League Update 28

5th November 2020

LJW Update – No. 28

In the future, there will be information about group meetings. If you wish to attend one, please contact who will put you in touch with the relevant Group Chairman who will confirm your attendance. This procedure is purely for safety reasons so that only League members will be able to attend.

Stanmore – Tuesday, 3rd November at 7.30pm. Mala Tribich will tell her story of her Holocaust experiences.
Coombe & Surrey – Wednesday, 11th November 2020 at 4pm to hear Trisha Brummer who is a Puppeteer and has worked on many productions such as Dr. Who and many other children’s TV programmes
Coombe and Surrey – The 2nd December meeting’s speaker will be Julian Khon, one of the members grandfathers, who travelled from the Polish/German border to Rangoon where he became a Jade merchant and married a Shan Princess in Burma.
Pinner – Tuesday 15 December at 8pm – Virtual Chanukah Party. Ian Hardman (who entertained us before and was our Bingo caller) has kindly agreed to sing to us.

If your Group is having a Zoom meeting and you would like to have other League members attend, please let us know.

The first League Book Club took place yesterday and members came from Central, Chigwell, Newbury Park, Wales, North West Region, Northwood and Stanmore.

The first choice will be A Women in Jerusalem by A. B. Yehoshua and the next meeting will be on
Monday, 7th December 2020 at 3pm. Details of the Zoom meeting will be included in the newsletter the
week before.

Remember, you are welcome to join at any time or you can just dip in and out.

This information has been previously emailed to League members but, in case you missed it, AJEX will be holding the Remembrance Ceremony as a virtual event online at 2.30pm on the Sunday 15th November at and invite you and your community to join them in commemorating the sacrifice and dedication of our ex Servicemen and Women.

AGE UK Campaign
In a matter of days, we will find out if Freedom Pass and 60+ Oyster card concessions will be further reduced or even cut entirely. You may have seen the story in the news as part of the coverage around conditions attached to the next funding deal between the Government and Transport for London.

Age UK have started a campaign to protect older Londoners’ travel concessions back in June but the next few days are vital. The government need to know the impact that this will have and they need to hear from those most affected. We have until 31st October 2020 to keep transport affordable.

Click here to email the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP.

Ear Extenders
Last week, we asked if any members knew of an outlet for these extenders as Sue Hantman who was collecting them for her local NHS hospital, informed us that they were not needed for the time being,
Several members responded as they had given them to their synagogues for the use of members to wear during service.

Just four notes.
During this pandemic, I am sure you will agree that it has not been the best of times, but some wonderful examples of kindness have happened

On Monday morning, I was moved to tears from a news item on the BBC news which told the story of Paul Harvey, who despite being diagnosed with dementia late last year, has continued to play piano pieces from memory. He was a composer and an “old party trick” was to request four random notes and then improvise a tune.

His son, Nick, picked F natural, A, D and B natural for his father to play and then took a video of his father playing the improvised tune and posted it on the internet. It quickly went viral and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra became involved.

If you missed it, you can watch it on YouTube – Paul Harvey and the BBC Philharmonic playing Four Notes – Paul’s Tune on BBC Breakfast (26/10/20) which shows Paul hearing the orchestra play his tune and then receiving a message from Stephen Sondheim who is Paul’s favourite composer. Paul’s reaction and the love shown between father and son is very moving.

On Sunday, 1 November 2020 a recording will be released and all proceeds will be split between the Alzheimer’s Society and Music for Dementia.


Please note that emails and phone calls will only be dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

30th October 2020