Ukrainian help, carol singing, church history

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Ukrainian help, carol singing, church history

Latest news of interest from across the Diocese of East Anglia includes carols with a difference, help for Ukrainians, new church history book and a dinner gift.

Every year Cambourne Indian Club goes around the town carolling and raising funds for a local charity. This year, on Saturday December 10, they were collecting for Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge which is more busy than ever supporting the homeless.

Mel Ward, from Saint John Fisher, said: “We like to coordinate the end of their public singing with the end of our 5pm Mass and much fun was had listening to joyful Malayalam carols and singing together (pictured above). Our children relished the lively percussion and some international and more local Christmas fare was shared afterwards. Thanks as always to Annie and Seb, Giju and Shaju and all our Indian friends and neighbours who bring such happiness and hope to our parish and raised much needed funds with such fun!”

A new book is in preparation on East Anglia’s medieval churches, which comprehensively catalogues over 1200 images of saints and angels on the region’s surviving rood screens with professional photography throughout. The text of the book is by Michael Hodges, with a foreword by Bishop Emeritus Alan Hopes. You can read about the book here, and subscribe to receive a copy when the book is published next summer:

The highlight of the  June meeting of the Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association held at  the George Hotel was an after-dinner talk delivered by John Lee, Chief  Executive Officer of YMCA Norfolk. His talk covered the whole history of the organisation since its establishment in Norwich in 1856, supported by local businesses like Jarrolds, Colmans and Gurneys. He was later presented with a cheque for £1250 by Circle President Francis Harmer who had nominated the YMCA as his preferred charity of the year.

The  highlight of the December 8 meeting of Norwich Circle of the Catenian Association held at the George Hotel was a talk by two UEA students about the University’s Catholic Association. Carmen Esono Ada supervises musical aspects and Jamie O’Neon is vice president of the Society.

St Joseph’s Church in St Neots has been offering free English lessons to Ukrainians who are living locally. This has since expanded to include others who are learning English, with about 10 attending every week. On Monday December 19, the group celebrated with a Christmas party (pictured below), including traditional English Christmas treats as well as food provided by the learners.