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