Social Events Newsletter, October 2023


NEWSLETTER – October 2023

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Email Carole Brayford at Or talk to the Revd Paul

Carole writes :  It has been really good to meet with some of our visitors who were with us in some force during September.  The weather was cooler after the heat of July and August although the island still seemed busy.

What’s been going on in SEPTEMBER 2023

Golf Tournament – Saturday 2nd September.  The Santa Margarita annual golf tournament was a great success again this year.  37 golfers participated at Son Parc and the event raised something in excess of 2000€ which will benefit the Chaplaincy as well as the charity, Club Vidalba, which supports recreational activities for young people with special needs in Menorca.

We were very grateful to our sponsors – Caixabank (trophies), Menorca Cricket Club, Yotangle, Home Menorca, Cala Llonga Association, Menorca Villa Holidays, WJProperties, London, Menorca Home Care, Move Menorca, Peter Ross, Kate Strudwick (for Santa Margarita Environmental Ministry.)

Photographs of Rev Paul can be found at:

Harvest Lunch – Sunday 17 September. There was much chopping and changing of venues to find a suitable place for our Harvest  lunch.  Eventually we all met at Opera Restaurant on the port in Mahon.  In the end it was very enjoyable and well supported with quite a few of our visitors joining us – lovely to catch up with some of them or to get to know others.  

Bishop David who visited us recently has served as our Bishop for over 20 years.  Sadly he has decided the time has come to retire in early spring next year.  We are so grateful for all his support over the years.  A letter sending appreciation for Bishop David’s service and thanking him will be sent from Santa Margarita. Plans for a gift for Bishop David will be coordinated through the Archdeaconry Synod.

PCC AwayDay. On 19 September the PCC met for an AwayDay to spend time praying together and discussing how Santa Margarita might move forward for the future.  It was a really positive time and we shall continue to seek God’s leading in this.

The PCC currently comprises – the Rev. Paul, the church wardens, Trevor Jones and David Green, as well as Margaret Jones (Diocesan representative), and Liz Astley, Colin Guanaria, Suzanne Hodges (treasurer) and Carole Brayford.


  • Wednesday, 4 October, 8pm– Organ Concert by Melanie Plumley, UK freelance player, at Santa Margarita, “an hour of music, easy on the ear!” Retiring collection for the Anglican Church Foodbank. See poster on the church noticeboard.
  • Wednesday 18 October.  Paella lunch at Menorca cricket club under the trees.  This will comprise a seafood or veggie paella (we need to know choices well in advance as well as numbers).  The price will be 15€ p. head to include the paella and a pudding.  Drinks will be available to buy from the bar.  You may like to bring some nibbles or salads to eat with your drinks whilst we watch our paellas being cooked !  This is a lovely spot with easy parking although sadly there will be no cricket match to watch that day.  Please let me or Paul know asap or sign up on the sheet on the church notice board.  Final numbers and food choices by Sunday that week!!


  • Choral Concert.  We  hope that the Coral Mitjanit will again be treating us to a concert in church this autumn – watch this space for details.
  • Holy Communion was previously held at 5pm in Ciutadella on the last Sunday of each month.  This service was revived at the outdoor chapel in Cala’n Bosc (Cap d’Artrutx) in June.  Arrangements for that end of the island are under review. 

Outreach to the Wider Community –

  • Ukraine – The refugees who initially came to the island have now largely moved away to the mainland to seek work or have found work locally.  At present therefore there appears no need to support them financially, although this will be kept under review. 
  • Peru – 
    • In response to Bishop Jorge, in Peru, request through the Archdeaconry link person, Rev. Deborah Chapman (Barcelona), we have sent 500€ (part of which was given by individuals within the Chaplaincy. The PCC has agreed that we should send a further 1000€ as part of our annual mission giving. 
    • In addition, also as part of our annual mission giving, the PCC has for some time been seeking to provide some sponsorship of a Peruvian student/child.  A suitable student has not yet been identified but we will continue to pursue this in conjunction with the chaplaincy of All Saints, Tenerife.
  • The weekly services of Holy Communion are recorded each week and can be easily accessed via a link.  If you are not on island or cannot be in church but would like to follow the service, contact Paul and he will add you to the weekly email that he sends out with details of the access link.

If anyone is willing to host a future social event – coffee morning, afternoon tea, or simple tapas that would be much appreciated.  Please let Carole know.  LUNCH VENUE RECOMMENDATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME !

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