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200 Club Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2022 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.

Appeal results

Following the appeal which was made at Sunday Masses earlier this month, an additional 26 new entries have been taken out so far, including 8 gift entries. We are now up to an incredible total of 292 entries each month. 

A very warm welcome to all members who have joined recently, and heartfelt thanks to all of you who play every month.


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

The lucky winners were Jacqueline Stewart, Michael Cairns, and Julia Rae.

Many congratulations to them.

Frosty the dough man

There will be TEN £100 prizes in December's draw which will take place in the first week of January.

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

The Big Yin

For the past ten years, there has always been a special £500 prize fund at Christmas. However thanks to the incredible generosity you have all shown this year we have a huge surplus in the prize fund to gize away.

There will therefore be an incredible £1,000 to be won - ten £100 prizes - in the December draw, double the normal amount, making it our biggest prize fund ever! All paid-up members on 31st December will have a chance to win.

This is a great opportunity to recruit new members, so please download the poster here and share the advert far and wide. New members can join on the website here, or you can now buy a gift membership (see below) here.

Buy card too

Even though some silly people still refuse to accept that the two best Christmas movies ever made are Die Hard and Die Hard 2, everyone with a functional mind can agree that either film is a million times better than utter duffers like Love Actually. In the same way, the gift of a novelty jumper that's funny for two minutes, pales in comparison to a 200 club gift membership, which brings excitement throughout the new year. 

You can now buy a gift membership for the 200 Club for a friend or a member of your family. 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 bespoke 200 Club membership card which you can give to your recipient. To purchase contact Chris McLaughlin (details below) or click here.

To help make your gift membership extra special, all entries bought before 31st December will be eligible for the special £1,000 Christmas draw.

I'm making a list, and checking it twice

Fortunately I was finally able to track down October's winner, Barry James, and get him his £100. Please make sure that in the event you win, that I have up to date contact information for you.

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.

The bottom line

There were 280 paid entries in November. The monthly profit for the parish after prizes was £1,100. The club has generated a total profit of £10,030 for the parish funds so far in 2022. The projected annual profit for 2022 is currently £10,490.

Thank you to all members.

Star bores

At the risk of repeating myself for the umpteenth time - we are incredibly grateful for your continued generosity in playing the 200 Club.

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

Borrow mair?

The 200 Club was reformed in 2012 to help pay down the debt which was incurred to repair the church roof in the 2000s. However, works required on the perimeter walls next year will be the greatest single expense the parish has faced since the roof, which we still haven't paid for. As things stand we don't have the funds to pay for all of the work required.

With the exciting news about gift membership and the incredible £1,000 Christmas draw, I'm asking for the last time this year if you could please, please, please, 
ask your friends or family if they would also like to contribute to the parish by joining the 200 Club.

By introducing additional prizes, I have removed the previous limit of 200 entries in the monthly draw. Full instructions on joinging 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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