Faith, Love and Compassion
- the official website of Elaine Coltham


Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Hello

Just a quick update on how my book is doing. Happy to say another cheque on its way to RSPCA, this makes donations from the sale of  ” A Little Help For My Friends” £650 now. A little help for the wonderful animal shelter at Martlesham. Copies still available to buy.

Best wishes

Elaine


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Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Great to be on Jon Wright’s radio programme this morning, talking about my new book for the RSPCA and reviewing the papers. Thanks Jon for inviting me!

If you liked the sound of the poems I read on the show, you can order your own copy below – all proceeds go to the RSPCA.

Me in the studio

Me in the BBC Suffolk studio with Jon


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Monday, December 21st, 2015

Thanks to the Ipswich Star for the article about my new book, A Little Help For My Friends, which is raising money for the RSPCA.

You can see the online article on the Ipswich Star website.

My visit to the RSPCA Animal Shelter at Martlesham

My visit to the RSPCA Animal Shelter at Martlesham – photo courtesy of Ipswich Star


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Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Lovely to meet Bentley, one of the dogs eagerly awaiting a loving home, at RSPCA Martlesham Animal Centre.

My book – A Little Help For My Friends – is selling well and so far I have been able to donate £422.50 to help the work at RSPCA Suffolk East & Ipswich Branch.

Elaine Bentley and Tom

Me with Bentley and Tom, the Centre manager, when I visited to deliver another donation cheque and a supply of books for anyone visiting the centre who may like to buy one.

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Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Good morning

Happy to tell you my first donation to RSPCA is sent  today. A cheque for £200.

Also…. I’ve just past my £6000 milestone with donations I have made to charities from my writing


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Saturday, November 14th, 2015

14th November 2015 – New book for RSPCA

Hello to you

I am happy to tell you after many months of work, my new book is published this month.

Book coverA Little Help For My Friends” is a collection of children’s poetry, all written by me. The book is raising money for the RSPCA. Thanks to family, friends and local businesses sponsoring the cost of printing the books, I am donating the entire cover price of £7.50 to the RSPCA to help them with their tireless work.

Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation has written a message of support for my book.

Inside are many photographs and drawings and introductions describing my inspiration behind each poem.

Please send me a message if you would like to buy a copy.

Thank you all for your support.

God bless your day

Elaine

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Such sadness to hear that the beautiful lion Cecil was killed. I wrote a few words this morning to remember him….

Remembering…

I never met you Cecil

But even so I grieve

That you became someone’s trophy

So staggering to believe.

You were much loved from a distance

Respected across your land

So cruelly taken from us

By a human’s evil hand.

What legacy you leave us?

What lesson must we learn?

To turn minds away from violence

And hearts to wildlife concern.

We must remember you were BORN FREE

God’s creature made to roam

Amongst soulful wilds of Africa

Your ever loving home.

 

I dedicate these words to the amazing dedication and work of Will Travers and all at The Born Free Foundation

www.bornfree.org.uk

x elaine


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Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Hello and thanks for visiting my website.

I’m working on my new book at the moment, a children’s poetry book and I’m hoping it will raise money for the R.S.P.C.A. They are a charity I greatly admire for their tireless work doing their very best to protect animals.

I’m currently looking for sponsorship to cover the cost of printing the book so I can then donate the entire cover price of the book to the R.S.P.C.A. If you or your company would like to help me with sponsorship, please send me a message.

God bless your day

Elaine


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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Wishing you a happy and blessed Christmas. Thank you for supporting my writing and the charities I have worked to help over the years with my poetry and my children’s novel. I’m delighted to say my total donated to the charities is getting closer to £6000 now!

I thought I would like to share one of my Christmas poems with you.

God bless always

Elaine

Dream of First Christmas

 

So the bible falls shut

And I close my eyes

Soon I can see them, feel them.

In a dream of first Christmas.

As night’s blackness surrounds me

I see the brightness of one star

The glistening gold on a silhouetted king.

I hear quietness across velvet hillsides

As the darkness of this world descends

Angels suddenly proclaim the arrival

Of the precious new born lamb.

 Inside the stable in awesome stillness

Amongst the rough and crude straw

The heavenly babe innocently sleeps.

Kneeling beside him

Shepherds bow heads in adoration

With fresh hope for this world

Bursting from their triumphant minds.

I witness the start of a pilgrimage

From the wood of the manger

To the wood of the cross.

I feel the joy of his mother Mary

Her fixed gaze never leaves her son

But sadly I have read the script

And I, not wanting to acknowledge

How her tears of happiness

Will turn to those of sorrow.

Before her a gift from the Father

Like no other could give

Soon I awake from my sleep

I can no longer see them

In my dream was the vividness

Of that first Christmas night

Now it is written on my heart

Having unwrapped the everlasting present

And experienced the comfort of a child

In God’s enfolding arms.

So the bible falls open

And I, with eyes willing to see

Read the word and its ending

From the wood of the manger

To the wood of the cross

 And beyond, towards a promise…

 Of eternity.

Elaine Coltham


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Saturday, September 6th, 2014

Hello to you
Happy weekend to you wherever you are across the world.Thought I would share a new poem I have written in the last few days. It’s thoughts and sadness about fox hunting and is dedicated to friends at The League Against Cruel Sports who work tirelessly to campaign to protect our wildlife.

We Will Never Understand…

Blood red coat
Hunting coat of brown
Pack of dogs
Will hound you down.

Against all decency
Against the law
Through stirrup-cup eyes
And blood sports paw.

So few may cheer
But most will weep
You hunted down
Now forever asleep.

Blood red coat
Blood-stained hands
This barbaric action
We will never understand.

Elaine Coltham
2014


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