A highly topical read for the months of April/May. We’ll be reading A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka. Why not read along with us and then join us in the library to discuss?
We’ll meet between 1030 and 1130 in the library on Sunday 15 May.
Spaces still available in our book group. See here for details on joining.
Just a little heads-up for everyone in Council Tax bands A-D (taken from the Brent Council website):
From 1 April 2022, the energy price cap will rise and many households will struggle to pay higher energy bills and to heat their homes.
To help households with rising energy costs, the Government has announced a £150 Council Tax rebate (payment) for households in bands A to D.
Who will receive this £150 payment (rebate)?
Properties in bands A to D
Most households in Council Tax bands A to D will qualify for a payment (rebate) of £150 from April 2022. The council will make a payment to households. This won’t have to be repaid.
If you pay less than £150 Council Tax, or you receive single person discount, or do not pay because you receive Council Tax support, you will still be entitled to the payment.
The payment will not be made for empty or second homes. It must be your main residence to get the money. If you don’t know which band your property is in, look on your latest bill or check your Council Tax band online.
If you’ve seen the posters and leaflets in the library trying to tempt you into joining in the fundraising efforts but still need another bit of persuasion, take a look at this video. Last year we raised nearly £6000 for the library – can you help us do the same again this year?
The April meeting will meet on Sunday 3 April at the library, from 1030-1130. The book for this month is The Forty Rules of Love, by Turkish author Elif Shafak.
“A novel within a novel, The Forty Rules of Love tells two parallel stories (The technique placing two story together is called juxtaposition in literature) that mirror each other across two very different cultures and seven intervening centuries.” It starts when a housewife, Ella, gets a book called Sweet Blasphemy for an appraisal.. This book is about a thirteenth century poet, Rumi, and his spiritual teacher, Shams. The book presents Shams’s Forty Love Rules at different intervals. The story presented in the novel is basically on “love and spirituality that explains what it means to follow your heart”.
The letter “b”
Every chapter of the book starts with letter “b”. It is because the secret of Quran lies in Surah Al-Fatiha and its spirit is contained in the phrase Bismillah ir Rehman ir Rahim (In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent and the most Merciful). The first Arabic letter of the Bismillah has a dot below it that symbolizes the Universe as per Sufism thoughts.
If you’d like to join in, drop us a line to firstname.lastname@example.org, or just read along with us and let us know what you think!
Fancy joining a friendly, welcoming, local community choir? I know some of you do, as you’ve told me. We have a potential voiunteer choir leader and are hopeful of starting a choir in the next few months. To do this, we need to work out what the demand for this activity would be.
To help with our planning for this, please complete this questionnaire to help us work out what the choir should look like.