Today our focus is on Edgware. Both of these topics are close to my heart. First we have a Pathe Video of the openiong of the old Ritz cinema in Edgware. In my day it was the Odeon. I hadn't realiseed until I saw this just what an amazing opening the cinema had. The scenes of Edgware are amazing. It is sad that the cinema was redeveloped not too long ago. I hadn't realied just how magnificent a building it really was!
And for todays Charity we have another Edgware gem. The Larches Trust - http://www.larchescommunity.org.uk/index.htm - this is what they do
The Larches Community is a registered charity established in 1995 by a group of families to create opportunities for young people and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism and Asperger’s Syndrome irrespective of faith.
Education and Training: To increase the skills base of young people and adults with learning disabilities through education and training so that they can enjoy greater independence in their lives.
Social and Recreational: To increase the quality of life of young people and adults with learning disabilities through social and recreational activities.
Social Enterprise: To become increasingly financially independent as an organisation by developing social enterprises and micro businesses.
Supported Living: To give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to live independent lives in the heart of the community by establishing supported living homes.
Community Inclusion: To combat prejudice within the mainstream community by increasing understanding of learning disabilities and autism.
The Larches is not only a great charity but its Chief Executive Linda Edwards MBE is a great friend of this blog. She has written many guest blogs and is a lovely person to boot. She is a true inspiration.
If you have any spare pennies or have some time or skills you can give to help, please consider getting in touch with them.