Friday, February 6, 2009 Beeston Express Page 5 Express Community There’s lots going on in and around Beeston for all age groups. For those caring for younger children, information about toy libraries, playgroups, toddler groups, and parenting skills is readily available from Beeston Clinic, Dovecote House, 38 Wollaton Road, Beeston. If you are planning events or wish to advertise products or services for families, ring 0115 922 8007 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.