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official shop opening

Mayor opens Cathja shop,
September 2019


The new Mayor of Houslow, Tony Louki, officially opened the Cathja shop in Isleworth on 27 September.

See a video clip of his speech here.

Trip down The Thames

Trip to Wapping,
September 2019


On September 7th fourteen of us set out in Cathja, travelling down The Thames to Wapping. It stayed dry and we all had an enjoyable time on the water. The ladies in the picture provided a delicious lunch.


Toyota donation

Currie Motors Toyota,
July 2019


Allan Ball, of Currie Motors Toyota, presented a very welcome donation of £750 to Cathja. The Isleworth and Chiswick branches came first and second for sales nationwide for Toyota and decided to donate the charity element of the prize to us.

New Isleworth shop

New Isleworth shop opens, June 2019


On June 29th our new shop opened in the old Moore Brothers Cycles premises near Isleworth station. We do not expect to have it for that many months but it will in the meantime provide a valuable boost to Cathja's funding and also provide a community hub for a variety of activities.

End of an era

Sewing with Mary, February to April 2019


Our thanks to Houslow Borough, who are funding eight sewing sessions with Mary on the Cathja barge (see the Contact page for location and click/tap on the picture to the right for full information).

End of an era

End of an era, January 2019


Our Brentford High Street shop had to close to make way for the huge Brentford Waterside development.

Dennis Couchman model

Dennis Couchman, December 2018


Our thanks to the family and friends of the late Dennis Couchman, a long time greatly valued member of the charity and the barge. Dennis' daughter Helen was able to attend our Christmas party where the Mayor of Hounslow lit the candles for the first time in memory of Dennis in the model of Cathja that he made some 10 years ago.

Xmas Party 2012

Cathja Christmas Party, December 2018


It was held in the Brentford High Street shop, which opened in 2016 and, sadly, has to close soon as the whole area is bulldozed and re-developed.

The Major of Hounslow, Samia Choudhary, came along and everyone had a very convivial time. There was even a band; see a video clip here.

New Cathja website

New Cathja website launched, December 2018


A total revamp of the Cathja website was published in mid December. New volunteer Eric brought the site right up to date and went through thousands of images from the Cathja image archive to give it a new look.

Now it will be kept up to date, especially important in these difficult times, with the Brentford High Street shop having to close in late 2018 to make way for the huge Brentford Waterside development.

Co-op donation

Generous Co-op members, November 2018


The members of the Co-op Food store on Boston Manor Road, TW8 9GB, in Brentford chose Cathja as a charity to share their Co-op dividend every time they shop there.

Here the store manager is presenting a very generous cheque to Cathja Trustee Orla in the store.