Christmas 2020

A gallery of pictures of the Salvation Army toy collection, a letter of thanks to the Chichester Observer and pictures of this year’s Peace tree.

A letter of thanks to the Chichester Observer

Distribution of toys by the Salvation Army

This year St. Anne’s Church, East Wittering has been unable to hold its 14th annual Christmas festival weekend.

As a result of an article published by the Chichester Observer in its newspaper and on social media on 19th November, readers were made aware that the church’s Christingle Service would also not be taking place. They were informed that the Bognor branch of the Salvation Army would be unable to collect and distribute new toys this Christmas to the children of local families in need, in excess of 200 in 2019 and bound to be more this year.  

A request was made to your readers to bring new toys to St. Anne’s Church so that the Salvation Army could still help families to receive these gifts. As a result of this, people from as far afield as East Preston, Petersfield, Midhurst, Chichester, Fareham and Gosport have taken the trouble to come to East Wittering to bring toys to the church.  

Their generosity has been amazing, so much so that Major Matt Butler of Bognor Salvation Army and his assistants were able to collect three carloads of wonderful toys which will surely bring much happiness to many families to whom they will be given.  

We at St. Anne’s Church are indebted to the Chichester Observer for their publicity and the support they give to the local community and we send our most grateful thanks to all who have been involved with this wonderful act of kindness. 

Karen Grunert

Publicity Contact, St.  Anne’s Church, East Wittering