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Queen delights residents at Ravenswood

By Leon Symons, December 18, 2008

There were cheers from flag-waving staff and residents as the Queen made her first visit to Norwood’s Ravenswood village in Berkshire to open a new facility last Thursday.

The Queen, Norwood’s royal patron, spent an hour touring The Precinct, which houses a number of therapy workshops, before opening the Pamela Barnett Centre, a £3 million home for 16 adults with profound learning disabilities.

Among the first people the Queen met were Peter Girvin, Laurence Black, Stephen Treisman and Jackie Andresier, who were cycling gold medallists at the national Special Olympics.


Queen at Norwood Centre

December 11, 2008

The Pamela Barnett Centre, a new home for adults with profound and multiple disabilities at Norwood’s Ravenswood Village in Berkshire, was due to be opened by the Queen, who is patron of the leading Anglo-Jewish children and family charity, yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

The Queen was to unveil a plaque in the new building and meet some of the children and adults with disabilities who use Norwood’s services.


Royal guest at refugees’ reunion

By Ruth Rothenberg, November 27, 2008

The Prince of Wales joined former child refugees on Sunday at what will probably be their last major get-together.

Before addressing the 500 Kindertransport reunion guests who filled the JFS school hall in North London, the prince went on a teatime walkabout , asking individuals how they had coped with such a dramatic change in their lives. Among those he chatted to was physicist Frank Beck, who worked at the CERN nuclear research establishment in Geneva for 30 years.


Prince Charles' "dream" of visiting Israel

November 21, 2008

Shortly after visiting the Queen and receiving his knighthood, President Shimon Peres arrived at Clarence House for an audience with Prince Charles.

Mr Peres and the Prince spoke for about 30 minu te s about the peace process, the Iranian nuclear programme and the Prince's ecological initiatives.


Peres receives honorary knighthood from the Queen

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

Queen Elizabeth awarded an honorary knighthood this morning to President of Israel Shimon Peres. Mr Peres was knighted with the Grand Cross of the order of St Michael and St George.

The Queen and Mr Peres met for about 30 minutes during which Mr Peres spoke to the Queen about Israel's history and current situation. Mr Peres gave the Queen two gifts: a letter written by her father, George VI, upon the official recognition by Britain of the state of Israel, and two silver candlesticks in the shape of pomegranates.


Queen to open new Ravenswood facility

By Candice Krieger, November 20, 2008

The Queen is to visit Norwood's Ravenswood village for people with learning disabilities next month.

Norwood president Richard Desmond told the charity's annual dinner at Grosvenor House on Monday that The Queen would tour the Berkshire facility on December 11.


Royal date for Youth Aliyah

November 13, 2008

Prince Edward is "looking forward to the new partnership between the five Youth Aliyah Child Rescue villages in Israel and the International [Duke of Edinburgh's] Award".

The prince hosted Youth Aliyah's 75th anniversary dinner in the picture gallery of St James's Palace last Wednesday, which raised £200,000 for the charity and the Duke of Edinburgh's Award International Association.


Royal for kinder dinner

October 17, 2008

Prince Charles will be the guest of honour at a special kindertransport reunion next month.

The event, organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees' kindertransport committee, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Parliament's decision to admit 10,000, mainly Jewish, children as refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe.

The event, taking place at JFS on November 23, is likely to be the final such reunion.


Duke is asked to save a piece of Jerusalem

By Leon Symons, September 26, 2008

The Duke of Edinburgh has been unwittingly drawn into a row over a piece of prime Jerusalem real estate by Zalmi Unsdorfer, the chairman of Israel's Likud-Herut party in Britain.

The row centres on the famous Russian Compound in the heart of Jerusalem. One part of it is called Sergei's Courtyard. Built in 1890 for the benefit of pilgrims visiting Palestine, it was named after Tsar Alexander II's son Sergei Alexandrovich, head of the Imperial Society of Russian Orthodox Christians in the Holy Land.


‘Talks’ on Royal visit to Israel

July 25, 2008

Talks are under way for a visit to Israel next year by Prince Charles, Israeli diplomatic sources have told the JC. Clarence House denied knowledge of any such discussions. Earlier this year, an aide to the Prince said in a leaked email that there was "no chance ever" of his visiting Israel.