Category Archives: Newsflash


TSSF website project

This website is currently being reviewed, updated and (we hope) improved.

  • If you can’t find something where it used to be, try using the “Search” box near the top right of each page. If that doesn’t help email and let us know about the problem.
  • If you have comments or suggestions about changes we have made or about changes you think would be good, email
  • One of the aims of the website project is to make maintaining and updating the website easier; this should mean that people without much IT expertise could contribute to the work of the web team and we should be glad to hear from Tertiaries who think they might be able to offer some time to this work.

Chris Petrie, March 2017
(on behalf of the web team)

Election result: Provincial Secretary (November 2016)

The Provincial Secretary elect is Martin Allen. He will take up office at the end of the Provincial Chapter in February.

Votes cast:
Martin Allen    229 votes
Garry Ward      153 votes
382 votes out of 1786 possible were cast, 21.39% of those eligible (disappointing but in line with several recent elections).

TSSF owes a debt of gratitude to both candidates for offering themselves for this service.

Chris Petrie, Returning Officer, 12th Nov 2016

“Finding Saint Francis”: how to purchase the new film

With our thanks to the many who’ve supported it, the film is now complete. It was premiered at BFI Southbank in London on 5th November, and is now on sale.

We will be sending complimentary copies out to those who donated funds for the film. Due to some data protection issues we may not have everybody’s details, so if you donated monies and do not receive your copy by early December please contact us at

The DVD is available for purchase for £9.99, plus P+P, via the film website:  There are also options to  download or stream the film (for all these, look at the “Shop” menu, and/or at the bottom of the “Trailer” page of the website).

For enquiries, including about private showings of the film or performances of the one man show from Paul Alexander, or if you wish to buy the DVD but not to use online shopping (but please do try) contact Little Portion Films via the website  or email

Lastly tertiaries who do not use email can contact John Wiltshire by phone (ring or text 07717 547672 – ignore the CQC message, and do leave your own message).

Finding Saint Francis, Released 6th November 2015

Update on the Francis film

Finding Saint Francis” is nearing completion (yes really, this time! – mid-August 2015). A late cut has been going down well at private showings, and the film will be finalised and manufactured in the first half of September.

Here’s a link to the still-in-progress film website which shows a short repeating loop and other material:

And here’s a recent article in ArtServe magazine, saying more about the film and the aspirations of its director Paul Alexander TSSF.

The film’s officlal premiere will be at the British Film Institute on the South Bank in London on the 5th November, to an invited audience of those who’ve made and supported the film, those who can help us promote it widely – and some other friends too, if we still have enough seats.

Public sales of the film will begin the following day. Prices and details on how to purchase the DVD, or to download or stream the film, will follow during October – so do watch this space and/or TON.

Between now and the launch we can support private showings of “Finding Saint Francis”, for example at TSSF area meetings (we suggest that those who can will make a voluntary donation at such showings).

For more information about private showings, or any other aspect of the film, please contact John Wiltshire at or on mobile 07717 547672 (ignore CQC voicemail and leave a message)…..

….BUT ALSO – we need some more help!

We’re a very small film company, and we’re already grateful for assistance last Xmas and offers from tertiaries with foreign language skills. Now we’re asking for help in two other areas, so that we can meet our own deadlines:

  • From tertiaries with experience of retail business, especially online e.g. selling through Amazon, to help us set up the merchandising of DVDs, paintings, music etc.
  • From someone with suitable experience to help us with banking, once we begin sales.

Again, any queries to John Wiltshire, as above, please. We’ll be glad to have them!

Francis - Peter Stickney and David Baggott.

He kissed a leper…. and changed the world

Christmas Cards

Some members of TSSF will have seen the Christmas card featuring a ‘still’ from the forthcoming film, “Francis”.

A flier is available: Francis film Christmas Cards. This gives details of how to purchase packs of these cards.

There has been a little confusion over the two ways to order the cards and the cost of post & packing. Anyone can order at the Inspirations store (online) and P&P there is believed to be £3.46 (for any number of packs of 20). The alternative is for Tertiaries only and those details are clear on the flier (packs of 10, P&P £3.50) – NOTE this way of ordering must be done before the end of November; the dispatch is being dodne by a group of volunteers.

The cards and the Francis film are undertakings by a number of Tertiaries with the encouragement (but not formal involvement) of Provincial Chapter.