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

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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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A Most Prized or Sentimental Possession
Members spoke about their most prized or sentimental possessions. These ranged from a tablecloth, drawing, ring, Bakelite doll and brass candlesticks to a watch chain.

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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Family Histories
Hostess Francoise Roberson and Northern Outreach Co-ordinator Agnes Isaacs made me extremely welcome and the conversation was warm and fascinating as all nine of us gave brief summaries of our family histories. The variety of countries from which our parents

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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‘The Best Book We Have Ever Read’
'The best book we have ever read at Book Club!’, said members of Geraldine Brooks’s People of the Book. Largely a work of fiction but based on the wonderful old Sarajevo Haggadah, the likeable characters – and some perhaps less so – took us through many time periods and traditions between 1480 and 2003. Our next book: Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole.

Glasgow CF

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Yom Tov Nosh
We met at Agnes’s house for the annual pre-Yom Tov lunch. Myrna reminded the 21-strong attendees of the significance of dipping the apple in the honey. It was delightful to celebrate together and wish everyone good health and happiness for the year ahead.

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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Indian Summer
We enjoyed an excellent discussion at the lovely home of Edith Jayne followed by a delicious afternoon tea. Windows and doors were wide open to enjoy York’s Indian summer!

Hull

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More of the Same Please!
We all enjoyed a hearty lunch at Hull’s East Park Pavilion Café. Conversation as always was lively and the sun shone for us as it did at this venue last year. Here’s to more of the same in 2017!

Leeds (Continental Friends)

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Life on the Bench
Members enjoyed glorious sunshine in the beautiful gardens at Pippa and Norman Landey’s home whilst listening to Judge Geoffrey Kamil’s talk on ‘A Varied Life on the Bench’, after which everyone tucked into Pippa’s amazing baking.

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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Forgotten Hero
We watched the film Carl Lutz: The Forgotten Hero. Carl Lutz, whose efforts saved up to 62,000 people in Budapest, received no recognition for this huge achievement from his own country after the war; it was many years before this recognition was given. Our meeting took place exactly 15 years to the day on which the first AJR meeting was held in Newcastle.

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.