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FEBRUARY 2007

Last Meetings
Our Annual General Meeting was very informal and all officers and committee of the branch were re-elected. A buffet followed which gave ample time for members to talk to Jayne Dunn, our development worker from head office. Our usual raffle followed. Our quiz afternoon was well attended with four teams of three taking part. Questions were taken from the "Blockbuster" T.V. series. Out of 55 points, Geoff Turner's team answered 54 correctly, Irene Vautier's team scored 50, Marg Le Quesne's team 49 just pipping Jack Schofield's team who scored 48 Marian Pitt's cryptic clues did nothing to help get the answers, but her antics and mimes had us all in stitches. It was a fun-time together, and refreshments, raffle and prize giving rounded off the afternoon..
Fundraising
19.1.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
62 supporters raised £166.00
23.1.07 Raffle/Communicare
Tickets sold totalled £40.00
26.1.07 Coins sold £12.50
Webb Ivory catalogue orders for January 2007 totalled £102.00
Donations via collecting boxes for January 2007 amounted to £27.78
2.2.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
61 supporters raised £166.50
8.2.07 Raffle/Overdale
Members purchased tickets amounting to £18.00
prizes
Eileen would like to thank everyone who has donated prizes over the last month. This is very much appreciated. The items donated can be used for raffle prizes for our bingo nights or monthly meetings, as thank you gifts for somebody who does the branch a favour and prizes for sufferers who take part at our quizzes, beetledrives or bowling sessions. All donations are greatly received and always put to good use. Thank you all for your generosity. 
Communicare Information Day
On the 20th January, 2007, Communicare opened their doors to the public and asked everyone who used their facilities to have a stand/static display, explaining about their particular group's activities and when they meet at Communicare. Thanks go to Clive De La Cour, June Tredant and Pam Turner for giving out information on our behalf and to the manager of Communicare for giving us the opportunity to promote our branch.
Subscriptions 2007
The subscription to the branch remains at £5.00 per person. A receipt is enclosed. Our grateful thanks also to those of you who enclosed a donation. Please find a receipt also enclosed.
Those of you who have not yet forwarded your remittance, could you please do so as soon as possible as it is costly to send remainders. We are delighted that some Neurocare clients have joined the branch, and we bid you a warm welcome.
Making progress
The Parkinson's Disease Society U.K. realises the importance of research to improve our understanding of the cause of Parkinson's, how it may be prevented and ultimately to seek a cure for the condition. We have spent more than £30 million on research since the U.K. Society was founded, with over £3 million being committed last year alone.
We are very keen to raise awareness of the kinds of research we are funding and keep people updated on any new developments, as it is important to inform our members about the research we are funding.
With this in mind, the research team has produced a new research magazine entitled "Progress". The aim of this magazine is to keep you informed of how we assess grant applications, provide you with information about recently awarded grants and visits to PDS-funded research institutes. The committee this year has decided, that when funds allow, we will part adopt a particular research project.
If any of you would like a copy of this new and interesting magazine, please contact Pam Turner on 732710
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 Commode chair
A member is wishing to sell a green upholstered commode chair which has never been used. The price is £50 ono and the money will be donated to branch funds. For details please phone 876615.
Collecting Boxes
Good news! Another five boxes were placed last month. Grateful thanks go to Ken Le Quesne, Eileen Palmer, Merle Rooson and Jack Schofield for their efforts. We would again ask you to look out for suitable sites for collecting boxes. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if you have any ideas.
channel islands conference
As stated in last month's newsletter this is a very exciting time for us all as guest speakers from the Research Department and Tissue Bank will be coming from the mainland, and sufferers and carers will be coming from Guernsey to join us. The talks and workshops take place on Saturday 24th March, 2007 at the General Hospital. Could you please display the enclosed poster. On the Friday evening we are organising a social get together at Corbiere Phare, to entertain our visitors, supper will be served at 6.30 p.m. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers. Please contact Eileen Smith on 737128 by Friday 2nd March if you would like to come along. Regrettably we are unable to invite our supporters to join us on this occasion.
Spring crafts fayre
Unfortunately for us, the crafts fair coincides with our open day at the Hospital (24th & 25th March, 2007). Could I appeal to our supporters to man our card stall at the Living Legend on the Saturday, and ask any one who can give of their time on the Sunday to contact me on 737128 as soon as possible.
Diary Dates
Fri 2nd March 2007 8 p.m. Bingo Night/ Devil's Hole
Fri 16th March 2007 8 p.m. Bingo Night/ Devil's Hole
Sat 24th March, 2007 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Parkinson's Open Day, General Hospital
Sat 24th March, 2007 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun 25th March, 2007 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Card stall at The Living Legend.
Social Get-Togethers
Eileen Smith is organising a lunch on Tuesday 13th March 2007 at The Five Oaks Pub at 1 p.m. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers. Paying supporters are welcome to join us. Please phone Eileen on 737128 by Saturday 3rd March if you would like to come along.
Next meetings
We next meet at Communicare, St. Brelade on Tuesday 27th February 2007 at 8 p.m. when Eileen will be organising a horse racing night. We will have our usual raffle, followed by refreshments.
Our next afternoon meeting will be on Thursday 8th March 2007 at 2.30 p.m in the Resources Room at Overdale, when you will need to be armed with dictionaries and egg timers for a few games of Scrabble. Refreshments and a raffle will follow.
Everybody is most welcome to come along, we're all about having a laugh and spending fun-time with friends
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