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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)
Book in at Eventbrite

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

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Circle Cafe Book Club Tomorrow

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.

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

Poetry In Motion Event in Northampton

Fridays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm

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A relaxed evening of Poetry, Prose and Story Telling. Come and read your own work, the work of your favourite poets, or just listen and enjoy the many and varied contributions. Poetry groups welcome to come and join in.

The Circle Cafe is open for refreshments.

Circle Cafe
Jesus Centre
Abington Square
Northampton
NN1 4AE

2013 DATES:

  • 8 February
  • 10 May
  • 12 July
  • 30 August
  • 13 September
  • 29 November

Ask at the Info Desk for more details, or call 0845 166 8202

Music From The Heart – Handel’s Belshazzar

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A performance directed by William Christie of Handel’s Belshazzar from the Aix Festival is being shown. His experienced team brought Handel’s not-so-high drama and philosophic tragedy to almost operatic dramatic standards as the Persian prince, Cyrus, overran the dissolute Babylonians and freed the captive Jews.

Belshazzar, written in 1744, was among the first English oratorios that Handel composed after he had abandoned the Italian opera form and so still retains a strong dramatic element.

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Friday 15 Feb 7.30pm – 10.00pm

Circle Café, Northampton Jesus Centre (Refreshments available)

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Social Art Scene

Social Art Scene

Fridays from 7.30pm – 10.00pm

A free and easy night, all welcome.

An evening for artists, musicians and those interested to network, give presentations, show work, artist in residence, make music (jammin’) and generally, just hang out.

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2013 dates are:

11th January
22nd February
5th April
3rd May
7th June
19th July
16th August
6th September
25th October
22nd November

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Circle Cafe, Jesus Centre
Abington Square,
Northampton NN1 4AE

For more details call 0845 166 8202 or ask in person at the Jesus Centre Info Desk.

Circle Café Book Club’s August Gathering

The NJC’s book club meets monthly and is organised Tony Sanderson, who writes this week’s post.


AT THE CIRCLE CAFE BOOK CLUB we provide a relaxed and friendly environment where people can both chat about a book we have been reading together or about anything we like. Some have just enjoyed spending the evening with us. Light refreshments are available.

We have been reading Hard Times by Charles Dickens. This is the only one of Dickens’ novels to be set in the North of England and it highlights the enormous gulf between the rich and the poor of the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s. This parallels the rise of the super rich in our day, in which ordinary people are suffering under austerity measures.

It is in Hard Times, set in fictitious Coketown, that the social and moral purpose of Dickens’ work is most evident. Openly ironic and satirical in its tone, Dickens savages the concept of human beings as being merely workers.

Our next book which will be available at the Book Club will be The Quickening Maze by Adam Foulds. Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2009 it is the first of two books we are reading about Northamptonshire’s famous poet John Clare.

After a lifetime’s struggle with alcohol, critical neglect and depression, in 1840 the nature poet John Clare is incarcerated. The asylum, in London’s Epping Forest, is run on the reformist principles of occupational therapy. At the same time, the young Alfred Tennyson, moves nearby and becomes entangled in the life of the asylum.
This historically accurate and intensely lyrical novel describes the asylum’s closed world and Nature’s paradise outside the walls: Clare’s dream of home, of redemption, of escape.

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

The next Circle Café Book Club is on Friday 31st Aug, 2012 from 7.30pm in the Northampton Jesus Centre’s Circle Café.

2012 dates: October 5th, November 9th and December 21st

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