JANUARY 2012 - ISSUE 26
Chan Abraham, Luminus Group Chief Executive
Luminus' Celebration of Christmas brings festive joy Luminus welcomed 230 local residents, friends and family, employees and a large group of mayors from across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough region to Brook House on Monday 19 December for A Celebration of Christmas, a festive celebration of the true meaning of Christmas. Guests enjoyed the upbeat and vibrant evening of carol singing, poignant readings, mince pies and mulled wine as well as a special performance from the Luminus Singers. Beth Warton gave an upbeat rendition of “Come on Ring Those Bells,” while Mandy Abraham gave a moving performance of “O Holy Night,” as a result of which attendees remarked that they “had goose bumps,” with several moved to tears.
At the end of the evening, the retiring collection raised nearly £200 for the charity Crisis. Luminus Group Chief Executive, Chan Abraham, completed the picture by talking about “Three words for Christmas”. His inspirational talk referred to the Christmas story and its direct relevance to modern Britain. His three words from the Christmas message, in spite of the circumstances, “Don’t be afraid.” Mr Abraham said,
“This event continues to grow in popularity. Our Celebration of Christmas was a fitting climax to 2011, our year of Rescuing Dreams and Reviving Aspirations, as we have so much to rejoice in and be thankful for. We were delighted to welcome so many people to Brook House to share in this joy and join us in celebrating this very special time of year.”
NEW FOR 2012: RESPECT AND VALUES Our 2012 theme gives us fresh opportunity to restore and reinstate foundations, supporting Britain’s progress along The Road to Renewal. Our work in 2011 gave us great satisfaction, as we helped, encouraged, supported and inspired individuals, neighbourhoods and other businesses. Throughout the year we were able to see many people’s dreams and aspirations revived. These were great results and gave us amazing impetus as we moved forward. However, we’re not content to stop there. The challenges facing our nation are immense, many being the result of decades of neglecting respect and values. The inevitable result has been that Britain’s moral vital signs are dangerously weak. Action is long overdue. Summer riots, continuing disaffection among youth, poverty of aspiration are just a few of the traceable elements of this deadly decline. This is our 12th successful year. We intend to make it our most powerful yet in helping our communities to create change in the present, and hope for the future.
Luminus in the community
The regeneration of Browns Square
Luminus welcomed special guests to the official opening of the newly regenerated Browns Square in Eynesbury. Greeting over 25 high profile representatives from Huntingdonshire District Council, St Neots Town Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, the contractor Breheny and local residents, Luminus Group Chief Executive, Chan Abraham explained how Luminus has invested £100,000 in a major, high quality regeneration scheme. The new and improved Browns Square will help to improve the lives of the local residents by designing out opportunities for anti-social and other criminal behaviour, and build a sense of community spirit.
“Luminus is committed to our citizens and their quality of life”
Christmas cheer for elderly residents
Luminus, No. 1 in the UK for “Giving Something Back,” shared some Christmas joy with the elderly residents of Park View Extra Care Scheme in Huntingdon by hosting a special Carols for Christmas event. The Luminus Singers, a choir comprised entirely of Luminus employees formed and conducted by Group Chief Executive, Chan Abraham, gave a special performance of the well known carol “The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy” and festive drinks and mince pies were served. Residents enthusiastically joined in singing “In the Bleak Midwinter” and “Silent Night” and tapped their feet along to the calypso carol, “Mary’s Boy Child.”
Helping ex-offenders into work
“As the District’s Chairman I know, perhaps better than most, how important it is for local people to feel safe and secure.
“Thank you very much to all of Luminus from the residents of Park View. We are very grateful. It is lovely to be able to sing a carol and have our hearts lifted.” HMP Littlehey in Huntingdon was the venue for an eye-opening morning of presentations and discussions. The event explored the ways in which businesses in Cambridgeshire can engage with the ex-offender agenda.
Danny Spencer, Governor of HMP Littlehey said that employment was the “holy grail” and “key factor” in preventing former criminals from re-offending.
Over the years I have been truly inspired, as have many of my HDC colleagues, to see how committed Luminus is to our citizens and their quality of life.
On behalf of Huntingdonshire District Council, all the citizens of Huntingdonshire and, today, especially Browns Square, I record our thanks to Luminus for demonstrating a more excellent way of doing business.”
Park View resident, Margaret (74) said,
It began with an introductory talk by Nigel Finney, Luminus’ Executive Director of Operations. Visitors were then taken on a behind the scenes tour of the young Offender’s facilities.
Councillor Jeff Dutton, Huntingdonshire District Council Chairman said,
The regeneration of Browns Square is the latest example of how Luminus is helping to improve our district. This is an area that has seen serious anti-social behaviour, with local people feeling powerless. Happily Luminus has stepped in, consulted with residents and invested £100,000 to bring about a lasting solution.
The Luminus Singers were joined by Councillor Jeff Dutton, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, Alan Mackender Lawrence, Mayor of Huntingdon and HDC Chairman James Fell who spoke warmly of the care and support he had received during a period of convalescence at Park View. Reverend Andrew Milton of All Saint’s Church in Huntingdon offered a prayer of thanksgiving.
Lighting up Christmas Luminus employees have embraced the 2011 Samaritan’s Purse Shoebox Appeal and generously donated 29 beautifully wrapped boxes filled with presents for disadvantaged children this Christmas. The shoeboxes will be distributed in Swaziland, where forty per cent of the population is under 15 and seventy per cent of the population live below the poverty line.
Luminus Group • Brook House • Ouse Walk • Huntingdon • PE29 3QW • www.luminus.org.uk