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Autumn 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Nov 30, 2017 in Bulletins

  As 2017 draws to its end, we are organising three events for this autumn:  Abu Santa’s Grotto; a stall in West Ealing; and a pianolla concert. Details of all these events can be found on our events page   News from Sabastiya: Four of us visited Sabastiya this autumn. The light was fantastic, here is a view of the Al Kayed Guest House at dusk. It was relatively calm while we were there. The village was closed on one occasion, when the Israelis decided to celebrate their religious feast of Sukkot at the Sabastiya ruins. This happens quite often at the time of Jewish religious...

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Summer 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Aug 16, 2017 in Bulletins

It has been a very hot summer in Sabastiya, the temperature reaching 40c. The lack of water is becoming chronic. This is why we are envisaging supporting a new project of water recycling, more details below. Here in Hanwell we have been busy fundraising and we thank all those who participated in one way or another. Despite being in the middle of a general election, 70 people attended our Balfour event in the Town Hall in May where MP Steve Pound spoke. We even managed to raise £60.  Many groups of all kinds up and down the country have been organising an event relating to the Balfour...

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Spring 2017 Bulletin

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 in Bulletins, News

We had our AGM on February 11th and a new committee was chosen (see below). We discussed future projects, and updated our constitution. We had a talk on the effects of the occupation in the West Bank and we socialised. We usually ask for membership renewal at the AGM, if you have not paid for 2017 and would like to remain a member please do so. You can send a cheque of £5 to HAFSA at: HAFSA treasurer, 9 Cardiff Road W7 2BW. Or pay by bank transfer, the details of which are at the end of this bulletin If you want to be taken off our list, please let us know by email. 2017 HAFSA Committee, in...

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Spring in Sabastiya 2016

Posted on Jun 18, 2016 in News

Spring in Sabastiya 2016

In April-May 2016, two HAFSA committee members, Jean and Lynne, visited Sabastiya.  Read Jean’s report of their trip below.   Sabastiya – Spring 2016 Travelling: no problem at passport control either way. The arrangement to get taxis directly from and back to Tel Aviv worked well. A good system: cost this time £70 each way (per party). Good to talk to the Palestinian driver from Tulkarem during the journeys. Guest house: largely unchanged and still comfortable and welcoming. Not as many guests as in past years due to worsening of the situation (ie knife incidents etc.)....

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HAFSA Bulletin – April 2016

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 in Bulletins, News

HAFSA AGM The AGM held in January was well attended with excellent presentations from the speakers Vincent Fean, former British Consul-General to Jerusalem, Huda Sameer, a former student of Jean’s in Nablus now studying landscaping in Greenwich and Birgit, a young German woman who was in Palestine helping with the olive harvest when her group was attacked by settlers. New Committee: At the first committee meeting in February elected officers were: Chair: Monika Eady Vice Chair: Jean Fitzpatrick Treasurer: Cathie Bjarnson Secretary: Lynne Ringuet Membership and Minutes Secretary: Marjorie...

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Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya 5th Annual General Meeting

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 in Meetings, News

Dear HAFSA members, You are invited to attend the Hanwell Friends of Sabastiya 5th Annual General Meeting. This will take place on:   Saturday 30th January 2016 from 3pm until 6pm At St Thomas Church Hall: 182 Boston Rd, Hanwell W7 2AD   we will have the usual formal AGM (draft agenda below) and a speaker or two (TBC) then socialising round a buffet and drinks   DRAFT BUSINESS AGENDA: ·      Welcome ·         Apologies ·         Minute of previous AGM (attached) ·         Matters arising (will be included in  the chair...

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