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     THIS UPDATE

 5th. Octobery 2017


OFFICE BEARERS

Patron:
  Sr Renuka Silva
  Principal
Vice Patrons:
  Dr Nellie Fernando
  Canice Rajamahendran
  Sonia Vitarana
  Lalitha Dayananda

EXECUTIVE
President:
  . Felicia James
Vice President:
  . Margie Sivathondan
Secretary:
  . Sonia De Silva
Treasurer:
  . Chandrika Varatharaja
Membership Secretary:
  . Dr Nira Jeyakanthan
PRO/Editor:
  . Marie Martil
Committee:
  . Lilamani Kanapathy
  . Dr Angela Kulanthaivelu
  . Shiromi Dabrera
  . Malarvilli Umasuthan
  . Sharmonth Jayasinghe

Ex-Officio:
(Past Presidents)

  . Nellie Fernando
  . Lalitha Dayananda
  . Nirmalie Anthony
  . Sonia Vitarana
  . Freda de Silva
  . Kumari Ratnayake
  . Astrid Blackson
  . Olga Foenander
  . Annette Xavier
  . Margie Sivathondan
  . Angelina Jothinath

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A special welcome if you are a "Shepherdian" from any of the 71 countries where the Sisters work. If you attended the school in Sri Lanka do get in touch with our Secretary: we would welcome your comments and suggestions for improving this web site.

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The new item in this update is:-

  1. The President's Reort on the Valentine's Day Dinner Dance
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Jim Reeves Album
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I Don't Know Why
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Ruhune Yaapane
- Desmond De Silva &   Manoharan

Surangani

Sinhala Baila

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Kandy Lamissi
- Mariazelle

REPORT ON THE 26TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



The 26th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at the Crystal Sahara Lounge, Wembley. The event was attended by 45 members and guests. The meeting commenced with a prayer and reports were read out by the President, Secretary and Treasurer. The final audited accounts for the year 2016/2017 showing a strong balance was circulated to all members at the meeting.

Felicia James mentioned that it is now a year since she took up her position as President. During this period two successful events had taken place - the Christmas party and the Valentine's Dinner Dance. A good profit was made at the Valentine's Dinner Dance. She said that the Association is continuing to offer funds towards the education of the 5 selected students and is hoping to make more contributions towards other projects in the forthcoming year. Felicia thanked the committee members for their on-going support to her and also thanked all members, guests and friends who helped the Association by donations and attending the organised events for the past year.

In accordance with the constitution, the committee members will continue to be the same for a further year but due to the present Secretary stepping down because of work commitments, there was a re-shuffle among the existing office bearers. A new committee member was also elected.

The afternoon continued with a three course Sri Lankan meal and some games where all were able to participate and found it entertaining and enjoyable. Music was provided by DJ Amal for dancing. All prizes for the games and the raffle draw were donated by the committee members.

The evening came to a close with the cutting of a surprise birthday cake for Lalitha Dayananda, Vice Patron of the Association who celebrated her 85th Birthday recently.

It was a pleasant, fun-filled afternoon.

 Felicia James, President

NEWSLETTER - 26TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



The June 2017 Newsletter which contains the Notice of the 26th Annual General Meeting has just been published.

Click on the image of the Newsletter on the right to read it.

The Annual General Meeting of the Colombo Shepherdians in the United Kingdom will be followed by a 3 course Sri Lankan meal which will be served between 13.00 & 14.00. This will be followed by some games, music and raffle draw. Music will be provided by DJ Amal..

Members are invited to attend together with their famililies and friends.

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PRESIDENT'S REPORT ON VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER DANCE 2017



The Colombo Shepherdians in the UK held its 17th Valentine's Dinner Dance at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, at 7.30 pm on Saturday 11th February 2017.

On arrival, Members and their Guests were offered a Welcome Drink at the reception, and the ladies attending the Dance were presented with a hand fan as a gift. This now-traditional event and procedure was also an opportunity for the 142 guests to mingle with old friends and acquaintances, and make new friends prior to the main event.

The formal proceedings opened with the singing of the school song followed by an introduction from the glamorous Master of Ceremonies, Dr Pam Sivathondan, who kept the guests entertained with her humorous comments throughout the evening.

The President's speech touched on the humble beginnings of the Association 25 years ago, and emphasized that its success over the years was largely due to the dedication and hard work of the Association’s past presidents and their committees. She also reminded everyone attending the Dinner Dance that it was an opportunity to raise funds to help initiate and support various projects for our Alma Mater, and she then described, in some detail, the present contributions made by the Association to the school.

The Silver Service Menu for the evening was a three course Sri Lankan meal with a variety of dishes including the ever favourite Fish Ambulthiyal. There were also two tasty desserts followed by coffee/tea and mints.

The ballroom was tastefully decorated for the occasion and the seating was well organized. Each table was provided with 3 bottles of wine and the flower arrangements and decorations on the tables were very stylish and colourful.

The surprise event of the evening was the cabaret by two Brazilian Samba Dancers: their colourful costumes and spectacular dance routines provided great entertainment for the guests. Following this cabaret, the band, 'Exceed', then invited Committee Members and their partners to formally open the dance. This was followed by a wide selection of music for dancing throughout the rest of the evening. As usual, the last dance session was left for the ever popular traditional “baila” music in Sinhalese and Tamil. The dance floor was always filled to capacity with members and their guests enjoying themselves.

Prizes for the raffle draw were all donated by the committee members. The first prize was £250 cash: the winner, very kindly, donated £50 to the Association. The generosity of the members and their guests helped to raise £970 from the raffle ticket sales alone.

 Felicia James, President

Click here to see the photographs taken by Neil de la Harpe.

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DECEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER AND CHRISTMAS GET-TOGETHER



Members will have received the December 2016 Newsletter which contains details of the Christmas Get-Together this year and the Valentines Dinner Dance in 2017.

Click on the image of the Newsletter on the right to read it in full colour.

The President and Committee look forward to meeting Members and their Guests at both events .

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REPORT ON 25TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING


The Annual General Meeting celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the formation of the Colombo Shepherdians in the United Kingdom (CSUK) was held on Saturday, 25th June 2016 at Thistle Hotel, Heathrow. Sixty four Members and their Guests, including founder members, past presidents, committee members, members, and their families and guests were in attendance to celebrate this unique occasion.

The meeting commenced with a Thanksgiving Mass by Fr. Lylie Fernando, OMI from the Parish Church at Kilburn. His homily was lively and humorous and he reminded us of our teachers who had helped to develop our foundation years and to whom all credit should go for our individual achievements and successes.

The Annual General Meeting then followed with reports from the President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Treasurer then presented the Members attending the Meeting with the audited accounts showing a healthy bank balance.

Outgoing President, Astrid Blackson, thanked her Committee for their support during her two-year Presidency and extended a special "thank you" to Sonia Vitarana, Vice Patron of the association, for attending the Annual General Meeting all the way from Sri Lanka: she also thanked her for donating the 25- year souvenir marking the unique occasion, that was distributed to all the ladies present.

The new president and office-bearers were then elected in accordance with the Constitution. Felicia James, the new president, thanked the members present for selecting her as President: she said that she would do her very best to ensure that the association continues to be successful in achieving its objectives.

Sonia Vitarana, Vice Patron, addressed the gathering with details of the association's formation and early beginnings. She thanked the founder members for attending the 25-year celebrations and hoped that new and younger members would join and the association and ensure its existence for many more years to come.

In-keeping with custom and tradition an oil lamp was lit by the past presidents and founder members. This was then followed by a tasty Sri Lankan three course lunch with wine.

The afternoon progressed with some games where winners were in receipt of prizes donated by Astrid Blackson. In addition the sale of raffle tickets, with prizes donated by Committee Members yielded some income for the association.

Music was provided by DJ Amal. There was plenty of dancing with almost everyone present taking to the floor, particularly after the cutting of the 25-year celebration cake by the outgoing and incoming presidents.

The cake was donated by Angelina Jothinath and donations were also received from Mahes Vivekananda Rajah, Ruki Caderamanpulle and Kumari Ratnayake.

The 25th Anniversary Celebrations were a success and a good time was had by all!

 Felicia James, President

Photographs from 25th AGM

By Sydney Xavier


NEWSLETTER - 25TH ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



The June 2016 Newsletter which contains the Notice of the 25th Annual General Meeting has just been published.

Click on the image of the Newsletter on the right to read it in full colour.

This Annual General Meeting marks a significant milestone in the history of the Colombo Shepherdians in the United Kingdom and will be followed by a Thanksgiving Mass and a Social Afternoon.

Members are invited to attend together with their famililies and friends.

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VALENTINE'S DAY 2016
DINNER DANCE



The sixteenth Valentine's Day Dinner Dance, hosted by the Colombo Shepherdians, at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, was a sell out.
  One hundred and fifty members and their guests attended the event.
  The evening started with the lighting of the oil lamp, by past presidents of the Association.
  As usual, the ever professional compère, Dr Pam Sivathondan, presided over the programme for the evening.
  Shepherdians, old and new, and prospective members, joined in the school anthem.
  In her welcoming speech, Vice President Annette Xavier, thanked the guests and supporters participating in the evening of fellowship and fun. She referred to the donations made to the school in Kotahena through the funds raised by the annual Valentine's Day Dinner Dance, and thanked the donors, advertisers in the souvenir and committee members of the Association who had worked hard and tirelessly to make the event a success.
  She also thanked the photographer and web master for the support, help, and assistance they had provided the Colombo Shepherdians in the UK.
  When starters were served, a surprise Salsa Dancing cabaret was provided. The cabaret dancing couple engaged with the audience by providing a short lesson on Salsa Dancing to the delight of everyone present.
  Shepherdians, their families and friends had a great evening dancing to the music of Exceed. The crowded dance floor responded enthusiastically when the traditional and familiar 'Baila' sessions commenced.
  The Asian cuisine was a sumptuous meal that was to the satisfaction of everyone's palate.
  The relaxed and enjoyable evening ended with a raffle with prizes donated by Committee Members.

Click on the image of the Souvenir above to read it in full colour.
     Click here to see the photographs taken by Neil de la Harpe.

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RIP
Rita Viola Willatgamuwa (nee De Silva)



It is with deep sadness that President Astrid Blakson announces the death of her dear sister Rita Viola Willatgamuwa (nee De Silva)on 28th Dec 2015 after a short illness.

She leaves behind her husband Serino Willatgamuwa, son Sanjaya, daughter Ruwani and ten grand children.

A funeral mass for the late Rita Viola Wilahgamuwa is to be held on the 7th January 2016 at 10 am at

St Joseph's Church,
191 High Road,
Harrow Weald,
HA3 5EE,

followed by cremation at

Breakspear Road Crematorium,
Ruislip,
Middx HA4 7SJ

Home Address:
Serino Willatgamuwa
13 Rosslyn Crescent
Harrow
Middlesex HA1 2SA

DECEMBER 2015 NEWSLETTER



CSUK Members will by now have received their copies of the December 2015 Newsletter.

The Newsletter contains details of a "Christmas Get-Together" and arrangements for the now traditional Valentine's Day Dinner Dance on 13th February 2016.

The "Christmas Get- Together" has been arranged for Sunday 6th December 2015 at the Rising Sun Restaurant in Sudbury.

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REPORT ON 24THANNUAL GENERAL MEETING HELD ON 28TH JUNE 2015



The 24th Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday, 28th June2015 at the Holiday Inn, Wembley, and was attended by 42 members and their guests. The meeting commenced with a prayer, and reports from the President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Final Accounts for the year 2014/2015, which showed a healthy balance, were circulated to Members at the Meeting.

The President, Astrid Blackson, in her address to the Meeting, said that yet again it was a successful year with the two events held, and a profit of about £1,000 was made from the Valentine's Day Dance. She said that the Committee had agreed to fund the education of 5 underprivileged A-Level Students at the Convent. Astrid thanked the Committee Members for their support and urged more Members to join the Committee and more Shepherdians to join the Association.

In accordance with the Constitution the Current Office Bearers will continue to be in post for the next year. Two new committee members, Lilamani Kanapathy and Niranchana Jeyakantha, were elected.

At the end of the Meeting Members and their guests had a Carvery meal. The afternoon continued with some games which included bingo and a raffle.

Finally, everyone present celebrated Vice Patron Lalitha Dayananda's Birthday with the usual cutting of a Birthday Cake followed by tea and coffee.

Members and their Guests spent an enjoyable afternoon, chatting and enjoying the light-hearted atmosphere.

  Felicia James
    Secretary


24THANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AND JUNE 2015 NEWSLETTER



The 24th Annual General Meeting of the Colombo Shepherdians in the UK will be held on 28th June 2015. Most, if not all, members in the UK will have by now received a hardcopy of the June 2015 Newsletter in the post.

The Newsletter contains all the papers relating to the Annual General Meeting in addition to the usual articles that may be of interest to Members.

Click on the image of the Newsletter on the right to read it in full colour.

The 24th May 2014 update of this web site incorporated important amendments to the Constitution which will be followed at the Annual General Meeting. Click here to view the revised Constitution.

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VALENTINE'S DAY 2015
DINNER DANCE



The Colombo Shepherdians in the UK held their 15th Valentine's Dinner Dance at the Holiday Inn at Wembley on Saturday 14th February 2015.
     On arrival, the 150 guests who attended the dance began the evening with a welcome drink in the lobby. All the ladies were presented with lovely pashamina scarves in a choice of colours to choose from.
     The ballroom, at the Holiday Inn, with its glittering chandeliers and tasteful flower arrangements on the tables was a fitting venue for the beautifully dressed ladies and smartly-attired gentlemen present.
     The Master of Ceremonies was the elegant Pam Sivathondan and Music for the evening was provided by the band ‘Exceed’.
     The Dinner Dance commenced with the School Song followed by a welcome speech by the President. While the starters were served, guests were entertained by two Bollywood Dancers with music.
     The President and her husband together with the other committee members and their partners then started the dancing to the song ‘Lady in Red’.
     A sumptuous Sri Lankan dinner was followed by desert of fruit salad and ice-cream, coffee and mints.
The nine piece band "Exceed" provided excellent music and the dance floor was packed throughout the evening: the service provided by the staff of Holiday Inn was excellent.      There were plenty of prizes that were won by the guests whose generosity gave the association £840 from the raffle ticket sales alone. This, together profit from ticket sales, has provided the association with useful income that would be used to fund further projects at the school.
     The enjoyable evening ended with everyone joining in to sing the Sri Lankan National Anthem. Click on the image of the Souvenir above to read it in full colour.
     Click here to see the photographs taken by Neil de la Harpe.

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CHRISTMAS 2014 DINNER
AND DECEMBER NEWSLETTER



It is that time of the year again, Colombo Shepherdians in the UK, when the Association begins 'winding up' for the now traditional Valentine's Day Dinner Dance in February 2015: and as usual, of course, the event that starts it all off is the Christmas Dinner and Get- Together.

This year is no different, and our President and her Committee have made arrangements for us to meet for a pre- Christmas Dinner and some fun for young and old on Sunday 7th December 2014.

You will all have received the December 2014 Newsletter by now: it contains full details of both the Christmas Dinner and the Valentines Day Dinner Dance.

Click on the image of the Newsletter above to read it in full colour and also for details of your contacts to reserve your places for the Christmas Dinner and Valentine's Day Dinner Dance.

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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
AND JUNE 2014 NEWSLETTER



The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Colombo Shepherdians in the UK will be held on 29th June 2014. Most, if not all, members in the UK will have by now received a hardcopy of the June 2014 Newsletter in the post.

The Newsletter contains all the papers relating to the Annual General Meeting in addition to the usual articles that may be of interest to Members.

Click on the image of the Newsletter on the right to read it in full colour.

The 24th May 2014 update of this web site incorporated important amendments to the Constitution which will be followed at the Annual General Meeting. Click here to view the revised Constitution.

 Webmaster

VALENTINE'S DAY
DINNER DANCE 2014



The long-established Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, now a traditional feature on the annual calendar of the Colombo Shepherdians in the UK, was held on 15th February 2014 at the Holiday Inn, in Wembley. As usual the Committee’s dedication to making this event an unqualified success paid off handsomely.

Shepherdians and their guests were welcomed by the President to a formal "drinks reception" at which all the ladies, on arrival, were presented with a bracelet in a red chiffon bag. This was followed by the President’s welcoming speech and a rendition of the School Song.

Breaking new ground the President and her husband had arranged and funded a surprise item - a professional dancing couple, Peter from Hungary and Janet from Malaysia - to entertain guests whilst starters were served. Their performance included the couple dancing the Chacha, Samba, Paso Doble, Rumba and Jive.

The President and her husband then opened the dance to the Michael Ball song “Love Changes Everything” and they were joined on the floor by Committee Members and their partners.

As usual, the hugely popular Baila Sessions drew many guests to the dance floor to display entertaining dance styles and inventing new ones.

The Silver Service Sri Lankan Dinner was followed by the sale of Raffle tickets and the distribution of Raffle, Table and Ticket prizes. The winner of the first prize returned £100 back to the organisation.

It was then back to some serious dancing right to the very end of the proceedings. No doubt all revellers had a great time and thanks to their generosity the Raffle yielded £650 for projects at Good Shepherd Convent Kotahena.

The 115 Shepherdians and their guests in attendance had a great evening with Master of Ceremonies Pam Sivathondan, the band Breeze, dancers Peter and Janet, and, of course, a great Asian dinner with wine and excellent desserts. The Holiday Inn Service was outstanding and of a very high quality throughout.

A number of photographs and video clips were taken at the Dinner Dance and some of these may shortly become available on this web site. To view a small selection of Neil de la Harpe's photographs click here.



Some Committee Members at the Dinner Dance

L-R Membership Secretary, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, President, Vice Patron, Vice President, Committee Member

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