 01252 647237
Or Tracey-Anne: 01252 786371

In aid of Ocean Stars

Coffee with Bring & Buy

3rd October - Come for a coffee and chat at in Church Crookham on 3rd October

Chris Booth :: Monday 11th September 2017 :: This Story

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OCEAN STARS TRUST

COFFEE, CAKE AND BRING AND BUY DAY

WHEN: TUESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2017

WHERE: 2, NETHERHOUSE MOOR, CHURCH CROOKHAM, FLEET, HAMPSHIRE, GU51 5TY

TIME: 10.00- 1.00 PM   

Please come along and bring a friend.

What is Volunteering Like?

Find out what Katie and Erinn thought of their time volunteering in Sri Lanka

Naomi Booth :: Sunday 3rd September 2017 :: This Story

 

I thoroughly enjoyed my time visiting Sri Lanka in July this year. I loved being able to finally see for myself the work and support that Ocean Stars is continuing to provide to so many families in various communities after my mum visiting a number of times with OST. I was able to meet the girl that my family have been sponsoring for so many years which was amazing and I loved seeing all of the happy smiling children in the schools who are excited to learn! The Sri Lanka team of Diana, Pooja and Chitra are lovely women who enjoy what they do and love being able to make a difference to so many children's lives!

Erinn and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip and Sri Lanka is such a beautiful country! I am so glad that I finally have now visited for myself!

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Katie Holroyd
Volunteer Feedback
June 2017

Over our time spent with Ocean Stars we were able to visit many different pre schools. All of the schools were filled with children who were eager to learn and the most incredible and motivated teachers. It was clear to us that the opportunities provided by these preschools are invaluable to not only the children but to the mothers who get some valuable time to work on things while childcare is organised. We had an amazing time singing songs, playing games and getting to know the children, it was so lovely to see their smiling faces and giggles (especially when there were bubbles and balloons!!).

Thank you so much

Erinn Prentice

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Erinn Prentice
Volunteer Feedback
June 2017



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New OST intern 2017!

Welcom to Hannah who will join us in September

Chris Booth :: Wednesday 9th August 2017 :: This Story

Hannah our intern for 2017Ocean Stars Trust has just appointed HANNAH SHAUGHNESSY as their intern who will start work with the charity from September 2017

"Hi I'm Hannah, and I am looking forward to joining the Ocean Stars trust as an intern in September.

I have recently graduated from University with a degree in International Development, with a key interest in education, and having first heard about Ocean Stars at school,

I thought I would get in touch to learn more about their work. I've previously volunteered for charities for periods of time in Sub-Saharan Africa, I hope I can adapt the knowledge and experiences gained during these trips to help Ocean Stars further there support for communities in Sri Lanka."

Lovely Afternoon Tea

There was a delicious array of sandwiches, scrumptious scones and cream and jam and a mouth watering selection of cakes.

Chris Booth :: Saturday 5th August 2017 :: This Story

24 people attended the Ocean Stars Afternoon Tea at Stockton House Fleet. There was a delicious array of sandwiches, scrumptious scones and cream and jam and a mouth watering selection of cakes. This was followed by games of boules and croquet in the garden. A wonderful afternoon was had by all.

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