15 New Volunteers Commissioned

Friday the 30th March saw the commissioning of 15 volunteers who completed the most recent training programme as the fifth cohort of trainees. The new volunteers came under the spotlight in Court 7 during the ceremony at the Magistrates Court led by Mary Carroll and Lord Patel.

The event was to recognise and celebrate the individuals who selflessly give the gift of their time to work alongside the Court Chaplains to deliver a wide range of support for all court users. We want to thank all the volunteers for their passion and commitment and to applaud their positive contribution to improving the quality of life of all those with whom they engage.


Photo 1: Joe Paget, Sam Stockill and Heidi Stoll - Photo 2: Nadeem Ali, Tahira Begum, Zahida Begum and Samina Bi - Photo 3: Peter Haslam, Mohamed Raje, Alison Hudson and Margaret Whiteoak - Photo 4: Hayley Buckley, Maria Burton, Shirley Firth and Shihab Uddin.

Personal Reflection:
March 30th was a Red letter Day for cohort 5. Our Commissioning Day! Over the past 11 weeks we had been mentored by lovely Mary and Barry, and had debated, discussed, listened to and role played (which I love!) our way to this day. Here we were, all 15 of us, sitting nervously, but ready, to read the Volunteers promise and sign up to BCCS. All through our training we were treated with respect, and this was reflected in the proceedings of the afternoon. Speeches by Mary, Miss Sheila Patchett and Lord Patel praised our commitment and enthusiasm to the training and the role of support worker.

The ceremony seemed to pass quickly and, before you knew it, it was your turn to walk across the courtroom to read the promise in a clear, proud voice, and hope that your nerves didn't get the better of you. It was with pride that we left the courts. Proud that we had made it through the training and were now ready to take up the role, but also a little sad. We had become a group and shared many things together on Wednesday mornings. Now we might only bump into each other occasionally.

Friday 30th March was a privilege for cohort 5, and we would like to thank all the people that made it such a memorable time—Ruth, Eileen, Mary, Barry, Latif , the dignitaries of the bench, the Cathedral and Council of Mosques and the various organisations in Bradford. Thanks also to Tony and Christine and our family and friends. Alison Hudson

Gill AllcockGill Allcock—Kalsang Gawa RIP.
Gill was commissioned in May 2010 and was a highly valued volunteer who helped at least 50 individuals in the Magistrates and 63 in the Crown Court. Sadly, she lost her brave battle with cancer on 5th November. During her illness she asked if I would deliver her “eulogy”, which she wished to write herself. I felt this was a great honour and privilege.

Gill had 3 great inspirations in her life: her parents in law, her Buddhist “soul mate” (John Fenlon) and Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, who has done much to bring Buddhism to the West. She told of her ordination as a Buddhist nun in July, when she was given the name of Kelsang Gawa, meaning “the fortunate one of great joy”.

Gill’s funeral was conducted in accordance with Buddhist traditions and was very well attended. Her “eulogy” was mainly a list of people she wanted to thank, her family especially. She said that to her Buddhism meant just two things: kindness and compassion and Gill certainly demonstrated both these qualities along with many more attributes, including reliability and consistency.

Gill was compassionate, generous, serene and truly inspirational. She was devoted to her family and her concern during her final illness was for them. She was truly a woman of great joy and we were the fortunate ones to have known her. She is sadly missed. Mary Carroll

Volunteers Leaving & Returning
BCCS greatly appreciates the support given by its volunteers, but also understands individuals have other commitments. During 2012 we have said farewell (& a huge thank you) to Marj Rogers, Suzanne Allsop, Liz Cadman, Maria Ashraf and Joe Paget . Also to Christine Milner who is taking a break at the end of 2012 due to her commitments to the Methodist Circuit. And a huge welcome back to Tom Keating, who has resumed his volunteering service after a short break.

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Contact the office for your application form.

BarryFarewell to Barry
Educated at the Trinity School Ware, Barry later moved to Cardiff where he trained as a remedial gymnast and subsequently as a chartered physiotherapy teacher. 1988 saw Barry and his family move to Shipley, working for Bradford Health Authority, and latterly Barry's Leaving DoUniversity of Bradford. Barry was ordained a Permanent Deacon in 2003 and was based at St Mary & St Walburga’s Catholic Church, in Shipley. In June 2009, Barry was appointed as Chaplain to BCCS, along with Latif, and as such had been involved in the service since its infancy.

Before leaving BCCS Barry completed the training for the fifth cohort of volunteers, he has a great skill for making training (or anything else for that matter) fun. He uses humour as a great tool and is often on the receiving end of good natured jibes. Barry and his wife Sue decided to move to Kent due to family commitments. Since leaving they have both busied themselves with the local churches, Barry has commenced a teaching post at the University of Canterbury and Sue is busy finding decorating jobs around the new house for Barry. They also became proud grandparents to George. Photo to Right: Barry’s leaving do

Pastor Chris FrostWelcome to our new Chaplains
Pastor Chris Frost joined the Chaplaincy team in April. Chris, an elder at Gateway Church in Leeds, oversees the congregation as part of a team. Following work in television and marketing Chris became a full time church worker in 2008.

Chris left the service in September having been offered a full time permanent role within the Gateway Church. His wife, Jo, gave birth to their second child, a son Oliver in October. Many congratulations to Chris, Jo and Poppy on their new addition to the family. Chris was a great asset to our Team and we were sad to see him go but understand his need to provide his Commissioning 29th November. Moina with Lord Mayor of Bradford and Mary Carrollfamily with stability and permanence.

Moina Bernard was appointed to the role of Christian Chaplain in November, and was commissioned on 29th November at Crown Court. Moina was brought up in Bradford and worked for many years as a florist in Keighley. She moved to Sussex to work for a Christian missionary organisation - Youth With A Mission - and served for 15 years as a discipleship training leader. Her role also involved running a personnel department for missionaries serving overseas. In 2007 Moina moved back north to train as a Priest in the Church of England, studying in Durham, and was ordained in Bradford in 2009, working since as a Curate in the parish of Tong and Holmewood.

BCCS is pleased to announce we have also appointed a further Chaplain to work along side Latif & Moina. Tony Goodwin will join the service in early January 2013. Photo Right: Commissioning 29th November. Moina with Lord Mayor of Bradford and Mary Carroll.

Marion LePla JPWoman of Year Award 2012
BCCS Trustees are delighted that one of the Trustees and Founder Members, Marion LePla JP, has been awarded the accolade, Bradford Woman of the Year 2012.

This is the first time that this award has been presented and Marion received the “Top Honours” for her 37 years work for the Magistracy, which included a great deal of committee work plus her initiation of the Magistrates’ Association Schools Project in Bradford.

One of her most outstanding contribution is as an initiator of the, now well established, Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative. We are all very proud of her.

Congratulations, Marion!
BCCS Curry Night
BCCS Curry Night
A great night had by all - and £420 raised in the process for the service. A HUGE thank you to all who attended / donated.

Watch out for details of the next event.

Presentation of cheque to BCCS from Lord Mayor of Bradford’s Sunshine Fund.

Presentation of cheque to BCCS from Lord Mayor of Bradford’s Sunshine Fund.