Newsletter. Issue 2004-44. Nov 18, 2004
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UK: Theo Pinto receives the MBE
Ms Theodolina (Theo) Pinto, Senior Supplier Liaison Manager in OGCbuying.solution received an MBE at Buckingham Palace on 3 November 2004. The award was announced in the Queen's Birthday Honours - see Goan Voice UK of 17 June 04. She has worked in the Civil Service for the last 30 years. Theo, with some members of her family came to Britain from Uganda in 1972.
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25 Oct: Express Hotelier & Caterer. The Hotel Catering International Management Association (HCIMA) Goa International Group was formally inaugurated recently amidst commendations and the optimism of delegates attending the two-day function.
[Antonio Fernandes of Heston. Middlesex, UK. and Chairman of the HCIMA London Branch set up HCIMA (Goa). Antonio is Manager(Food Production) for Alpha Flight Services, Heathrow Airport] For a report of the launch click here.

From: Mafalda de’Sa. PR Director G.O.A (UK): Organised by Felix Pereira, the Snooker tournament attracted 28 entrants, from teenagers to an esteemed octogenarian, namely Jack Britto (ex Pakistan hockey Olympic international & ex- Malawi hockey/cricket international). An ex- Nairobi player of repute, Arnold Alpin (Porgy) was also among the entrants.

Afternoon play provided some exciting moments resulting in a final between Leo D’Souza from Kingston (also of Carrom fame) and Edmund Desa from Wandsworth, playing for the Winners Trophy. The Plate finalists were Trevor D’Souza from Nottingham and Floyd Marlow from South London. Leo carried off the Winners Trophy and Trevor, the Plate.
The Association would like to thank all participants, spectators, Richard, the Snooker Club Manager, Nicky, for the delicious spread and in particular, Felix, whose precise preparation ensured that this tournament was certainly a knockout success. (Photograph, courtesy of Henson Fernandes shows Trevor D'souza, Floyd Marlow, Edmund Desa and Leo D'Souza)

12 Nov. Pharming Group N.V. announced its results for the first nine months ended September 30, 2004. The Company reports on its strong financial position as well as the positive developments with its product pipeline. Francis J. Pinto, MBBS, is President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Company. Click here.
Francis Pinto was a Director of Glaxo when based in London. India Business Insight, Aug 22, 2000 reported that "he has planned to devote his time to a non-profit organisation in Goa. He has proposed to start a children's museum. He is engaged in a big teaching programme and healthcare activity in Goa." For a brief bio click here.

13 Oct. Financial Post (Canada). Infolink CEO Cesar Correia notes that Infolink offers a cost effective way to reach a large number of potential customers. (Clients pay Infolink between 5 cents to 10 cents per message.) Coverage is nationwide, and Mr. Correia says more than 1,000 clients have used Infolink's services since the company was established in 1997. As well, Mr. Correia says if consumers want to be permanently taken off Infolink's call list, they merely have to inform Infolink. "We honour people's requests to be removed from our lists," he says. For full text click here

15 Nov. The Independent. Next Monday, Voxygen opens at St Martins-in-the-Fields, where Bombay-born soprano Patricia Rozario will sing alongside Susan Deyhim from Iran, plus three singers from the Indian classical tradition, all co-ordinated by Talvin Singh’s electronic tabla. [Sold out]

13 Nov: The Scotsman. Britain has lessons on race relations for the rest of the EU, former Europe minister Keith Vaz said today. Mr Vaz said there were many similarities between the UK and Holland, where film maker Theo van Gogh was murdered, apparently over his controversial film on Islam. However, the attitude towards race was not one of them, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

15 Nov: MidDay. Wendell Rodricks, Goa’s fashion designer who has put together a collection of 16 garments inspired by pasta and Italian food.

15 Nov. Australian Associated Press. Paul de Souza, now aged 30, was living in Broome in September 2002 when he was allegedly assaulted by two UK backpackers as he left a local hotel. The attack broke almost every bone in Mr de Souza's face and a series of operations left him with seven metal plates and 53 screws in his skull. A Criminal Injuries Compensation assessor awarded Mr de Souza $23,853.30. He has made an application to have that payment increased to $50,000 - the maximum available. Judge Fenbury reserved his decision until later this year. For a photo and background click here.

Purse strings loosen as Church rebrands tithe
16 Nov: Times of India. The Bible calls it the 'tithe'— the offering of a tenth of a person's income towards religious activities. But a modern version introduced by the Catholic Church in Mumbai— unprecedented among Indian Catholics — has not only raised the revenue stream but eyebrows as well, especially among richer parishioners.

'It's voluntary, after all you can't cheat God'.
16 Nov. Times of India. Catholic Bishop Agnelo Gracias said, "It was the church support system where people made a voluntary contribution.” He has studied the scheme and points out that at one of the suburban parishes in the city last year, Rs 25 lakh was collected with only 46 per cent of the parishioners contributing to the community fund.
[Bishop Agnelo Gracias, ex-Mombasa, is the brother of Flavio Gracias, G.O.A. (UK) President, and visited London last year]

Home Office change of heart brings joy for sister
17 Nov: Northwich Guardian. Ben and Maggie Lowther are desperate for Maggie's sister Sandra Fernandes, 22, to come from Goa to Northwich on a holiday. Maggie herself came to England four years ago from Goa. In July, the Home Office refused a holiday visa but now a court has ordered immigration authorities to grant it. The couple are making plans to have Sandra over next summer. [See also GVUK issue 2004-25]. 252 words.

17 Nov.Hindustan Times. Today in history: November 16 1966. Reita Faria became the first Indian to be crowned Miss World at the Lyceum Theatre in London
The recent photo shows her as Dr. Reita Faria Powell of Dublin, Ireland. For 1966 photos of her, see

17 Nov. Evening Advertiser (Swindon). An event for young people from black and ethnic minorities will be staged in Swindon on November 24, at the Drove Community Centre, Drove Road from 7pm to 9pm. The minority ethnic population of Swindon is estimated to be 8.5 per cent and comprises of many groups, including Goan, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Spanish, and Latin American. 146 words.

15 Nov. Express and Echo. Terry Falcao, 45, has been appointed chairman of the Devon Racial Equality Council. Father-of-two Mr Falcao’s family originates from Goa.
Mr Falcao's family came to England in 1969, and he was a Metropolitan police officer for 17 years before retraining to become a solicitor. He is now a partner at Exeter firm Ford Simey and lives in Teignmouth.

Mr Falcao said he was aware of incidents when black people had been treated inappropriately by officers in Devon.
[Terry Falcao was born in Karachi and traces his Goan origins to Tivim. He has been a Goanet subscriber. He would like to hear from Goan lawyers in the UK, Goa and elsewhere. Write to him at]. Full text, 356 words click here

Australia: Bowl me over: David Sequeira
18 Nov. The Sydney Morning Herald. When beauty, pattern, colour and the everyday combine, David Sequeira, can't help but fall in love. "I'm particularly interested in beautiful things that people use, that have a connection with people's lives," says the artist and curator of the Object Gallery's current exhibition, Geometry Rhythm Light: glass and the everyday. Sequeira, who lives in Canberra, works almost exclusively with the principles of geometry and colour. As the curator of this exhibition he will host an open day of artist talks this Saturday.
An afternoon with David Sequeira and friends, Saturday, 3-5pm, Object Gallery, 417 Bourke Street, Surry Hills, 9361 4511. Geometry Rhythm Light: glass and the everyday ends December 19. 484 words.
The David Sequeira website is at See also:

A new e group has been formed to connect Goan Medical Doctors around the world with the aim of discussing health related issues. The coordinator, Dr. Amit Dias is located in Goa. To join write to

NRI Dual Citizenship – Overseas Indian Citizenship: UK Indian High Commission
General information:
Download application form:
If you are not in the UK, check the website/enquire at your local Indian Embassy.
To check on the Indian Government regulation:
India –Ministry of Home Affairs website:
See Section 7A(1) (a) at
The form (X1X) is at
The fee ($275) payable is listed at


15 Nov: Navelim, Goa. CAMILO BARRETTO (ex-Zanzibar). Husband of Monica. Father of Denzel/Benzea, Darryl/Dalton. Brother of Anthony and Elvira Mascarenhas.

13 Nov: Kitchener, Canada. JOSEPHINE FERNANDES. (Aged 87) Wife of the late Hipolito. Mother of Remy/Francis D'Souza, Martha/Patrick Black, Tom/Lumen Fernandes, late Gerry, late Joe and late Antonette. November 16, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. from the funeral home chapel. Transfer will then be made to Mass and Burial at 10 a.m. on Tue. 16 Nov at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church.

9 Nov. Aldona, Goa. THOMAS ALVARES (born 1928, ex-Barclays Bank, Tanzania). Husband of Alba. Father of Joe/Audrey, Carol. Brother of Albin/Amasinha, Philomena/Milagres and Ernest.

Perth, Australia: Wilf D’Souza: Pied Piper across the cultural landscape
17 Nov. The West Australian. WILFRED LIGORIO CUPERTINO D'SOUZA. Born: Goa, 1926. Died: Perth, October 2004. Excerpts: A family friend, Francis Lobo, recalls that the love of Wilf's leisure life was riding his bike. He was a teacher ... he and his family emigrated to Australia in 1972,,,Born in Goa he accompanied his parents, Amy and Philip, to Uganda, where many Goans settled for extended periods… his dancing prowess endeared him to Gracinda Correia, a fellow student whom he married in 1958. He won a scholarship to the University of Edinburgh, where he obtained a postgraduate diploma in teaching English as a second language… Helping migrants was among his specialities in Australia. Wilf D'Souza, who would have been 78 tomorrow, is survived by Gracinda, their daughters, Ilona Stalenhoef, Frances D'Souza, Isabelle Quin and Janine Robless, sons, Noel, Blasco, Oscar and Philip, and seven grandchildren. [He was the author of Education in East Africa - African studies working papers]. For full text, 959 words click here


Auction Sale: Bonhams: London: 16 Nov. Antiquarian book (1710)
ASIA, and GOA By SOUSA (FRANCISCO DE) 2 vol., first edition, 4to, Lisbon, Valentim da Costa Deslandes, 1710/. Estimate: £3,000 to £4,000. For full text click here

eBay Auction: Kadamba Gold Coin: Circa 1184-1187
Kadambas of Goa. Sivachitta. Circa 1184-1187. AV Pagoda (18mm, 4.38 gm). XF. Ends 22 Nov. For full text click here


Elphiston Gonsalves and Angela (nee Martins), ex-students of Our Lady of Mercy School, Nairobi Kenya (class of 19??). Mario Simoes would very much like to get in touch with you again. Please call him on 020 8960 0950 (London) or send message to

Gill Whitley who runs a helpline called Searching for a Memory seeks Henry Douglas Fernandes who is now aged 60+ and who immigrated from India to the UK in 1962. He lived with his mother Beryl Fernandes in Shepherds Bush Road, Shepherds Bush, London. Would anyone who has information that could help to trace him contact Gill at or telephone 01407 761463 (UK).


Excel Flights to Goa
9 Nov:. Our flight was 7 hours late leaving Gatwick, 4 hours late leaving Goa and 5 hours late arriving at Gatwick. The flight should have been direct. We stopped at Cyprus to refuel. Comments from other flights while in Goa showed delays between 2 and 24 hours, average 5.
11 Nov: We booked Excel One service on the outbound flight and Premium on the Inbound. They changed the aircraft and withdrew the premium and Excel One service. Flight was 7 hours late going out and 5 hours late coming back. A truly awful airline with no customer service skills.
12 Nov: We returned from GOA on 7th November, after a 4 hour delay due to the plane being late landing we were told the direct flight to Gatwick had to refuel at Cyprus. This was after a 7 hour delay leaving Gatwick on 23rd October.

Airline set to seek a passage to India
9 Oct. Derbyshire Evening Telegraph. BMI is bidding for some of the 21 new routes per week to India. BMI wants to fly daily to Mumbai and six times a week to Bangalore. The Civil Aviation Authority meets this week to decide how the routes to should be allocated. The decision will be announced within 15 working days. For full text click here.

Passenger power brings sun flight home
10 Nov. Manchester Online. An Excel Airways airliner was preparing to take off from Crete when the captain announced that the plane would be flying to Gatwick instead of Manchester as planned. The passengers ignored requests to sit down and fasten their seatbelts. After their "peaceful protest" which lasted an hour the airline backed down and agreed to fly to Manchester. For full text click here.

Travel: Best offers
13 Nov. The Guardian. Goa: Departing November 27, has 14 nights' B&B at the Colonica [sic: Colonia] Braganza in Calangute from pounds 319pp, including Heathrow flights. [sic: Gatwick].

Pilgerort und Touristenattraktion
13 Nov. taz (Germany). Travel article, in German, looking at alternative tourism. For the machine translation, 667 words, click here.

London – Mumbai _ Goa flights
16 Nov: Herald. Air India is introducing four new non-stop flights per week, on the Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector, from November 29. The weekly Air-India Goa/Mumbai flight AI 854 on Thursday mornings offers a convenient connection at Mumbai to the new London flights, for passengers travelling from Goa. Similarly, passengers departing London on AI 160 on Tuesdays can travel through to Goa, connecting AI 855 Mumbai to Goa, on Wednesdays.

Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour of Southern India
16 Nov. The Telegraph. Carl Evans took a two-month trip around southern India and his motorbike was revered wherever he went. For full text click here.

Huge drop in air fares to Indian cities
18 Nov: The Peninsula (Qatar). A drastic drop in the demand for airline seats and excessive capacity on most sectors, several carriers operating direct and indirect flights between Doha and destinations in India have dropped their fares considerably since yesterday. For full text click here.


UK: Tip: Money Saving Expert
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Credit cards, Savings, Loans, Mortgages, Shopping, Utilities, etc.
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UK: Tip: International Telephone Calls
For the International Calls Price Checker go to

UK: Tip: Get a solicitor to do your will - free in November
Hundreds of solicitors around the country are taking part in Will-Aid. Pop into their office and they'll draft a will for you without charge. In return you're asked to donate to charity (but it's not compulsory). See:

UK: Tip: Travelodge for £10
Just in time for the festive season, Travelodge is offering 70,000 rooms across the UK at the fantastic price of only £10 per room, per night. You can start booking from midnight on Thursday 11th November until 28th November. Stay between 23rd December and 9th January 2005.


Herald, Goa's newspaper is back online
The Herald website has been re-vamped. Check it out for yourself at

Francisco Martins [Fanquith]: Carnival King of Goa
11 Nov. Gomantak Times. The Goa Film Festival opening ceremony features a Carnival-style parade organised by Francisco Martins.
Francisco Martins [Fanquith] is currently in London overseeing the Goa Pavilion at the World Travel Mart, Earls Court. He has visited London for the WTM for the last ten years and is also known as the Carnival King of Goa.
The Goa tableau designed, executed and choreographed by him won the gold trophy for the best float in the Republic Day parade, Delhi. To check out the WTM photos by Rene Barreto click here.

Goa: Exposition fest beats Film Festival pull
11 Nov. The Statesman. If you think that the upcoming International Film Festival of India 2004 from 29 November to 9 December is Goa’s mega event of the season, you’re wrong! In sheer terms of scale the IFFI is a mere sideshow compared to the 16th Decennial Exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa from 21 November to 2 January.

Hollywood stars give Goa International Film Festival the skip
13 Nov. Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Officials admitted that a number of Hollywood big guns who were on the list of invitees were quite simply “unaffordable”. Among those short listed were yesteryears’ Italian beauty Sophia Loren and Anthony Hopkins. But their fee was way too high. “One of them wanted five-star accommodation for his valet, some others insisted we provide a limousine service to their entire entourage,” the official moaned.

Goa: Govt keeps DGP post in abeyance
13 Nov. Navhind Times. In an unprecedented move, the Goa government today decided to keep the post of the Director-General of Police in abeyance in Goa and recommended that the post be downgraded to the rank of Inspector-General of Police. [This is seen as political interference in the Police force]
16 Nov: Indian Express. Rumblings in Delhi over Goa’s DGP move.

IFFI goes to Goa
14 Nov: The Tribune. By Ervell E. Menezes.

Goa: Exposition pilgrims to be accommodated in 33 camps
14 Nov. Navhind Times.

The Boutique Hotel Tag
15 Nov. Express Hotelier & Caterer. From its humble beginnings with Rs 10,000 over 14 years ago, the deSouza Group of Hotels is now positioned as one of Goa's leading hospitality brands. Two brothers, Norman and Ralph deSouza, explain how they redefined Goan hospitality.

Goa journalists to discuss a 'code of conduct'
15 Nov. MSN News. Journalists in Goa, hit by charges of accepting official patronage, are to debate on professional ethics and the need for voluntarily adopting a 'code of conduct'. For full text click here.

Central team in France on crime beat
16 Nov: Economic Times. A three-member delegation is in France to seek extradition of three fugitives wanted in Goa paedophile and Kerala spying cases.

Goa: Apollo Victor plans medical, nursing college for women
16 Nov. Herald.

Asia's largest church is the focal point for communal harmony
16 Nov: NewKerala.Com. Goa's Rosary Church of Navelin may be Asia's largest parish, but it is also emerging as an outstanding example of communal harmony, celebrating festivals of all faiths with the bonhomie and tradition that they deserve.

Goa: Special ferries, trains for pilgrims during Exposition
17 Nov: Navhind Times.

Exposition 2004: Films, exhibitions to inspire pilgrims
18 Nov: Navhind Times.

Beach boys of Baga: the untold story
18 Nov: The Navhind Times.

Christmas Goan style
22 Nov: India Today. Party animals can head for India's Ibiza and celebrate Christmas Goan style. From spirit-lifting masses to rollicking street dances, it's all happening here. Stroll down Calangute beach all the way up to Baga after sundown, making stops en route to grab a feni or shake a leg with some strangers. Of course, given the popularity of the place, chances are you'll end up boogeying right next to Ravi from accounts or Rita from your colony.


Students of Goan origin, and others, at Colleges/Universities in the Goan Diaspora, needing to work on projects, could well be encouraged to read from Goanet about current and earlier issues which would help generate very interesting projects.

Last week’s Goanet had a fascinating account by Domnic Fernandes (“Basurkar”—Reminiscences of the 1950’s and 1960’s) of the events leading to Goan migration to the Middle East, pattern of life and residence there, and the implications of such Goan movement there and between Goa. It is a classic example of ‘oral’ history which is so much in vogue currently.

Likewise, the discussion on Is The Goan Catholic Church In Crisis? initiated an interesting debate which is likely to continue for a while. The perennial theme on being a Goan is doing the rounds again but with many new slants to it.

My view is that many young people of Goan origin, especially in the Goan Diaspora, have become dislocated or distanced from the endeavours of current people in Goa, or indeed of the lives of their own migrating parents in recent history. Goanet (through selective reading) is a mine of information well worth accessing on this count.
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UK dreams turn sour for Indian doctors
10 Nov: Times of India. "Don't come here! It's a trap!" warns Sanjay Teotia, an Indian doctor whose dream of travelling to Britain for better training and higher income has become a nightmare.

Wish ewe were here...
11 Nov. Norfolk Now. Jessie Lee was distraught when Larry and Sean her wooden sheep were stolen from her garden in April 2001. It prompted a police investigation. Three years later, out of the blue and with no explanation of their captors' motives, the two ornamental sheep were found on the front step of their home with an envelope entitled "Larry & Sean's Holiday Photos" including this one of them enjoying the beach at Goa. For full text click here.

Charlotte Rodrigues: Risking It All
11 Nov. Bristol Evening Post. Would-be entrepreneurs who plan to give up the security of a monthly pay cheque to become their own boss are invited to take part in a new series of Risking It All on Channel 4. Programme makers Ricochet South follows people giving up the rat race to set up their own businesses. They are looking for people who are currently at the initial setting-up stage with at least two partners involved, to follow throughout the make-or-break first year. Businesses should be trading from a site or premises, rather than online, and should not already be trading. To find out more contact Charlotte Rodrigues at Ricochet South on 01273 648396, email or visit

Rampaging elephants guzzle Indian village's beer supplies
13 Oct. USA Today.

Goa: Jobs For Foreigners
14 Nov. Always On. There is a trend in places like Goa to buy heritage villas and convert them into hotels. Others have come here on backpacks and stayed on to buy forts and renovated them into hotels.

As India grows richer, its people grow fatter
15 Nov. Boston Globe. For full text click here.

UK: Commons sketch: Immigration policies.
16 Nov: The Telegraph. Excerpts: Of all the tortures created by our liberal modern state, few can be more excruciating than the task of defending our immigration policies… Keith Vaz (Lab, Leicester East) asked why some of his constituents had been waiting 18 months for answers to immigration inquiries. 484 words. For full text click here

UK: Ashley's kitchen drama
17 Nov. Wellingborough Today. Ashley Kitson took part in Reality Bites, an ITV1 cookery show. The menu he created was heavily influenced by his passion for Indian cuisine and included Goan fish parcels, masala lamb chops, chilli chicken and crab rolls.

India's child 'geniuses' never lost for an answer
17 Nov. Belfast Telegraph. If you've ever wondered why India is taking so many jobs away from Britain because of outsourcing, you need look no further than the Subcontinent's most popular TV gameshow - India's Child Genius.

Pakistan: Catholic bishop condemns attacks on worship places
18 Nov: Daily Times (Pakistan). “The Christian community condemns terrorist attacks on worship places,” said Anthony Lobo, the Catholic Bishop of Rawalpindi, on Wednesday.


Mon. 22 Nov. Channel 4 (60mins) 11.00pm: I Won’t Marry White. Three young British Asians who have only ever dated outside their race set out to find a suitable Asian partner with whom to settle down.

Tue. 23 Nov. Discovery Health. (30 mins) 01:00am Skin Deep. A fly-on-the-wall documentary about two Asian women who feel surgery on their eyes will make them more beautiful.

Wed. 24 Nov. Discovery (30mins) 8.00pm: The Most Evil Men in History: African dictator Idi Amin.

Fri. 26 Nov. BBC 2 (60 mins) 9.00pm: Empire Warriors. This series isn’t always easy to watch, but it is subtle and enthralling TV. As the British Empire unravelled in the mid 20th century, terrorism became a key weapon of those trying to reclaim their homelands. Tonight: Palestine.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 20 Nov. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Inaugural Commemorative Konkani Mass for the 16th Exposition of St. Francis Xavier followed by a get together at St. Mary's Church, Wellesley Road, West Croydon CR0 2AR (Please bring a plate of snacks for the get together)

Sun. 21 Nov. 11.30am. G.O.A. (UK) Carrom Doubles Tournament at HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, Beckenham, Kent. Entry £ 3.00 each. Bar food available. For entry to tournament contact Richard Fernandes 0208 3005347 or Viju D’Souza 01784 430547. If you do not have a partner we will make the effort to get you one. Ladies, numbers permitting, we hope to have a singles tournament.

Sun. 21 Nov. Ven. Fr. Agnelo's Day 77th Commemoration Mass at 2.30pm, at St George's Cathedral, Westminster Bridge Road, Southwark. Contact: Nina Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sun. 28 Nov: Moira Association. Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. 12:00, commencing with Mass. Mariano’s Band. £10 members; £12 non-members. ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon. Linette Goes, 0208 343 9788,

Sun. 28 Nov. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun. 5 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon starting with Mass at 12.30 pm. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sat. 11 Dec. Grand Christmas Dance at Jasmin's Club, 202 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TG. (entrance via Hebdon Road) 7.30pm – Late. Music by Mustang. Tickets (incl. meal) Adults £10.00, Children (2 – 12) £5.00. Tickets and further information from: Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528; Reg Da Cunha 020 7732 2659 e-mail; Theo Pinto 020 8302 5385, Anthony Lobo 020 8764 1856.

Sun. 12 Dec. G.O.A. Children's Christmas Party at Archbishop Lanfranc School commencing at 2pm. Members £6, Guests £8. For further details contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.

Sat. 18 Dec. YLGS Christmas Party – Thames Boat Cruise. (New Members 18+ welcome!) 8pm-12am. Licensed Bar & Disco on Board. Leaving from Festival Pier. Tickets on sale until 1st Dec @ £12. Strictly only 120 tickets! For further details contact: Alison Braganza, Events Manager on 07799 586793 or

Sun. 19 Dec. G.O.A. (UK) Annual/Extraordinary General Meeting at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Open to members only.

Sun.19 Dec. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Tue. 28 Dec. 12.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Mass & Fund Raising Social to raise money to sponsor young men to the priesthood of the Pilar Fathers at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Music by the Mustang Band.

Fri. 31 Dec. New Year’s Eve Gala Ball – Harrow Leisure Centre, Harrow. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Music by LOW LEVEL & DARK STAR. Tickets: Adults £15 before 15th December, £19 thereafter. Children: £10 under 10 years. For tickets call Hazel Rodrigues: 020-8357 6776 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For a Ticket Application Form or other information, email Don’t miss another SELL-OUT night to remember! For the flyer click here

Sat. 8 Jan. G.O.A. GOAN EXTRAVAGANZA at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7.00 pm. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322


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