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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

Congenial Conversation
Bradford members enjoyed a good Social Get-together. In fact, my suggested discussion topic went by the way as congenial conversation took over. All nicely rounded off with delicious afternoon refreshments!

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Fly on the Wall
Ernie and Vivienne Hunter were our delightful hosts. We enjoyed a delicious lunch and discussed where we would put ourselves if we were a ‘fly on the wall’ for one day. There were some very interesting ideas and the time flew by as always!

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Favourite Books and Delicious Food
Members enjoyed a discussion about favourite or memorable books they had read and jotted down recommendations from each other for future reading. Of course no meeting would have been complete without delicious food to accompany it and a good time was had by all.

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

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Meeting of Experts
Vivien spoke about her Scandinavian jewellery, in which she is a world expert; Judy brought samples of her exquisite cushions and pictures of her curtains and upholstery; Pam spoke about her love of playing the piano and reading; my husband David spoke about the textiles he had collected from all over the world; Lilian told us about her stage productions and brought along some of the costumes she had made; Eva told us about learning the piano in Germany as a child; and I told everyone about my passion for foraging, nettles and berries, but especially wild mushrooms.

Glasgow

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GREAT DAY OUT IN SAINT ANDREWS
A coachload of folk from Glasgow with representatives from Edinburgh, Perth, Montrose and St Andrews enjoyed a delicious sandwich lunch in the hallowed premises of the Links Golf Club. After lunch the coach took us to South Street in the town. While some wondered round the shops, others went to admire David Annand’s bronze statue of Hamish McHamish – St Andrews’s answer to Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Bobby! Hamish the Cat entertained the town for over 16 years, giving rise to many stories and traditions such as ‘If you don’t feed him you’ll have bad luck!’ Many thanks to Agnes for organising a great day out.

Glasgow Book Club

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Days Gone By and First Kisses
The group agreed that Maggie O’Farrell’s The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox, though a fictional story, told how the upper classes ‘removed’ family members who behaved outside the family norms. Group discussion led to reminiscences of days gone by in different countries and of first kisses! We look forward to next month’s novel The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Glasgow CF

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From Tom Jones to Pavarotti
Our bring-and-share musical afternoon turned out to be a wonderful social occasion. Members enjoyed a wide variety of music - from Tom Jones to Pavarotti - plus a chance to catch up on everyone’s news.

Glasgow FIlm Club

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Woman in Gold
A good number of members turned up to Anthea’s house, which had been converted into a mini-cinema for a showing of the excellent Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren. Much discussion ensued about where people came from and and looted family treasures.

Harrogate/York CF

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Brexit and German Passports
Our lunchtime get-together worked out as the perfect time to listen to Michael Newman’s slot on the David Vine Radio 2 show discussing ‘Descendants of Jewish refugees seeking German citizenship after the Brexit vote’. Indeed, it made for some good discussion along with many other interesting subjects!

Hull

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Strong ‘Wanderlust’
Veronika gave a wonderful account of her recent whistle-stop trip to Canada. It was wonderful to see her ‘wanderlust’ is still so strong!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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A Real Treat
Leeds members had a real treat when master chocolatier Robert Winterflood gave a talk about the history of chocolate - and, as he spoke, chocolate samples made their way around the room. How any of us had room for Barbara’s usual fabulous baking is a mystery but we did!

Liverpool

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An Admirable and Inspiring Woman
A bumper group of members enjoyed lunch and an excellent talk by Dr Susan Cohen on the life and work of Eleanor Rathbone, a most admirable and inspiring woman.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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Entertaining and Uplifting Afternoon
We were treated by Alex Klein to the rare opportunity of seeing some of the virtuoso cantors on film. Alex’s talk demonstrated his amazing wealth of knowledge and we had a most entertaining and uplifting afternoon.

Newcastle

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Out of Chaos Exhibition
We visited the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle, which is currently hosting a selection of art works from the Ben Uri Gallery in London. As it featured artists of Jewish descent, many of whom fled Nazi-occupied countries, it came as no surprise that most of the paintings dealt with issues such as identity, belonging and building new lives. Thanks are due to Agnes, who organised our outing.

Sheffield

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Get-Together and Catch-Up
We enjoyed afternoon tea at the Botanical Gardens. Conversation was accompanied by the sound of rain pounding on the roof above … It was wonderful to get-together and have a good catch-up.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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A Very Beautiful Siddur
A delicious lunch was followed by much discussion about sentimental possessions. Helen brought along a very beautiful siddur which had belonged to her grandmother and we were all were give the pleasure and honour to hold it.