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The Wellness Games are an annual London Wide sporting event for the over 55′s. Teams are entered on a borough basis and this is the first time that the event has been held in Lambeth with a Lambeth team taking part.
Along with visiting the games, chatting to team members from Lambeth and other boroughs it was a great opportunity to visit the leisure centre that I used to use regularly when I lived in Brixton but had not seen since its refurbishment.
Everyone was having a great time and it was clear that the games were hugely popular.
A packed congregation greated us at St John’s Church in Angell Town for their Harvest Thanksgiving.
I was welcomed by the Reverend Dr. Rosemarie Mallett, Priest in Charde of St John’s. Also attending was Lambeth councils chief executive Chief Executive Derrick Anderson and local councillor Rachael Heywood.
It was a hugely varied service with readings and Hymns together with Preacher Reverend Claudette Douglas reminding everyone that they should not take what they have for granted.
On Loos Sunday, in September, The London Irish Rifles remember the service their Regiment gave in the Great War. The Rifles showed their character and determination at the costly Battle of Loos. Whilst advancing under fire across open ground in gas masks, the London Irish Rifles famously kicked a football between them all the way to the enemy trenches.
This year had an extra special element given it is the 150 anniversary of the London Irish Rifles.
As ever we were made extremely welcome and were able to hear first hand about many of the challenges faced by soldiers in both Afghanistan and Iraq. We were also able to hear about some really positive outcomes as they had experienced improvements for local people during their tour of duty.
During the dinner names of those who were present who will be going next April to serve in Afghanistan. After meeting some of these soldiers it really brings it home the commitment and sense of duty they have. It is one thing to discus the right and wrongs of British soldiers being sent to these regions – it is clearly something very different to go and serve our country in extremely difficult circumstances.