Lottery saves ladies who make the lunch

From left, Parveen Akhtar, Shazia Rashid, Khamim Hussain and Sajida Sultana with one of their dishes

From left, Parveen Akhtar, Shazia Rashid, Khamim Hussain and Sajida Sultana with one of their dishes Buy this photo

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A POPULAR Asian lunch service in Rose Hill which faced closure for lack of funding has been saved by Lottery money.

The lunch has been running at Rose Hill Children’s Centre in Ashhurst Way every Thursday for seven years.

When its future was in doubt, the Lottery-funded Rose Hill Regeneration Project stepped in to help to cover the cost of ingredients at £30 a week.

Cook Khamim Hussain, who lives in Rose Hill, said: “It’s a very popular service and it’s great for the community that the lunch is continuing.

“I love cooking and it also gives me the chance to be creative with food.

“Whilst working here I have received my food hygiene certificate and become more confident.”

Ms Hussain cooks traditional recipes including curries with colleagues and friends Shazia Rashid and Sajida Sultana, who are also from Rose Hill.

Friend Parveen Akhtar acts as an interpreter and helper.

More than 40 adults and children from a variety of cultures including Asian, Nepalese, British, Moroccan, Iranian, Egyptian and Iraqi attend every week.

Rose Hill resident and mother-of-three Rachel Tilbrook has been going to the lunch every week for the past six years.

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She said: “It’s a great opportunity to eat authentic Indian cooking that’s affordable. It’s always busy and it’s a real centre of this part of the community.”

The three cooks have also enrolled on an intensive English language course to build their customer service skills. And it is hoped a volunteer training programme will be run with the lunch by the Lottery team so that residents can learn the skills needed to run a business.

Volunteer regeneration project co-ordinator Ali Hall said: “We’re delighted to be able to have a hand in bringing such a diverse community together. It’s a real opportunity for the ladies because they will have the chance to develop their skills through training and look forward into expanding it as a business.

“They have already booked their first catering job at a community event, and we hope that in the future the ladies can deliver the lunch as their own social enterprise.”

The lunch runs every Thursday at the children’s centre in Ashhurst Way from noon and costs £2.50.

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8:58am Sat 22 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Certainly far more deserving of Lottery Funding than a South Hampshire Gateway Club which was turned down because its catchment happened not to include any handicapped ethnic minorities
Certainly far more deserving of Lottery Funding than a South Hampshire Gateway Club which was turned down because its catchment happened not to include any handicapped ethnic minorities Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -1

10:53am Sat 22 Jun 13

Quentin Walker says...

If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.
If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support. Quentin Walker
  • Score: -4

11:37am Sat 22 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

"More than 40 adults and children from a variety of cultures including Asian, Nepalese, British, Moroccan, Iranian, Egyptian and Iraqi attend every week."
Thank you for putting me right OM. I always thought Nepal Iran/Persia and Iraq/Mesopotamia were in Asia, but you say clearly they're some other continent. Atlantis?
And is there a "British Culture" I am English and frankly do not feel I have any identity with for example Ulster Scot or Scottish Presbyterian, nor Ulster Roman, though I do have identity with the tiny tribe of Irish Republic Anglicans. I guess most of your readers will be the same, Celts, Angles Normans etc, certainly not homogeneous. All in all this is a very curious sentence Emma. Maybe we should try a job swop for a week?
"More than 40 adults and children from a variety of cultures including Asian, Nepalese, British, Moroccan, Iranian, Egyptian and Iraqi attend every week." Thank you for putting me right OM. I always thought Nepal Iran/Persia and Iraq/Mesopotamia were in Asia, but you say clearly they're some other continent. Atlantis? And is there a "British Culture" I am English and frankly do not feel I have any identity with for example Ulster Scot or Scottish Presbyterian, nor Ulster Roman, though I do have identity with the tiny tribe of Irish Republic Anglicans. I guess most of your readers will be the same, Celts, Angles Normans etc, certainly not homogeneous. All in all this is a very curious sentence Emma. Maybe we should try a job swop for a week? Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

5:29pm Sat 22 Jun 13

Witneyscout1 says...

Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!!
Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!! Witneyscout1
  • Score: -4

5:49pm Sat 22 Jun 13

Witneyscout1 says...

Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!!
Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!! Witneyscout1
  • Score: -4

7:31pm Sat 22 Jun 13

Spollock says...

I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this.

It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.
I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this. It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing. Spollock
  • Score: 7

9:12am Sun 23 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Spollock wrote:
I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this.

It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.
Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense.
Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you.
[quote][p][bold]Spollock[/bold] wrote: I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this. It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.[/p][/quote]Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense. Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -3

9:17am Sun 23 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

the ad at the top of the page- "grab a bottle for your next picninc" ?????
the ad at the top of the page- "grab a bottle for your next picninc" ????? Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -1

11:24am Sun 23 Jun 13

DoctorBob says...

Watch out everybody, it's reds under the bed time, lol. It's simple folks, don't agree, don't do the lottery then your little red racist light won't have cause for flashing on and off so rapidly.
Watch out everybody, it's reds under the bed time, lol. It's simple folks, don't agree, don't do the lottery then your little red racist light won't have cause for flashing on and off so rapidly. DoctorBob
  • Score: 4

12:46pm Sun 23 Jun 13

DoctorBob says...

Quentin Walker wrote:
If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.
Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.[/p][/quote]Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers. DoctorBob
  • Score: 3

12:50pm Sun 23 Jun 13

DoctorBob says...

Witneyscout1 wrote:
Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!!
If you go along the interpreter may assist you with your own English. Not sure how you see this as not British?
[quote][p][bold]Witneyscout1[/bold] wrote: Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!![/p][/quote]If you go along the interpreter may assist you with your own English. Not sure how you see this as not British? DoctorBob
  • Score: 3

1:21pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Spollock says...

Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Spollock wrote:
I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this.

It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.
Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense.
Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you.
How do you know that the 'Elite' are 'spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate'? Are you involved in the funding? If so, fair enough, but if it's just speculation then you need to do the research before you share an opinion. Otherwise it's just nasty, unfounded paranoia, with a sprinkling of misunderstood history.
[quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spollock[/bold] wrote: I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this. It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.[/p][/quote]Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense. Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you.[/p][/quote]How do you know that the 'Elite' are 'spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate'? Are you involved in the funding? If so, fair enough, but if it's just speculation then you need to do the research before you share an opinion. Otherwise it's just nasty, unfounded paranoia, with a sprinkling of misunderstood history. Spollock
  • Score: 2

1:22pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Spollock says...

Witneyscout1 wrote:
Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!!
Okay, what projects were turned down for being 'too normal'? Do you know? Or are you just repeating a lie to make yourself feel a bit better?
[quote][p][bold]Witneyscout1[/bold] wrote: Once again lottery not surporting British projects many project turned down for being to normal !!!![/p][/quote]Okay, what projects were turned down for being 'too normal'? Do you know? Or are you just repeating a lie to make yourself feel a bit better? Spollock
  • Score: 5

2:15pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Spollock wrote:
Lord Palmerstone wrote:
Spollock wrote:
I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this.

It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.
Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense.
Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you.
How do you know that the 'Elite' are 'spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate'? Are you involved in the funding? If so, fair enough, but if it's just speculation then you need to do the research before you share an opinion. Otherwise it's just nasty, unfounded paranoia, with a sprinkling of misunderstood history.
I don't think I'd call the folks who decide what the C3s ' gambling cash is spent on an "elite". Apparatchiks I think. Shall we agree on that?
If "Cook Khamim Hussain, who lives in Rose Hill, said: “It’s a very popular service and it’s great for the community that the lunch is continuing" is right then one wonders why the occupants of the project haven't scratched together 30 quid a week. How popular is popular?
And yes PC is gut churning rubbish but I have no irrational fear of it. Contempt yes.
Welcome back Doc Bob!
Why only rac-ist? Can't it be Islamo-, homophobic, misogynist, androgenous, gay, bi, tranny-phobic. Lighten up; use all the words in the Good Left Almanac, not just the usual one.
[quote][p][bold]Spollock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lord Palmerstone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Spollock[/bold] wrote: I find it very difficult to understand why anyone would react negatively to an article like this. It's positive, and demonstrates the good work that the Lottery Project is doing.[/p][/quote]Well I'll explain. It demonstrates what is called "political correctness" As the model of socialism embodied in the former Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its own contradictions in 1989, believers in the socialist big lie desperately looked for an alternative. The alternative was "PC"; it is still socialist gibberish because socialism is complete nonsense. Much of lottery money is spent on what "Hampstead Liberals" believe to be "good things" You may be a Hampstead Liberal but I have to tell you that you are rara avis and most of humanity sees the Lottery as the tiny elite taking the cash of the lumpenproletariat and spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate. I hope that helped you.[/p][/quote]How do you know that the 'Elite' are 'spending it on what the elite thinks appropriate'? Are you involved in the funding? If so, fair enough, but if it's just speculation then you need to do the research before you share an opinion. Otherwise it's just nasty, unfounded paranoia, with a sprinkling of misunderstood history.[/p][/quote]I don't think I'd call the folks who decide what the C3s ' gambling cash is spent on an "elite". Apparatchiks I think. Shall we agree on that? If "Cook Khamim Hussain, who lives in Rose Hill, said: “It’s a very popular service and it’s great for the community that the lunch is continuing" is right then one wonders why the occupants of the project haven't scratched together 30 quid a week. How popular is popular? And yes PC is gut churning rubbish but I have no irrational fear of it. Contempt yes. Welcome back Doc Bob! Why only rac-ist? Can't it be Islamo-, homophobic, misogynist, androgenous, gay, bi, tranny-phobic. Lighten up; use all the words in the Good Left Almanac, not just the usual one. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

2:18pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

Try hydrophobic Doc Bob, that's when a sweet vulnerable soft-hearted little lefty like yourself gets bitten by a rabid Nazi hound like me. Take care! Woof!
Try hydrophobic Doc Bob, that's when a sweet vulnerable soft-hearted little lefty like yourself gets bitten by a rabid Nazi hound like me. Take care! Woof! Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Quentin Walker says...

DoctorBob wrote:
Quentin Walker wrote:
If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.
Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.
Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion.

I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping.
[quote][p][bold]DoctorBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.[/p][/quote]Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.[/p][/quote]Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion. I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 0

3:14pm Sun 23 Jun 13

DoctorBob says...

Quentin Walker wrote:
DoctorBob wrote:
Quentin Walker wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.
Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.
Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion. I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping.
Sniping? "these people", "not polite", " don't deserve".

Bluddy immigrunts coming ovur ere, intergrating, elpin the locul comunitee, creatin bizness opertunitis and socialisin, how bluddy impolite!
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DoctorBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.[/p][/quote]Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.[/p][/quote]Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion. I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping.[/p][/quote]Sniping? "these people", "not polite", " don't deserve". Bluddy immigrunts coming ovur ere, intergrating, elpin the locul comunitee, creatin bizness opertunitis and socialisin, how bluddy impolite! DoctorBob
  • Score: -2

3:50pm Sun 23 Jun 13

Quentin Walker says...

Your immature scribblings assume far too much.

I bid you farewell.
Your immature scribblings assume far too much. I bid you farewell. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 0

6:37pm Sun 23 Jun 13

DoctorBob says...

Quentin Walker wrote:
Your immature scribblings assume far too much. I bid you farewell.
Of course you do Quentin, it's called running away.
[quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: Your immature scribblings assume far too much. I bid you farewell.[/p][/quote]Of course you do Quentin, it's called running away. DoctorBob
  • Score: 0

9:01am Mon 24 Jun 13

Lord Palmerstone says...

DoctorBob wrote:
Quentin Walker wrote:
DoctorBob wrote:
Quentin Walker wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.
Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.
Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion. I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping.
Sniping? "these people", "not polite", " don't deserve".

Bluddy immigrunts coming ovur ere, intergrating, elpin the locul comunitee, creatin bizness opertunitis and socialisin, how bluddy impolite!
Doc-you are betraying the fact that you either don't live in Oxford or, if you do, it's Woodstock , Banbury Road. Even so, you've surely read a bit of "Bullfinch" haven't you, most importantly perhaps the one mum's view of us and our "community"? Errm, not much sign there of "integration", "business opportunities" (except of course for Mr. Cronin and his ilk), "helping" anyone in particular nor "socialising"
It's in grey at the top of the page. And I didn't play the race card, you did.
[quote][p][bold]DoctorBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DoctorBob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quentin Walker[/bold] wrote: If these people are living in this country and can't be polite enough to learn English, then they don't deserve support.[/p][/quote]Wow, you seem to have extracted a lot of information from very little. 1) community interaction is a good way to learn a new and complex language 2) three of "these" people are enrolled on an intensive English language course 3) how quickly did you learn a second language? 4) what community events do you put on that encourages integration and language skills? 5) I don't like even numbers.[/p][/quote]Yes, I am capable of extracting information from a written article and thus forming an opinion. I am also capable of debate without resorting to personal sniping.[/p][/quote]Sniping? "these people", "not polite", " don't deserve". Bluddy immigrunts coming ovur ere, intergrating, elpin the locul comunitee, creatin bizness opertunitis and socialisin, how bluddy impolite![/p][/quote]Doc-you are betraying the fact that you either don't live in Oxford or, if you do, it's Woodstock , Banbury Road. Even so, you've surely read a bit of "Bullfinch" haven't you, most importantly perhaps the one mum's view of us and our "community"? Errm, not much sign there of "integration", "business opportunities" (except of course for Mr. Cronin and his ilk), "helping" anyone in particular nor "socialising" It's in grey at the top of the page. And I didn't play the race card, you did. Lord Palmerstone
  • Score: -1

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