Events help integrate Lithuanian community in Boston
EFFORTS to help members of the Lithuanian community integrate with others in Boston are making progress.
Various events have been held in the last few months to bring the local community together including a community Christmas event at Burton House and a traditional Lithuanian Pancake Day event on February 9 at Fenside Community Centre.
Boston's Lithuanian community also runs various courses at Fydell House which are open to all ages and nationalities to attend.
Courses include ESOL English lessons for adults, dance classes, Lithuanian culture and awareness and cookery sessions.
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Members of Boston's Lithuanian community are also hoping to get more involved with projects in the town after completing a Volunteer Card training course.
Community chairman, Jurate Matulioniene, runs the English for adults course at Fydell House.
She said: "People wanted to start a community but there were no activities so we organised several events.
"What's special about our community, it's about education and I would like our children to get involved in as many activities as possible outside of school.
"Sometimes parents like to be involved too but can be a bit afraid because of a lack of English skills so this helps everyone to come together."
A special celebration is being held on June 1 to mark Children's Day which hopes to bring together a wide cross-section of the community in putting on an event for the children of Boston.
The event has received £250 from the Lithuanian government towards hiring a venue and is likely to feature various performances and a disco.
Jurate said: "I would like it to be a great community event to show what we have in Boston and to do something special for children."
A Facebook page for Boston Lithuanians, set up by Ringaile Sudeikyte to bring the community together, has around 5,000 members. Ringaile even translates the main stories from the Boston Target onto the page each week for members to read.