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200 Club Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2023 edition of the 200 Club Newsletter. Each month I provide you, the members of the 200 Club, with an update on winners, money raised, and any other relevant news.

Thank you for your continued financial support of the parish.


It had to happen eventually - for the first time in well over a year we didn't put on any new members this month - but the good news is we didn't lose any either. We have been on an incredible run of growth in 200 Club membership since late 2021 which has seen the club treble in size from around 100 entries then, to over 300 entries now.

Thank you to everyone who has joined over the past year or so, and also to all of you who have been so loyal for much longer.

Shiny happy people

The draw for February took place earlier today for the winners of three £100 prizes.

The lucky winners were Linda Henderson, Tommy McKean, and Stephen Curran.

Many congratulations to them.

Everybody get up

There will be five (YES - FIVE!) £100 prizes in the special Easter draw, which will take place during the first week of April, making 5ive especially happy Easter bunnies.

All payments to be received on or before the 31st of March please.

On the cards

Gift memberships are available and make a great present for birthdays etc. A one year subscription costs £60, after which time we will contact either you or the recipient (your choice) to find out what you would like to do next. We’ll also send you a personalised 200 Club membership card which you can give to your recipient. To purchase, contact Chris McLaughlin (details below) or click here.

Track and trace

If you've moved home or changed your phone number or address recently please remember to let me know. That way I can get you the prize you're due if you win.

All members are politely reminded to please register their contact details on the parish website here, and to keep them up to date with any changes. Thanks again.

Cash on demand

There were 303 paid entries in January. The monthly profit for the parish after prizes was £1,215.

The club has generated £2,460 so far in 2023.

The projected annual profit for 2023 is currently £13,960.

Thank you to all members.

'Cause you're there for me too

The 200 Club has raised over £15,000 in the past two years, which is a staggering achievement of which you can all be rightly proud.

On behalf of Canon Stephen, the parish council, and myself, thank you all very much indeed.

Swings and roundabouts

The 200 club was founded in 2012 to help pay down the debt incurred to repairs the church roof in the 2000s. This debt will at last probably be paid off in the next few months. However, the parish's biggest expense since then will be the repairs to the grounds walls which will cost tens of thousands of pounds later this year. 

The 200 club exists to help finance precisely these costs. Please ask your friends or family if they would also like to contribute to the parish by joining the 200 Club.

Full instructions on joining the 200 Club are on the parish website
here. If you would like to take out any additional entries, just amend your standing order accordingly and then contact me to let me know.

Who's that guy?

Christopher McLaughlin is a Saint Joseph's parishioner, technology guru, beer brewer extraordinaire, low-altitude motor car pilot, bookie for charity, and cultivator of chins. He is also a husband, father and child-herder. He runs the 200 Club, the parish eBulletin and website, and writes this newsletter. He is occasionally accused of comedy. He attends the 10am Mass on Sundays and doesn't mind at all if you come and talk to him about the 200 Club, as it gives him a break from chastising his children.

Contact information

If you have any questions, or require any help concerning the 200 Club please contact me, Chris McLaughlin, by email at or by telephone, text, or WhatsApp on 07957644546. The 200 Club page on the parish website has information on how the club works, and full instructions on how to join.

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