League Update 48

A letter of condolence from the League, on behalf of all our members, was sent to Her Majesty the Queen following the sad news that Prince Philip had passed away.   Prince Philip had featured in many of our lives and some of you may have taken part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or for some reason have met him in person.
Yesterday, at the monthly Zoom meeting of Newbury Park, we talked about experiences in the 1950’s and many remembered the death of King George VI in 1952 and the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth in 1953.   Some also remembered their first trips abroad with friends, first jobs, fun stories from school days, a coach trip when the driver drank too much (UK Drink Driving Law came in force in 1967) and they were stranded.  Zoom meeting don’t have to be serious.  Whilst Newbury Park has had some speakers, they have had many fun meetings and have heard from members about their working lives and how they brought those skills to the League.
The deadline for membership renewal has passed but membership subscriptions are still being accepted.  However, the database is being brought up to date and any members who have not paid their subscription will be cancelled both from our records and mailing list.

This may take a little time to be fully implemented, but if anyone does not receive communications from Head Office, it will be because their subscription has not been received and the computer has automatically cancel their membership.  It will also mean that they will no longer be able to volunteer in the name of the League as our insurance will not cover them.
As mentioned several times in the past, this year it is vital that we have accurate information about membership so that we can plan for the future.
No system is infallible, so if you stop receiving communications from Head Office and have paid your subscription, please contact so that any mistakes can be rectified.

You will have read of the murder of Dr. Sarah Halimi in France last month.  She was attacked and killed in her home by her neighbour while he screamed Allahu Akbar.  The details are horrific but almost as horrific is the fact that the Highest French Court ruled that her killer cannot stand trial because of his mental state brought on by cannabis.  However, in Marseille last year, a man was given a two-year prison sentence for killing a cat using the same defence which, in this case, was dismissed. 
Here is the translation of the joint International Council of Jewish Women France and Cooperation Féminine communication :
“ICJW France and the Coopération Féminine are scandalised and horrified by the decision of the Cour de Cassation (Supreme court of appeal) confirming the irresponsibility of the murderer of Sarah Halimi.
This murderer under the hold of drugs, however, did not forget to insult her as «dirty Jew », while torturing and then killing his victim.
With this verdict, the Cour de Cassation gives proof itself being irresponsible. Thus every future murderer can base his defence on this iniquitous and scandalous verdict. When one takes drugs, one is not responsible and cannot be judged in court !
The International Council of Jewish Women France and the Cooperation Féminine associate themselves with the sorrow and the deception of the family of Sarah Halimi (z.l.) and assure them of their solidarity. »
If you would like to attend any of the meetings, please contact who will put you in touch with the Group Chairman to confirm your attendance.   This procedure is purely for safety reasons as only League members will be able to attend.  Unfortunately, if your membership is not up to date, you will not be able to participate. If you wish to join a Zoom meeting you must give ample notice as emails are only dealt with on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Pinner Group
Tuesday 15 June at 8pm– Maurice Collins speaking about his collection of unusual gadgets on a talk entitled ‘Your Grandmother had one of these but she threw it away’.   
Stanmore Group
Our next zoom meeting will be at 7.30 on Tuesday 4th May.    Our speaker will be Jonny Daniels whose talk is entitled “How the future generations remember the past”.
League Book Club – Monday, 24th May 2021 at 3pm.  Amanda Weinberg will discuss her book The Tears of Montirini. – This meeting is open to all members.

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