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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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HAFSA Bulletin – August 2015

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 in Bulletins, News

News from Sabastiya An unusual heatwave has hit Palestine since the beginning of August with temperatures reaching 40C. People are struggling to keep cool. There are few tourists visiting at the moment. A group of us visited Sabastiya in the spring. We found the Al Kayed Guest House (which HAFSA has supported) busy and increasingly popular with tourists. We found the usual wonderful hospitality, nothing was too much trouble for Abu Yasser, his wife Samah and the team. It continues to receive great feedback and has maintained a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor. The Women’s Union have...

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HAFSA Social-Bubbles and Bees!

Posted on May 22, 2015 in News

Saturday 6th June from 7pm till late!   Delicious food, quiz, raffle, bar, friends, music and poems, Palestinian products on sale   Entrance is £10, this is one of our major fund raiser. We are raising money to buy hives for Sabastiya. We already helped women set up a small soap production.   Bring your own poem on the theme of bees and/or soap. A price for the one we like best. And feel free to come dressed appropriately   Please let us know you are coming, so we cook even more food, by emailing Andree...

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Mini Bulletin – Winter 2015

Posted on Mar 9, 2015 in Bulletins, Meetings, News

The winter bulletin will be out soon. In the meantime here is a mini-bulletin with our latest news! Our AGM was on the 5th January and was highly successful on both the administrative and social fronts. The committee was appointed, our progress in 2014 and future projects were discussed, and we heard from we several interesting speakers. You can read more in Monika’s report. At our first committee meeting after the AGM, we appointed officers and co-opted two new members to the committee. Our members have been emailed the full list of new officers. So now business has been attended to,...

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