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Region 1 - Christmas with Brixton Sai Centre

The annual Brixton Sai Centre carol singing went ahead as planned, even though some members could not attend because they had been struck down by influenza and the cold viruses that were claiming victims all over the country. Among the relatively few members who attended, some were also recovering from illness, but all kept their spirits up and brought festive cheer to the residents of both Truscott House in Croydon and Freeman Court in Norbury, two sheltered accommodation schemes.

The carol singing organised at Truscott House started at 7.30 pm on Friday 19 December. The residents and relatives were served by staff with their favourite tipple - a glass of sherry - to get them in the festive mood. They were all given carol sheets and were encouraged to join in, which they happily did. The session lasted over an hour and the atmosphere was joyful and merry. Afterwards the residents were invited to the dining room where Centre members served them snacks, mince pies with cream and some soft drinks. The residents showed their gratitude before they retired to their private quarters.

The next day saw more carol singing organised by the Centre, this time at Freeman Court in Norbury, from 2 pm on Saturday 20 December. There was an improvement in the number of residents who attended, compared to last year. Again the residents were given carol sheets in order to join in the singing. The singing session lasted over an hour but was extended in order to accommodate a few carol requests from residents. Afterwards they were served some mince pies with cream and drinks by the staff.

The Centre held its usual weekly group devotional singing session at Norbury Manor School the following day from 11.30 am on Sunday 21 December. The number of members attending was quite impressive, considering that some were still recovering from sickness. Half the allotted time was devoted to traditional Sai Centre devotional songs and the rest for carol singing. After the aartee, a short discourse was given on the avataarhood of our Lord Jesus Christ and how he is synonymous with Love. Proceedings ended with all being invited to partake in some prashaadam (consecrated food) and mince pies with cream.

The Centre wished all its members a merry Christmas and also a speedy recovery to those who were still under the weather.

Sai Ram