I guess it should not be surprising that Muslim mums make great curry. But the dinner served at last Saturday's curry night at Homewood Road Church Hall was truly delicious. The dinner was to raise money for the Kashmir Deaf Children's Trust (KADECT), whose charity shop is on Hatfield Road. All the ingredients were supplied free by Mohammed Akhtar, owner of Madinah Stores on Hatfield Road, so all the money raised went to KADECT.
The dinner was cooked by the local Muslim Mums Group. They have had similar curry nights for a variety of good causes. It's a great idea - not least because the Walkington family all love curry! My children particularly liked the sweetcorn and lamb curries but it was all delectable with a finale of a fluffy mango mousse. The hall was beautifully decorated with Christmas lights and candles. And we won a fantastic array of pickles and spices in the raffle.
So what could be better? The cause is an important one. When I worked at BT, I had a close relationship with RNID because of our TypeTalk service and the common interest we had in exploring how technology can help alleviate the problems caused by deafness. I spent a day at RNID headquarters gaining some insight into the problems faced by deaf people.
It is a particularly isolating condition because of its invisibility which makes it all too easy for sales assistants and so on to regard deaf people as stupid. At least we live in a rich western country, where technology is available. The problems in Kashmir, blighted as it is by military action and the after-effects of the earthquake, must be immense. St Albans has a remarkably good record for cross-cultural interchange and this event is further proof of that. People of all communities sitting down together for a great evening and raising money for a targeted and vital cause which otherwise would get little attention in our busy lives.