| Welcome to 2003
Jersey Branch wishes all members a Happy New Year and we hope to see
as many of you as possible at our meetings and social events. If you
seldom or never attend how about a new year resolution to either come
regularly or at least give it a try most newcomers find they
fit in easily and then come again.
Our last meeting was back in November, since of course in December
we do not meet at Communicare but instead have our Christmas Lunch
gathering at Pontac House Hotel. In November we had a quiz evening,
organised by Eileen and this, as usual, was much enjoyed by the members.
Thank You Letters
It has been very gratifying for the committee to see that our work
in 2002 has been appreciated by many of the members and Roger and
Eileen and Marian have received many letters of thanks and also telephone
calls concerning the Christmas lunch and the fruit hampers and earlier
in the year concerning the holiday in Torquay. Indeed some of the
messages have been quite touching, showing that we have given welcome
help and pleasure to the sufferers and carers. It is always good to
know when we get things right but we are also prepared to listen to
people who might see things we could do better or do not do at all.
Short back and sides sir?
When Roger was in town recently he spotted something unusual, which
will amuse some of our members, and may even be of relevance to those
who are wheelchair bound. During the spell of freezing weather early
in January Roger passed by the barbers shop opposite The Mechanics
Institute in Halkett Place and there was a gentleman in a wheelchair,
who presumably could not negotiate the two or three steps into the
shop. The barber therefore had come out onto the pavement, put a sheet
around his customer's shoulders and he was busy with a pair of clippers
cutting hair! Let us hope that nobody from the Town Hall saw this
as otherwise the barber may find he is charged extra rates!
Greetings from Down Under
Jack Schofield wishes to be remembered to you all and he has sent
seasons greetings and his best wishes to everyone for 2003. The temperature
in Australia is between 35¾ and 40¾ and Jack went in a hot air balloon
over Brisbane on New Years Eve and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
This just goes to show there's life in the old dog yet!! As we always
say there is life after Parkinson's. Well done Jack and Happy Birthday
from us all on the 29th January.
There was no let up for the last 6 weeks of the year, and the following
monies were raised:-
21 Nov, 2002 Quennevais School Xmas Fayre
Christmas card sales amounted to £86.19
22 Nov/23 Nov, 2002 Living Legend Xmas Crafts Fayre
Christmas card sales amounted to £645.00
26th Nov, 2002 Raffle/Communicare Raffle tickets sold totalled £14.50
29th Nov, 2002 St. Mary's School Xmas Fayre
Christmas card sales amounted to £54.30
30 Nov Joint Charities Xmas Bazaar Christmas card sales amounted to
November Card Sales + Webb Ivory catalogue orders totalled £541.33
6 Dec, 2002 Xmas Bingo night
99 supporters raised £626.70
Hedley & Eileen would like to thank all raffle prize donors for
this event (86 prizes in total). A special mention goes to Elaine
Richardson for her hard work contacting businesses and getting over
30 prizes & vouchers donated.
14 Dec, 2002 St. Mary's market Xmas Fayre
Christmas card sales amounted to £109.47
December Card Sales + Webb Ivory catalogue orders totalled £776.31
3 Jan 2003 Bingo night
79 supporters raised £252.00
Total raised £3231.95
Eileen would like to express her gratitude to Betty Grihault who works
all year round getting orders for the Webb Ivory catalogue as well
as selling cards from home, to June Tredant for selling Christmas
cards at the Underground Hospital as well as catalogue orders from
the staff, to Sue Smith for selling Christmas cards to the staff at
Lastly special thanks to Cindy Le Feuvre, Don
& Valma's daughter-in-law, who sold Christmas cards to her clients
at Eclipse Hair Design, totalling £227.35 and Cindy also organised
a raffle for us during Christmas week which raised £200.00
as well as donating the fee to cover the permits required by Gambling
Control and since has donated a large amount of jewellery, hair
slides etc. for sale during the coming year. Thank you all of you,
your hard work and support means so much to Eileen.
Friday Feb 7th 2003 8 p.m Bingo Night at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Carrier Bag Appeal
If anyone has carrier bags to spare Eileen will need some soon for
various stalls. Please phone her on 737128.
Don't forget the bowls on the 21st January folks. Contact Peter
on 724660 if you haven't already done so.
On Tuesday 18th February a lunch is being organised at the Red Rose
Restaurant at 12.15 p.m. for 12.30 p.m. Please contact Eileen on
737128 by Saturday 1st February 2003 if you would like to go along.
This will be free to sufferers and their carers.
Holidays for sufferers
Over several years now we have taken groups of sufferers away on
holiday but there are those in our membership who have missed out
because they are not mobile enough to travel out of the island or
keep up with a group. To remedy this the committee have decided
this year that we will provide holidays in the island at Maison
des Landes Hotel, St. Ouen. Roger has made a provisional booking
for three twin rooms for 7 days from 30th April and it may be possible
to book individual rooms at later dates. This therefore is for the
less able bodied members no longer able to travel out of the island
and both sufferers and carers will be paid for by Jersey Branch.
Each day there will be outings in a mini-bus from the hotel, with
typically a meal out and the hotel is designed for the disabled.
If you are interested please telephone Roger on 731145 to discuss
the details. We will incidentally visit sufferers at the hotel to
see how things are going.
It is that time of year when T.V. licences have to be paid for and
rate returns etc. need completing. Now to add to the misery we are
enclosing notices concerning subscriptions. The good news however
is that once again we are holding the subscription at the same level,
even though postage for example is about to increase by 26% The
nominal £5 subscription does not of course even cover our
administration costs, barely even covering the cost of newsletters,
so please save our expenses by dealing with the enclosed notice
and sending us your cheque(s) as soon as you can. It costs us time
and money sending out reminders and resources can be better utilised
than on wasted administration. There can be few subscriptions you
will pay which give such benefits as our members enjoy.
At Communicare on Tuesday 28th January at 8 p.m. we will be holding
our A.G.M. and we usually have a good attendance for this and we
hope this year will be no exception, indeed we value the support
of the membership, which in turn encourages your hard working committee.
We will again have a full complement provided by existing committee
members who are willing to be re-elected. If however anyone else
wishes to stand for election they should notify our secretary, Joyce
Marriott, in writing to Spring Tide, Victoria Avenue, St. Helier
JE2 3TB. A proposer and seconder will be needed from the membership
and nominations should be received by 27th January at the latest.
We always try to get the formalities of the A.G.M. dealt with as
speedily as possible and we also make it as informal and light hearted
as we can, so please do not anticipate a dull evening as we can
assure you it will not be and there will be time to socialise afterwards.
We hope to see you there.