News & Events News Connecting Communities Bumper Activity Report Our Connecting Communities team are proud to release a roundup of their bumper programme of fundraising and community activities in and around Harrow throughout December last year. "The highlights of the month were new organisations who worked tirelessly to raise very good monies for us. It was magnificent to see Connecting Communities Events thriving across Harrow, Hillingdon, Brent and Barnet throughout the periods and having an ever increasing diversity of people joining us from day to day." said Jeremy Child who leads our Community Fundraising. We worked together with both old and new partners including faith and community groups, businesses, care homes and our members from Cedars, Skill Up and Pinner Green. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters, volunteers, members and staff who took part throughout the month. We cannot wait to see all the exciting events and activities our Connecting Communities team will arrange throughout this year. For more Connecting Communities events be sure to check our calendar by clicking here or contact Jeremy Child on 07734 955115 or [email protected]. List of December Activities: Friday 7th: Collection at Harrow Central Mosque. Saturday 8th: Holly Bush Nursing Home had a pantomime company put on a grand production of Jack and The Beanstalk on Saturday. Meal at the Waters Edge Carvery Ruislip Lido. Northwood Methodist Church Christmas Fair. Monday 10th: The Eastcote Association of Churches did a beautiful selection of 9 Lessons and Carols with a Harrow Mencap Collection afterwards. Thursday 13th: Our Cedars Day Opportunities and Skill Up members showed off their talent and sang beautiful Christmas Carols for everybody at St Anselm's Church Belmont and our Pinner Green Day Opportunities members performed in a Christmas Show at St Edmund's Church Northwood Hills. Guests left some outstanding comments: "Thank you for a lovely event. Well done everyone!" "An excellent performance by one and all." "Thank you - you obviously all enjoy yourselves and it shows. Lovely." "It was excellent! Thank you." Friday 14th: The Drama Fund Raise group also gave a magnificent Christmas Show at Fairfield Church, Northwood Hills. We had some amazing feedback from the audience who said: "A wonderful presentation, beautiful reading and so much enjoyment on the faces. Thank you for your hard work." "It was so lovely to see everyone taking part and having a chance to shine." "The atmosphere is warm and welcoming. A place to be for people in the community for peace, love and friendship." "A lovely concert for my birthday. I enjoyed the singing, poems and chatting to people. Thank you." Monday 17th: Everybody enjoyed a delicious Christmas lunch again at Waters Edge Carvery Ruislip Manor. The lunch also received some great reviews: "Lovely venue, good food and friendship." "Lovely event, food was good, nice to entertainment and a very good turnout." "Good food, desert and good entertainment." "Very well organised, lovely food and entertainment. Well done." Wednesday 19th: Greenways Care Home Pinner put on a Christmas Party for us. December 20th: The highlight of the month had to be the beautiful Christmas Show at St John`s Church, Sheepcote Road, Central Harrow with the annual Christmas Concert from the Apollo Male Choir once again. The choir entertained the audience with a variety of classic Christmas carols and songs and received an enthusiastic response from the audience. One of the audience members had this to say about the event: "This was the most beautiful Christmas concert I’ve heard, getting everybody in the right spirit for the annual festival." Another said, "Great concert, I look forward to the next time." We thoroughly enjoyed the choir’s performance and were delighted to have raised £313. We would like to say a big thank you to Costa Coffee for generously providing free tea and coffee at the event.