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2011 archive


Foresters Scooter Club

May 2011

On Sunday we had the wonderful Foresters Scooter Club of Woodford organising a fund-raising event at the Misty Moon pub in Bethnal Green Road. It was a great sight with all the scooters lined up on the pavement outside the pub. They caused quite a lot of attention as there were so many of them.

Their members have been raising money for us since March and carried on at the pub. Ian Bonner organised it and singer/songwriter Pete Sceats (both of whom lost relatives in the disaster) sang the most amazing version of the Led Zeplin classic ‘Stairway to Heaven’ to us. We had some of our goods to sell too and the whole event raised £622.41. So that was really brilliant and we would like to thank Ian, Pete and all the rest of the members of the club for such a fantastic effort and we look forward to seeing them all again soon.

Family Fun Day, 25th June 2011 - Sandra's report

We had a great family fun day on Saturday 25th June 2011 at The Hare pub 505 Cambridge Heath Road, E2, thanks to its licensee Julian Apperley who organised it all. The children loved the balloon modeller and the rest of us enjoyed the ‘race night’ as well as the excellent choices of beer at the pub, the music and a brilliant buffet.

It was great for the children to be amused by Lennie Nosa, the balloon lady during the day. She had them all tied up in balloons of all colours and shapes!!

Children and ballons.

Before everyone arrived Barbara & Bev Spicer went shopping for the food for the buffet. The Beigel Shop in Brick Lane donated 100 beigels to us and Tesco’s provided most of the fillings, cakes, sausages and more rolls, etc. with the balance being paid out by the Spicer family. So our thanks to all those involved. Janet Collett and Sandra helped Barbara & Bev to butter and fill the beigels and then we were all able to put the food out on the tables in the pub in time for lunch. However, there was more than enough to last throughout the day until closing time and most people were able to take some food in ‘doggy bags’ as they left for home.

Our patron, Tommy Walsh, joined us at the pub in time for the race night to begin and remained there until well into the evening.

Tommy with prize.

I don’t think he won any of the other races, but he bought a horse in the final race and that won, much to everyone’s delight. He very kindly donated his winnings to the charity and also auctioned two bottles of spirits that were part of the prize. Our special thanks go to him for spending the day with us and making the event go with a swing and being so generous too. By the time all the money was counted the pub had raised £633.13 for us, but that is not the end of it. Julian still has some sporting memorabilia that he will also put on EBay to raise money for the charity.

Then on 1st October Julian will bravely undertake a Skydive – something he has never done before - and would like some of you to sponsor him, so if you would like to do so, just get in touch with Derek Spicer on 07722 162 168 or pop along to The Hare pub and sign his sponsor sheet and have a pint with him to spur him on.

Our grateful thanks go to Julian and all his staff who worked so hard to organise the day for us and all the helpers on the day. Also, thanks for the lovely food prepared by Barbara, Bev and Janet and to the Beigel Shop in Brick Lane for supplying so many beigels and to Tesco’s for supplying vouchers towards the buffet costs and of course the Spicer family for their help and contributions too.


Ron Spicer's Lands End to John O’Groats cycling fundraiser. July 26th 2011.