G is a volunteer at our Rainbow Junktion Cafe. G was two working days away from making a fresh claim when she was detained by the Home Office and sent to a detention centre. They plan to deport her on Tuesday 22nd May. However, G was only given ‘removal directions’ on Friday 18th May, in clear contradiction to the policy that states that 72 hours’ notice must be given (including at least 2 working days).
Please read and sign the petition below, if you are able, and help us to stop G’s deportation and make the government’s “system” at least work according to it’s own policies.
Many of you will have noticed how poor the acoustics are in the cafe. The reverberation off all the hard surfaces can make it hard work trying to listen to someone when a lot of conversations are going on, particularly tiring when you are trying to relax over a fantastic three course Rainbow Junktion bistro meal. So we are pleased to announce that we have stuck some sheep on the ceiling to improve the acoustics. Well, not sheep exactly, but sheeps wool that has been made into special acoustic tiles by the Woolly Shepherd. Here is a photo, we hope that you find that the sheep are doing a good job and we would value your feedback.
At the Bistro night on 2 February there will be two events going on to which you are invited. Alice Trull will hold a drop off point for clothes for refugees in Calais. There is a list here of the items she would like on the facebook event. https://www.facebook.com/events/159813944667544/ Please bring what you can.
This is going on at the same time as the event raising money for Christian Aid and All Hallows’ Church Roof. This is a clothes swap or SWISH so if you are having a clear out this January, please bring your preloved clothes and go home with lots of new ones to love! https://www.facebook.com/events/1002475066551322/
Fabulous filling food, helping refugees and new clothes for ourselves at the same time as raising vital funds! Please come along and like and SHARE the FB events.
Tickets for our Christmas Day lunch are now available, further details are on the Rainbow Junktion Facebook page and tickets are available from the EventBrite page.
Please note that this event is a ticket only event. As always we will be using food saved from landfill and be serving on a Pay-As-You-Feel basis.
Lunch will be served at 12 after the Church service (10am)
Everybody is welcome, regardless of faith or ability to pay. This Christmas Day let’s have a wonderful time together celebrating our differences whilst breaking bread together. Please tell anyone who may be alone or unable to make themselves lunch this Christmas to come along because no one should be hungry on Christmas day.
Please note this will be an alcohol free event. If you book a ticket and find that you are unable to come please cancel the ticket via EventBrite so that you can free up your space for someone else.
This evening we took delivery of a fantastic Ridan food composter which we are going to use to compost all the wasted and left over food from the cafe.
A huge thank you to Mark Warner (centre) for making our dreams come true, and to Richard and Heston for helping to unload and install the composter. Mark runs Plate2Plate Compost – he collects food waste from his local community, composts it and sells it locally which helps to reduce the amount of waste that is transported around. It also raises awareness of how much we do waste and the real cost, or benefit, of this waste.
Some of the compost will go to Mark as payment for transporting the composter for us and some of it will be used for growing plants in the church garden.
We get a mention in the Guardian again this week! You can read about it in George Monbiot’s article “Without the power of kindness, our society will fall apart”
Just published – a report on the impact of TRJFP@AH Cafe, “a social return on investment analysis”! Although that might sound a little technical the report, or the summary, is well worth reading and it finds that for every £1 worth of volunteer time and donations, TRJFP@AH Cafe generates £15 of social and environmental value in return – not a bad investment!
A huge “Well Done” to Emma and the volunteers!
Sensations of a Wound depicts the story of a Yorkshire soldier caught up in the First World War.
Robert Riby Boyes’ First World War experience took him a long way from home. He travelled from Scarborough to the Western Front in France; from the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium to a cattle truck in the South of France; from the mountains of Italy in winter to the Front in Northern France and further still……
Jim Boyes, a member of critically acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, is Robert’s grandson. He remembers how his grandfather, who was known as ‘Croppie’ in the family, never talked about his wartime experiences.
It was only when Jim began writing songs and researching First World War history that a fuller picture of his grandfather’s past emerged. While preparing for a performance for Flemish organisation Peace Concerts Passendale, Jim discovered the long journey of Private Boyes of the 23rd Middlesex regiment.
Bringing together ‘Croppie’ Boyes’ first-hand accounts, Jim Boyes’ original songs and Belinda O’Hooley’s subtle piano accompaniments, Sensations of a Wound is an original and moving story of a Yorkshire soldier far from home caught up in the enormity of the First World War.
Tickets will be on sale online and via Jumbo, £10 in advance and £12 on the door.
After the resounding success at our November O’Hooley & Tidow gig, we’re pleased to announce that The Real Junk Food Project @ All Hallows (as seen on the BBC’s Songs of Praise) are opening their Cafe especially for us before Sensations of a Wound on 20th February.
The Real Junk Food Project intercepts food that would otherwise go to waste from supermarkets, restaurants and a number of other sources, and turns it into delicious, nutritious meals for visitors on a pay-as-you-feel donation basis.
Between 6pm and 8pm you will be able to enjoy a lovely main meal and/or a scrummy dessert before the gig (doors 745pm); plus there will be a pop-up LAAH bar in the Cafe area so you can accompany your meal with a drink should you wish. For more information see their website and please do consider liking their Facebook page.
Doors for the gig itself will open at 7:45pm as usual, along with the full Live At All Hallows bar including local craft ale…. but we hope you might fancy making it a full night out by joining us for a meal beforehand?
Yesterday we were visited by a film crew from the BBC who were filming TRJFP @ All Hallows for Songs of Praise. The program is to be shown this coming Sunday afternoon so please do watch and let us know what you think of the project.
You can see some photos of the film crew and the cafe volunteers in action on the cafe website.