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Source: (consider it) Thread: Gambit/James Rawling of London
Auntie Doris

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I can't attend either as I will be back in Guernsey.

Love to everyone and [Votive]

Auntie Doris x

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I can't make it either, but hope to get down to the memorial shipmeet in Jan. My thoughts and prayers will be with you on Monday.
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rosamundi

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quote:
Originally posted by ebeth:
Would it be appropriate and not too complicated to set up a single donation to the British Heart Foundation that all shipmates could contribute to? Or is it better that we make individual contributions in James' memory?

Speaking as a (nearly) accountant, if we make individual donations, the charity can also collect the gift aid on the donations from UK people. I'm not sure how that would work for one large donation from everyone.

Deborah

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welsh dragon

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We are planning to come to the Thanksgiving at 2pm. Does anyone want to meet up to catch a bite of lunch, and, if so, where would be the best place to go?
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Nanny Ogg

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Sadly I can't make it due to "all hands on deck" @ w*rk.

My manager does understand I would have liked to have gone so has given permission to have some quiet time at the time of the funeral/thanksgiving,

Will be praying for James's family and friends and praising for his life, gifts and the wonderful memories he leaves behind.

His body has died but his spirit is with us through eternity. [Votive]

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TonyK

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I have checked the British Heart Foundation website - donations through the site are OK.

It is possible to make donations in memory of a specific individual. In this case the Foundation will write to the family advising the total donated and listing the people who donated - though not their individual donations.

To do this the Foundation will need to link the donations to a name and address. I have emailed Sarah asking if the family would like this, and if so what address to use.

Please watch this thread for further details - I will post again as soon as I know what we should do.

I feel that in this way we could show Gambit's family and friends just how much we appreciated his contribution to the life of the Ship.

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Mr. Spouse

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We're down in London next week, and will add the service to our itinerary.

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ebeth

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quote:
Originally posted by TonyK:
I have checked the British Heart Foundation website - donations through the site are OK.

It is possible to make donations in memory of a specific individual. In this case the Foundation will write to the family advising the total donated and listing the people who donated - though not their individual donations.

To do this the Foundation will need to link the donations to a name and address. I have emailed Sarah asking if the family would like this, and if so what address to use.

Please watch this thread for further details - I will post again as soon as I know what we should do.

I feel that in this way we could show Gambit's family and friends just how much we appreciated his contribution to the life of the Ship.

Thanks for looking into this Tony.

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daisymay

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quote:
Originally posted by welsh dragon:
We are planning to come to the Thanksgiving at 2pm. Does anyone want to meet up to catch a bite of lunch, and, if so, where would be the best place to go?

What sort of a "bite" do you want?

There are loads of cafes and restaurants in Paddington and Edgeware Road...

Curry houses, Chinese, Lebanese, MacDonalds, Burger King, Halal falafel, Millenium cafe, pubs with food, Mickey's chip shop, pizzas, etc...

It does depend on what sort of food you would prefer and then I'll post a few of the reasonable places that fit in.

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welsh dragon

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quote:
Originally posted by daisymay:
What sort of a "bite" do you want?

Of the ones you mentioned we'd normally go for:-
Curry houses, Chinese, Lebanese, falafel, Millenium cafe, pubs with food, pizzas...

In the circumstances, a pub with food might be apposite.

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daisymay

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The Monkey Puzzle is in Southwick Street, 2 minutes away from St John's and is a reasonable pub with food. We used to go there regularly after the evening service. If you click on the map bit, it shows the church in Hyde Park Crescent too, which may be useful. I could probably be there till 1.30 as I have to set up the after-service coffee table.

The Royal Exchange in Sale Place might be the ideal for after-Thanksgiving Service. That's also where we went for ages.

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Gill H

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Don't think I can make it, as I finish work the following day for Christmas, so will be very rushed. But I'll nip out to the nearest church at lunchtime to pray.

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Moth

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I'm thinking of coming. I could meet for a bite beforehand, but will probably leave straight after the service so as not to leave my sons rampaging round the house for too long!

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Tubbs

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I'm going to be there as well.

Please remember James' collegues at Brixton library in your prayers as well.

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Dave Walker

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I'm planning to be at the 2pm service. Hopefully could make it to a pub beforehand too.

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welsh dragon

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We are coming from a little distance, so we are not sure exactly when we will arrive. Dave suggests an informal preservice meet from 12 noon onwards. For some reason my currently quite temperamental computer is not showing me the map, but if Daisymay thinks we should go for the Monkey puzzle, I'd happily go along with that.

Wdx

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I'll be with you all in spirit. I'm actually in country but unable to change my tickets to stay an additional day for the service.

God bless you and comfort you all.
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daisymay

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Ok - I'll go to the Monkey Puzzle on the corner of Southwick Street and Sussex Gardens no later than 12 noon, probably earlier.

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welsh dragon

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Just to say, re the "from 12 noon" - we probably will get there later than that! Perhaps 12.45. but Dave thought that having an earlier meeting time with an informal "turn up from..." would be more appropriate than having an exact time and get us out of the embarrassment of being late and having peeps waiting for us.

Hope that's ok daisymay.

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Didn't realise until now: [Votive]
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Persephone Hazard

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Just been in to see his body. Am in a very strange state.

See you all on Monday.

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Matt Black

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Take it easy and do your best to take time out if you can - it's a very surreal experience [Votive]

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TonyK

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Gambit's family have requested donations to the British Heart Foundation. These can be made through their website here - 'In Memoriam Donation'

Please make sure that you specify Gambit's name exactly as shown here-

James Rawling (Gambit - SoF)

with the necessary spaces etc. Entering this correctly links all our donations together and the BHF will advise Gambit's family who donated (though not how much) and the total received.

I am advised that you can leave the next of kin name and address etc fields blank - I have set up them up.

I suggest you put some brief message where indicated - if only your ship name!

If you are a UK tax payer and are happy for the BHF to reclaim the tax tick GA1. Otherwise, tick GA2.

Below the 'Proceed to Step 2' button are a couple of boxes to be ticked if you don't want the BHF or others to contact you.

Step 2 allows entry of Credit Card details.

Although the amount to be donated has to be specified in pounds sterling, I see no reason why credit cards in dollars or whatever should not work. I'm sure you can do the necessary sums yourselves!

If anything doesn't work, please contact me and I will try to sort it out.

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Spike

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I've rearranged my work schedule. I'd like to get to the Crem, but I'll definitely be at the 2 pm service.

Pub before/after the servoce sounds good to me

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Sarah Wickham
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quote:
Originally posted by Sarah Wickham:
I just wanted to confirm details for James' funeral/thanksgiving
Monday 19th December 2005
1pm at the West London Crematorium, Harrow Road, London NW10
2pm at St John's, Hyde Park Crescent, London W2

For those planning to come to West London Crematorium, the Masons Arms (on Harrow Road, opposite Kensal Green station) will be open for us from 11.30am.

Thank you all again for your thoughts, prayers, and fond recollections of James online, at shipmeets and elsewhere.

Best wishes

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Papio

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I've only just found this thread, and I never met James, but always wanted to.

He was an integral part of the ship - an instituition and I am saddened by his untimely death.

[Votive]

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I am sorry, I cant make Monday (work and no annual leave)

Will be praying for all on Monday. [Votive]

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Goodric

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Just found this thread - very sorry for your sad news. [Votive]

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Yangtze
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I'm planning on going to the service. Will come find whoever's in the pub beforehand (probably around 12.30 ish)

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Can't be there, I'm afraid. But prayers for all. [Votive]

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So sorry to hear the news - I met Gambit once, and found him to be a most engaging fellow! May he rest in peace.

[Votive] for him and for his family.

Ian J.

BTW, thanks, TonyK, for the link to BHF.

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ebeth

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Tony wrote:

"I feel that in this way we could show Gambit's family and friends just how much we appreciated his contribution to the life of the Ship."

Thanks for setting up the link to the British Heart Foundation Tony.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Gambit's family and friends as they gather in his memory.

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Ham'n'Eggs

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I am very disappointed that I won't be able to make either service. My prayers are with his family and friends.

[Votive] for the repose of our dear brother James.

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rosamundi

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I'll be at the Monkey Puzzle from as soon after 12:30 as I can make it.

Deborah

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J Whitgift

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Unfortunately can't make the lunchtime gathering or the services. Gambit's family and Eyeliner are in the forefront of my thoughts/prayers today [Votive] .

Matt

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Mr. Spouse

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Chukovsky & I haven't got to the service but our thoughts & prayers are with everyone there.

[Votive]

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I am sorry about this my prayers are with his family [Votive]

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Mr. Spouse

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Chukovsky & I haven't got to the service but our thoughts & prayers are with everyone there.

[Votive]

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With you all in spirit, especially this afternoon. [Votive]

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Mr. Spouse

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Chukovsky & I haven't got to the service but our thoughts & prayers are with everyone there.

[Votive]

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Auntie Doris

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Been walking across the beach this afternoon praying for everyone who went, and those who were unable to go.

Hope that it went OK.

[Votive]

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Moth

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The Service of Thanksgiving was really lovely. It was a beautiful sunny day here in London, and at the end of a service full of praise and affectionate remembrance, the sun was setting in the west and shining in through the porch. The music was wonderful, and the tributes were both moving and cheering. If I have half so many friends who love me half so well at the end of my life, I will count myself blessed!

There were a number of shipmates there; I recognised Spike, W, Welsh Dragon and Dave the Bass, Ken, Mrs Tubbs and Rosamundi. There were doubtless others I don't recognise on sight, and I didn't make it to the pub beforehand - trains were too slow!

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Spike

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Just got back. avery moving service indeed. Tears and laughter interspersed (sp?). Watch this space for MW report.

Lots of beer was consumed at the Rob Roy Public House afterwards, and glasses were raised several times to James, a true Gentleman.

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TonyK

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I agree with Spike and others who reported - a wonderful service. I knew Gambit had a full and interesting life - but didn't realise just how full until today. He packed more into his 27 years than many will in their three score and ten!

Couldn't stay for the Rob Roy afterwards, regretfully...

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daisymay

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Just got back from the Rob Roy, after clearing up and tidying the church kitchens - with loads of help from James's friends at St John's. It was actually relaxing to be able to meet with shipmates before the service at the Monkey Puzzle. I've just put my clothes in the wash after the Rob Roy - stinking of smoke. [Roll Eyes]

Praying tonight for comfort for all of james's family. [Votive]

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Wasn't able to get away from work today, but went to the chapel just after 1pm and lit a candle in James' memory. Prayed for all of you who went to the services and those who wanted to be there but couldn't.

Love Ags [Votive]

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quote:
Originally posted by TonyK:
I agree with Spike and others who reported - a wonderful service. I knew Gambit had a full and interesting life - but didn't realise just how full until today. He packed more into his 27 years than many will in their three score and ten!

Couldn't stay for the Rob Roy afterwards, regretfully...

What TonyK said ... It was a real testimony to Gambit that a midweek service just before Christmas was so packed with people who represented all aspects of his life who wanted to say goodbye.

Tubbs

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iGeek

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Thanks TonyK for the details of how to contribute. Thanks all who attended for representing all of us here at the ship who couldn't attend but wanted to.

Blessings and love to all affected.

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Other shipmates who made it-there was me (well, obviously), Joan Henrietta Newperson, and several people who are dear friend of his from King's who are or have been Shipmates, but I never did work out whose real name belonged to whose Ship name with that lot so I won't put my foot in it.

Would say something about the service but am still in too much of an odd place. Thank you to all who came.

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very late to read this sad news, which have only learnt of by a fluke visit to the old café. I am utterly stunned. [Tear]

Although I never met James in person, many of us had special daily contact with him in that old café - until Lambeth banned him! I will never forget the hilarious video clip he emailed of a CCTV in his office picking up a team of "rowers" - guys in shirts on swivel chairs, complete with "cox".. he often emailed me funny things even up until recently, and always took time to invite me to meets even though I just could never make them. We did exchange emails from time to time. Very weird thing, I have just crossed off his james.rawling@lampal etc address from my old notepad...

I thank Norma for her lovely description of him, and felt the same - he had a lovely personality.. very, very caring.

[Angel] God bless James. [Angel]

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