On Saturday 15 December we’re getting together to celebrate Christmas with the traditional mulled wine and mince pies, together with some traditional Syrian food from our friends at Falafel and More (9 Queen Street, Colchester). It will also be a get-together of Focus on Malawi workers to celebrate all the amazing work they’ve done in the past year. All welcome. Starts at 19:00; call 01206 622712 for more info and venue details.
We are so grateful for the many secondhand glasses and sunglasses donated to the Focus on Malawi project (which we support and which is part of The Raven Trust).
Amongst the donations, we often find some amazing vintage and designer glasses, and we’re making the best available for sale this coming Saturday 1 December. This is at Maldon’sFlea Market, Maldon Town Hall. There will be a wide selection from the 1940s onwards.
We’ll also have on sale hand-made Christmas decorations, art, and some bric-à-brac. Proceeds will help the trust to contribute to the clinical training of local people in one of the poorest parts of the world.
Hope to see you at the Flea Market, which is at the top of Market Hill, open from 08:30 – 15:00.
Since our Syrian friends arrived nearly three years ago, we have been treated to some amazing meals with recipes from their homeland. We’ve watched in awe at how an expert choice of affordable (including for us hitherto unknown) ingredients can make such quality and tasty fare.
Recently, they’ve been very busy compiling a cookbook of their favourite creations, in association with Refugee Action Colchester and Firstsite. The pictures of the dishes were taken by Marwan Sallouta, a professional photographer, and the book designed by artist Gee Voucher.
On Thursday 8 November, they’re launching the cookbook at Firstsite, and all are welcome from 18:00 to 20:00. More info at Firstsite here.