2011.04.27 (Wed)

OpenHouse May 1

Hello Friends,

What a busy week that was ….. Good Friday, St George’s Day, Easter Sunday, Spring Holiday ….. it’s nice to have a rest!! However, this week will be almost as ‘busy’.

Several of you have said you would like to see the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th, but you don’t have a television in your room. You are welcome to watch it at our home. Bring something to eat and arrive by 10.30 am – email Judith and me for more details. Other volunteers will also invite you to their homes.

On Saturday, 30th April, Aaron is leading another of his famous WALKS in the Peak District – this time to the fascinating town of Bakewell. Please contact Aaron on ansteya@yahoo.co.uk or 01509 218579, so he can arrange transport (Volunteer car-drivers required?). Bring a picnic lunch, umbrella, sturdy walking shoes, weatherproof top, camera, and some cash (contribute towards fuel).

Also on Saturday you may wish to enjoy Loughborough’s Canal & Boat Festival – entrance to the canal bank is behind ‘The Basin’ – it’s free, and from 10 am to 5 pm.

Come and join us at OPEN-HOUSE on next Sunday, 1st May. We meet from 2 pm - 4 pm in the ‘Lounge’ at Emmanuel Church Centre, 43 Forest Road, and your hosts will be Guy Stokes and Helen Crowhurst, with other volunteers. Bring a friend with you - OPEN-HOUSE is especially for overseas visitors to L’boro; students, academics, employees, families or singles, children and adults; everyone for whom this is a ‘foreign’ land!

And then, Monday, 25th April is May Day - a Public Holiday in the UK.

May you all know God’s blessing,



This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,
This happy breed of men, this little world,
This precious stone set in the silver sea
Which serves it in the office of a wall,
Or as a moat defensive to a house,
Against the envy of less happier lands,
This blessed plot, this earth, this realm,
This England.

William Shakespeare 23rd April 1564 ~ 23rd April 1616 (!)

(John of Gaunt's speech in the play ‘Richard II’, Act II, sc. 1)

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