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Happy New Year!
Eileen and the Committee would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year, and hope that you will keep reasonably well during 2009, always remember there is life after Parkinson's!
Last Meeting
At our November meeting, Eileen Smith organised a beetledrive, which is always fun. Eileen Palmer and Joyce Huby played brilliantly together scoring 147. Kay Laverty and Ken Le Quesne coming a close 2nd with 133 points. Jack Schofield and Maureen Le Feuvre managed 113 points, equalled by Mary Le Vesconte and Piero D'Ulivo. The last four teams scoring from 107 down to 86.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening helped along with sherry and mince pies, followed by the prize giving where all players received bars of chocolate.
The evening was rounded off with our usual raffle and teas and coffees were served.
There was no let up for fundraising for the last six weeks of 2008, the following monies having been raised:-
Cakes sold by Ken Le Quesne £20.00
21.11.08 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
77 supporters raised £285.50
22/23.11.08 Christmas Crafts Fayre/Living Legend
Sale of cards £356.47
Donations £4.70
Sale of woolly hats £6.00
Sale of two crackers £10.00
25.11.08 Raffle/Communicare
Tickets sold totalled £37.00
27.11.08 Les Quennevais School Xmas Fayre
Card sales £40.16
Donations £1.23
Scones sold by Ken Le Quesne £25.00
Webb Ivory catalogue orders for November 2008 amounted to £1084.65
Donations via collecting boxes for November 2008 totalled £92.79
5.12.08 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
71 supporters raised £230.80
5.12.08 St. Peter's Youth Club Xmas Fayre
Card sales totalled £13.20
Sale of earrings £6.00 £1.23
13.12.08 St. Mary's Community Centre Xmas Fayre
Card sales totalled £30.15
19.12.08 Xmas Bingo/Devil's Hole
91 supporters raised £950.00
Thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes and numerous bottles of wine for this event.
Nov/December 08 Eclipse Hair Design
Sale of Christmas cards £150.00
Nov/December 08 St. Peter's Market
Sale of goods by Jean Bellamy £312.00
Webb Ivory catalogue orders for December 2008 totalled £869.55
Donations via collecting boxes for December 2008 amounted to £769.55
Total raised £5294.75
Eileen would like to thank all those people involved with the various events attended during November & December, she could not do it without your help.
Used Stamps
Please contact Eileen Palmer on 866419 if you wish to donate your stamps to the branch. We are hoping to contact our dealer in Guernsey during February.
Old Cards
Don't know what to do with your old birthday/Christmas cards? Well Eileen Smith can recycle them to sell on one of our stalls and can be contacted on 737128.
Collecting Boxes
Eileen Palmer is to be thanked for placing another box in December. Well-done that girl!
Electric Reclining Armchair
The Society has recently had an electric reclining armchair donated, which is presently in storage at Overdale.
If anyone could benefit from its use, please contact Eileen Smith on 737128.

 20 This Year
Whilst the Parkinson's Disease Society celebrates its 40th birthday this year, Jersey Branch will be celebrating its 20th on the 31st October Parkinson's Awareness Week this year is April 20th to 26th, so watch this space!!
As part of the celebrations, the Harmony Men will be organising an open air concert in the Howard Davis Park on July 17th, again watch this space!!
Thought for the Day from a sufferer and carer
"As well as getting advice from The Parkinson's Disease Society, we are also members of Jersey Branch. We know what support is available, which has made it easier for both of us to cope"
Subscriptions 2009
Your annual subscription remains at £5.00 per person and is now due for renewal, as per the attached form.
For Neurocare clients, a membership application form is enclosed, should you feel that the time is right for you to become a member of the branch.
Cheques should be made payable to The Parkinson's Disease Society and forwarded to the Treasurer, Mrs Pam Turner whose address is printed on both forms. The Committee cannot emphasize enough the benefits of being a member of the branch. Not only is friendship and support vital, but funding for specialised equipment can be made available, as well as all the therapy and exercise classes now being run to help maintain a level of mobility.
You could not spend a better £5.00 during 2009. Join up, the benefits will be worthwhile.
Diary Dates
Friday 6th Feb 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night /Devil's Hole.
Friday 20th Feb 2009 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole.
Social Get-Togethers
Jack Schofield will be organising ten pin bowling on Friday February 13th at 12 noon at Jersey Bowl, St. Peter followed by lunch at approximately 1.15 p.m. This is a free outing for sufferers and carers who are members of the branch and paying supporters are welcome to join us. Please phone Jack on 738328 to book, no later than Saturday, February 7th. Transport can be arranged.
Party for Parkinson's
As part of our 20th birthday celebrations why not organise a "Party for Parkinson's" at home, or at work. Friends and colleagues are always willing to be involved.
Why not host a small coffee morning, a beetledrive, a whist drive or a scrabble afternoon. Why not invite 20 friends to each walk a mile, and get them sponsored. You could organise a raffle, try and place 20 cardboard home collection boxes, show a video at home and invite friends for afternoon tea. Any activity can be given a 20th theme. Please, please help raise Jersey Branch's profile this year, whilst the Committee raise awareness of Parkinson's Disease and raise vital funds for research.
Next meeting
After 20 years of evening meetings, we are ringing the changes in 2009, by organising monthly lunches, the first of which will take place on Tuesday, January 27th at The Priory, Devil's Hole, St. Mary at 12.30 p.m. for 1 o'clock. We know that many of you enjoy going out during the day when your medication is working better for you and we hope that a daytime gathering will encourage more of you to come along. We will have a raffle and there will be ample time afterwards to mingle and chat.
Our AGM this year will take place in February, details will appear in next month's newsletter. In the meantime, if there is anyone you would like to nominate as an officer or committee member of the branch, please forward their name, duly proposed and seconded to The Secretary, Mrs Maureen Le Feuvre, 6, Maison D'Azette, St. Clement, Jersey C.I. JE2 6FD.
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