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Pontefract Years in Focus 1980

YEARS IN FOCUS
LOCAL NEWS AND EVENTS OF THE 1980s

PONTEFRACT IN 1980

17th January 1980
OPEN MEETING AT REFUGE FOR BOAT PEOPLE

Eastwell Lodge, the Vietnamese refuge in Carleton, is holding an open public meeting this Saturday at 3pm. In addition to a talk and slide show to be given by a teacher who spent last year working in North Vietnam, there will also be a general discussion and information session on the running of the refuge itself.

Organisers at the lodge would like to thank all donors of gifts and those who have offered their services at Christmas - particularly the Southsiders Community Association for their carol singing at the centre, the Buffaloes Community Association which gave a party for the Vietnamese children, and Brotherton Brownies who gave a tea set to each family at the lodge.

Activities at the refuge centre since New Year include a walk in the Lake District using equipment loaned by Crossley Tordoff, of Pontefract, ice skating and a film evening.

The first two families to move out of the lodge are now happily settled in Leeds and several more families are expected to move into their own homes in Grimsby and Bradford later this month. Any carpets, electrical fires and useful household items would be gratefully received. Organisers are appealing for more volunteer teachers for evening classes. Anyone wishing to help may contact the lodge.

1980 INDEX


Years in Focus is researched by Maurice Haigh and reproduced with the kind permission of the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

Pontefract news from the 1980's


 

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