BAGGAGE allowance has become a real issue for Canon Felicity
Lawson, Vicar of St Peter's, Gildersome, and Priest-in-Charge of St
Paul's, Drighlington, in the diocese of West Yorkshire
& the Dales. She is going on holiday to Uganda, and
will be visiting the Shalom School in Teso, north-east Uganda,
which her churches support.
She wants to take the opportunity to help stock the workshops
there, and, when she asked her congregations for sewing and
woodwork materials, the response was so overwhelming that she could
not see her sitting room floor for weeks (above).
"The response has been amazing," she says. "I've received three
times as much as I can take. I've actually got 69kg of baggage
allowance; so I can take saws, screwdrivers, and spanners, along
with all the sewing materials; but, unfortunately, the wood-turning
lathe I've been given is a step too far. I'm going with Dr
Christina Baxter [the former Principal of St John's College,
Nottingham, and former Lay Chair of the General Synod]; so she can
fill her cases, too; and anything we can't take this time can be
taken by someone else."
St Peter's has long supported the work of the Teso Educational
Services, and Shalom School is their latest venture, she says.
"It's such a worthwhile project: it will provide lifelong
educational opportunities for people of all ages; so it's great to
be able to help practically at this early stage of its