August round-up - news and events of the month
This month we will concentrate on the private events held at the Garrison Church which provide vital income for the Church, and which we hope will increase in number going forward.
Firstly we hosted on Sunday 20th August an event organised by Sonia Lambert, the fund raising Chair of Being the Cure Charity. There were several stalls and tents, a good crowd in attendance and the sun shone as it did for the next two events.
On Saturday 26th Pamela Franklin and the Caribbean Social Forum held their annual summer picnic. Well over 100 were in attendance ; there was Caribbean food in abundance as well as Jamaican rum and other drinks to make the party go with a swing. A distinguished visitor from the cast of Eastenders attended and a singing and dancing compere whose rendition of My Boy Lollipop will particularly remain in the memory. There was dancing and good fellowship and, as always, the Forum left the church immaculate at the end of a very happy day.
The following day ( Sunday 27th) saw the summer party organised by Dalprasad Thapa for his friends within the Gurkha community. There was an even larger crowd than for the previous day ( We were much indebted to the efforts of one of our Gurkha friends who had unblocked the drain a few weeks previously; otherwise the system would have buckled under the numbers of this weekend.)
The Gurkhas certainly know how to party! Food and drink in ever-flowing quantity; music and dancing and a reluctance to leave the Church at the end of a very hectic evening were all indications of what an enjoyable event it had been. We hope that this Party too will become an annual event at the Church.