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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

Convivial Banter
Despite the freezing weather our members gathered for an enjoyable afternoon. Topics discussed ranged from the ‘suggested’ one of ‘best and worse inventions’ to convivial banter, which produced much laughter as many a humorous anecdote was told.

Broughton/Crumpsall Continental Friends

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Cheshire Continental Friends

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Present-day Problems Discussed
Helen and Nachman Herz kindly offered their flat to us for our meeting. After lunch we had a discussion of present-day problems, covering Jewish university students on campus, how Israelis came to the rescue of flood victims in Cumbria and Lancashire, Israeli-Palestinian relations, and how Israelis see their future with Iran.

Didsbury Continental Friends

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Family Histories
Members enjoyed a light sandwich lunch whilst discussing their family histories. It was a pleasure to welcome newcomer Ellyn to our group and I very much hope she will continue to attend our meetings.

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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Afternoon of Delights
Our meeting, generously hosted by Maria and David Chamberlain - who also mesmerised us with a slides presentation of their botanic themed trips to the Far East – was made especially enjoyable by a record number of us attending, including first-timers Francesca and Ulrich, and by meeting Jim Sutherland, our new AJR Social Worker. Thank you AJR and our hosts for an afternoon of delights.

Glasgow

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

A Fresh Approach to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
A very modern but extremely good production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream drew a mixed reaction from Glasgow members. The new-look, stripped-back version was a totally fresh approach to Shakespeare’s fantasy and certainly had everyone talking.

Glasgow Book Club

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

Everyone’s Favourite Book
We met at Eva’s house, the topic being everyone’s favourite book. We had a lively discussion on a variety of novels from historical to comical, rounded off by a delicious afternoon tea. We were delighted to welcome new member Carol. Our next book: the first novel by TV presenter Kirsty Wark.

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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Laughter and Fellowship
Arek began by relating his most recent visit to Auschwitz with 230+ members of the synagogue in Leeds. We then discussed how we felt about being in or out of Europe with most of us definitely feeling ‘European’ as well as English. Inge got us onto how we might achieve peace in our lifetime, and we then planned outings for spring and summer. Despite the grim Brussels outrages and talk of Auschwitz, there was much laughter and fellowship among us.

Hull

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Things To Do
We enjoyed Veronika’s wonderful hospitality and discussed new year resolutions. Members spoke of the different things they were promising to do - from clearing out old cupboards to learning a new piece on the piano!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Gerald’s Choice
At Donisthorpe Hall Leeds member Gerald Jackson gave a presentation of some of his favourite music, including Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven … and a most surprising but entertaining finale with Flanagan and Allen! The afternoon continued with a sumptuous tea courtesy of Donisthorpe Hall.

Liverpool

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Super Afternoon
Liverpool members were entertained by the musical presentation ‘The World of Tchaikovsky’, given by Manchester’s Roger Bower and Braine Green. Homemade cakes for tea rounded off a super afternoon.

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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If It’s Not Impossible
Barbara Winton talked about her father and, in particular, his singlemindedness. This character trait helped him to achieve his goals, leading to the saving of 669 ‘Winton children’. It was a privilege to meet Barbara, who signed copies of her aptly named book If It’s Not Impossible.

Sheffield

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Riveting Story
Ian Vellins spoke to us on the dramatic true-life story of Peter Stevens. Born into a German-Jewish family, Peter was something of a black sheep. After changing his identity and becoming a RAF pilot, he was shot down and captured. He escaped five times! An absolutely riveting story.

Whitefield/Prestwich Continental Friends

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Hamentashen and Tea
A most interesting discussion about the pros and cons of religion followed by Purim hamentashen and tea, to round off a most enjoyable meeting at the home of Louise Elliot.