Last night, along with a large number of other St James people we were invited along to celebrate the 60th birthday of Paul Arscott, who amongst other things is our head server, and also our treasurer at St James.
The evening was great fun, with a dinner, followed by dancing, however there was also a serious side. Julia, Paul’s wife is going to be walking the Great Wall of China for The National Autistic Society next year. Paul has a personal link to autism in that at 46, as a result of some of the apptitude tests he took as part of an application for a job, he was diagnosed as being dyslexic, which is classified as a form of autism. To highlight what effect his undiagnosed dyslexia had had through his life Paul played us a recording of himself singing as a young treble in Westminster Cathederal. He learnt the solo from memory because he couldn’t read the music and was having problems learning to do so. Of course at that time, dyslexia was not diagnosed, and he was unable to continue in the choir as they said that they couldn’t teach him to read music because of the problems. Of course he now knows this was dyslexia. During the course of the evening almost Â£1000 towards the Â£5000 sponsorship Julia is trying to get was raised.
Below are a few Phone-Cam snaps from the party.