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11-Jun-12 13:51. By Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust | Comments (346)

Inauguration of new memorial to London victims of Arandora Star

The Trustees of The Arandora Star London Memorial Trust will inaugurate a new memorial to the London Italian Victims who died on 2 July 1940. To commemorate the dedication Mass will be celebrated on 2 July 2012 at 6.45pm at St Peter’s Italian Church, Clerkenwell Followed by The inauguration and dedication which will be carried out by The Ambassador of Italy, Alain Giorgio Maria Economides


25-May-12 15:01. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (25)

Race Night at Villa Scalabrini raises over £5k

Once again the Anglo-Italian community showed what can be done as a fun Race Night held at the recently revamped barn at Villa Scalabrini in Shenley which raised £5,250 towards essential repairs to the Oratorio at Volpi, near Pellegrino Parmense. The generosity of people in both their time and donations was staggering. Approximately 150 people attended the night, paying £10 each for which they received a three course meal comprising a starter of prosciutto and mozzarella di bufola crostini, followed by a tris of pasta (cooked by chefs for the night Stefano Mazzi, Fabiano and Giancarlo Negri) and finished off by fresh strawberries with lemon curd dessert - yes, all this for just £10!


25-May-12 14:56. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Earthquake in Northern Italy

On Sunday the 20th of May a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the night, about 35 km (22miles) north of the city of Bologna. The quake - the worst to hit the country since the Aquila tremor, which killed 300 people in central Italy in 2009 - was felt in numerous towns and main cities in Northern Italy, including Bologna, Ferrara, Verona, Mantova, Milano and Venezia.


21-May-12 14:32. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (0)

Venitian wins seat in London local electians

The Venetian Lazaro Petragnoli (Labour party), has out-matched his opponents in the last municipal elections for the city council of Camden. The neo municipal advisor gained 1,800 votes, more than double those of his opponents, the Conservative Nigel Rumble and the Liberal Democrat Chris Richards. Petragnoli has been living in London with his family since 2003 when he decided to follow his wife, academic professor, to London. Petragnoli has always been involved in politics. Previously while still in Italy he was a member of the DS party, then when he came to London in 2003 he joined the Labour party.


10-May-12 10:30. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

Youngsters organise BYOP VS fundraiser

Steffie Timanti is organising a Bring Your Own Picnic Music Festival for 18-30 year old Young Italians on 9th June 2012. Tickets are selling fast for this charity event which will raise funds for Villa Scalabrini. For more details see the features under Gioventu and Events. Backhill wishes this event every success - it's great to see our young people getting involved in the community.


09-May-12 14:24. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (0)

£95,000 donated by MGF to 30.6.11

Since formation in 2009 to 30th June 2011 The Trustees of the Mazzini Garibaldi Foundation have approved grants in excess of £95,000 supporting a number of activities and projects benefitting, predominantly, the Italian Community in the UK. Information about the objectives of the Charity and how to apply for funding can be found at


09-May-12 12:49. By Giulia Lombardo | Comments (1)

Dramatic fall in health of Italians?

According to the last “Rapporto Osservatorio salute 2011” the general health of the Italian population has dramatically become worse. In spite of the population’s heath being quite good because of the Mediterranean diet and the healthy lifestyle, in the last few years Italians have been eating less healthy food, taking more anti depression drugs and spending less money on the prevention of diseases.


01-May-12 13:31. By Peter Ciccone/Victor Menozzi | Comments (0)

Arandora Star London Fundraiser Dinner Dance

Power failures and dinner by mobile phone powered lights couldn't dampen a great night which raised £2,850 towards the cost of the new Arandora Star Memorial in London. The event was organised by The Associazione Valceno, the guest of honour was The Italian Consol Umberto Vanni d'Archirafi and The Arandora Star Trustees are very grateful to Adriano Morini, Tony Franchi and all the comittee of the Associazone Valceno for all their hard work.


01-May-12 13:03. By Peter Ciccone | Comments (1)

Invincible Juve?

With 3 games to go Juventus could become the third side to go through a whole season undefeated in Serie A and the first to do so over a 38 game campaign. AC Milan in 1991/92 and Perugia (who failed to become Champions) in 1978/79 have previously gone unbeaten throughout a season. Lecce, Atalanta and Cagliari are the remaining opponents as Juve, with a 3 point lead over AC Milan, seek to clinch the Scudetto.


20-Apr-12 17:16. By Giulia Lombardo and Francesca Timanti | Comments (0)

100th birthday celebration for Villa Scalabrini Resident

On Tuesday the 17th of April Katerina Ferrigno, Known also as kay Ferrigno, celebrated her 100th birthday at Villa Scalabrini. On this special day Kay received the Queen’s congratulations and shared an Italian cake with her family, friends, and the helpers of Villa Scalabrini. Roberta Vanni D’archirafi, wife of the consul and member of “Il circolo” was also present at the birthday party.


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