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					Friday, February 6, 2009                                                                   Beeston Express                                                                                    Page 5



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Holocaust Memorial Day event                                                                                                                         News in Brief
at Bramcote                                                                                                                                            Early start for Civic Society
                                                                                                                                      BEESTON & District Civic Society has organised the local
‘STAND Up to Hatred’              United Nations, to honour         own community assembled            is sprayed on a place          Heritage Open Day events for the last five years and are
was the theme for the ninth       the survivors still with us       in the Walled Garden. He           of worship, every time         making an early start on planning this September’s events.
Holocaust Memorial Day            and make sure that future         continued the theme.               someone is verbally abused       Spokesman Mick Atherton said: “There will be new events
event to be held at the           generations understand the           “Hate takes many forms,”        for being different – a hate   this year alongside the firm favourites and the runaway success
Walled Garden at Bramcote         causes of the Holocaust           he said. “It can be specific, it   crime takes place.             of the last two years, a tour of MOD Chilwell, has been
Park on January 27, 2009.         and its consequences, and         can be based on experience,           “Today, we can all make     confirmed again for this year.
   After an introduction by       to recognise that humanity        it can be focussed against         the choice to ‘Stand Up to       “More than 100 people applied each of the last two years to
the Mayor of Broxtowe, Cllr       is stilled scarred by the         a group, political or racist.      Hatred’.”                      join this tour, which concentrates on the events of the Chilwell
Sue Wildey, Broxtowe’s            belief that race or religion,     50,000 hate crimes were                                           explosion in 1918. However, for security reasons, places are
                                                                                                          Members of the Broxtowe
Youth Mayor, Weifeng              disability or sexuality makes     reported to the police in                                         limited to 40 persons. Therefore all those people who have
                                                                                                       Youth Council completed
Jiang, read the text of the       some people’s lives worth         2006, but estimates put the                                       been disappointed not to get a place in the past are encouraged,
                                                                                                       the memorial event by
three plagues around the          less than others.                 figure closer to 260,000.                                         even at this early stage, to contact the Civic Society Organiser
                                                                                                       listing the actions we all
base of the Holocaust statue.        He said: “The theme for           “Every time a shop              ought to take to recognise     for this event on (0115) 967 7260.”
The plaques explain that          2009, ‘Stand Up to Hatred’,       window is broken because           and challenge hatred.
the garden is dedicated to        urges all of us to look at        of the nationality of the                                                         Women's Meeting at Toton
the victims of oppression,        our behaviour to others,          owner, every time graffiti                                        THE Women’s Meeting at Toton Methodist Church began their
torture, mass death and           to understand how hate is                                                                           new year sessions by welcoming Rev Judi Smart, who gave a
genocide; that we live in a       directed against different                                                                          talk on the Story of the Bible, which culminated in a reading
world in which we might           minorities, and to explore                                                                          entitled: “The Bible Story in Two Minutes!”
despair; and that we must         how each of us can help                                                                                The following week, World Leprosy Day was the subject of a
remind ourselves of the           make our communities                                                                                slide show by the Area Representative for the Leprosy Mission,
duty to uphold the values of      stronger and safer.”                                                                                Mrs Pamela Levens. Mrs Levens accompanied her slide show
humanity shared equally by           He continued: “Acts                                                                              with an up-to-date talk on the work of the mission.
everyone and look forward         of hatred always involve                                                                               Members and friends had collected thousands of used British
to make a world free of           making a choice. We choose                                                                          and overseas stamps, holiday postcards and foreign and out-of-
intolerance and pain.             to attack, to abuse, to                                                                             date British coins. These were handed over to Mrs Levens for
   The statue itself was          exclude, to stand back and                                                                          the Mission, together with the afternoon’s collection of £60.
created by Naomi Blake,           do nothing – or we choose to
a Holocaust survivor,             resist, to respect, to protect.                                                                                   A grand start for church charity
and unveiled on the very             “This year’s theme                                                                               A COFFEE morning at Chilwell Road Methodist Church
first National Holocaust          gives us an opportunity to                                                                          raised £153.43 for the 2009 Church Charity, Casa Alianza,
Memorial Day in 2001.             forge links across all the                                                                          which supports street children in Central America.
   Cllr Michael Rich, Leader      diverse strands of our local                                                                          At the end of the first month, £824 has already been raised
of the Council, went on to        community lives.”                                                                                   for the charity.
outline the Statement of             Cllr Milan Radulovic then                                                                                  Open House in Toton raises cash for
Commitment adopted by the         addressed the people of our                                                                                                Childrenʼs Society
                                                                                                                                      OPEN House held at the home of Eileen Hall of Stapleford
                                                                                                                                      Lane, Toton, to celebrate her birthday on Monday, January 26,
                                                                                                                                      raised £420 for the Children’s Society.

Welcoming the Year of the Ox in Beeston                                                                                                 The money was raised at stalls and through the sale of light
                                                                                                                                      refreshments. Log Books showing the work done in Toton for
                                                                                                                                      the Society since 1968 were available for viewing, and these
BEESTON Square revelled             The programme opened              Then came a Tai Chi              performed a Dragon Dance       created a lot of interest amongst the visitors.
with celebrations to              with a traditional Lion           Fan Dance and singing              before more music and
welcome the Chinese New           Dance and a welcome               by the Nottingham                  demonstrations ended
Year, the Year of the Ox, on      speech by the Mayor of            Chinese Community                  a very well received
Saturday, January 31.             Broxtowe, Cllr Sue Wildey.        Association and a Kung Fu          afternoon’s entertainment.           Green shoots of spring
  The crowds packed into          Pupils from Alderman              demonstration by the Notts           The Year of the Ox               as gardens open for charity
the Square enjoyed an             White School and Language         and Derby 7 Star Praying           celebrations continued on        In the next few weeks, three spectacular Nottinghamshire
afternoon of traditional          College performed a               Mantis Kung Fu School.             Sunday afternoon at the          gardens will open their displays of snowdrops to visitors.
dances, workshops,                puppetry ‘Monkey Story’           This was followed by               Lakeside Arts Centre and
kung fu and martial arts          using huge and striking           performances from Castle           in Highfields Park, with the        Tuxford Jim and Margaret Swindin’s garden at The
performances, fan dances          large scale puppets made          College students.                  weekend culminating in a           Beeches in Milton, Tuxford, offers visitors the chance
and singing. Should anyone        by themselves at workshops          Next, members of the             spectacular firework display      to compare no less than around two hundred varieties of
have got restless, also to        held at the Chilwell school.      Chinese Students and               created especially for the       snowdrop in a single location. The Beeches is open from
hand were Chinese food            The play was accompanied          Scholars Association               Chinese new year.                 11am to 4pm on two Sundays, February 8 and March 1,
stalls, trinket stalls and, for   by an original soundscape                                                                               in aid of the National Gardens Scheme (NGS), a well-
the children, ‘make and           using traditional Chinese                                                                             established organisation that supports a range of charities.
take’ activities.                 instruments and percussion.
                                                                                                                                        Blyth and Underwood Two other well-known gardens
                                                                                                                                         that also support the NGS are Hodsock Priory at Blyth,
                                                                                                                                                 which will be open from 10am until 4pm
                                                                                                                                                  every day from now until March 1, and
                                                                                                                                                 Felley Priory at Underwood, open from
                                                                                                                                                   11am until 4pm on February 7 and 8.

				
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