14 August 2019 Halesworth & Southwold Community News Hope and Aid Direct

IN my last piece I said that I would write more about the overall refugee problem. I was not aware then that June 22nd was scheduled to be World Refugee Day nor that the whole week had been designated Refugee Week; not that it seems to have influenced any of the world’s leaders!

However, in our son

Charles and his wife Bev, and many others who care, lived for the whole week on what every refugee

Jordan’s refugee

camps receives as their daily ration. It is mainly rice, but with very small additional portions of lentils, chickpeas, and flour, and they were allowed half an onion, a tin of kidney beans and a small tin of sardines for the whole week (no spices or seasoning of any sort). Breakfast was called ‘congee’ which was essentially boiled rice: they said it was utterly tasteless.

This illustrates just

how vital the work of the charity is, in supplying extras like pasta, lentils and tinned food, with a determination now to supply extras like stock cubes and spices. It’s important to

note the

following facts. In 1918 (the year I was born) the world’s population was 1.8 billion: by 1997 it was 5.9 billion: Today it is 7.715 billion and growing at the rate of 1.07% per annum. It is forecast to be 10 billion by 2050! That means that for every person on this earth in 1918 there are now 4 and by 2015 there will 5.5! Just think what that means. UNHCR states that

there are currently 70.8 displaced

persons in the world, of whom 25.9 million are refugees with half being under the age of 18! The population of the UK is 67 million which means that there

are three million more refugees than the entire population of the UK. They come mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, South Sudan and Venezuela but many other countries as well. UNHCR states that the numbers increase by 37,000 every day. During the first week of July the media was occupied with sport and political manoeuvrings with

Brexit. This

connected is


happened in the real world: 12 boats with 407 refugees, including over 100 children, landed on the Greek Aegean islands

of Lesvos, Chios,

Samos, Kos and Rhodes. In the Mediterranean a boat with over 80 refugees from Tunisia/ Libya capsized and all but 4 drowned. On the Italian island of Lampedusa the Captain of Sea Watch 3 defied the ultra right wing Government and docked with 42 rescued people who had been on board for more than 40 days. Another Sea Watch

sailing vessel

also defied the authorities and landed refugees. Sea Watch is a German charity which keeps ships on patrol in the Mediterranean to help refugees but Italy and some other

permission in


countries refuse them to.

Libya a refugee ‘camp’ returned

Meanwhile, refugees,

suffered an air strike by a Libyan warlord and over 40 people were killed. We all saw that iconic photograph of a refugee family from San Salvador, travelling


Mexico, to seek refuge in America:

the young father

and his baby daughter were drowned whilst attempting to cross the Rio Grande. Finally, the Captain of Alex another vessel operated by an Italian


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authority. Do you

remember when the universal law of the sea was to save life! Yes, all this happened in just one week!

This ís a humanitarian problem of global proportions and can only be resolved by global


but countries are trying to withdraw behind national boundaries! Nobody becomes a refugee by choice and the problem is compounded by conflict, trade wars, climate change and rising sea levels and

extreme and


11-year-old Annabel Nichols from Leiston is after the in

landing adorable

the role

fabulous family Pantomime, Goldilocks

Leiston Film and

the Three

Bears, which comes to their stage between January 16th and 19th 2020. Energetic Annabel

is no

stranger to the stage and has been part of the venue's popular Pantomimes for three years, as part of the ensemble cast, but this is her first time in a lead role and she cannot wait to wear her costume and join her furry family of Mummy and Daddy Bear. Annabel,

who attends

nonsense is talked about immigration

poverty. More ‘economic’

migrants, than almost any other subject, but I remember when we sent some of our best (and some of our worst) to the dominions and colonies! Dostoevsky said it all, ‘We are all responsible to everyone for everything!’ As Christians we are bidden to love our neighbours as ourselves. Thank God for the thousands of charity workers, of all races and creeds, who daily demonstrate compassion, humanity and love for their fellow men and women, but where are the ‘politicians’ who will lead?

Meanwhile Hope and Aid

Direct is gearing up for the next convoy and our garage is still

available to receive

donations. Thank you! Margaret and Jack Storer

Coldfair Green School, has performed with the Suffolk All Stars and has excelled in Disco Dance, Street Dance and Rock ‘n’ Roll and is currently

working towards

her Grade 3 Modern exam. When not dancing, she is an active member of the Leiston and District Swimming Club and has competed at the

Amateur Swimming

Association’s Suffolk Counties Championships. Annabel

was invited producers with a to

audition for the part of Baby Bear and after impressing the


song and dance routine and performing

three pages of

scripted material, was offered the part, which she was excited to accept. "Annabel had clearly put considerable effort into her audition piece, which made our decision to offer her the role really quite easy. Having known Annabel and watched her develop into a

conscientious performer


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August dates are on the 15th and 29th of the month, starting at 7.30pm because

of the number of players £30 plus per game is a quite normal level of winnings. The Village Hall Annual General Meeting will be held on the August 8th at 7pm. All are very welcome. Come along and hear of the work achieved this past 12 months and the plans for the coming year.

Several members of the committee are stepping down to pursue others interests and we do thank them most sincerely for all their efforts – particularly Helen Fensum who has served the Village Hall since inception, well over 30 years a remarkable and appreciated performance.

Framlingham parkrun – Up and Running

FOLLOWNG a successful launch on June 8th, Thomas Mills parkrun is now firmly established on the Framlingham weekend scene. Routinely

attracting over

100 participants each week, parkrun starts every Saturday at 9am, and provides a free weekly timed 5K run over a two lap course around the Thomas Mills playing fields and adjacent farmland. “It has been an amazing and heartwarming start,” says parkrun organiser Robert

Mawson, “and

especially when we see new faces coming each week to give it a try – some local,

many from further

afield.” Nor do participants need to be runners, he adds “parkrun is for everyone, a true community activity for all ages and abilities, with many coming just to walk the course, or jog, or push buggies, or simply spectate, many come to volunteer as marshals and helpers too.” Walk, jog, run, volunteer,

to find out more visit the website

at www.parkrun. or come along any Saturday and see for yourself!

celebrating as

Baby Bear Theatre's

through previous productions, I have every confidence that she's going to be fantastic in all that fur!" said Leiston Film Theatre Manager and Pantomime Director Wayne Burns.

The Pantomime has been written by Wayne Burns and Stephen Ginger, who between them have over 30 years of Pantomime

behind them.

The show is being brought to the stage under Wayne's 'Team B Productions' title - a group of experienced am-dram performers, whose previous sell-out successes have included shows at Leiston Film Theatre and at the Spa Pavilion Theatre in Felixstowe. The group have ambitious plans to develop further

and are especially

thrilled to be bringing the tale of Goldilocks to the stage. In this all-new version of

the beloved story, Goldilocks ventures

into the woods

and encounters Mummy, Daddy and Baby Bear when she stumbles

across their

woodland home. When the wicked Ringmaster plots to capture the furry family and

make them the stars of his Circus, it's up to Goldilocks, Silly Billy and even Dame Trump to come to the rescue. Packed to the panto-brim with slapstick family fun, toe-tapping

tunes and a

huge helping of audience participation, the show looks set to be another success for the venue, with over 1,000 tickets already sold. Goldilocks and the Three Bears, the fabulous family

Pantomime, appears live

at Leiston Film Theatre on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th January 2020. Tickets are priced at £14.95 for adults, £13.95 for seniors and £12.95 for children and are now available from the Leiston

Film Theatre box

office on 01728 830549 or at: www.leistonfilmtheatre.

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