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Parish of Exning with Landwade

We are a Church of England Parish with three churches – St Martin’s Exning, St Philip with St Etheldreda, Exning Road, Newmarket and St Nicholas’ Chapel Landwade. We are an active parish with various groups including Prayer, Bible Study, Knit & Natter. A team of church members go into two of the local primary schools to present dramatised bible stories, and we also welcome children from both schools to St Martin’s for special teaching sessions at Christmas and Easter.

We hold a very popular monthly ‘Songs of Praise’ service at St Philip’s Church, which attracts a mainly more mature congregation drawn from all the local churches.

A toddler group meets weekly at Exning Community Church Hall, and we also hold occasional events there, such as ‘Tea & Entertainment’ aimed at the older members of our community and Murder Mystery Evenings. Every June there is the annual Exning Duck Race raising money for charity.

Newmarket Hospital is within the parish, and members of our churches are part of the Hospital Chaplaincy Team, visiting patients in the ward on a regular basis. We also take monthly communion services at two local care homes.

We are part of Churches Together in Newmarket and District, and cooperate with the other local churches in events such as the Good Friday Walk of Witness, Holocaust Memorial Day and the annual Christmas Lunch.

Updated:
31 July 2019
Location:
East of England
Sectors:
Faith Groups
Local Alliances:
Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

We can support people with dementia, families and carers by being aware, and being pastorally supportive. This may be in relation to members of our own congregations, or people that we come into contact within the wider community

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

The challenges are firstly to make sure that our church members are fully aware of the effect that dementia can have on an individual and their family, and secondly to encourage people to give the pastoral support where needed.

2. Actions

  • Dementia Awareness Training

    To encourage our church members to attend a Dementia Awareness training session.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Publicity

    To advertise by notices, and on any of our publicity, that we are a Dementia Friendly parish.

    Status:
    Planning
  • Work in partnership with Newmarket DAA

    The parish will work with the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance to support Newmarket, and surrounding area, to become a dementia friendly community and encourage other organisations to attend Dementia Friends sessions and sign up to the Newmarket Dementia Action Alliance.      

    Status:
    Being implemented