Epping Green minister and family record charity album Gratitude in aid of orphans in Swaziland

Pianist Lucy Hewes, Stephen Walker, Rev Paul Walker, Jane Walker, Susan Packer and Laura Packer in the studio

Children of the Hawane Farm orphanage wearing t-shirts donated by Epping Upland Primary School

First published in Heart in the Community

THREE generations of a musical family have taken to the recording studio to raise vital funds for an African orphanage.

Epping Green Chapel minister Reverend Paul Walker and wife Jane released their charity album Gratitude on Sunday - and have already raised £600 for their cause, the orphanage at the Hawane Farm project in Swaziland.

The couple spent a year working at the site, which also runs a hospice, addiction centre and women's refuge, from 2009 to 2010.

They decided to produce the album with funds they had set aside for a planned return mission to the project this year.

"I've been playing the guitar and singing for, oh, hundreds of years," said midwife Mrs Walker, 53.

"People over the last few years have been saying I should make a CD and I never got around to it.

"It's a thank you to God and then to the people of Swaziland to raise money for the ongoing work there."

Rev and Mrs Walker were joined in the studio by sons Stephen and Peter and daughter-in-law Bethan, along with Jane's twin sister Susan Packer, niece Laura and 79-year-old dad Tony Perry on drums.

The album includes covers of popular ballads by Bob Dylan, Katherine Jenkins and Luther Vandross, along with Christian songs

"It was great. It could have just been me but I thought it would be really nice to get other people involved," added Jane.

  • For more information about the charity or about purchasing CDs, which cost £7.50 each, visit the Homestead Trust website, email thehomesteadtrust@gmail.com or call Paul on 07769 585411.

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9:10am Sun 11 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers.

Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style?
It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers. Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style? Cornbeefur
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3:01pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Helen, Walthamstow says...

Cornbeefur wrote:
It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers.

Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style?
You're a nasty, nasty, nasty little troll -incapable of understanding that others can have purely altruistic reasons for their acts and for seeking publicity to increase donations.

It has been an eye-opener over the last few days to discover that you spread your bilious views on humanity all over the areas represented on the Guardian series website, and not just in Waltham Forest where you live (or not, as the case may be).
[quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers. Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style?[/p][/quote]You're a nasty, nasty, nasty little troll -incapable of understanding that others can have purely altruistic reasons for their acts and for seeking publicity to increase donations. It has been an eye-opener over the last few days to discover that you spread your bilious views on humanity all over the areas represented on the Guardian series website, and not just in Waltham Forest where you live (or not, as the case may be). Helen, Walthamstow
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5:06pm Mon 12 Nov 12

Cornbeefur says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
Cornbeefur wrote:
It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers.

Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style?
You're a nasty, nasty, nasty little troll -incapable of understanding that others can have purely altruistic reasons for their acts and for seeking publicity to increase donations.

It has been an eye-opener over the last few days to discover that you spread your bilious views on humanity all over the areas represented on the Guardian series website, and not just in Waltham Forest where you live (or not, as the case may be).
You are entitled to your opinion like I am. I have always found some Vicars rather frustrated Entertainers.

I once went to a service in Leytonstone and the Vicar had a Crow Puppet on his hand and a smaller one in the other to the utter amazement of the congregation.
Another time, I went to a service in Woodford where the Vicar got out an electric guitar and badly played rock music.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cornbeefur[/bold] wrote: It is often said that Vicars are frustrated entertainers. Is this about raising monies for the needy of self promotion, x factor style?[/p][/quote]You're a nasty, nasty, nasty little troll -incapable of understanding that others can have purely altruistic reasons for their acts and for seeking publicity to increase donations. It has been an eye-opener over the last few days to discover that you spread your bilious views on humanity all over the areas represented on the Guardian series website, and not just in Waltham Forest where you live (or not, as the case may be).[/p][/quote]You are entitled to your opinion like I am. I have always found some Vicars rather frustrated Entertainers. I once went to a service in Leytonstone and the Vicar had a Crow Puppet on his hand and a smaller one in the other to the utter amazement of the congregation. Another time, I went to a service in Woodford where the Vicar got out an electric guitar and badly played rock music. Cornbeefur
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