12th December, 2011

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat. Please put a penny in the old man's hat. Remember that? We just hosted a performance of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", narrated by Ian Smith. It was  an amazing performance - each character brought to life through actions and voices and Ian's own drawings projected onto the screen as he spoke. One of the most poignant parts, which I had not noticed before, is when Bob Cratchet's son is reading from the Bible - and Jesus called a child and made him stand in front of them... (and said, "unless you change and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven") and then Scrooge realises that he should value the lives of others, especially the child Tiny Tim, and become more like the child he had been before he grew into an avaricious and twisted old man. It was a wonderful reminder that the little baby Jesus we celebrate at Christmas grew up to die to save us from meanness of spirit and to transform us by grace to become as generous and loving as Father God. Ian asked for donations to the Tiny Tim Fund to raise money for the Centre's proposed improvements to our disabled facilities, so that we can make a difference to the Tiny Tims of this world. He has also just published his first novel, " Dancer at the Feast" and all proceeds of that sale are also going to the Centre. Thank you Ian. You can  see Ian's performance on DVD, available here. We appreciate all the efforts people are making to raise money to improve our facilities so we can help change people's lives. If you would like a fundraising pack please phone or email us. Have a very happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.