in the garden

 

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

Past and Present
Meeting in Bradford Reform Synagogue, we were joined by local historian Nigel Grizzard, who helped inform our discussion about Bradford past and present. All wrapped up nicely with a lovely afternoon tea and a huge chocolate cake to celebrate Albert Waxman’s forthcoming special day.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Varied Discussion
Meeting at the home of Ernie Hunter, topics for discussion included the various forms of group rescue that brought people into Britain; how a longstanding ban on Stolpersteine (‘stumbling stones’) outside the homes of Holocaust victims in Munich may be on the verge of being overturned; and what members of the gathering would do if they were to become PM of Britain.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Kaffeeklatsch
We met at the Bridge Club over a delightful sandwich lunch with tea and coffee and lovely sweet tartlets – almost like the Kaffeeklatsch of a bygone era! We had a good Klatsch - nearly missing out on what we would take with us if ever stranded on a desert island. Our thanks to Wendy Bott for her excellent organisation of the meeting and refreshments.

Dundee

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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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Late Chanukah Party
Edinburgh Friends spent a most pleasant afternoon at the home of Vivien Anderson, who kindly hosted the Late Chanukah Party. A brilliant tea with latkes was enjoyed by all.

Glasgow

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A Lovely Social Occasion
As in previous years, the Early New Year Party was a lovely social occasion. Everyone enjoyed getting out and socialising over mulled wine and canapes. A most agreeable way to start the holidays.

Glasgow Book Club

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A Good Read
Heartbreak Hotel by Deborah Moggach was a good read. Helpful tips like shopping at the meals-for-one counters to meet a new partner proved most popular.

Glasgow CF

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Pre-Chanukah Lunch

This year’s pre-Chanuka lunch was a beautiful event with lovely fresh flowers on the table. We were served an excellent three-course meal followed by tea, which allowed much time to socialise with the four generations - ranging in age from 3 to 95-ish. Sheila Osborne sang a variety of recognisable melodies, allowing many to join in. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for around 40 people who braved the torrential rain. Once again, many thanks to all involved, particularly Agnes.


Harrogate/York CF

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Memorable Visit to Beth Shalom
Members were welcomed most warmly to Beth Shalom Holocaust Centre. CEO Phil Lyons gave us a most informative talk, followed by a tour of ‘The Journey’, after which, together with a large audience of schoolchildren, we listened to a talk by survivor Trude Silman. Following a delicious tea, members walked through the gardens, where thousands of white roses have been dedicated to lost loved ones, then took a tour of the museum itself. Our gratitude to the Smith family, who founded Beth Shalom, and to all those who run it so excellently.

Hull

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‘Woman in Gold’
Our host was Rose Abrahamson and it was in her lovely home that we watched ‘Woman in Gold’. Everyone enjoyed the film and thought it was extremely well made.

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Visit to Marks & Spencer Exhibition
First and Second Generation members enjoyed a most interesting visit to the M&S Archives at Leeds University. We were given a guided tour of the exhibition, which traced the company’s history through the decades, and an illustrated talk on M&S through the war years.

Liverpool

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Fantastic Lunch
Liverpool’s own Justine Saville was the star turn at the AJR Chanukah Party. She sang a medley of songs - some from the musicals and some Hebrew ones - and everyone had a good singalong too! All this of course followed the customary fantastic lunch complete with jam doughnuts.

Manchester (Continental Friends)

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A Fabulous Afternoon Tea
The Nicky Alliance Day Centre was the venue for AJR members, who enjoyed a fabulous afternoon tea with excellent musical accompaniment by our guest entertainer Jack Maurer. Everyone went home with a smile!

Newcastle

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Chanukah Meal for Friends Old and New
Friends old and new tucked into a three-course Chanukah meal. Entertainment was provided by violinist David Biermann. It was also a good opportunity to thank our social worker Jim Sutherland for all his hard work and to introduce his replacement, Dave Moon. Jim will now be covering areas nearer home.

Sheffield

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The Power of Good
We met in the synagogue to see the film ‘The Power of Good’, which tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton’s work. Sue Pearson, one of ‘Nicky’s children’, brought along a copy of his now famous scrapbook and answered questions from the audience. Another member told us her mother and aunt had been saved by Sir Nicholas. A most interesting and heartfelt afternoon.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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‘What Makes You Smile?’
In a world full of bad news stories it was lovely to think about the things that make us smile – from grandchildren and great-grandchildren to a good game of golf to listening to music to hearing a good joke. A big thank you to Louise for being our host.