16 September 2019
On 13th – 15th September members of the Order, Companions and members of the OMV came together for the Walsingham Pilgrimage. Beautiful weekend.
16 September 2019
Over the summer the three weekly activities managed to continue in London. Homeless guests numbers increased because many soup kitchens across the capital closed. The Companions Cafe reguarly catered for over 120 guests. Themed evenings continued – for example a seaside theme. Scones, clotted cream and jam were served to the guests whilst they waited in the queue before we opened. The tables were decorated with shells, bright yellow tablecloths and mini deckchairs. Sunglasses, reading glasses and reading sunglasses were given to the many guests.
9 July 2019
The themed evenings have continued at the Thursday soup kitchen in Marylebone. For the start of Wimbledon Tennis championship week – the homeless guests enjoyed a delicious supper – ice lollies first whilst they waited in the queue, a variety of hot meals once in the hall followed by strawberries and cream. The room was decorated with the signature Wimbledon Tennis Championship colours of purple and light green tablecloths and Helium tennis ball balloons stood over the tables. One of our regular volunteers, Eugenie, played a meddly of pieces on the grand piano.
A few weeks earlier we commemorated the D-Day 75th Anniversary. Toy parachute figures were hung from the ceiling. Five tables were decorated with blue and yellow tablecloths to symbolise the beaches. Each of these five tables had the name of the important beach landings. (Utah, Sword, Omaha, Gold and Juno ) with the relevant flag eg Canadian, US and British. Danny, one of our regular homeless guests, had been to the Imperial War Museum and brought with him 50 mock-up newspapers of the day and Roger, a regular volunteer pianist, played suitable music – “We’ll Meet Again…” We served French cheeses for pudding and Strawberries and Cream. The guests were delighted with the evening.
9 July 2019
Earlier in the summer the regular podiatrists – Izzy and Jenni, came to care for the homeless guests’ feet. As you can imagine, this is an extremely important service for the homeless. This coupled with the extremely generous donation of 120 pairs of new shoes was a real blessing for the guests. A woman announced that she has been wearing the same shoes for 7 years. She was ecstatic with her shoes and danced around the hall.
1 July 2019
On Sunday 23rd June the beautiful Corpus christi procession which is jointly organised by the parishes of St James’s, Spanish Place, and Our Lady of the Assumption, Warwick Street was attended by many Companions and members of the Order of Malta. The procession ended at St James’s with Benediction and the glorious ‘Lauda Sion’ was sung by the St James’s choir.
1 July 2019
On Wednesday 26th June over 50 elderly men and women came to have tea, share stories and sing songs together. Colin Thackery, aged 89 years old and winner of Britian’s Got Talent this year, is a regular guest at the Companions’ tea parties. He sung a few songs, for everyone, to great applause.
21 May 2019
Over forty elderly guests came to Brompton Oratory, Knightsbridge for a tea party on 15th May. It was a very lively afternoon with half an hour of singing followed by a delicious tea and the chance to chat with old friends. Some of our guests had met each other in Lourdes the previous week. The guests left with some chocolates and flowers.
14 May 2019
Many Companions joined together for the AGM in Lourdes, followed by a delicious supper at the Rivierasol.
14 April 2019
On Friday 5th April 2019, Matthew Schellhorn and friends hosted a music recital in aid of the Companions of the Order of Malta.
They played music ranging from Mozart to Flanders and Swann and managed to raise over £1300, which will go directly to help the Companions of the Order of Malta’s work for the poor and the homeless.
We are grateful to Fr Christopher Vipers (Parish Priest, St Mary Moorfields) for allowing them to use his church hall. Sincere thanks to the musicians: Iris Korfker (soprano), Matthew Sear (guitar) and Leora Cohen (violin), and Companion Matthew Schellhorn.