We had a very moving talk from Denzil a few months ago, a very passionate man who told us about the Rainbow Children's Home in Nepal.
This Children's home is dedicated to providing the orphaned, poor and marginalised children of Nepal with nutritious food, clean water, quality education and most importantly a loving, secure family and home. It is not only our aim to afford these children the bare essentials, but also to teach them about morality and instil in them a sense of community and respect for their fellow human beings. We will also provide them with a safe play environment where they can have fun, learn and develop the skill of social interaction.
Rainbow Children Home has no official affiliation with any local or foreign organisation upon which it can depend for steady financial support. Thus our children's home relies solely upon the generosity of individual sponsors for its income to upkeep the house and support the children's development.
The charities objectives are:
As a result of hearing about the amazing work the charity does our club have sponsored one of the children, helping to cover the cost of their basic needs and ensure they receive an education to help themselves out of poverty in the future.
There is a bit of old weather folklore that says that it never rains on a Wednesday (when Bob organises a walk). Well, we can lay that one to rest as a group of us headed out and got rather soggy!!
This month we tried another new route around Bluey’s Farm in the Chilterns. We set out from Bovingdon Green, just west of Marlow, on what was a very enjoyable, if wet, walk! Points of interest included:
This walk proved to be rather challenging, not just because of the weather, but because the Chiltern Hills are very hilly, but we all arrived safely in the end. I'm not sure why everyone looks so cheerful in the photos though, it must have been the thoughts of the Bangers & Mash at The Royal Oak, Bovingdon Green on our return!
Bletchley Park, once the top-secret home of the World War Two Codebreakers is now a vibrant heritage attraction and one that members and their partners paid a visit to on Friday 3rd May.
On arrival we had light refreshments before meeting our guide, Michael, for a one hour outdoor walking tour. Michael told us about the history and ownership of the original Victorian Mansion before its transformation into a very famous location from the war effort!
In 1938 the mansion and much of the site was bought by a builder planning a housing estate, but within a few months Admiral Sir Hugh Sinclair, head of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS or MI6), bought it for £6,000, for use in the event of war.
A key advantage of Bletchley Park was its geographical location, that being relatively central in the UK, with the first personnel of the Government Code & Cypher School moving into Bletchley Park on 15 August 1939.
On the outbreak of the Second World War the main task was to break the German Enigma cyphers so that vital intelligence could be gathered. It was spectacularly successful, as history reports! Each separate operation was housed in a Hut, for example, Hut 1, the first to be built in 1939, housed the wireless station.
After our tour we saw a short video about the impact Bletchley had on the outcome of D-Day and enjoyed lunch together before exploring the mansion and the Huts at our leisure. We had such a wonderful day, learnt more than we thought we would and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to Bernard for organising.
Archive photos courtesy of www.bletchleypark.org.uk
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