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Jubilee Street Party: Celebrating a 60-year Reign in the Rain – 3 June 2012

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Windy, cold, and overwhelmingly wet. But in the face of the Great British weather, our Jubilee Street Party was to go ahead regardless, as a hundred of Mallow Park’s residents and their friends and relatives celebrated 60 years of Her Majesty’s reign – in the rain.

SMILES ALL AROUND: Even the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen were present at our Diamond Jubilee Street Party, along with 107 other residents. (030_IMG_4066_ARB)

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St Luke’s Post-Christmas Party – 15 January 2012

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THE VENUE: For many years, the annual party has been held at the Magnet Leisure Centre. (IMG_1893)

Every year, St Luke’s PCC partly subsidise a party for Youth Church members, held primarily at the Magnet Leisure Centre. After a free swim to kick things off, the youngsters moved into the Main Hall where the bouncy assault course was inflated and ready to go.

SAFETY FIRST: Harriet ran through the safety procedures before allowing anyone on the bouncy assault course. (IMG_1877)

JUMP AROUND: Small and bigger kids played on the assault course. (IMG_1907)

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London Prepares For Christmas – 17 December 2011

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REGENT STREET LIGHTS_Looking down Regent Street at its shining Christmas lights.

With just a week to go until Christmas Eve, I headed to London with my good friend Zac Brooke to marvel at the sights and enjoy the Christmas lights.

THE HOUSE AND CASTLE_'My' hotel in Westbourne Street, Paddington.

We got off the train at Paddington and walked through Hyde Park, eventually ending up at its annual Winter Wonderland and traditional German Christmas Market. It’s not the first time I’ve been, so I knew what to expect, but (unlike the brilliant Mary Portas) I still don’t like it. Like two old codgers, Zac and I cursed the commercialisation of the ancient Christian festival and moved on.

CHEEKY BLIGHTER_A well-camouflaged squirrel seen in Hyde Park.

BUSY BUSY_The annual Winter Wonderland always draws crowds due to its free admission.

COOKING UP A STORM_A trader at the authentic German market.

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