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Our first Ladies Evening after the forced break was held during Saturday 4th June,

at Saxon Hall.

Our President Paul Field and his Lady Cherine were excellent hosts for a delightful evening of friendship, catching-up and letting your hair down.

The theme was Purple Reign and the evening was a well tuned event which can only be attributed to Josh Vaughan and his wife Charlie for all their hard work in organising and running the evening - a Job well done!

We must also not forget Iain MacMillan for his 'loudspeaker' voice, keeping us all in check.

Of course, there was some fund raising involved for Paul's chosen charity during his year, that being 

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 Which raised a wonderful
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Our hard working Charity Steward, Austin Latham, performed his now 3rd abseil of the Southend Hospital 9 storey Tower block in aid of the   

He's at it again!

In his now customary 'Batman' outfit, Austin descended with several members and friends to cheer him on.

He said that this would be his last but, who knows, it might be worth watching this space?

Austin raised £520 for the charity 



Indian meal & Quiz evening

Following a long absence Paul Marshall and his wife Yvonne re-kindled their annual Indian meal with Quiz evening, held for the first time in the Maharaja Restaurant, London Road, South Benfleet. Our Charity Steward, Austin also had a hand in the arrangements as monies raised during the evening would be shared with Yvonne's charity  'Novi Survat' and our WM's charity 'MIND Basildon.'

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      Austin    Rhona       Yvonne         Paul 

89 attended!!!

The evening was a huge success with a tremendous 


being raised for the two charities.

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This delightful photo shows a big thankyou from the children of Novi Survat's Starting Point School in Goa.

These are some of the 'slum children' who have nothing and are only being educated through charitable donations.


Novi Survat's first aim is:

  • To provide the street children and the very poor with regular nourishing food, hold educational classes and see to their medical needs

This they are fulfilling admirably! - and we all should be proud that donations like this make a difference to these young lives.