Harrow United Deaf Club’s Easter Party 2015
At The Bridge Centre, Harrow HA3 5BD
Spring is in the air as everyone gathered at Harrow United Deaf Club to celebrate Easter. There were lots of children activities as children enjoyed painting Easter Eggs and making chicks/ bunnies – both are symbols of new life at Easter.
Harrow United Deaf Club had the pleasure of having Councillor Sue Anderson, Community, Culture & Resident Engagement Portfolio Holder of Harrow Council who gave an opening speech, introducing herself in British Sign Language (BSL). She explained about her role in Engagement and enabling local residents to have a voice in accessing to services. Councillor Sue understood some issues that deaf people face including being marginalised. She is keen to learn more about deaf people’s access to health and council services and to find a way forward in supporting our members.
Asif Iqbal, President of Harrow United Deaf Club also thanked Sarah Choudhary, a Deaf Committee member of 2 years, who decided to step down from her role as she goes off on maternity leave and embark on the new journey of motherhood. Everyone at HUDC sent their best wishes and Margaret Purnell, HUDC Patron presented her with a Certificate of thanks together with gifts for the new baby.
From there, a guest speaker was introduced as Reverend Brenda Tipping who recently retired and despite her retirement, she enjoys keeping busy, supporting deaf people within the Church. She explained the meaning of Easter by sharing an important history, looking at the series of events on the Palm Sunday (a week before Easter) where everyone greet Jesus as he visited places in Jerusalem, waving Palm (from Palm trees), leading to the last Supper on Maundy Thursday where Jesus was betrayed by one of his disciples. From there, Jesus was sentenced to death (Crucifixion) and Easter Sunday, he was resurrected. One member of the audience, Kathy Whalley, explained that Jesus was crucified to wash away our sins and that God forgave his people – so for many people, Easter was an important day in the Christian Calendar.
Revd. Brenda also explained the tradition of having Hot Cross Bun to signify the last supper where bread were shared and in the Hot Cross bun are some raisins, originally from grapes which makes wine. In addition, she showed a cross was made from Palm leave to signify the Palm Sunday. Easter eggs and bunnies are seen as modern celebration to signify new life – with other countries especially Russian likes to give Easter Eggs painted in red.
Both guests were presented with Certificate of appreciation and a large chocolate Easter Egg.
Asif Iqbal, President of Harrow United Deaf Club was pleased to see a gathering to gain awareness about Easter and the Christianity faith. For many children, they enjoyed the chocolate Easter eggs hunt and the children activities on offer. HUDC believes in promoting diversity, respecting each other’s faith and promoting unity as one community.
Asif also explained about “the future events including Bingo – adults only event for May 2015 and Access to Health & Well-being (June 2015) and November 2015, there will be a World Festivals where everyone are encouraged to celebrate the diversity of cultures and foods. To share your ideas, please contact Andrew Sherwood, HUDC outreach worker on firstname.lastname@example.org “