Carol Service

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Our last event of the year!

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat
Please do put a penny in an old man's hat
If you haven't got a penny, a ha'penny will do
If you haven't got a ha'penny, then God bless you!

Join the International Congregation to sing some traditional Christmas Carols in English.

The service will include 9 Lessons (readings from the Bible). If you would like to be one of the readers at the service please contact Rev Miikka Ahola

When? This event is on Wednesday 21st December at 6pm
Where? St Henry's Church,
(Henrikinkirkko, Peltolantie 2, 20720 TURKU)
Transport- take bus 61 from T33 at the market square towards Ilpoinen

Strangers in a Strange Land

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Our mid November pre-Christmas meal and talk at Tuorla Inn was a great success!

A big thank you to our guest speak Richard Bedhall and the current chair of the Turku Finn Brits, David Stokes, for a fascinating conversation about some of the differences between life in Finland and life in the United Kingdom. It was great to hear your thoughts and chip into the conversation at times too!

The talk was packed with facts and observations, one of the most shocking was the difference in the level of literacy in both nations.

I, at least, have always understood that the literacy rate in Finland and the UK was more or less the same  (99-100%) but the speakers alerted us to the reality that in the UK around 16 per cent, or 5.2 million adults, in England alone, can be described as "functionally illiterate". The figure for Scotland is even higher! In 2001 an international language expert, Professor Joseph lo Bianco, was commissioned to carry out a study of skills in Scotland and warned that 44 per cent of adults in Scotland have only basic functional literacy and numeracy. He stated "They struggle reading a document or working out the right change after ordering a hamburger. This is a major problem for Scotland."

The Scotsman, 7 Nov 2001
The Guardian 16 May 2000