On November 23rd 2019, the London Churches along with family and friends went on an exquisite tropical journey to a stunning “Island In The Sun” where they paid a visit to the world renowned “Linstead Market” before “Three Little Birds” wisely assured them that “every little thing’s gonna be alright”. …and much more than alright it was. The words of the refrain from “Linstead Market” brilliantly says it all “What a night, what a Saturday night.”
As the usual venue was not available for the evening, Camberwell arranged to meet in another venue nearby: The Harry Caddick Centre near Loughborough Junction.
The Afro-Caribbean event was a wonderful occasion of fun, fellowship and food that began with a 3.15pm service. Shirley McClean led the choir singing two songs and James Henderson spoke about reading the Bibleinterspersed with anecdotes about his time in Africa.
After the service, the opportunity to take a photograph of the London Congregations together was not missed. Getting everyone to look in the right direction at the right time, and making sure everyone was captured was a bit more difficult.
Everyone enjoyed a wonderful selection of delicious food provided by “A Touch of Class” catering which included dishes of jerk chicken, curry goat and fried fish among other delicacies.
We were delightfully entertained during the evening by Ama Chin’s rendition of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” and Miriam Makeba’s “Pata Pata.” Geoff Stilwell had everyone singing along with enthusiasm to a selection of popular calypsos and reggae classics.
Along the way Peter Wilkinson provided a West Indian quiz. There was as chance to shake a leg to music provided by DJ E.T. (The Original) (actually Eddie McCalla). A beautiful cake, especially made by Sarah Tucker for the evening, was successfully auctioned.
All in all the Afro-Caribbean Event was a resounding success, everyone who was there had a great time and eagerly look forward to the next one.
by Peter Wilkinson