Two of our Moxham House residents, Ray and Mo, have enjoyed more success in local football. After a nail-biting final match against Swale Tigers which ended in a penalty shoot-out, Maidstone United Raiders won the Kent Reliance Disability Cup. Congratulations to both for playing an important part in securing this victory!
25th April 2017
The sun shone brightly here in Tunbridge Wells as The Countess of Wessex dropped in for a visit on Wednesday 19th April.
The Countess, who has a particular interest in mental health, attended an art group at Culverdale and chatted with residents Peter and Antonia about the role of mindfulness techniques and art and craft in their recoveries. After being shown a small garden, planted in her honour, Her Royal Highness then visited Moxham House.
Afterwards, she popped into Crossways Community Enterprises where residents Hope and Marie demonstrated how to list donated books for sale online. Paul and Andrew, two other residents, were hard at work upcycling chairs that will be placed for sale on Enterprises’ Facebook page. The Countess helpfully offered her opinion on the type of fabric to be used and, to everyone’s delight, had a go at hammering tacks into one of the chairs.
Throughout her visit The Countess chatted freely with residents and staff, and was treated to a lively rendition of the popular Beatles’ hit With a Little Help from my Friends by our very own Crossways Singers & Music Group, aka Julia and Henry, who were on guitar, David on trumpet while Peter, Shain, Tim and Ellie put all they had into the vocals.
Two beautiful Thank You cards had been made by the residents and these were presented to The Countess by Antonia, Ray and Hope. Unveiling a commemorative plaque in the Crossways gardens, Her Royal Highness said: “It is a great pleasure to have visited you all today. I enjoyed hearing your stories and very much appreciated your openness. I’m so glad that you have found your way here, a place of real community where you can step forward and make progress in your individual ways.”
Chris Munday, Crossways Chief Executive, added: “Fifty years ago a group of Christians had a brilliant idea. They started Crossways Community to help those with mental health difficulties. We are delighted that The Countess of Wessex has been able to come and see what is going on here and to meet residents. We have an amazing staff team for whom going the extra mile is a daily occurrence. We have a great tradition, a great legacy and lots of plans to expand. We also have a large heart to reach out to others and help their suffering, and also to join in the debate against the stigma that mental illness still carries.”
Everybody enjoyed the visit and agreed that it had been a huge success. Her Royal Highness was described as ‘lovely’, ‘funny’, ‘incredibly down to earth’ and ‘genuinely interested in what we do here’.
18th April 2017
Sabrina Lippell has joined the Crossways Board of Trustees.
Sabrina, who has had an interesting and varied career to date – starting as a secretary, then becoming a naval officer, barrister, management consultant, trainer and mentor – brings a unique set of skills and experience to her new role.
She is delighted to have been invited to be a Trustee. “I feel that this is the opportunity that I have been looking for, and that it was God who guided me here,” she says.
“Mental health, especially that of our young people, is not well provided for. They face so many more stresses and mental challenges than we had to and yet there is insufficient support available for anyone, old or young, suffering in this way.”
Sabrina worships at St Mary’s Church in Speldhurst and plays an active part in the local community. She and husband David, a fellow retired naval commander, are both befrienders to bereaved parents via the nationwide Christian charity, Care for the Family, and are very involved with the Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter for homeless people. Having already had lots of experience on committees and a short spell as Chairman of the Pickering Cancer Centre, she feels well prepared to take an active role in this Christian organisation.
Referring to Crossways, she says, “It’s wonderful that in just 50 years, a group of volunteers, along with marvellous staff, have achieved all this.”
2017 is now under way - and what a year it promises to be for Crossways Community.
We're celebrating 50 years of caring for those who are unwell, marginalised and vulnerable. We've come a long way from the extraordinary vision and generosity of seven Christians in mid-1960s Croydon who opened their houses to those in need, especially the mentally unwell. Fifty years on, Crossways is a highly regarded organisation that looks after and supports around 50 residents on their journey towards better health and greater independence.
We will focus on the origins of Crossways in a special issue of Head Start this spring. We will also be thanking God for His love and care as Crossways has grown and faced many challenges over the years. We will do this via fifty days of prayer in which residents, staff and supporters are encouraged to pray and give thanks every day between 16th January and 24th March. It culminates in a Thanksgiving Service on 25th March, and we're delighted that James Langstaff, the Bishop of Tonbridge, has agreed to be our guest speaker on this very special occasion.
There will be other events throughout the year, including our real birthday on Friday 29th September, which we plan to celebrate with tea and cake! We will keep everyone up to date as the year unfolds but you can see the full list of dates here.
Sharp-eyed browsers will also have noticed that our logo has changed on this website and on our emails. For one year only our usual blue logo with the hands will be replaced by a special 50th anniversary logo, designed by talented local sixth-former Romy Chessells.
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