International Club update

Kurdish ceilidkurdish ceileidhhs stomping good!

If you think ceilidhs are pretty rumbustious events – you should have tried the recent ceilidh in the crypt when there was Kurdish dancing as well. Awara, is a geology student at Glasgow University who wanted to share some of his Kurdish culture with everyone at the International Welcome Club where he is a regular attender. So he demonstrated the pretty strident steps with the help of Ahmed from Syria. They had practically everyone on their feet trying this new-to-here, style of dance.

The summer Ceilidhs in the Crypt will be on Saturday 25 June, Saturday 30 July and Saturday 20 August. Volunteers are needed to help with the supper and with shopping for the food for each one.

Please contact Grace Franklin: grace@iwelcomeclub.com if you can support in any way. Thanks to Alan Kitchen, there is always a top rank musician available to play and ‘call’ the dances.

The Club’s summer programme will be launched around the time this newsletter is published.

Away days include trips to Arran and Bute – where an early book of Shakespeare’s plays was discovered in Mount Stuart.

There are several walks in the countryside led by Liz Davidson and one of the urban West End too.  Lizy will lead on a tour of the University and an outing across the water to Govan has been pencilled in.

An exclusive tour of the current exhibition in the Huntarian Art Gallery has been confirmed and the finale of the summer will be the annual BBQ in Mugdock Country Park.

The Club tries to live up to its motto: Have Fun with Friends.  Come along and find out for yourself. All welcome.

Baby Boom:  No fewer than 3 couples connected to the International Welcome Club have announced they are expecting a baby in the late summer/early autumn. So if there are any wannabe ‘aunties’ or ‘uncles’ around who’d like to offer advice or support to them please contact Grace Franklin for details.

The Club will also be looking for volunteers to add to the pool of three to help run the International Young Families gathering when it re-convenes in the autumn. IW

It has been meeting for a couple of hours on a Monday afternoon in the Creche in recent months but stopped at Easter.

The photograph shows- on the right – Mum Malva and son Teo who will be one year old as this newsletter is published.

Malva and her husband Jose introduced Teo to the Club when he was eight days old. We’re proud of our youngest member.

The Club has no plans to mention who is our oldest member!

Also are the Japanese Mum Rie and her son SouShi with musician Claire in the background. Claire’s daughter is hidden behind SouShi.   The Japanese family of Mum, Dad, baby and for a while, Grandma, all attended the weekly English Language Conversation Corner. They recently returned home and wanted to express their sincere thanks to Maureen and Sandy Small in particular for all their help and support.

Grace Franklin

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