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June 2011 African-Caribbean Lunch Club visit by OCES Chair Alan Mercel-Sanca

Alan Mercel-Sanca, at the kind invitation of Mrs Denise Wootten (NHS DHFUT), and on behalf of the OCES,  attended the recent end of June meeting of the African-Caribbean over 50's lunch club at the Boscombe Resource Centre.  This social club that meets monthly provides a warm and welcoming setting for members of the over 50’s ethnic African and Caribbean community, and in addition to excellent food offers regular and varied activities to all who attend: more information about joining can be provided by the Boscombe Resource Centre.
He really enjoyed meeting the group, and its organisers and support workers, Monica, Amanda (Assistant Manager of the Centre), Frida and club members such as Derek; Bournemouth Borough Councillor, Mr Chris Wakefield was also a guest on this occasion.  Alan afterwards shared with lunch club founder, Denise, that he very swiftly felt as if amongst friends whom he had known for a long time.

The delicious traditional Caribbean food served, included fried plantain, rice, salads water melon, and an Ital vegetarian stew (Ital is traditional Rastafarian cuisine), much appreciated by Alan (himself a vegetarian).

Alan has been kindly invited by Denise to attend the July meeting of the group, and in addition has been asked by Amanda to make an informal presentation and talk about his artwork (some of which he shared at the June meeting) to the group. 

Denise has also kindly invited OCES Chinese therapeutic Arts Advisor Alan Tinnion (doctor of acupuncture and Chinese health care exercise: Shanghai medical university) to provide an interactive taster session of qi-gong to the club members towards the end of 2011: a meaningful / tangible opportunity for cross-cultural learning in our local community.

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