2013.06.26 (Wed)

Sunday 30th June 2013

Hello Friends,

What an eventful week - several of us enjoyed a super day out at Wollaton Hall (don't you wish you'd come) - then a delightful Romantic Concert; and all followed by an Open-House meeting of 'old friends' and 'new friends'. Friendship - it is so important, and we can all enjoy keeping in touch with special friends from all around the globe. God blesses us all in many ways.

We meet next Sunday afternoon, 30th June, from 2.30 pm until 4.30 pm in the ‘Lounge’ in the ‘Lounge’ @ Emmanuel Church Centre, 43 Forest Road. Your hosts will be Aaron, Naomi and Helen - with several other volunteers! OPEN-HOUSE International Friendship Café is especially for overseas visitors to Loughborough (students, academics, employees ~ married or single, children and adults); those for whom the U.K. is a ‘foreign’ land!

Next month we shall visit both Nottingham's Castle and Leicester's National Space Centre - so watch this space for more details.

As the University Term ends, many of you will be leaving Loughborough, travelling back across the world to your home countries. Please tell me when you are leaving, so we can wish you well for the future. That will also give me opportunity to update the OPEN-HOUSE membership list.   Wherever you are in the world, you can keep in touch with all we do by accessing our website: http://openhouselboro2006.blog.fc2.com. It is kept up-to-date with news and photographs, and has many useful links for you to access. Your families and friends – and colleagues - will also find our website useful and informative.

It’s also a time of year when many students are looking for short-term accommodation, until December. If you know of any vacant rooms in shared houses please let me know.

May you all experience God’s wonderful blessing,



Dates & Events for your 2013 Diary ~~~

JULY >>>
20 Sat         Day Out to Nottingham Castle - Museums, Art Gallery,
                         Caves.- and lots of 'orrible 'istory! Total cost under £15.

AUGUST >>> (No Sunday meetings for OPEN-HOUSE during August !!)
17 Sat          Eastwell - Village Fete ...........
                                                TRANSPORT ~~ DRIVERS REQUIRED ....

26 Mon         Summer Bank Holiday (public holiday)
26 Mon         ‘Old Dalby Day' – Village Fete ...........
                                                TRANSPORT ~~ DRIVERS REQUIRED ....

- >>>>> SECURITY <<<<< -
… will you will travel in the UK or Europe this year …?

There are ‘pick-pockets’ and thieves in every country in the world. They ‘work’ in crowded places, shops, markets and tourist ‘honeypots’ (thieves even operate in University libraries). So, never leave your valuables where you cannot see them. Be wise – hide your important documents and cash, and never show off valuable equipment or jewellery! Never put cameras, laptops, passports, cards, tickets or money into your back pocket, or into a back-pack – thieves and pickpockets are capable of stealing your possessions out of a pocket or backpack, and you will not even feel them. Be discreet with valuables, and keep them where you can see them and feel them - in a secure waist-bag in front of you. Thieves may try to distract you, so never leave your property unattended.
There are places in the world where it may be unwise for women (or men!) to walk alone, especially at night, and you are advised to carry a small 'personal alarm' for security. Try to stay with a group as much as possible, and ensure you only use registered taxis.

If ever you feel threatened, find a police officer – they are there to help you.
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