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Continental Friends

There follow reports from recent get-togethers.

For information about meetings email Susan Harrod - susan@ajr.org.uk

Northern Groups

Bradford Continental Friends

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

‘Meat is the Finest Vegetable’
We devoted our evening to a gemütlicher Kaffeelatsch musing on (un)fulfiiled ambitions or opportunities. Wendy brought - to quote Michael Winner – ‘historic’
home-cooked salt beef, adding a new dimension to her usual delicious teas and endorsing my late father’s contention that meat is the finest vegetable. Oh Blooms, where art thou?

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

 


Cheshire Continental Friends

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Lively Discussions
We had lively discussions on a variety of current topics, including an in/out referendum on the EU. The afternoon was completed by a magnificent tea. Many thanks to Wendy for organising the afternoon and to hosts Peter and Heather for their hospitality.

Didsbury Continental Friends

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

‘Fulfilled and Unfulfilled Ambitions’
In a discussion centred around ‘fulfilled and unfulfilled’ ambitions, it was most interesting to hear how members had managed to fulfill ‘similar’ or ‘related’ goals. An example was one member’s desire to be an opera singer, which was impossible due to family obligations and commitments. However, this lady was able to showcase her talent by joining a choir!

Dundee

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

A Delightful Afternoon
A delightful afternoon at the home of Zofia Allen. We were delighted to welcome Karola and Peter Regent and Charlotte Gamzu to our gathering. There was no shortage of topics of conversation - rather of finding sufficient time to explore the numerous points of interest over a delicious tea. Armed with all these topics, we look forward to future gatherings here.

Edinburgh

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

‘Jews in Scotland’ Exhibition
Members visited the ancient town of Linlithgow, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots, where an exhibition of some 80 black-and-white photos by Judith Passow were on show at the Burgh Hall. The subject of the exhibition was ‘Jews in Scotland’. Passow spent a year on this project, tracking down Jews in such far-flung locations as the island of Yell in the Shetlands as well as the larger communities of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Glasgow

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

Recollections of the Kindertransport
Several members attended the Scottish Jewish Archive Centre Open Day to hear Michele Gold discuss her new book on the Kindertransport. Following a clip from a TV programme of some years ago of Esther Rantzen interviewing Sir Nicholas Winton, Michele invited Kinder present to stand up and they were applauded enthusiastically. Renee and Henry explained that shortly after arriving on the Kindertransport, they were uprooted again - evacuated from Glasgow to the countryside.

Glasgow Book Club

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

A Most Enjoyable Afternoon
The May Book Club was held at the home of Anthea Berg. As usual, it was a most enjoyable afternoon spent discussing our book, Philippa Gregory’s The Constant Princess, which was enjoyed by everyone. Followed by a lovely tea.

Glasgow CF

for further information, contact agnes@ajr.org.uk

House for an Art Lover
Members enjoyed a visit to the lovely House for an Art Lover, built in the style of famous Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unsettled weather meant that a walk around the pretty gardens was not possible but time was spent chatting in the delightful café and some people bought gifts in the interesting shop.

Harrogate/York CF

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

‘Summertime’ Meal Out
Members enjoyed a ‘summertime’ meal out at a local restaurant. Good company, good conversation and good food made the whole evening a success and an extremely good time was had by all!

Hull

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

Lunch and Documentary Film
A delicious lunch was followed by a showing of the excellent documentary film about Sir Nicholas Winton, The Power of Good.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Fulfilled Ambitions
As always, Leeds members enjoyed a ‘sumptuous’ afternoon tea courtesy of the host, Barbara Cammerman. The welcome refreshments followed a most interesting discussion session about fulfilled ambitions and things we may still wish to do.

Liverpool

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A Super Afternoon
Members were given a private tour of Speke Hall, a rare timber-framed manor house on the banks of the River Mersey. A sumptuous afternoon tea rounded off a super afternoon!

Manchester (Continental Friends)

for further information, contact wendy@ajr.org.uk

The Delights of Jewish Humour
Budding comedian and klezmer performer Ian Stern revealed to us much of the humour with which Jewish performers have delighted the world. We laughed at video clips of the likes of Mason and Borge. A delightful afternoon.

Newcastle

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‘A Family’s Escape’
Our very own Betty Weiner was runner-up in the Memoirs section of the 2014 Fish Anthology writing competition and her 4,000-word entry on her family’s journey from Vienna in 1938 was selected for publication. Betty read us excerpts from her entry. Her talk, entitled ‘Writing about a Family’s Escape’, was well attended and followed by a sit-down tea.

Sheffield

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A Fantastic Afternoon Tea
Sheffield Botanical Gardens was the venue for members, who tucked in to a fantastic afternoon tea in the Curator’s House Tea Room. Luckily, we hadn’t sat outside as the heavens opened, making it impossible to see the gardens in all their splendour – but giving us extra time for eating and socialising!

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Super Turnout
There was a super turnout at the home of Ruth and Werner Lachs for a discussion about favourite films and actors. The afternoon finished splendidly with a table full of cream cakes, strudel, lemon drizzle cake and iced kuchen. A good time was had by all.