A talk by Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett

Ruth BarnettYou are warmly invited to a talk by Holocaust survivor Ruth Barnett at the Northampton Jesus Centre on Tuesday 7 October 2014, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

“There is one race and that’s the human race”
Ruth Barnett – Holocaust survivor

childRuth Barnett was born in Berlin in 1935. She escaped the Nazi regime at the age of four with her seven-year-old brother Martin on the Kindertransport, a rescue mission that evacuated refugee children out of Germany.

Budapest, Festnahme von JudenRuth’s story highlights the struggle with identity that many Holocaust survivors experienced and offers a different perspective on this period of history.

In her autobiography, Person of No Nationality, she describes the feelings of failure and worthlessness and her experiences of having to travel with a document with the words ‘Person of No Nationality’ across the top.

Her account of how her early experiences shaped her life shows how it is possible to recover from trauma and become an inspiration to others.

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people-at-the-centreBooking charge is £3 (includes refreshments)
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For more info email: paul.veitch [at] northamptonjesuscentre.org.uk or phone: 0745 109 2222

Natalie Bennett comes to the Circle Networking Event

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party, will be interviewed by Martin Heath from BBC Radio Northampton at the Circle Networking Event on Tuesday 23 September 2014.

She is an Australian-born British politician and the leader of the Green Party of England and Wales. A journalist by profession, Bennett was editor of The Guardian Weekly and also worked at other newspapers including writing for The Independent and The Times.

Within the party, Natalie is an active worker on policy, on issues ranging from the abolition of the Corporation of the City of London, abortion rights, to the treatment of women offenders, the rights of asylum-seekers and sex workers.

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food-flowersIn need of opportunities to promote your business? Use the literature table which will be available, plus bring along your business cards for our ‘promotional’ slot.

12.00noon — 2.00pm

Tickets £10.00 per head
(£5 for concessions/students)
Buffet style lunch

Glen Suite, Northampton Jesus Centre, Top of Abington Street, Northampton, NN1 4AE

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For more info email: paul.veitch [at] northamptonjesuscentre.org.uk or phone: 0745 109 2222

Circle Networking Event is a business networking event with a Christian flavour.

Circle Cafe Book Club Tomorrow

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Friday 7 March – 7.30pm
Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre
Next date on 11 April

We have been reading Martin Luther King by Godfrey Hodgson. Martin Luther King left an indelible mark on twentieth-century American history through his leadership of the non-violent civil rights campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. The election of Barack Obama as America’s first black president in November 2008 has spawned a renewed interest in King’s role as an agent and prophet of political change in the United States. This book gives a fascinating insight into a remarkable man.

Our next book will be Cranford by Elizabeth Gatskell. Cranford depicts the lives and preoccupations of the inhabitants of a small village with the Industrial Revolution approaching. It is an exquisitely observed tragicomedy of human nature, told with great delicacy and affection.

If you would like to borrow a copy of either book to read, contact Tony Sanderson on 07740 853105.

For more details ask at the Info Desk, call 0845 166 8202 or go to facebook.com/CircleCafeBookClub.

Artist Exhibition: Colin Veitch

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Colin in his studioFrom Monday 10th January to 28th February 2014 Colin Veitch will be exhibiting ‘Plants, Places and Pets’, a mixed media prints and painting exhibition.

The show will consist of screen prints, collographs, monoprints and dry point prints, an oil and some acrylics.

Colin told us a little about his history and experience:

1969-1980 Theatre ‘’set and costume design career’’ began at the Connaught in Worthing in two weekly repertory and ended at The Royal National Theatre, London via a stint with the BBC Television at Pebble Mill studios in Birmingham;  Basil Brush show, The Brothers, Pebble Mill at One just a few of the many thousands of productions I painted.

The next ten years saw me grafting  in the world of feature films; hiring theatrical props for dressing sets from Out of Africa, Passage to India, Raiders of the Lost Ark to several James Bond features.

With the dawn of the 1990s the film industry in the UK was in the doldrums, a change of direction was required and I became a Civil Servant with The British Council  Contemporary Art Collection in visual Arts Division, based in London. This was until along came a position with a company called John Lewis Partnership who sought a Social Secretary 1996-2013. Here, I arranged the social activities for Partners (employees) from trips abroad to local football matches to major corporate events such as Seaside Special-hiring a steam train running from London’s Victoria station to Weymouth in 2006 or buying out one of London’s West End Theatres – musical Mary Poppins. Everything was heavily subsidised and Partners paid a fraction of the real costs. It’s true John Lewis Partners get superb benefits however very few of them actually take up the generous offers.

I retired in March of this year and returned to my love, painting. I have spent the year either demonstrating my painting techniques in HobbyCraft venues at Northampton , Milton Keynes and Stevenage or lecturing to the Women’s Institute. My art portfolio has developed this year, as I have attended several print study courses the Curwen at Chilford Hall in Cambridgeshire. I will be continuing these studies into 2014.

Full but empty studio Chris Veitch

In Celebration of Alcohol Awareness week

ImageThis week is Alcohol Awareness week. Last week I was meeting with one of our Group leaders who has been ‘dry’ over 15 years and now co-leads an alcohol recovery & support group called Stay Dry Be Free once a week, to support people on their journey to freedom from alcohol addiction. We talked about the additional support we could make available to both visitors and volunteers at this time of year when in every supermarket and newspaper there are adverts for cheap alcohol for the Festive season.

The next day I popped in to take some publicity shots in  our Art group which is co-lead by a volunteer who’s been ‘dry’ for over 8 years. He introduced me to a new visitor who is just a week into detox & had come to keep herself busy and had heard about the group from a friend. It was particularly important to her that one of the leaders would have walked the path she had started and would understand the struggles she was going through as she attempted to face life without the alcoholic haze.

ImageThis morning one of our cafe helpers is volunteering as part of her recovery programme. Tomorrow another of our Cafe volunteers  will have been ‘dry’ nearly 6 years.

Nicci came into our drop in one evening, a bit the worse for wear and desperate to find some hope and a way forward for her life. She went back to one of our community homes which was for single women only. There she found friends and the support and encouragement to help her stop drinking. 3 years later, she returned briefly as a member of staff and last year joined our volunteer team. She helps out on our Info Desk, in Step up and more recently the cafe. Volunteering is a way of giving something back.

Image” I’m very thankful God delivered me from alcoholism”  declares Nicci’s Face Book status at the start of Alcohol Awareness week.

If you or someone you know is having problems with alcohol and you are concerned you can pop in to our “Stay Dry be free group on Thursdays 12-1pm or pop in to our Info Desk and ask to speak to someone confidentially.

Both Alcoholics Anonymous & Al Anon offer support for those directly affected by alcohol abuse. You can look up your local group on the web or in Yellow pages.

Acclaim and News on Music From The Heart

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mfth-feb2013YouTube even has its own symphony orchestra conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas. We look at some of their work and the way in which artists of different genres use it to promote their work.

These include the dubstep violinist Lindsay Stirling, the singer Sandi Thom, the pianists, Alice Sara Ott, Yuja Wang, Valentina Lisista, the violinist Daniel Hope and the cellist Sol Gabetta. Lisista rose from being a complete unknown and through her uploads on YouTube is now a sell-out in concerts round the world.

Friday 6 December 7.30pm – 10.00pm in the Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (refreshments available)

To keep up to date with future events check out Music From The Heart on Facebook.

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Recent glowing acclaim for Music From The Heart in the June 2013 edition of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society Journal:

…The next unexpected encounter was at the Jesus Centre in Northampton. Each Jesus Centre has a drop-in, aimed primarily at supporting the disadvantaged and homeless or vulnerable. Jesus Centres offer mentoring to mums and tots, from maths to money-management, from healing groups to haircuts. The day centre supports people who are homeless or marginalised and offers showers, laundry, clothing, cheap food, and fortnightly drop-in sessions for ex-offenders. And it was here that I stumbled upon ‘Music from the Heart’. This is n relaxed gathering of friendly people, of all ages, who get together to celebrate musical themes on DVD. My visit to Northampton coincided with their tribute to Vaughan Williams, and a showing of job conducted by Sir Adrian Boult, What an absolute delight to see this greatest of conductors again. In his latter years one can only say his style epitomised “less is more”, with that long baton tweaked from the wrist, rather like an extension of his arm, his left hand caressing the orchestra, his feet planted firmly on the ground. He rarely looked at the score.

And the players rarely looked at  Adrian, as if they were well drilled, confident and trusting. Those musicians with their mutton chops, the top pocket handkerchiefs… it was all as l remember the seventies. If filming techniques have moved on, so what?

Located around a tea bar, tables and chairs and good company made this group a remarkable find, and I will be returning to join them again to see a documentary on Anne~Sophie Mutter, and to see music from the ghettos of Kinshasa and a performance of Beethoven’s Choral Symphony by the symphony orchestra of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Such is the variety of their programme! At one point a client of the centre came around and blessed us one by one before settling down for a kip, but it was all very good natured. They are developing a website for non-regulars.

There are all kinds of grand musical societies, but I doubt if shall ever find a more friendly and down to earth group than this.

Robert Rush
London

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