|The committee wishes you all a very Happy New Year and looks forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the year.
At our afternoon meeting in November Eileen organised an "Island Quiz" about the parishes, the bays etc. and a picture round with clips from the JEP.
Pam Turner and Valma Le Feuvre scored 701/2, points, Marg Le Quesne and Margaret Carr scored 621/2, points and Ken Le Quesne and Clive De La Cour scored 26 points. Prizes were distributed, tea and biscuits followed and everyone enjoyed a good natter.
At our evening meeting in November we were delighted to welcome Catrina Ellery who was invited to come along and speak about her hobby of gold leaf and gilding.
What a surprise we had when we found out she had chosen gold leaf etc. as her career, and she had recently completed Victoria College railings (a year long commission) and has done work at St. John's Manor, Government House, various scrolls at parish halls and in the States buildings as well as restoring furniture. She gave a demonstration of gold leaf on a picture frame and showed many photographs of her work and spoke of the varying techniques used in gilding. It was a most enjoyable evening. A raffle and refreshments followed.
And for our last afternoon meeting of the year, in December Suzie Maclagan, a senior physiotherapist with the NHS till 2004, who has recently returned to the Island, and who specialised in neuro-habilitation and care of the elderly came to speak to us about her career in Cumbria and about her involvement with the Eden Support Group of the Parkinson's Disease Society and the weekly exercise classes she ran. She spoke of some of the challenges of exercising for people with Parkinson's Disease and some of the feedback from the Eden Support Group regarding Tai Chi type exercises.
Sandra Hubert, Senior O/T with Neurocare and Tina Borfiga, our Dao Yin tutor, joined us and asked several questions.
The positive thing that came out of Suzie's talk is the availability of a "Laser Cane" which projects a bright red line across your path, which is a visual cue and may help break "freezing" episodes. The committee is hoping to purchase a couple of these canes for some of you to try. The afternoon finished with refreshments and those present enjoyed an informal chat as well.
Its the time of year, when we step up a gear, on the fundraising front, the following monies having been raised:-
16.11.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
69 supporters raised £219.50
24 + 25.11.07 Christmas Crafts Fayre/Living Legend
Sale of Christmas cards £421.51
Sale of Knitted teddies £6.00
One third proceeds of raffle organised by Living Legend £555.00
Sale of raffle tickets £26.00
Sale of card table £8.00
Webb Ivory catalogue orders and card sales for November 2007 totalled £706.42
2.12.07 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
69 supporters raised £254.00
8.12.07 Christmas Fayre/St. Mary's Community Centre
Sale of Christmas cards £65.50
Sale of Foreign/Obsolete Coins £4.31
21.12.07 Christmas Bingo/Devil's Hole
80 supporters raised £825.00
Webb Ivory catalogue orders and card sales for December 2007 totalled £894.84
Donations via collecting boxes for December 2007 amounted to £727.16
5.1.08 St. Mary's Community Centre
74 supporters raised £293.50
A marvellous effort all round, I'm sure you'll all agree.
Party for Parkinson's
Eat your heart out Hyacinth Bucket, your candlelight suppers cannot compete with one of Jack Schofield's card soirées!
Jack very kindly hosted a whistnight and supper at home on the 19th November, 2007 for twelve people and raised £75.00 towards branch funds. Well done that man and thank you for your hospitality.
Our classes continue on a Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Resources Room at Overdale. Please contact Tina Borfiga on 857532 if you would like to join the group.
As our membership continues to increase the hand delivery of the monthly newsletter in the east of the Island is now too large for one person to cope with alone, Whilst Hedley and Estelle are happy to continue their round in the west, Eileen would like some help with hers.
Can you spare two hours on the third Monday of each month? If so, please contact Eileen on 737128 to discuss what is involved. Regrettably, if we cannot recruit a volunteer, some of the newsletters will have to be posted.
Our weekly session continues on a Wednesday afternoon at the Cheshire Homes between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. If you would like to join our group please contact Jack Schofield on 738328.
Your Annual Subscription is now due, and the committee recently voted for it to remain at £5 per person. So what does £5 buy these days?
We fund the weekly Dao Yin exercise class, weekly swimming, aromatherapy massage, taxis to and from doctors/hospital appointments, meals out, gifts, holidays and in certain circumstances we can purchase medical aids for the home.
All this is free to you as a sufferer, and we would encourage your carer to join the branch also to entitle them to some of the above benefits. Please complete the enclosed renewal and send your remittance to our Treasurer, Mrs Pamela Turner, La Ronde, Rue Du Maupertuis, St. Clement, Jersey C.I. JE2 6NG. Please make cheques payable to Parkinson's Disease Society. For Neurocare clients wishing to become members, a membership application form is enclosed for completion and should be returned with your subscription to Mrs Turner at the above address.
New For 2008
We are hoping to introduce a gym session under the supervision of a physiotherapist at the Cheshire Homes. We cannot emphasise enough how important some kind of exercise is in maintaining muscle strength in your legs. We are hoping to organise this class on a Thursday morning/afternoon. If interested please contact Eileen Smith on 737128. This service will be free, but will only be available for sufferers, for the time being. Hopefully carers dropping off their partners will stay for a coffee and a chat with other carers.
Get It On Time
Head Office have sent down some wash bags and information cards etc. for people to take into hospital with them, to try and get the message across to nurses how important it is for you to get your medication on time. If you would like one please contact Eileen on 737128.
Guernsey will be organising a Parkinson's conference on Friday/Saturday October 3rd/4th 2008.
It is very important that as many of you who are able attend. Jersey Branch is willing to assist with travel costs and accommodation, but we will need to know as soon as possible if you wish to attend. Please contact Marian Pitt on 721927.
Family Nursing Membership
We would like to remind those of you who belong to Family Nursing of the 10% discount we negotiated off your membership, being a paid up member of the Parkinson's, Jersey Branch.
It is the committee's intention this year, to take out a "corporate membership" with Family Nursing which means we will fund your membership. In order to start enquiries with Family Nursing, we need to know how many of you belong. Please let Eileen Smith know on 737128.
Friday 1st February 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Friday 15th February 2008 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Valma Le Feuvre is organising a lunch on Thursday January 31st, 2008 at the Blacksmith's Arms, Trinity time 12.45 p.m. for 1 p.m. Please contact Valma on 734044 no later than Saturday, January 26th, 2008. Sufferers and carers will be asked to contribute £2.50 towards branch running costs and paying supporters are welcome to join us. Transport can be arranged.
Jack Schofield is organising lunch and bowls on Thursday February 7th 2008 at Jersey Bowl, St. Peter at 12 noon. Lunch will be at approx 1.30 p.m. Please contact Jack on 738328 by Saturday February 2nd, 2008 to put your name down. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers and paying supporters are welcome to join us. Transport can be arranged.
We next meet at Communicare, St. Brelade, on Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 at 8 p.m. when the Annual General Meeting will take place, and a buffet supper will follow.
Our AGM is always very informal and quite short, so we hope as many of you as possible will come along. All the officers and committee are willing to be re-elected. If there is anyone you wish to nominate to hold office for the next twelve months please forward their name in writing duly proposed and seconded, to the Secretary Mrs Maureen Le Feuvre, 6 Maison D'Azette, La Grande Route De La Cote, St. Clement, Jersey C.I. JE2 6FD No later than Saturday, January 19th 2008. We will have our usual raffle and if any of you have any raffle prizes which might be suitable at our monthly meetings, Valma Le Feuvre would love to hear from you, her telephone no. is 734044.