Nov 23, 2015

Speech Bubbles

proudly presents a traditional family Christmas pantomime


December 2015 
Saturday 12th 19.00 
Sunday 13th 11.00 and 14.30


Tickets available from


Nov 19, 2015

DOBAG Rug Sale 28/29 November

The Crimean Memorial is happy to be host to the only annual DOBAG carpet exhibition and sale in Turkey. 

Started in 1982 by Dr Harald and Renata Bohmer, DOBAG, a Turkish acronym for Natural Dye Research and Development Project, is responsible for weaving some of the finest carpets in the world today.  Centred in the villages south of Istanbul, the DOBAG project has restored the  integrity of the ancient folk art of hand weaving carpets and established in these villages the first woman's 
rug-weaving cooperative in the Islamic world.

Since its inception, The DOBAG Project has produced superior carpets with natural plant dyes and traditional Turkish motifs. The women use only the finest sheep's wool gathered during the spring shearing when the wool is most resilient and lustrous. The wool is then hand-carded and hand-spun before it is vegetable dyed with locally cultivated plant matter.

DOBAG Weavers 

Each woman creates a carpet in her own home using the motifs and symbols of her ancestors,
and then she sells her carpet to the cooperative, which is under the supervision of the University of Marmara in Istanbul. Each carpet must be approved as superior in colour, construction and overall design before receiving the DOBAG stamp of approval.

This Year's Sale

In accordance with its cooperative charter, the rugs produced by this group can only be sold once a year in Turkey. This year's sale will also highlight demonstrations on the production of these natural dyes presented by Ulrike Bohmer, the daughter of Dr Harald and Renata Bohmer, and by Dr Şerife Atlıhan of Marmara University, who will also answer any questions.

The sale will be held on : 

Saturday, November 28 from 09:30 to 16:00, 

and on Sunday, November 29from 12:00 to 16:00, 

at the Crimean Memorial Church (Serdar Ekrem Sokak 52) just off of Istiklal Caddesi near its Tunel end, and just down the street  from the German School.


Nov 16, 2015

John Duthie's Funeral

On Sunday 22 November the Contakion will be offered for John Duthie at the Sunday Liturgy at 10am in Christ Church Istanbul. 

Mr Duthie's family have announced his funeral for 12.40pm on Wednesday 25 November at Mortlake Crematorium, Kew Meadow Path, Townmead Road, Richmond TW9 4EN. 

Family and close friends will attend his funeral. 

A Memorial Service and Requiem will be held in London in April 2016. 

Nov 6, 2015

Hour goes back

At last! The hour goes back in Turkey early on Sunday morning 8th November. Please check your clocks before setting out for the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at 10 AM in The Crimean Memorial.

Nov 5, 2015

John Duthie

The Chaplaincy is sad to announce the death of John Duthie on 5 November 2015. His funeral will take place in the UK. His many friends, acquaintances, and colleagues in Turkey send Ute and his whole family condolences. May he rest in peace!

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