Support eye care in Malawi at Maldon Flea Market Saturday 1 December

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’s Flea 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.

Vintage and designer glasses sale Maldon 1 December 2018

Syrian Cookbook launch at Firstsite Thursday 8 November

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.

Syrian meal
(Credit: Marwan Sallouta)

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.