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Good on you, young man! (article in Manchester Evening News)

 

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Matt RatcliffeTommie Rose handing out the last of his stock
The schoolboy entrepreneur who shot to fame after making £14,000 selling sweets at school has given away the last of his stock to Manchester’s homeless.

The 15-year-old schoolboy rose to fame after the M.E.N. revealed his ‘black market’ school tuck shop raked in thousands of pounds to pay his University fees.

Now, with the looming threat of suspension from school, Tommie has decided to close the playground business and give away the rest of his sweet-toothed goods to the city’s rough sleepers.

He dished out his stock this morning as an ‘early Christmas present’ to the homeless.
Tommie said: “It was great to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s getting into winter and getting really cold so we decided to give them something ahead of Christmas. I looked around the house and realised we had so much food in, so I thought I should give it away.image

“They were really thankful. We gave them multi-packs so they had enough to last them through the night. One of them said to me ‘I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks Tommie’.”

Dad Gary, 33, an office worker, added: “Realistically, with the threat of suspension from the school we decided there was no way Tommie could go on selling. He said ‘it’s coming up to winter and we’ve got so many homeless people in the city, why don’t we give it all away and give them an early Christmas present’?”

The schoolboy entrepreneur who shot to fame after making £14,000 selling sweets at school has given away the last of his stock to Manchester’s homeless.

The 15-year-old schoolboy rose to fame after the M.E.N. revealed his ‘black market’ school tuck shop raked in thousands of pounds to pay his University fees.

Now, with the looming threat of suspension from school, Tommie has decided to close the playground business and give away the rest of his sweet-toothed goods to the city’s rough sleepers.

He dished out his stock this morning as an ‘early Christmas present’ to the homeless.
Tommie said: “It was great to put a huge smile on their faces. It’s getting into winter and getting really cold so we decided to give them something ahead of Christmas. I looked around the house and realised we had so much food in, so I thought I should give it away.

“They were really thankful. We gave them multi-packs so they had enough to last them through the night. One of them said to me ‘I’ll sleep well tonight, thanks Tommie’.”

Dad Gary, 33, an office worker, added: “Realistically, with the threat of suspension from the school we decided there was no way Tommie could go on selling. He said ‘it’s coming up to winter and we’ve got so many homeless people in the city, why don’t we give it all away and give them an early Christmas present’?”

Tommie, who plans to go to University with the money earned from his sweet empire, says he is now meeting his headmaster to deliver a business plan for a healthy tuck shop.

The young businessman, who is trying to fund his university tuition fees, was inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.

Lord Alan Sugar has personally endorsed his business acumen – and gurus Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden took to Twitter to show their support for the teenager after we told his story.

Meanwhile Tommie is considering a new business venture – involving T-shirts – and has attended a meeting ahead of a prospective job offer.

Simon Swan has offered him an internship at his Manchester-based recruitment firm Hiring-Hub, which connects job-hunters with recruitment agencies via the web.

Tommie said: “I have had a few other job offers since the story broke, including an offer to sell fragrances. I just love the world of business.”

Tommie, who plans to go to University with the money earned from his sweet empire, says he is now meeting his headmaster to deliver a business plan for a healthy tuck shop.
The young businessman, who is trying to fund his university tuition fees, was inspired by TV shows Dragon’s Den and The Apprentice.

Lord Alan Sugar has personally endorsed his business acumen – and gurus Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden took to Twitter to show their support for the teenager after we told his story.

Meanwhile Tommie is considering a new business venture – involving T-shirts – and has attended a meeting ahead of a prospective job offer.

Simon Swan has offered him an internship at his Manchester-based recruitment firm Hiring-Hub, which connects job-hunters with recruitment agencies via the web.

Tommie said: “I have had a few other job offers since the story broke, including an offer to sell fragrances. I just love the world of business.”

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Short Homily delivered at Dumfries Northwest Church – Thursday, 6 November, 2.00 p.m

Matthew 11, verses 25 to 30 

 

These days, there are so many pressures upon us; there are so many people who are restless and frustrated and lacking focus and direction.

Let me tell you a true story about a friend of mine who discovered the secret of being fulfilled, and of knowing exactly how to get the most out of life.

This story is typical of my late friend Jimmy Bain.

A few years ago, the head teacher of a primary school in Roxburgh took thirty of her children on an outing to Edinburgh Zoo.

As they were driving along, their bus driver suddenly slammed on the brakes.  A stranger had dashed into the road and signalled the bus to stop.

A moment later he was telling the teacher that he had a message for them.

What had happened?  Was it some emergency?  They weren’t puzzled for long.

For the stranger disappeared into a nearby shop – and came out again carrying an enormous box of sweets and chocolate which he handed over to the teacher.

There was enough in the box for a treat for everyone, including the driver, and even enough for another hand out at school playtime the next day.

The stranger – it was Jimmy Bain – had been driving behind the bus, and had been taken by the children waving happily to him.

So, he overtook the bus and drove ahead to the first sweetie shop to buy them all a treat.

Indeed, he had bought so many sweets that he had to dash out into the road and stop the bus going past until the sweets were all packed in a box.

Hence the dramatic incident of the mystery man who had stopped the bus!

But there was no mystery about this most kindly and generous man.  Jimmy was a committed Christian who never thought twice about helping others, or making their lives happier – and it gave him great satisfaction.

He acted out of love – he had ‘taken the yoke of Christ upon him’

 

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–ooOOoo–

Jesus said ‘Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest; for the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light’

Jesus would know all about yokes – the wooden yoke which was placed on the shoulders of an ox in order to harness the beast to a cart or a plough.

Jesus had been a carpenter, and knew how the ox would be brought to the carpenter’s shop and carefully measured, before a rough version of the yoke was carved.

The ox would later be brought back, and the yoke tried on him, before being carefully adjusted by shaving down the wood to make it a perfect fit. The yokes for oxen were tailor made

And the yoke of Jesus Christ – the way of compassion, mercy, justice, peace and, first & foremost, his own way of love – is made to measure for us…if we take his way upon us.

The burden laid upon us is love and is meant to be carried by us in love.  And love makes even the heaviest burden lighter.

Christ can give us peace and fulfillment in a restless world that doesn’t know where it’s going.

And through us and the likes of us, that busy, frenetic anxious world can find its peace and its rest and its joy.

 

PRAYER

 Lord, we come unto you and we lift up our burdens to you – our worry, our anxiety, our fear, our tiredness and we ask that put in their place your burden and your yoke.

 Help us to learn from you, to rejoice in you, and to serve you that we may find the rest that you have promised.

 We come to you today not only for ourselves, but for others – for those who do not know your peace, for those who cannot find rest.

 We ask your healing to be upon those who are sick; your wisdom and your love to be with those in despair; and your joy to all who feel unfulfilled.

 And we pray for all us gathered here this day in fellowship and in worship; we pray that your joy and your love will flow freely in us and through us as we take up our yoke and follow where you lead us

 This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.    AMEN.

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The Amazing Mr Bain

The Meenister’s Log

Jimmy Bain was an Elder at St.John’s Whitecraig Church, just outside Musselburgh.

He was one of the kindliest, most decent, caring men you could care to meet.  The owner of a local Quarry business, he once sent his staff on a free holiday to Majorca – as a thank you for their hard work.

On a Sunday morning, when I got into the pulpit there would sometimes be Jimmy’s Hibs Season-Ticket book to allow me to go to Easter Road to watch a Hobbos’ game.  There was, every week, a “sweetie”  lying there for me

Now, talking of sweets, there was a story some years ago about Jimmy and the strange case of the man who flagged down a coach load of school kids.

From memory, it goes something like this: a coach with Primary School children from Kelso was on its way to Edinburgh Zoo.

Suddenly, a car overtook them at great speed and the driver leaped out into the middle of the road, frantically flagging down the bus.

Who was this stranger?  What did he want?

It was, of course, none other than James Bain.

Here’s what had happened: sometime before Jimmy had been driving behind the coach with the youngers who were waving enthusuastically at him from their rear window.

On the spur of the moment, he decided to overtake and find the nearest sweet shop – which he did & bought up what seemed to be half the stock.  By this time, the bus had gone past, so Jimmy got in his car, laden with boxes, and chased after it.

When he caught up, he explained the situation and sweeties were passed around to thrilled youngsters and delighted teachers (and the bus driver!).

In fact, there were so many left over, that virtually the whole school got a treat the next day.

What a wonderful person we had in James Bain

(Jimmy once joked that Nelson Mandela’s first words on being released from prison were “Is Jimmy Bain still giving away sweeties?!)

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