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JULY 2005

Last Meeting
We had a brilliant quiz night last month organised by Eileen Smith with six teams of three competing against each other. There was a good mix of questions from the phonetic alphabet, collective nouns, the Sound of Music etc., a picture round of stars eyes, finishing with twenty cryptic clues on flowers. Out of ninety-two points, the lowest score was fifty. Top team with seventy-seven and a half were Alf Medlock, Maureen Le Feuvre and Edith Gosselin just pipping Pam Turner, Jack Schofield and Marg Le Quesne by two and a quarter points. Eileen is no Anne Robinson lookalike but at one point Pam Turner was the weakest link when she challenged the answer to one of the questions. Grapejuice and nibbles were enjoyed throughout and we finished with our usual raffle. It was a fun night and everyone enjoyed the quiz.
Fundraising
Our fundraising continues with steady money trickling in, the following amounts being raised:-
17.6.05 Bingo/Devil's Hole
47 supporters raised £99.10
28.6.05 Raffle/Communicare
Members bought tickets totalling £21.00
Card sales and Webb Ivory catalogue orders for June 05 amounted to £66.47
Stamp sales for June 2005 totalled £30.00
Donations via collecting boxes raised £202.00
1.7.05 Bingo/Devil's Hole
60 supporters raised £170.30
Collecting Boxes
Our thanks go to Valma Le Feuvre, Pat Le Herissier and Eileen Smith who placed five boxes between them last month. As we have previously emphasised, donations via collecting boxes is free, we do not have to work for it, so why not ask at your doctor's surgery next time if they would have a box at reception. June Tredant is only a phone call away on 861744 and will willingly deliver a box anywhere.
Duty Frees
Eileen Smith would like to thank everyone who has brought back duty frees on our behalf, cutting the cost of raffle prizes by half. Great bargains have been had and she is extremely grateful for everyone's help. She is awash with whisky and is now in need of Baileys or sherry, thank you.
Party for Parkinson's
Another party has taken place with June and Graham Tredant inviting thirty members to a garden party. Everyone enjoyed a very relaxing afternoon and over indulged with the wonderful cakes June and her daughter made for the afternoon tea. They raised £200 towards branch funds. Well done June and Graham. After Graham's antics, a tea-dance could very well be on the cards!!
Respite Care
Changes in the facilities at Overdale have been going on. With the closure of Secker House, McKinstry ward has now doubled up to cope with short term and long stay respite, which is not an ideal situation. It is a very difficult subject to touch upon, but there will come a time when your carer/partner may become ill or will suffer from emotional strain and need a short break from your everyday care. This does not mean that they love you any the less! But reality must prevail and if your carer does not have regular respite you could face a dilemma when both of you may need to go into care for a short time. What kind of respite facility would be acceptable to you? Let us help lighten the load on our carers and find a suitable place with a home from home environment where you would enjoy staying for a few days. The Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated has a questionnaire available about the lack of facilities and the kind of improvements we would all benefit from. You may just need Family Nursing to call in and help with washing and dressing. There are lots of services available to help you both, so if you have any questions or ideas or just need information or want a confidential chat, contact Marian Pitt on 721927
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 Diary Dates
Thursday 21st July 2005 8 p.m. Whist Drive/St. Lawrence Parish Hall
Friday 5th August 2005 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Friday 19th August 2005 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Friday 2nd September 2005 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Friday 16th September 2005 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Namibia Walk Africa Challenge 2006
Our next fundraiser, to raise the required amount of sponsorship needed for Lynda Roberts to be accepted for this 130 kilometre trek next year, will be a Bingo Night at Devil's Hole on Friday, July 29th 2005 at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at £1 per head and available at the door. Reasonably priced meals are available and supper is usually at about 9 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Raffle prizes are needed and Eileen can be contacted on 737128.
Social Get-Togethers
August is holiday time and we are delighted that Jean and David Roberts are coming back to Jersey for a couple of weeks. To be able to spend time with them the following outings are planned. Jack Schofield will be organising lunch and bowls on Tuesday 16th August 2005 at 12 noon at Jersey Bowl, St. Peter. Please phone Jack on 738328 if you would like to go along. Cost is £2 towards branch running costs and paying supporters are welcome to join us.
June Tredant will be organising a beetledrive at 2, St. Brelade's Park on Monday 22nd August 2005 at 6.45 p.m. for a 7 o'clock start. Phone June on 861744 to book. Tickets £2 towards branch running costs.
Eileen Smith will be organising a fish and chip supper on Friday 26th August, 2005 at the Priory, Devil's Hole, St. Mary at 6.15 p.m. for 6.30 p.m. This is a free outing but Eileen will be holding a raffle towards the Namibia 2006 Challenge. Phone Eileen on 737128 to book.
On Tuesday 10th September 2005 Jack Schofield will again organise a lunch and bowls session at 12 noon at Jersey Bowl, St. Peter. This get-together will not be funded by the branch. Please phone Jack on 738328 if you would like to join us.
Transport can be arranged for all the above outings.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare on Tuesday 26th July 2005 at 8 p.m. Eileen Smith will be organising a silent auction to raise money towards Namibia 2006. Items will be groceries, toiletries and a few bottles of wine. This will give you all plenty of time to chat and relax. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served throughout the evening and we will have our usual raffle. We look forward to welcoming you to another fun night.
As we do not meet in August your contact numbers are Marion Pitt on 721927 and Eileen Smith on 737128
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