14/02/2016 Songs of Praise


14/02/2016

Connie Fisher meets residents from what has been dubbed Britain's kindest village to discover what motivates their generosity.


Similar Content

Browse content similar to 14/02/2016. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more!

Transcript


LineFromTo

Excuse me, hello.

0:00:020:00:03

I was wondering, I'd like to give you these for the weekend,

0:00:030:00:06

-just to enjoy.

-Thank you very much.

0:00:060:00:08

As Lent gets underway, on this week's Songs Of Praise,

0:00:080:00:11

we'll be focusing on the importance of kindness.

0:00:110:00:14

Would either of you like a slice?

0:00:140:00:16

I'm in Congresbury in Somerset,

0:00:160:00:17

which has been dubbed the kindest village in the whole of Britain

0:00:170:00:21

and I'll be discovering how faith motivates people's generosity.

0:00:210:00:26

I feel happy for myself once I do it, so it makes me feel proud.

0:00:260:00:30

Ade Adepitan talks to a businesswoman

0:00:310:00:34

who's helping victims of people trafficking.

0:00:340:00:37

To have gone through...well, literally gone to hell and back

0:00:370:00:40

and still be in such great spirits,

0:00:400:00:43

they astound me.

0:00:430:00:44

And the guitarist Graeme Duffin from '90s chart toppers Wet Wet Wet

0:00:450:00:49

reveals how he's conquering his stammer.

0:00:490:00:52

I'm doing a speech therapy assignment just now

0:00:520:00:56

and Graeme Duffin is my name.

0:00:560:01:00

Thank you for listening.

0:01:000:01:01

And we'll also have a fabulous mix of music, including hymns for Lent.

0:01:100:01:15

We start in Ballymena in Northern Ireland

0:01:150:01:18

with a real worship favourite.

0:01:180:01:20

Now, we're already five days into Lent,

0:04:010:04:04

a time which is traditionally about giving things up like chocolate.

0:04:040:04:09

But there's a new drive,

0:04:090:04:11

with campaigns like the 40acts Challenge,

0:04:110:04:13

which encourages people to do generous deeds for others

0:04:130:04:16

on each day of Lent.

0:04:160:04:18

And here in Congresbury in Somerset,

0:04:180:04:20

the villagers have been dubbed the kindest in Britain,

0:04:200:04:23

because they've taken the art of giving to a whole new level.

0:04:230:04:27

Excuse me, hello.

0:04:300:04:32

I was wondering, I'd like to give you these for the weekend,

0:04:320:04:34

just to enjoy.

0:04:340:04:35

-Thank you very much.

-OK, bye-bye.

0:04:350:04:38

Here it's not just for the 40 days of Lent

0:04:380:04:40

that villagers carry out good turns.

0:04:400:04:43

They do it every day,

0:04:430:04:44

whether it's sprucing up the community,

0:04:440:04:46

or brightening up someone's day.

0:04:460:04:49

I've brought you a carrot cake.

0:04:490:04:50

Thank you very much!

0:04:500:04:52

Their campaign of kindness started here at St Andrew's Church

0:04:520:04:56

and it was the brainchild of vicar Matthew Thomson.

0:04:560:04:59

Last year we celebrated our 800th anniversary as a church

0:05:010:05:05

and as part of that, we wanted to create a legacy

0:05:050:05:08

for the coming years,

0:05:080:05:10

not just doing events throughout the year,

0:05:100:05:12

and it came out of that, the idea of having 800 acts of kindness

0:05:120:05:15

to share the blessing, the love around the village.

0:05:150:05:19

And you had a whole weekend

0:05:190:05:20

just for the people who live in the village, didn't you?

0:05:200:05:23

We did and I was amazed at how many people turned out with paintbrushes

0:05:230:05:28

and all sorts of other gardening stuff

0:05:280:05:30

and we cleared up a lot of the rubbish around the village,

0:05:300:05:33

we painted a lot of fences and everything like that.

0:05:330:05:35

A really good weekend.

0:05:350:05:37

Some fruit buns. Have they got butter in those?

0:05:370:05:40

All good deeds are registered on a special totaliser inside the church.

0:05:400:05:44

Having reached their target for 2015,

0:05:440:05:47

now they're committed to doubling that figure

0:05:470:05:49

of 800 kind acts in the coming year.

0:05:490:05:52

Doing these acts of random kindness, you're not doing them for you,

0:05:520:05:55

you are doing them for other people.

0:05:550:05:56

You don't always know how other people are going to react to them,

0:05:560:05:59

how they're going to feel about them,

0:05:590:06:00

but you're doing it because you know it's the right thing to do.

0:06:000:06:04

It's been brilliant for encouraging the children,

0:06:040:06:06

opening their eyes to what they can do

0:06:060:06:07

and what they're already doing

0:06:070:06:09

that they wouldn't necessarily have realised

0:06:090:06:11

was a nice thing to be doing for someone, that was helping them.

0:06:110:06:14

-Is this the car?

-Yep.

0:06:140:06:15

I'm joining up with a group of young villagers

0:06:150:06:18

who've arranged with a neighbour to wash his car.

0:06:180:06:21

Gemma, how do people react to a stranger offering you kindness?

0:06:220:06:27

I think initially, their thoughts are like,

0:06:270:06:30

"Why is this stranger doing it for me?"

0:06:300:06:32

But once they know what we do is actually genuine,

0:06:320:06:35

I think they feel more at ease and they feel more confident.

0:06:350:06:39

What reward do you get from these random acts of kindness?

0:06:390:06:42

Well, I think it's just seeing the expressions

0:06:420:06:45

that people have on their faces

0:06:450:06:47

and everyone just appreciates each other more.

0:06:470:06:49

-Hi, David!

-Hello, Connie!

-Come on.

0:06:490:06:52

'Having your car washed is one thing,

0:06:520:06:54

'but David Anderson's been moved by Gemma's kindness

0:06:540:06:57

'at testing times too.'

0:06:570:06:59

Oh, look, they're busy!

0:06:590:07:01

And I received

0:07:010:07:03

something really special from Gemma.

0:07:030:07:05

I was in the church and...

0:07:050:07:07

..we'd just lost a very good friend

0:07:090:07:11

and she came up to me and she said, "Somebody needs a hug."

0:07:110:07:15

-Aww.

-And she put her arms round me

0:07:150:07:17

and gave me a hug

0:07:170:07:18

and I've not forgotten it.

0:07:180:07:20

That's special, really.

0:07:200:07:21

Are they the kindest villagers in Britain?

0:07:220:07:25

They're not bad,

0:07:250:07:27

but I wouldn't say we're the kindest.

0:07:270:07:29

I think there are many people who do incredible things

0:07:290:07:32

and all I would hope from doing all this

0:07:320:07:34

is that people everywhere will actually perhaps think about

0:07:340:07:37

doing something kind this week.

0:07:370:07:39

-NEWS ANCHOR:

-'Let me remind you

0:10:290:10:31

'of the BBC's main news headlines tonight.'

0:10:310:10:33

'Human trafficking is a global problem...'

0:10:330:10:35

'Most victims arrive by plane...'

0:10:350:10:36

'But someone who is trafficked

0:10:360:10:38

'can make tens of thousands of pounds for gangs.'

0:10:380:10:41

Every year, thousands of people are trafficked into the UK

0:10:410:10:45

and then they're forced to work for the criminals

0:10:450:10:48

who smuggled them into the country.

0:10:480:10:50

It's a form of modern-day slavery,

0:10:530:10:55

where the victims can even be bought and sold by a criminal underworld.

0:10:550:11:00

Women and, shockingly, children are regularly forced

0:11:000:11:04

to work in the sex industry and the men are used as free labour.

0:11:040:11:09

This woman from west Africa was facing the prospect

0:11:110:11:14

of a forced marriage when she was offered a way out -

0:11:140:11:18

a plane ticket and a job in London.

0:11:180:11:20

Thankfully, when she landed at Heathrow,

0:11:200:11:23

sharp-eyed officials intervened

0:11:230:11:25

before the traffickers could take her away.

0:11:250:11:27

Her face and voice have been disguised.

0:11:270:11:30

One of the immigration officers, she saw me when I was crying

0:11:320:11:36

and she asked me, "What is the problem?"

0:11:360:11:38

And I explained to her and she said,

0:11:380:11:40

"OK, I need to contact the Salvation Army for you."

0:11:400:11:43

But even in a Salvation Army safe house, the traffickers contacted her

0:11:460:11:50

after her family unwittingly passed on her phone number.

0:11:500:11:54

They started contacting me, threatening me.

0:11:540:11:59

What have they been saying, what's happened?

0:11:590:12:02

They said they would go to Nigeria and destroy my family.

0:12:020:12:06

-Are you afraid?

-Yes, I'm afraid.

0:12:060:12:09

This woman is also from Africa.

0:12:130:12:16

It was only when she arrived in the UK that the true reason

0:12:160:12:19

she had been brought here was revealed to her.

0:12:190:12:23

When we reached the airport, there was a man and a lady.

0:12:230:12:26

They took me to their house and said, "Before you get out of here,

0:12:260:12:30

"you have to pay back our money for the ticket."

0:12:300:12:33

They made me like a sex slave, sleeping with men.

0:12:330:12:36

Sorry.

0:12:430:12:44

Her captors made her believe that the police would kill her

0:12:470:12:50

if she left their house.

0:12:500:12:52

She was held captive for five years

0:12:520:12:54

before one of her clients helped her escape.

0:12:540:12:58

When all of this was happening,

0:12:580:13:01

how were you able to survive?

0:13:010:13:03

God was always there for me, really,

0:13:050:13:07

cos I was praying that one day I'd be somewhere safe.

0:13:070:13:10

If it was not for God, I couldn't be here.

0:13:120:13:14

So your faith kept you strong?

0:13:160:13:17

-And helped you survive?

-Yes.

0:13:190:13:22

Now both these women have found a safe haven,

0:13:260:13:29

offering hope for the future.

0:13:290:13:30

They're getting work experience with Rachel Salway,

0:13:340:13:37

who runs a business making jewellery

0:13:370:13:39

and selling ethically produced products.

0:13:390:13:42

-Hi, Rachel, how are you?

-I'm OK.

0:13:420:13:44

We work with them to give them workshops,

0:13:440:13:48

confidence-building,

0:13:480:13:50

jewellery-making.

0:13:500:13:52

I don't know about the future, I just leave it to God,

0:13:540:13:57

because what God has started, he will finish it.

0:13:570:14:00

So I will have a good future, by the grace of God.

0:14:000:14:04

And we're going to twist that around... Oops! No, we're not.

0:14:040:14:08

They amaze me. They make me laugh, they make me cry.

0:14:080:14:12

To have gone through...well, literally gone to hell and back,

0:14:120:14:16

and still be in such great spirits,

0:14:160:14:20

they astound me.

0:14:200:14:21

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:16:520:16:55

Coming up, Wet Wet Wet guitarist Graeme Duffin reveals

0:16:570:17:01

how his faith is helping him to conquer his stammer.

0:17:010:17:04

First, though, we've more music.

0:17:040:17:06

Graeme Duffin is probably best known as the guitarist of Wet Wet Wet,

0:19:020:19:06

whose version of Love Is All Around topped the charts

0:19:060:19:10

for 15 weeks back in 1994,

0:19:100:19:12

but it's a lesser-known fact that for years,

0:19:120:19:15

Graeme has battled to conquer his stammer.

0:19:150:19:18

He's benefitted from attending a programme

0:19:180:19:20

which helps stammerers manage their speech,

0:19:200:19:23

and for Graeme, it's had remarkable results.

0:19:230:19:26

# Love is all around me

0:19:260:19:29

# And so the feeling grows... #

0:19:290:19:34

It's more than 20 years since Wet Wet Wet's best-known single

0:19:340:19:38

dominated the number one spot.

0:19:380:19:40

And now, Graeme is heading back out on tour with the rest of the band

0:19:410:19:45

-to play their greatest hits again.

-I keep thinking...

0:19:450:19:49

this has to be the last one,

0:19:490:19:52

but I've been saying that for 15 years.

0:19:520:19:55

But since the age of seven, Graeme has had to overcome a stutter.

0:20:020:20:07

He's been shown how to through a special programme

0:20:070:20:10

which he took up nearly 16 years ago.

0:20:100:20:12

I often think of the parallel between the McGuire Programme

0:20:130:20:18

and church, as it should be, where it's a genuine community of people.

0:20:180:20:25

There's a real strong common connection,

0:20:250:20:30

because stammering's a very levelling thing

0:20:300:20:34

and it's no respecter of race, colour, creed, social position, job.

0:20:340:20:39

After three, two, one...breathe.

0:20:390:20:42

-THEY INHALE

-And release and pause.

0:20:420:20:45

Students wear chest belts to control their breathing

0:20:450:20:48

and part of the process is not trying to hide the stutter,

0:20:480:20:51

a technique they call deliberate disfluency.

0:20:510:20:54

I make a practice of doing...

0:20:550:20:57

..deliberate disfluency...

0:20:580:21:00

..every day.

0:21:010:21:03

It keeps me honest with my...

0:21:030:21:06

myself and my listener that I'm not a fluent...speaker.

0:21:060:21:11

APPLAUSE

0:21:110:21:13

Now, as a programme tutor, he often takes out new students

0:21:130:21:16

to show them how to cope with speaking in public.

0:21:160:21:19

Excuse me, I'm doing a speech therapy assignment...

0:21:190:21:24

Excuse me, I'm...

0:21:240:21:26

doing a speech therapy assignment just now

0:21:260:21:31

and I have to practise my name with 100 people.

0:21:310:21:35

Graeme Duffin is my name.

0:21:360:21:39

Thank you for listening.

0:21:390:21:40

The letter which still gives Graeme the most trouble

0:21:400:21:43

is the letter D.

0:21:430:21:45

Debenhams department store?

0:21:450:21:46

You just keep going straight down that road and then you get to it.

0:21:460:21:49

Thanks for stopping. Brilliant, thank you.

0:21:490:21:53

-That was well done.

-Good.

-Yeah.

0:21:530:21:55

See how when you maintain the eye contact,

0:21:550:22:00

people are quite comfortable with my deliberate disfluency,

0:22:000:22:05

because I'm comfortable with it?

0:22:050:22:08

Debenhams department store in Dundee!

0:22:080:22:11

Since doing the McGuire Programme,

0:22:110:22:14

I've spoken at four weddings and a funeral.

0:22:140:22:18

Well, it was actually only three weddings and a funeral.

0:22:180:22:21

My personal point of view -

0:22:220:22:24

I'm always of the opinion that

0:22:240:22:26

wherever truth is spoken out in love,

0:22:260:22:28

that God shows up and that's a personal thing.

0:22:280:22:33

Graeme Duffin is my name.

0:22:330:22:36

One thing Graeme's never struggled to do is sing

0:22:360:22:39

and here he is now with a brand-new song.

0:22:390:22:42

# Who can compare with God?

0:22:420:22:46

# Maker of heaven and Earth

0:22:480:22:52

# Fountain of light and life

0:22:540:22:58

# Beautiful beyond all worth

0:23:000:23:04

# Like flowers in the field

0:23:050:23:08

# We bloom and then we fade

0:23:080:23:11

# Who can save themselves?

0:23:110:23:16

# How long

0:23:170:23:20

# Before your will is done?

0:23:200:23:23

# How long

0:23:230:23:25

# Till justice comes?

0:23:250:23:28

# How long

0:23:280:23:32

# Before this fragile world is changed and renewed?

0:23:320:23:37

# Reflecting your beauty and grace

0:23:370:23:42

# Who can compare with God?

0:23:460:23:50

# Born as a refugee

0:23:520:23:56

# No place to call his home

0:23:580:24:02

# Suffering on Calvary

0:24:030:24:08

# Like flowers in the field

0:24:090:24:12

# We bloom and then we fade

0:24:120:24:15

# Who can save themselves?

0:24:150:24:20

# How long

0:24:210:24:25

# Before your will is done?

0:24:250:24:27

# How long

0:24:270:24:29

# Till justice comes?

0:24:290:24:32

# How long

0:24:320:24:36

# Before this fragile world is changed and renewed?

0:24:360:24:41

# Reflecting your beauty and grace

0:24:410:24:45

# Who can compare with God?

0:24:500:24:54

# Hope in the deepest pain

0:24:560:25:00

# Comfort to those who mourn

0:25:020:25:07

# Oh, Lord, let your kingdom reign

0:25:070:25:12

# How long

0:25:130:25:17

# Before your will is done?

0:25:170:25:19

# How long

0:25:190:25:22

# Till justice comes?

0:25:220:25:24

# How long

0:25:240:25:28

# Before this fragile world is changed and renewed?

0:25:280:25:34

# Reflecting your beauty and grace. #

0:25:340:25:38

Earlier I discovered how faith is inspiring the residents

0:25:470:25:51

of the village of Congresbury in Somerset to carry out

0:25:510:25:54

hundreds of random acts of kindness for others.

0:25:540:25:57

Well, now I've come to its primary school

0:25:580:26:01

to team up with my very own band of little helpers

0:26:010:26:03

who are going to help me spring a special surprise

0:26:030:26:06

on some deserving villagers.

0:26:060:26:08

-Hey, guys! ALL:

-Hi!

0:26:080:26:11

Who's ready to make a cake?

0:26:110:26:14

-ALL:

-Me!

0:26:140:26:15

-Let's get baking, then! ALL:

-Yeah!

0:26:150:26:18

The kids are rustling up a sweet treat for some pensioners

0:26:180:26:21

at a village coffee morning.

0:26:210:26:23

-Is it nice doing these acts of kindness? ALL:

-Yeah!

0:26:230:26:26

It makes people feel happy and I feel happy for myself once I do it,

0:26:260:26:30

so it makes me feel proud.

0:26:300:26:32

And it's very nice to help the elderly that can't do stuff.

0:26:320:26:37

And how old is elderly? Do I class as elderly?

0:26:370:26:40

-No.

-Oh.

0:26:410:26:42

And what are they going to do when they see our big cake?

0:26:420:26:45

-They're going to scream!

-Scream?

0:26:450:26:47

-Happy tears, maybe? ALL:

-Yeah!

0:26:470:26:49

The children look like real budding bakers,

0:26:500:26:53

but, sadly, I'm having a few kitchen calamities.

0:26:530:26:56

Oh!

0:26:560:26:57

CHILDREN GIGGLE

0:26:570:26:59

They've worked wonders on the mix, so now it's time to bake that cake.

0:26:590:27:03

In she goes.

0:27:050:27:06

And soon, it looks like we're in business.

0:27:060:27:09

SHE SNIFFS

0:27:100:27:12

Oh, they're going to love this!

0:27:120:27:14

INDISTINCT CONVERSATION

0:27:140:27:16

After a few final flourishes with the decorations,

0:27:170:27:21

it's time to head off to spring our surprise.

0:27:210:27:23

I can't wait to see their faces!

0:27:270:27:29

Good morning, everyone!

0:27:310:27:32

-CHILDREN:

-Hi!

0:27:320:27:34

The kids and I have baked you a little surprise.

0:27:350:27:38

Ooh!

0:27:390:27:41

What effect have these random acts of kindness had on the village?

0:27:410:27:45

Oh, fantastic. Everybody is very, very happy

0:27:450:27:49

and they feel part of the whole community because of that,

0:27:490:27:52

because everyone knows that there is someone they can turn to.

0:27:520:27:55

-Would either of you like a slice?

-I'd love a slice, yes, please.

0:27:550:27:59

We never know what's going on in somebody else's life

0:27:590:28:02

and just to be able to say hello to somebody could be the difference

0:28:020:28:06

between them having a good day and not a good day.

0:28:060:28:08

I like this random act thing - makes me feel good about myself.

0:28:080:28:11

LAUGHTER

0:28:110:28:13

It does make you feel good about yourself,

0:28:130:28:15

-but at the same time helping others.

-Yeah.

0:28:150:28:17

Well, that's just about it for today.

0:30:550:30:57

Next week, as the Church of England faces up to the problem

0:30:570:31:01

of declining attendances at services, we'll be in London

0:31:010:31:05

to find out why one church has opened its own post office,

0:31:050:31:10

but we end today with a fantastic modern worship song

0:31:100:31:13

from Southampton. Thanks very much for watching.

0:31:130:31:16

I lay my life down!

0:31:320:31:34

One way!

0:31:590:32:00

Yeah!

0:32:140:32:16

You're always!

0:32:200:32:22

Hey!

0:32:340:32:35

Yeah!

0:32:470:32:48

CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

0:33:200:33:22

Connie Fisher meets residents from what has been dubbed Britain's kindest village to discover what motivates their generosity.

Hymns and music this week

Give Me Oil In My Lamp performed by Nathan Jess and the Congregation of Green Pastures Church, Ballymena.

There's A Wideness In God's Mercy performed by the Congregation of St Mary-le-Tower, Ipswich.

Blessed Assurance performed by Beechcroft Choir and the Congregation of New Testament Assembly, Tooting.

Forty Days And Forty Nights performed by the Congregation of Bradford Cathedral.

Who Can Compare With God performed by Graeme Duffin.

We Cannot Measure How You Heal performed by the Congregation of Dunblane Cathedral.

One Way performed by Mikey Powell and the congregation of New Community Church, Southampton.


Download Subtitles

SRT

ASS