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A magnificent miniature church to help raise much needed money for charity!

3 September 2010

John Trott, of Horsham, had been thinking of building a model church, based on two of his local churches, for a while.  As the chairman of the Horsham branch of the MS Society and a sufferer himself, John also thought that he may be able to use the completed model to raise much needed money for the society – and at the beginning of this year, he achieved his goal!  We’ll let John take over his story from here…

“The Parish Church of St. John is a fictitious church “somewhere” in Horsham.  The exterior architecture of the building is based on All Saints Church in Roffey, while the “stained glass” windows are taken from St. Mary’s Church in the Causeway, Horsham.

My wife, Sue, took photographs from every possible angle of All Saints Church in Roffey, which enabled me to make scaled drawings to work from.  She also took photographs of the stained-glass windows at St. Mary’s Church, which we then manipulated to the correct size for the model and printed on to tracing paper.

The Parish Church of St. John
The model itself is made from card of varying thicknesses and strengthened, where necessary, with wood, again of varying sizes.  Altogether, there are between 350 to 400 individual pieces of cut card and each wall “stone” was drawn and inked by hand.

Parish church of St. JohnThe lighting for the Church was supplied by The Dolls House Emporium, as was the “lawn”, the light over the gate, and the bulbs used in the interior of the building.  The street lamps are made from card at the top, then the tops of eye-drop bottles, black drinking straws and finally card at the base.  The fencing and gates are made from 234 cocktail sticks and the fence posts are made from wooden “tea-stirrers”.  As the model had to be light proof it meant there was no air circulating, so the interior is cooled with small fans.  I also hid a tape recorder underneath the table to play a few hymns, so it sounded as if the congregation were actually in the Church enjoying a service!

It took me approximately 600 hours, spread over 12 month, to complete the church, but it was completely worth it.  The purpose of the model is to raise money for the Horsham branch of the MS Society which will then be spent on the people of Horsham who unfortunately have MS.  I have been asking people who come to visit the Church to make a donation and the first 20 people who came to see it made a total of £150.00 between them!
I myself have MS, so all the model making was done from the confines of a wheelchair - a feat not possible without the help of a loving, understanding (and at times forgiving!) wife.”

Women on a Midnight Memory Walk mission!

5 July 2010

Margaret Millar and Christine Pearce from The Dolls House Emporium shop at Houghton Hall have been walking the streets of Carlisle in aid of the Eden Valley Hospice.  The pair joined hundreds of women on the Midnight Memory Walk 2010 which raised over £66,000 for the Hospice.  Congratulations Margaret and Christine!  We’re very proud of you!

You can read more about the walk in the article below taken from Carlisle’s News and Star and see all the images here!

Hundreds of women take part in Carlisle Midnight Walk

By Kelly Eve

Hundreds of pink ladies streamed through the streets of Carlisle in the early hours of this morning, raising at least £66,000 for the Eden Valley Hospice.

Donning pink t-shirts, more than 880 women plodded around the six-mile route of the Midnight Memory Walk encouraged by volunteer marshalls, late-night lorry drivers and revellers.

Kerrie Trickett and Sarah Horseman, who work together at the city’s Marks & Spencer store, won a limo ride for having the best fancy dress. They dressed as cowgirls, complete with inflatable horses.

Neighbours Margaret Millar and Tracey Farish, who live on Cumwhinton Road in Harraby, were dressed as Marilyn Monroe and a hippie.

Margaret, 51, drafted in work colleague Christine Pearce, 50, from Currock, to take part in the event too.

Margaret, who works at the Dolls House Emporium at Houghton Hall Garden Centre, said: “I did the walk last year and my brother George was in the hospice this time last year. Doing the walk, it is a payback for all the help and support it gave him and our family.”

Tracey sought permission from walk organisers to sign up the only “male” to the women-only event.

Tracey, a teaching assistant at Brampton Primary School, brought along the school’s “Brampton Bear” as a treat for pupils.

She said: “I rang up and they gave Brampton Bear his own number – 878. The children take him home overnight and take pictures of what he gets up to on his travels.”

She added: “The hospice guys are great. This is a fantastic event for a fantastic cause. The hospice doesn’t only support patients, it also helps families. I spent a week there when my auntie died and they were so nice to us.”

Carlisle-based construction company Story Group was among the firms with teams in the walk.

Emma Porter, Story’s business development and marketing co-ordinator, said: “We think we’ve raised £600 together for this so far but we’ve got more to go. The Eden Valley Hospice is Story’s chosen charity this year.”

Emma was joined by workmates Rachel Lightfoot, Julie Storey, Jane Roe, Sarah Cash and Lynda Barnes.


Dolls House Donations

27 January 2009

As all good dolls house addicts will know, there comes a time when you start to look round your full size house and have no more room for another project. The kitchen sideboards have miniature shops on them, the spare rooms have shelving built especially to hold a dozen dolls' houses in various forms, the attic is hording extra 'stuff' just incase you need it for a project and what was your dining room table is covered in your latest project, the last dinner party was about 3 years ago!

So instead of selling your prize artworks off, to a random stranger through EBay, have you considered donating them to charity? What about a local home for the infirm and elderly? We all know about the benefits of this hobby, how relaxing and creative it can be, maybe your old dolls' house can bring new life to someone else. It could become the gift that just keeps on giving.
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