Group Newsletter October 2023

Welcome to the latest newsletter.
Our next meeting  is on Thursday 5th October 2023,  7.30pm at Moordown Community Centre. We are delighted to announce, its time to get ready for our…
We are delighted to announce we have a date for our next Quiz Night. This will be on
Friday 10th November 8pm  at the
The Brunswick Hotel, 199 Malmesbury Park Road, BOURNEMOUTH,  BH8 8PX
Our quizzes are informal but competitive! We are returning to one of our favourite venues, The Brunswick Hotel. Please help planning by reserving your tickets via Eventbrite. As ever you pay on the night, but we need to ensure we don’t exceed the room limit.  Teams of up to 6, entrance £5 a person. If you aren’t in a team they can be adjusted/formed on the night to ensure no one’s on their own. As ever we will have a raffle (prize donations very welcome).
Mischa performing at the Jamnesty

Jamnesty at Chaplins Bar

Our Music Benefit event, held at Chaplin’s Bar in Boscombe on 2nd September, was a great success – no mean feat given the competition for public attention (and occasional noise!) from the air show. We collected over £1600.
This couldn’t have happened without the generous support of many musicians, poetry readers, face painters, cake makers as well as raffle prize sponsors. Special thanks are due to Nick Humphrey, Conrad Barr and the owner Harry Secombe, who made the bar and garden at Chaplin’s available all day, and to their lovely staff who couldn’t have been more helpful.
And thanks to everyone who came to the event and supported us. You can find more photos and a list of performers on our website.

Help Free Virginia Laparra

Virginia Laparra (above), a renowned anti-corruption prosecutor, is being unjustly imprisoned in Guatemala. In 2018, she filed a complaint against a judge for sharing confidential information. In a striking display of retaliation, the judge accused Virginia of the crime of “abuse of authority continuously committed against the public administration”, leading to her arrest and a four-year jail sentence.
Virginia is now facing a second trial, which could extend her sentence by an additional six to nine years. Amnesty International has deemed her a prisoner of conscience. Urge  Guatemalan authorities to release Virginia Laparra and drop all charges against her.
On August 28, 2023, one of Virginia’s lawyer, Claudia González Orellana (below) was arrested at her home after a judge issued a questionable arrest warrant against her. She remains in detention – please urge the Public Prosecutor to review the charges against Claudia, and dismiss any unfounded proceedings, guaranteeing her rights under national and international law.