When DESCENDANTS began, there was nothing like it in the area. Its ethos was based on togetherness, being a family for African and Caribbean children to come together and learn from each other. When the club began we were not sure how it would develop. We did not have any money; however, we had an enthusiastic set of parents and interested individuals. Together as a group of parents, friends and associates we planned the sessions, contributing and donating from our own pockets, we provided pens, paper and materials and, most importantly, time
Margaret Noel, Founder
2018 is a very, very special year for all of us here at Descendants as we celebrate 25 years since our foundation.
25 years of educating,
25 years of entertaining,
25 years of inspiring,
25 years of rewarding and recognising,
25 years of supporting the children and young people within our community
What an achievement!
Add to that 25 years of time, effort and sacrifice from Margaret and her team and we really have something special to celebrate!
Dates for your diary
To commemorate our milestone anniversary, we will be holding key events later in the year.
Firstly, we will be holding a Thanksgiving Service at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Acton High Street on Saturday, 13th October.
Later that month, we will hold our 14th Annual Achievement Awards ceremony as part of a big 25th Celebration Event. This will take place on Saturday, 27th October at The Doubletree by Hilton, Ealing Common. Lots more to come on this event, but mark your calendars now!
As well as our big anniversary, 2018 also marks the 70th Anniversary of The Windrush Arrivals.We will be working with the Volunteer Department of the University of West London on Tea Party to celebrate this historical moment that is of such significance to our community. The event will be in December with confirmed details to follow.
Finally, we will continue to run our weekly Friday evening sessions for children and young people. look out for the return of our popular drumming workshops and art projects later this year. Dates to follow.
With the first generation of Descendants are now all grown up, many with families of their own, the work continues with the current generation. Here’s to the next 25 years and beyond!