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Thursday, 25 October 2012

For Your Entertainment...

A stunning short video showing our unique candles -  put together by John Will (our lovely Handyman)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Love Is In The Air...

 Three Engagements in a row!
The past week has been one of much excitement for the community as they have had four community members get engaged - two of which were with each other!
Brendan Wyness who is part of the L'Arche Support Service was the first community member to make the committment to his girlfriend when he proposed last week.
Then last Saturday Michael Willis who was an assistant in Braerannoch proposed to Amy Kellow who does the admin in L'Arche's office.
And on the same day Clare Gardom who was also an assistant in Braerannoch got engaged to her boyfriend.
A massive congratulations to them all!

Our New Summer House Is Here...

The Candle Workshop with Innes and the new Summer House
After some incredible generousity from Dicksons and Keyline, the Hunter Landscaping men constructed our newly delivered Summer House for us free of charge. This has been a fantastic addition to the grounds of Braerannoch and now with the comfy seating added it is sure to be a well used area.
As you will see in the "Events" section of our blog, we will be having the grand opening with the boys from Dickson's on Friday 26th October, between 3-4pm. A plaque will be erected in their honour.

Please feel free to come along and see our new Summer House and join in the celebration over a cup of tea/ coffee and a few biscuits.
We can't thank you all enough!

L'Arche International Family Day...

The "Family Day" display at our Workshops
On October 6th, L'Arche celebrated "International Family Day" where they took the opportunity to send well wishes, prayers and greetings to other communities throughout the world.
As a community we have received many well wishes, stunning cards and beautiful photographs which has made many people realise how special and "big" L'Arche is - particularly those who didn't realise L'Arche has around 40 communities all over the world!
Those in The Workshops were also extremely excited to see two photographs from our friends in L'Arche Punla in the Philippines who we did a 'Tombola' fundraiser for in February 2010 which raised a total of £340.00!
As a community we would like to send our prayers and greeting to all L'Arche communities throughout the world - the assistants, core members, volunteers, friends and networks which keep them a safe, caring and homely place to live!
God bless.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

L'Arche Candles take pride of place ...

Our Red and White candles placed on the memorial
Candles made by our community were placed at the Anfield Memorial for the Hillsborough disaster which took place on the 15th April 1989 after 24,000 Liverpool football club supporters went to see the match and 96 of the fans never returned after being killed in the human crush and panic!  There was another 766 people injured in the disaster.
As one of Britian's biggest sporting disasters, The Candle Workshops takes particular pride in showing support to those who lost their lives and the familie's left to deal with the tradegy!

Birthday Celebrations for Amy...

Amy blowing out the birthday candles
Last week saw Amy, who has worked in the community for the past three years, celebrating her 21st birthday with friends and work colleagues' from The Workshops and around The Community.
Some of the lovely gifts from the community

The community organised many surprises to celebrate her big day including some flowers and £30 gift vouchers which is very generous! Amy was completely overwhelmed by the kind gestures and was touched to have been given flowers from MacTalla and also Saorsa/ Grianan where she has lived over a year ago but still keeps in regular contact with. Derek Thain also managed to sing "Happy Birthday" before anyone else which he was extremely excited about!  

All joining in the celebrations
In the afternoon, The Workshops put together a small party with a birthday cake and some music which was lovely. They also invited Derrick Anderson and Susie Stewart over to join the celebrations which was a lovely idea. Another big surprise was the £50 beauty gift vouchers which was a "whip around" from all the Office and Workshop Assistants.

Sponsors for Ryan...

Can you recognise this cheeky monkey?
Last week there was a lot of "monkey business" around The Workshops after Ryan Mulvey came in wearing his monkey "onesy" in order to get sponsors for the walk he was taking part in to raise money for SNAP.
The sponsored walk took place on Sunday (30th September 2012) and Ryan completed it with the group which raised a great sum of money.
As you can see Ryan is so proud of himself and so he should be... Here he is with his medal!