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Planting roots: Newbury Park synagogue celebrates 60 years

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 February 2016

Hugh Noble, left, plants tree at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue

Hugh Noble, left, plants tree at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue

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A synagogue has been celebrating its 60th anniversary with one of its founders planting a tree at its grounds.

Hugh Noble, along with the great-grandchildren of other founder members, marked the milestone at the South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue, Oaks Lane, Newbury Park, part of a year-long programme of celebration events.

Synagogue committee member Simone Shiell said reaching 60 years was a “big achievement”.

“Especially in Ilford where people are always coming and going and changing,” she added.

“We still have a lively membership and we still have a large congregation – it just works.”

She said the event was also about youngsters learning more about the synagogue’s roots.

“It’s been great for the kids,” she said.

“They’ve been asking really interesting questions.

“It’s a wonderful thing.”

Simone urged people to check swesrs.org.uk for all the latest events, which includes a street procession in October.


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