HAFSA Annual General Meeting: Saturday 2nd February 2019 

St Thomas Church Hall, 182 Boston Manor Road W7 2AD.


1)    We will start with the formal business at 2.30pm prompt

  • Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of previous AGM
  • Chair report (illustrated) will include any matter arising; questions and adoption of report
  • Treasurer report; questions and adoption of report
  • Nominating a new committee (minimum 6, maximum 15). The new committee will chose from its members a chair, vice chair, treasurer and secretary at its first meeting.
  • Please consider joining our committee, some of us are standing down. Please e-mail me if you would like to become a committee member or would like to nominate someone. Nominations will also be taken verbally from the floor.

Any Other Business

2)      Qusay Hawari from Sabastiya is currently studying at Leicester University he will say a few words

 3)    Refreshments and raffle

4)    We have two main speakers:

Dr Husam Zomlot, is the newly appointed Palestinian Ambassador to the UK, he was the PLO representative in the USA until recently when Trump decided to close the Palestinian diplomatic office in Washington last September

Jehan Helou, is the President of The International Board of Books for Young People (Palestine section)

Please note that your subs will be due for 2019; it would be helpful if you would pay your £5 on the day – thank you


Palestine Cultural Evenings: Friday 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd November 7 – 10pm 

Coming soon to Hanwell – Four evenings in November to celebrate Palestinian life and culture and to learn about our twinned Palestinian town of Sabastiya!

Full programme available here: Palfest Leaflet November 2018


Brentford Festival: Saturday 2nd September, from midday until 6pm

We plan to sell jewellery, homemade cakes, books and craft items. Please if you can supply us with any of those bring them on the day or drop at Marjorie’s: 07960 804 650 or 0208 567 8655

If you can give some time to help on the stall, to set up from 10am or to pack up around 6pm, let Marjorie know: moc.l1586222576iamg@1586222576605131586222576yllek1586222576jm1586222576


Social – Summer Evening by the River BrentSaturday 4 August, starts 6.30pm, food from 7pm.

At Mary Short’s house, Tallow Road, Brentford.   £10 entry, paying bar, live music, raffle… NB: let us know if you are coming by 1 August for catering purpose


Social – HAFSA lunchTuesday 24 July, 1pm

At Ya Sham Lebanese Restaurant, 14 Broadway, West Ealing. All welcome. NB: contact us via our email or text Jean (07739429754) by 20 July so we can let them know numbers. Pay restaurant on the day.


Fundraising film afternoon:  Friday 13 April at 1pm.

`When I Saw You’ (2012) is the second film by Jordan-based Palestinian film-maker Annemarie Jacir. It has won numerous festival prizes all over the world.

The film is set in 1967, when thousands of Palestinian refugees fled to camps in Jordan. It tells the story of 11-year-old Tarek who, along with his mother, has been separated from his father in the general chaos. Tarek goes in search of his father and ends up joining a group of Arab guerrillas. His mother follows, and they eventually try to make their way home with a new-found sense of hope and freedom.

‘Warm, supple and heart-felt’ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

‘Cinematic poetry.  Beautiful, ground-breaking and deeply, deeply moving’ -Huffington Post

There will be high tea after the film, and a discussion. Please phone or text Marjorie on 07960804650 for directions and to book a place – this helps for catering purposes. E8 or 195 buses. No parking restrictions.


Stall at West Ealing Xmas Market:  Saturday December 9th from 12 noon

Melbourne Avenue, W13 9BT (outside library and Sainsbury’s)

Come and visit the stall, we will be selling Palestinian craft and Zaytoun produce.


Abu Santa’s Grotto:  Sunday 3rd December from 2pm to 5pm 

At Mary’s fantastic house with views on the river, please get in touch for directions.

Entrance is £3

Come for a scrumptious high tea and shop for bargains in our grotto!

(We need new items please to sell in the grotto, if you can donate any, bring on the day or deposit chez Andree07761104609)


Pianola Concert and Cake: Wednesday 13th December at 7pm

Save yourself the trip to the musical museum and listen to a variety of music on an automatic piano while enjoying a chat and some tea/coffee and cake. Space is limited and booking essential.

Phone or email Bree: 02088101826 , moc.k1586222576ooltu1586222576o@sni1586222576bbor.1586222576eerb1586222576 to reserve a place an get venue details. Donations.


Annual General Meeting (AGM) Saturday January 20th from 2.30-5pm

At St Thomas Church Hall, 182 Boston Road, W7 2AD

Our guest speaker will be Dr Marwan Darweish – Principal Lecturer in Peace Studies at Coventry University. More detailed programme at a later date.

We will be looking for new committee members.   Please consider standing, it is not that onerous – we meet circa 5 times a year. Most importantly, we will need a new Treasurer as Cathie is standing down after seven years.