Sunday, 28 November 2010

Southport Ajex Speaker and Presentation evening

Last week saw the annual AJEX (Association of Jewish Ex Servicemen) hold their annual speaker and presentation meeting at Southport Town Hall. Michael Braham was Master of Ceremonies which ensured that a good time was had by all. The deputy Mayor, Paul Cummins, took the chair and having been well warned that he might be the victim of Michael wit had come well prepared. There is always a frisson of expectation when Michael speaks, a certain fear that his wit licences him to say things that others might only think. Do not get me wrong I didn't for a moment imagine that those who sent their apologies did so to escape the possibility that they may be singled out. I am sure they all have bone fida appointments elsewhere.
Michael gave the Deputy Mayor a flattering introduction and Paul replied in like manner drawing attention to Michael's success as an Author. It was kind of Paul to plug our online publication where Michael's book on the First Hundred Years of Southport Liberal can be found . It is always pleasing to meet our readers

AJEX presented cheques to various charities including the locals hospices, the British Legion, Help for Heros, the Mayors Charity and a Jewish Servicemen charity. We then moved on to the speaker Rabbi Arnold Saunders the only Jewish Military Chaplain in the UK armed forces a job he began in 2009. He is based locally at the Fulwood barracks in Preston and is clearly well know to the Southport congregation. He told us about his work and co operation with the other 'world faith' chaplains in the military
Afterwards there was tea and coffee in the Birkdale room where the photos above were take. The second one shows the Rabbi talking to Fred Weavers. History does nor record whether the spoke about cycling, but it wouldn't surprise me.

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