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Supporting charities / Re: Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
« Last post by Editor on Today at 12:19:55 pm »
Does anyone know if the local Rotary are taking part in this years shoe box appeal? If not, is there any other charity making a local collection? Details of dates / drop off location would be much appreciated.

Hi LMS,
It's been pointed out by a forum reader that there are alternative schemes for those wanting to donate boxes. They sent me a link to Humanists UK which has a long list at the foot of this article - the links they listed are copied below for ease of access - they include:
  • Plan UK runs a range of projects to assist some of the world’s poorest children.
  • Via Oxfam, you can buy someone a flock of chickens or a camel, or textbooks or dinners for a third world school. For these and many other life-changing or life-saving gifts, see http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/oxfam-unwrapped.
  • Good Gifts is a means of getting suitable gifts to people who really need them, endorsed by a range of worthwhile charities. Buy a goat for Rwanda or a bicycle for a midwife in Cambodia, or help turn weapons of war into farm implements via www.goodgifts.org
  • The environmentally conscious can adopt an animal from an endangered species via www.wwf.org or a whale or dolphin via www.wdcs.org. You can protect an acre of rainforest at www.worldlandtrust.org, or www.rainforestfoundationuk.org.
  • Closer to home, you can sponsor a tree through www.woodland-trust.org.uk. All these send certificates to mark the gift.
  • There is, of course, Children in Need, which happens in November each year. Keep an eye on www.bbcchildreninneed.co.uk/ for this year’s appeal.
  • If you work or attend a school which is looking for an alternative, you might want to link your school with one in South Africa, Ghana, Uganda or Malawi. Visit www.lcdinternational.org/school-linking to find out more.
  • If the school insists on using gift boxes, one option is the shoebox scheme run by the Christian charity Link to Hope at www.linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal because 'they don’t place any literature in the boxes and promise not to discriminate in who the boxes are given to'.
  • The Aquabox scheme at www.aquabox.org is a popular charity amongst humanist groups and many schools. Welfare items from a recommended list are collected to fill a water treatment box, which costs £50.00. This then becomes a useful kit that can be sent quickly to disaster areas. Each box is numbered and linked to the donor, so that you can find out where your box went.
  • Refuge runs a parcel scheme targeted at women and children escaping domestic violence, including children’s parcels and emergency parcels to help people rebuild their lives.
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Images Of North Mymms / Re: What happened to the Brookmans Park URC Wives Group?
« Last post by Angel on Yesterday at 08:19:11 pm »
I have a feeling that they were known as 'Young wives' - even when the ladies were in their 70s and 80s!!
Perhaps Mermaid would know.
They used to organise a bi-annual coach outing, alternating and combining with the W.I.
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The sewage works that is referred to in the article is the land behind the recycling bank up the drive to the Community Centre, adjacent to St Thomas More Church. The old settlement tanks were filled in before the Centre was built and the land was treated as contaminated for years and kept fenced off. Earlier this year Thames Water, (who still own that plot of land, now all overgrown) confirmed that the land is now safe and the fences were removed. Some landscaping is promised by Thames and the area will be accessible, but will hopefully be properly maintained and serve as a haven for wildlife. The latest news I have is that Thames anticipate work to commence in November.
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I was talking to one of the ladies in the front row in the CoOp the other day, she is still very much alive - so can't be the 50's.  ;D Another was a 'Dinner Lady' at Brookmans Park Primary School in the 1960's and was on playground duty each lunch time. Sadly, she did pass away a while ago, but I have fond memories of her and her care for me and my fellow pupils.
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I recognise a few ladies who are still active in the church today, albeit in their 80's now. I would say it's definitely the 70's ....
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Interesting read.
I saw that the author mentioned the pony 'Merrilegs' which we had a thread on some time ago:
Merrilegs the pony
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Murders, U-boats, and the church on the loo are just some of the local memories shared recently by Dr J. Plowman, who lived in Brookmans Park immediately after WW2. He contacted the North Mymms Parish Council with his recollections of his time here and would like anyone who wants to contact him to get in touch. His address is at the end of his shared memories 60 Years Living In Brookmans Park.
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Images Of North Mymms / Re: What happened to the Brookmans Park URC Wives Group?
« Last post by Editor on October 21, 2017, 07:27:55 pm »
I don't know the answer to your question but I would have thought the second picture was much later than 1953!  Probably more like the 70s

I agree. Perhaps someone at the URC can date the second picture for us?
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Images Of North Mymms / Re: What happened to the Brookmans Park URC Wives Group?
« Last post by Angel on October 21, 2017, 04:44:07 pm »
I don't know the answer to your question but I would have thought the second picture was much later than 1953!  Probably more like the 70s
(I recognise at least one person in it!)
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Supporting charities / Christmas Shoe Box Appeal
« Last post by LMS on October 21, 2017, 03:22:23 pm »
Does anyone know if the local Rotary are taking part in this years shoe box appeal? If not, is there any other charity making a local collection? Details of dates / drop off location would be much appreciated.
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