Visit the Oasis Wellbeing Fair, it’ll do you good

Oasis Wellbeing Fair Leigh-on-Sea

Following the success of last year’s Wellbeing Fair at Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea we will again be offering a range of stalls promoting different ways of improving physical and mental wellbeing.

Whether life is a struggle or pretty good right now, we all need to maintain good physical and mental health. Come along and find out how you could be kinder to yourself.

Saturday 29 September, 10-3pm
Oasis The Coffee House, 189 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea
Drop in at any time to explore what’s on offer in treating ourselves well…

You’ll find info on…
// Craft Club // Reading Group // Food & Drink // Wellbeing Matters // CAP Money // Dementia Support // Talking Therapies // Conversation // Mind // Life & Soul Course //

We will also be previewing the new Oasis Saturday menu of light lunches and snacks as well as all your favourite Oasis Fairtrade coffees, teas and milkshakes.

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Get involved in the Harvest Experience Leigh-on-Sea

Harvest Experience 2018

Harvest Experience – a fun, interactive, harvest-themed event for all ages

Sunday 16 September 2018 – 10:30am to 12:00 noon

You are invited to a fun, interactive, harvest-themed event for all ages at Leigh Road Baptist Church, Marguerite Drive, Leigh-on-Sea.

Together we will explore the good gifts of creation through craft, cooking, games, songs and (most importantly) food!

The Harvest Experience will last one hour and will have activities for pre-schoolers through to pensioners. It will be followed by a bring and share lunch, so If you are able, please bring some food to share on the day, along with a gift of non-perishable food to donate to the Southend Foodbank.

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Fuelled-Up! BBQ, Motorsport, Classic Cars and Stories of what drives us


Leigh Road Baptist Church Men’s Group present an evening of BBQ, motorsport, classic cars and stories of what drives us… Fuelled-Up!

Saturday 22 September 2018, 7:30pm
Leigh Road Baptist Church
Marguerite Drive
Essex SS9 1NN

We have invited the team from Faith Fuelled Racing a competitive motorcycle race team run by Christians. They will bring their bike for us all to see and tell stories of their faith at 100mph. We will also have on show 4-6 classic cars in the church garden along with their owners.

We will look after your bellies too with a delicious BBQ served up (Vegetarian options also available).

Tickets cost £15 each and this event is open to all men and any profits made will be donated to Prostate Cancer UK.

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End of Summer brings in Old Leigh Regatta

Once again Leigh Road Baptist Church Community Volunteers will be involved in supporting tremendous The Old Leigh Regatta 2018.

The end of summer is always marked by a traditional community event that has been held in Old Leigh Town for almost half a century – The Old Leigh Regatta which this year is again run by The Lions Club of Leigh on Sea in conjunction with the Scouts from Old Leigh.

Over the years, the Regatta has changed but although old favourites like the greasy pole and bowsprit fighting have succumbed to the health and safety brigade, the Leigh Regatta has lost none of its old fashioned charm and the scouts will still be out on the mud having fun with their tug-o-war and welly hoying exploits and destroying china by the ton with the Krazy Kitchen whilst their colleagues will be taking part in numerous water-borne activities in the estuary. 

Children have always been an important part of Regatta and as well as the traditional favourites like Punch & Judy, there will be face painting, the Princess Gatherings, Story Telling from June Wells, the Lions’ Pig Race and a pirate-themed competition run by the Art Ministry.

There will be range of stalls and stands offering hot and cold, sweet and savoury delights which can be washed down with a cool glass of prosecco or a local refreshing beer from one of the two real ale bars. There’s even an alcoholic lollipop stall !

Music and dance have featured at Leigh Regatta forever and this year, as well as the cream of local bands, there will be local clog dancers and at least four shanty crews to give the event that salty touch. Don’t miss the Shanty Extravaganza Finale at the Mayflower Arena.

Perhaps the best part of the Old Leigh Regatta is that its free for the public to attend and free for local non-profit making organisations to show the community what they are about. 

It all starts around 10.30 am on Sunday 9th September with the opening service from Leigh Salvation Army. 

So “Down, down won’t you come down to the Old Leigh Town Regatta ?” as local songwriter Jack Forbes once wrote.

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Church youth groups holiday in tropical heat at Sizewell Hall

Water fight at Sizewell Hall Youth Group Trip 2018

by Eleanor Willcock

Having the opportunity to go up early my family and I had the pleasure of putting up the tents leisurely and finally when the last peg was hammered into the earth we all breathed a sigh of relief only to realise we’d put the wrong poles in and had to start all over again!

With the young people arriving an hour later spaghetti bolognaise was quickly underway and started to bubble just as the mini-bus arrived with the children practically falling over each other in an effort to escape the heat. During dinner where Jaime Currell intruded the talks of the book of Judges; a list of stories of the Israelites not living Gods ways and seemingly surprised when bad things happened. After a fantastic game of Dad’s Army where Sally Willcock and Dawn Tucker were almost forgotten in the middle of the field, the younger ones headed to bed while the elders went down to the beach.

After a scrumptious fried breakfast Jamie spoke of Deborah and Barrack as well as Jail and her tent peg which was hilariously acted out for us by the Elcock’s. While most headed to the games field to play a game of football, Karen Hamburger raced around coating children in sun cream as the day grew hotter.

Finally the water balloons were brought out and chaos reigned as none were safe… Eventually lunch was served and then everyone trouped into cars to travel to the swimming pool in a larger effort to cool down. Returning to base the BBQ was set up and food started to draw drooling faces nearer and as the chips arrived it seemed to disappear just as quickly as it had arrived!

The talk was how God used different, unexpected people to fulfil his plans. As the firewood was gathered for later, some went to the park others to the beach and some just sat around contemplating life’s mysteries…well as much as a group of teens can anyway. When the fire was declared ready by the experts we sat around the flames singing the old songs and some new ones lead by Niamh Tucker, Natalie Elcock and Lauren Pawsey. With bellies full of hot chocolate and marshmallows it was time for bed again.

Find out more about groups for young people at Leigh Road Baptist Church

Sunday dawned bright and as usual chaos ensued as people looked for the items that had disappeared over the two days and tents were pulled down eventually the campsite was bare and we all gathered down the beach to be distracted by dogs I mean talk about Samsung and Delilah and Gods plan for us. With a few brave souls daring to feel the North sea it was time to dry up and enjoy a roast for lunch before having one last Judge to discuss as the last bits and bobs were chucked into the bus and we left for another year.

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Target reached! – Please help a family of Syrian Refugees visit their sons with whom they have been separated for six years.

Reuniting Refugees : Stock image

UPDATE: Thank you! We reached our target thanks to the generous contributions of our friends and church members. Wonderfully the family will be reunited.

Leigh Road Baptist Church have been supporting a family of Syrian Refugees for the last two years as their landlords and friends.

Two years ago Mum, Dad and Teenage Daughter came to the UK through the government’s VPRS programme and settled in Southend. They left behind a son who has been living as a refugee in Turkey and another son who was unjustly taken from their home in Aleppo 6 years ago and held in the infamous Adra Prison. This son was finally released six months ago and is now seeking temporary legal sanctuary alongside his brother in Turkey in the hope that one day, in the not too distant future, they will be reunited with the rest of the family here in the UK.

Recently an opportunity has arisen for mum and dad to take their daughter and, the most recent addition to the family, their six month old son, to Turkey to visit their other two sons. This would be the first time the whole family has been together in six years since they left Aleppo (and the first time the two sons will have met their baby brother). Clearly every member of this wonderful family would benefit greatly from being in each other’s company, even if just for a couple of weeks – the ordeal of their separation and the knowledge of the suffering they’ve all faced in different ways throughout that separation has taken its toll on them all and so enabling this visit would be a real act of human solidarity and kindness.

To pay for the visas (which have been granted), the flights and some spending money for internal travel and food we are trying to raise £1800 in a very short period of time – they hope to fly as soon as the schools break up (and have been restricted to school holidays for the sake of their daughter’s education). Anything you can give to this cause would be deeply appreciated by the family.

Thank you.

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New Minister and Team Leader welcomed to Leigh Road Baptist Church

Rev Steve Tinning, Rev Emma Nash and Rev Andrew Cowley

Rev Steve Tinning, Rev Emma Nash and Rev Andrew Cowley – Photo: Steven Paul Collins Photography

A few weeks back on Saturday 28 April 2018, we had a wonderful Induction weekend where we welcomed Rev Andrew Cowley to the ministry team at Leigh Road Baptist Church as the Senior Minister and Team Leader.

It was a wonderful occasion with friends from the community, church and Andrew’s former church at High Street Baptist Church, Tring. We shared in not only the service but also a wonderful hog roast meal (and tasty veggie option) together.

The service was lead by the Rev Steve Tinning and Rev Emma Nash from the current ministry team at the church. We also welcomed Rev Beth Powney, Regional Minister and Team leader of the Eastern Baptist Association who led the induction. It was also lovely to see our church moderator Rev. Nick Lear at the occasion after a recent stay in hospital.

Friends and colleagues from Andrew’s previous ministries were able to pray for Andrew and his wife Rowena in what was a very special time.

It was also our privilege to welcome our local member of parliament Sir David Amess MP and representatives and friends from Leigh-on-Sea Town Council, Churches Together in Leigh-on-Sea and the Southend Area Baptist Network.

Want to know a bit more about who Andrew is?

Andrew is married to Rowena and they share their home with Jasper, the exuberant Jack Russell; they also have two adult children, who live in Hertfordshire. Andrew is passionate about his faith, his family, the local church, flying kites, golf and rugby union.

He is committed to creativity and flexibility as the church plays its part in its community. Andrew has previously been in business and has worked for four UK Charities in a leadership capacity. He also brings wide experience in the UK, and further afield, of mentoring and encouraging other leaders in a commercial context as well as the Church and not-for-profit sectors.

He has previously been a primary school governor and has been involved in the formation and foundation of two charities, and for eight seasons was chaplain at Watford Football club.

Take a look at our meet the team page on the website to find out more about the staff team at Leigh Road Baptist Church. Or of course say hello to Andrew or any of the team on a Sunday and throughout the week, we’d love to say hello.

Thanks to the talented Steven Paul Collins photography for capturing the occasion so well.

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Leigh Road Baptist Church minister speaks at the House of Lords Safe Passage Kindertransport Anniversary Campaign Launch

Steve Tinning speaks at the House of Lords

Leigh Road Baptist Church minister, Steve Tinning spoke at the House of Lords on Wednesday 9 May at the Safe Passage Kindertransport Anniversary Campaign Launch in the company of Lord Dubs, Yvette Cooper MP and other lesser known but equally inspiring heroes of the cause.

Steve was asked to share about the work Leigh Road Baptist Church is doing to support Refugees in Southend-on-Sea and promote the opportunities we all have in the near future to see the UK become a country which is compassionate and welcoming to some of the most vulnerable children in the world.

Steve spoke of two small actions we can all take in the process to help ensure we care as a country for those most vulnerable of children.

  1. Please write to (or ask to meet) your MP and ask them to support Alf Dubs’ amendment to the EU withdrawal bill to include an ongoing commitment to child refugees (comes to House of Commons on 21 May).
  2. Ask your local council to offer places to the Home Office for child refugees should the government open up a legal and fully funded door for them to come to the UK.
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LRBC to host artist Gwen Simpson as Leigh Art Trail event highlights true cost of cheap clothes

Artist Gwen Simpson

THE true price of cheap high street fashion is a subject that artist Gwen Simpson will be highlighting via her mammoth textiles project – and she wants the whole community to get involved during the Leigh Art Trail!

Gwen’s mission is to make 1,130 textile pieces – one for each of the people killed when the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed five years ago. Most of the dead were garment workers producing clothes for chains we see on our High Street.

“There have been many tragedies in the textile industry, driven by our demand for cheaper clothing and the fast fashion business itself, but this was by far the deadliest to date,” said Gwen.

“The factory had been declared unsafe the day before, but workers were persuaded to return. Heavy industrial sewing machines on the top five stories, substandard building materials and vibrations from generators used when the electricity failed all contributed to the collapse.”

To honour those who lost their lives and highlight the plight of millions more still subjected to shocking conditions as they make cut-price clothes for Western markets, Gwen is assembling a remarkable textile hanging which will measure 24ft x 9ft.

The centre-piece is deconstructed denim clothing, showing how many components go into a finished item, and now she wants members of the public to join her in stitching more than 1,000 patchwork pieces from recycled fabric to surround it.

“People of all ages are welcome to participate, even if they have never used a needle and thread,” said Gwen, who found she had a flair for making her own clothes when she was an art student.

“The textile pieces measure just 4.5inch x 6inch, so everyone should feel able to have a go. So far my youngest helper was four and the oldest a lady in her 80s.”

It is hoped the finished hanging will be displayed at the prestigious 2019 Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, before it is sold to raise money for children orphaned by the Rana Plaza disaster.

Gwen is running workshops for her Connecting Threads project during the Leigh Art Trail at Leigh Road Baptist Church (Monday June 11, 9.30am-3pm and Wednesday June 13, 7pm-10pm), Wesley Methodist Church (Wednesday June 13, 10am-2pm) and Leigh Community Centre (Saturday June 16, 10am-2pm).

The Leigh Art Trail celebrates its 21st year in 2018, showcasing the work of more than 60 artists in local shops, cafes and businesses from June 9-16.

For more information visit

By Kelly Buckley for Echo-News

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Oasis Coffee House Customers Win Good for Leigh Award

Good For Leigh Award Oasis Suspended Meals Alan Cook April 20, 2018

Alan Cook and Steve Tinning were in attendance on behalf of Leigh Road Baptist Church (LRBC) and Oasis Coffee House at the Leigh-on-Sea Town Council annual ‘Good for Leigh’ awards. The evening  showcased exceptional individuals and groups that had been nominated by members of Council, to thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community of Leigh-on-Sea.

All of the winners were presented with a framed certificate at the Annual Community Meeting on Friday 20th April 2018.

We are pleased to announce that Alan Cook was able to accept an award on behalf of the wonderful customers of LRBC’s Oasis Coffee House who generously donate to our Suspended Meal Scheme.

Oasis Coffee House

For the last few years the church’s Oasis Coffee House has been running a suspended meal scheme, where customers can buy an extra meal or hot drink for those living in food poverty. Oasis also issue vouchers to Southend Foodbank and to 57 West, a local baptist church that gives around 50 to 80 meals to homeless and vulnerably housed people every week. They also work closely with The Storehouse Food Bank and HARP. Since 2015 they have raised over £27,000.

Other winners

Nicholas M

Nicholas Mounsey

Last year Nicholas was witness to a motorbike incident, he remained calm and called the emergency services for the injured party, put them in the recovery position and stayed with them until the ambulance arrived. Nicholas is a shining example of a good citizen and is still only in secondary school.

British Legion

The British Legion – Leigh Branch

The British Legion work tirelessly all year round to promote and raise funds for the poppy appeal, and to clean up the town with regular litter picks. In November 2017 they worked closely with Blade Education to bring poppies to life for children across the Borough.

Uniformed Organisations in Leigh-on-Sea

Uniformed Volunteers in Leigh-on-Sea

The Council wanted to present a Good for Leigh Award to everyone who volunteers for uniformed groups that meet in Leigh-on-Sea, to thank them for all of their hard work in providing activities for young people throughout the Town.
This includes all the leaders and helpers from Girl Guiding Groups (Rainbows, Brownies and Guides) and Scout Groups (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Sea Scouts).

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