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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - July 2015

At the June meeting, the Guild was visited by Graham and Rosemary Legge, from Chessington Evangelical Church, where the principal charity is Hope for Children in Riga, Latvia.  Rosemary set up an amazing (and very popular) display of the “37 varieties” of homemade goodies which she makes and sells in aid of the charity, while Graham set up computer and screen.  This was to show us a well produced video, made by young people that the charity had helped, illustrating the charity’s work.

As a Baltic state, Latvia was until 1991 behind the iron curtain and struggled with poverty on independence.  Now in the EU, it remains one of the poorest members with 10% of the working population going abroad leaving many poor families and street children.  Helen Vipass MBE is founder and director of this charity which provides caring, loving and secure day centres for children, family support centres and works with foster families.  A Christian charity, it provides food, meals, clean clothing, showers and warmth in winter.  As education is also vital for the future of the children and the country as a whole, the charity also ensures that children are able to go to school, providing equipment were necessary and somewhere to do homework with computer access.

Following the talk, video and members’ questions, Mrs. Janina Craske gave the vote of thanks to this delightful, hard working couple.

The Lunch Club travelled to The Rocket in Putney on the river front, hoping that this year it would be warm enough to each outside, but once again it was too cold and windy.  Nevertheless our group enjoyed this trip.

 Next month, on Thursday, 2nd the Lunch Club will travel as a group to The Plough on Sutton Common Road.  The following week, on Tuesday, 7th July, because Hampton Court Palace is currently celebrating its 500th anniversary, the next group visit will be a re-exploration of the Palace and grounds.  The next regular meeting at St Saviour’s Church Hall at 1.30 pm on Thursday, 16th July features a talk by David Roe ‘Pub Signs and their Stories’.  Finally, a week later on Thursday, 23rd July, Dorothy’s annual Barbecue will be held.

 For the August Hastings Trip on Thursday, 20th, during July Mrs. Raymond will be collecting any outstanding balances of fare (£15 or £10 if a £5 deposit has been paid).  There are still one or two places available if any friend or relative would like to come along.  We leave Raynes Park Station (Approach Road side) at 9.45 am and there will be a pick up at Motspur Park, at the junction of Claremont Avenue and Motspur Park at 9.30 am.  Please ensure we know if you are joining the coach at Motspur  Park.

For more information about any of our activities, please contact Mrs. D Raymond on 020 8395 9489.  Visitors are always welcome to join us.




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