Aylsham pastor’s book launch at craft fair

Aylsham pastor and author Patrick Coghlan will launch five new books at a craft fair at the Aylsham Care Trust (ACT) Centre in May. There will also be an exhibition of paintings, stained glass and woodwork. Tony Rothe reports.

Patrick Coghlan, Chaplain of ACT and Counselling Manager of 4C’s Aylsham, wrote his first book in 2001.  He now has 28 published books to his name: mainly Christian resources for different age groups, but also some family novels, and has worked with several different publishers. 

The event at the ACT Centre will see the launch of A Dream Come True, a new e-book novel based on the Old Testament story of Joseph, and also 4 volumes in the series Creating ‘church’ at home. This series is written for those who are unable to get out to church activities for a variety of reasons:

  • For older people living with dementia.
  • For people living with anxiety and depression.
  • For the elderly housebound.
  • For the housebound due to disability or illness.

As well as providing ‘off the page’ ministry sessions in these 4 volumes; Patrick also provides some useful suggestions as to settings and ways to run the material, in order to create a fulfilling spiritual experience.
coghlan book CF208Patrick Coghlan said: “My most recently published book was launched last autumn: Where is God in Depression?  As someone who lives with depression, writing this book was quite a personal journey for me; but I hope it is helpful and will bring hope to others in a similar situation.  There is light at the end of the tunnel, as the cover suggests.”
All Patrick’s books will be available to purchase.
There will also be a display of stained glass by June Coghlan. June has always enjoyed being creative.  Having done sugar craft for many years; she was intrigued by stained glass work at the Aylsham Show a couple of years ago.  As a result, following a birthday present of a course in copper foil work, she has now been working with stained glass for about eighteen months (copper foil and leaded). 
Aylsham ACT craft day 335CFGraeme Zwart will be displaying
his wood-turnings. He says "I started wood working as my hobby about fourteen years ago, and bought my first lathe not long after when I needed turned legs for small table I was making. I've been hooked on wood turning ever since, and am now on lathe number three! I'm as obsessed as ever with wood turning - I turn pretty much anything, from large bowls and lamps, to pens and pill boxes. I use both local and exotic wood and I particularly enjoy working with the indigenous fruit wood like apple and cherry."
Robert Gay is a locally based artist inspired by his farming upbringing in beautiful Norfolk and the necessity for him to explore his more natural abilities through his pen and watercolour and acrylic paintings, providing a vital escape from other pressures in life for him. Opportunities like Norfolk Open Studios, Cromer Church Exhibition and this Exhibition here at the ACT Centre in Aylsham have provided the opportunity for people to see some good outcomes to his life challenges.  Robert and his Son visit the ACT Centre regularly.
Patrick Coghlan said: “None of us works full time in these creative enterprises; they are more like extended hobbies – but none the less I like to think that what we do is still of a high quality.”
The exhibition is open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday May 21 and 2pm to 4pm on Sunday May 22 in the Nigel Grimsey room at the ACT Centre. 
For further details, e-mail Patrick Coghlan at or phone 01263 734739.
The ACT Centre in St Michael's Avenue in Aylsham, NR11 6YA, has now been open for four years.  As well has hosting a number of local clubs and organisations, the centre has enabled Aylsham Care Trust to set up a counselling centre, dementia care and support, activity based day care, an additional luncheon club, and a community café.  Volunteers are always needed and donations gratefully received.  Please contact the centre for any enquiries about the work of ACT on 01263 733385.

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