Maureen Lipman supports Norwood Old Scholars18 April 2013Press Release The glass fretwork candle holder I was kindly given is a work of art and I absolutely love it. It sits on my coffee table and I look at it each day with admiration. I will treasure it as a fine piece of craftsmanship and a memory of a lovely day. Thank you, Norwood artisans! Actress and writer Maureen Lipman joined over 240 guests at the Norwood Old Scholars Association’s (NOSA) inaugural lunch event last week. The gathering took place at the Prince Regent Hotel in Essex, as an opportunity for people brought up in the charity’s old Jewish orphanage to keep in touch and help those in need. Guest speaker, Maureen Lipman, shared anecdotes from her career and discussed the challenges involved with being a modern day Jewish actress. She also spoke at length of her father’s struggle with dementia and the difficulties surrounding living with illness and disability. Maureen was then presented with a gift of a glass candleholder from the members of the Association, made by artists from Norwood’s online Gift shop and social enterprise scheme. Maureen said: "The glass fretwork candle holder I was kindly given is a work of art and I absolutely love it. It sits on my coffee table and I look at it each day with admiration. I will treasure it as a fine piece of craftsmanship and a memory of a lovely day. Thank you, Norwood artisans!" The afternoon also featured a raffle draw which raised £1000 for the charity. Prizes included an overnight stay at Menses hotel with breakfast, afternoon tea for two at the Double Tree Hotel Southampton Row and a £50 Tesco voucher. NOSA chairman Jack Matthews said: "It’s tremendous that so many people from the community supported our first luncheon and we are already looking forward to next year’s occasion. On behalf of NOSA, I’d like to extend our thanks to Maureen for her support and hope she gets much enjoyment from her new work of art." Norwood’s online Gift shop offers a unique collection designed and hand-crafted by adults from Norwood with learning disabilities. Gifts include bespoke jewellery items, cards, canvas artwork and key rings, designed for customers with a variety of tastes. The venture aims to generate an income for the people who craft them whilst helping them to gain important employment based skills. For more information please go to www.norwoodgifts.org.uk.