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					              Newsletter Sunday 29th March 2009




For Your Prayers
John Mercer, Phil Carlson, Sarah McPhearson, Jess Angel, Evelyn Lewis, George Roberts, Terry
McAvoy, Doreen Hart, Hilary Oliver, Alfie, Jonathan Boyle, Georgina, Jack Quayne, Nancy Tait.



    SPRING FAYRE THURSDAY 2ND APRIL 3PM TIL 5.30PM
We’re trying something new! A jumble at the end of the school
day. There will be the usual jumble stalls including cakes and tea
and coffee.
If you can help in any way please, please do. This is to raise
money for St Barnabas and although we have other plans afoot
the jumble sales will continue as the jumble keeps rolling in. Can
you bake some cakes or maybe help out, spread the word or just
come and buy?
Entrance will be 50p but there will free entrance for those wearing
an Easter bonnet and a prize for the best one!!!
Come along and help us to raise funds for our church.
         Any questions please call Niki on 07834 714 765
NANCY TAIT MBE, OUR CHAMPION AGAINST ASBESTOS
Nancy Tait MBE, who died aged 89 in February, spent a Saturday afternoon once a month for 20 years
until recently here at St Barnabas’. She was a leading campaigner for the international ban on asbestos
for forty years after the death of her husband Bill from its dreadful lung disease, mesothelioma.
At Nancy’s monthly Support Group, she would give personal advice about the tricky business of claiming
Industrial Disablement Benefit, while people waiting shared their concerns over tea and biscuits in the
other room. She created an atmosphere of warmth, sympathy, expertise and trust. Churchwarden John
Mercer stood by as a friendly host.
Our church had been offered as a meeting-place by our priest, the late Father Fred Rollinson, who was a
social worker at St Joseph’s Hospice. Nearby is the London Chest Hospital and convenient buses and
tubes for the families of Essex car workers (brakes were lined with asbestos and London dockers who
had unloaded sacks of it from South Africa and Canada in clouds of killer dust. Mesothelioma takes
many years to develop.
There have been obituaries in the Guardian, Independent, Eastendlife and East London Advertiser, with
a report in Last Word on Radio 4 and an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons.

Ballet Classes at St Barnabas
The Lisa Gilbert Academy of Ballet will be commencing ballet classes from ages 2-14 every Monday from
3.30-7.00 in St Barnabas Church hall (times dependant on age and ability). An open day is being held in
St Barnabas Church hall on Monday 30th March between 3.30-7.00 for further information and enrolment
into the Academy. All welcome to come along and meet Miss Gilbert. Please contact Miss Lisa Gilbert on
07745543988 or 02082458155.

Love, Loss and Laughter – Classical Concert
This wonderful concert being held at St B’s on Sat 25th April, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. There are 4
sopranos performing, solos and duets plus the Homerton Consort.
What we need is help advertising the concert and selling tickets. We also need people to help in the night.
It should be a fantastic night and a great opportunity to raise money as well as an opportunity to get more
people into the building.
If you think you can help please let Niki or Sorella know or email Sorella on sorella_le_var@hotmail.com
or call 07961 414761.

You Decide!
You Decide! events are happening all over Tower Hamlets and you can take part.
Tower Hamlets Council is giving local residents the chance to influence how council money is used, to
buy more services to improve their area.
At each You Decide! event there’ll be a list of services available to make your area a better place.
You can choose to buy things like:
Extra policing
Resources to provide cleaner streets
Services to improve parks and green spaces
Support services to improve GCSE results
There are loads of events going on but the Bow West (LAP 5) meeting is
Saturday 4 April
10am-1pm
David Sharpe Theatre
Central Foundation School
Harley Grove
London E3 2AT

To take part Tower Hamlets residents can register to vote by calling 020 7364 4572 or visiting
www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/youdecide

Live Music at St Barnabas
Following the success of a number of external events at St Barnabas we are planning to hold regular live
music nights. If you are in a band or group and would like to play let Niki know.

YOU HAVE TO REGISTER TO TAKE PART
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PLEASE BUY ‘STAY UP LATE’ BY HEAVY LOAD TO MAKE THEM THE FIRST EVER LEARNING
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This is your newsletter. Please do keep me updated of anything that might be happening in or around St Barnabas. Send me photos
of an event or excursion that may be of interest to the community. If you would like an emailed copy or know of an event coming up
            that should be included or if you have an organisation you would like to be featured please do let me know on
                                            niki.stevens@btinternet.com, call 07834 714 765.

				
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