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JUNE 2003

Last Meeting
At our last meeting Mike Stentiford gave us a talk about the Les Mielles conservation area, along the Five Mile Road. It is 25 years ago since this was established and it is easy to forget how unkempt parts of the bay were, with the rubbish dumps etc., whereas now the flora and fauna are flourishing, albeit with careless people still causing occasional damage with their 4 x 4 vehicles, as recently reported in the J.E.P. Mike is passionate about conservation and he transmits this so well to an audience and our members again enjoyed his talk and the selection of slides.
Parkinsons' Concert
This year we are organising a concert with a large visiting Welsh choir from Port Talbot. This is a mixed choir, known as The Cancer Challenge Singers, because they were primarily formed to sing at concerts raising funds for cancer charities but they do also sing at other events.
In October 2000 they reached the final of the Nationwide award for the organisation that had contributed most to the community and then they had to sing at the House of Commons in London. The choir has also sung in France and Spain, where they appeared on television.
At our concert they will be singing songs from the shows, negro spirituals, Welsh folk songs and old time favourites. This will take place at St. Luke's Church, Route du Fort at 8 p.m. on Friday 27th June and it promises to be a good evening. Admission will be free, but with a retiring collection. There will be some parking space, if you are early, at the school opposite or otherwise in the car park opposite the Co-op. This will be the first time we will have had anyone from outside of the island performing on our behalf, so do please support this event and also please display the enclosed poster in a local shop perhaps or even in your car window. If you can place more posters please telephone Roger on 731145.
London Marathon
We have been lucky to have had two people running to raise funds for Jersey branch this year and they were Katharine and Matthew Clark, neither of whom had previously run in a marathon. Katharine, who is 18, swum solo around Jersey last summer and felt in need of another challenge – what it is to be young and fit!
She is currently studying at Aberystwyth University and next year has a placement at Minnesota. Matthew is 22 and more a laser sailor than a runner, but he volunteered to keep his sister company. He graduated from Birmingham University last summer and hopes to train as a doctor at Cambridge University this September. They were moved to run on our behalf because their grandmother has suffered from Parkinson’s Disease for twenty years.
 London Marathon (continued)
Katharine finished in a time of 5 hours, 31 minutes, 18 seconds and Matthew in a time of 4 hours, 30 minutes and 20 seconds. They were well supported by the Society in this effort and wore the official P.D.S. T-shirts. They raised a splendid £414.50 and they are to be congratulated.
Local Fundraising
26.5.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods £83.80
27.5.03 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold amounted to £16.00
Card Sales May 2003 totalled £61.61
6.6.03 Bingo night
78 supporters raised £230.00
Total £391.41
Diary Dates
Friday 4th July 2003 8 p.m Bingo at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Everyone welcome.
Social Get-Togethers
A fish & chip supper is planned on Friday 11th July at 6.30 p.m. at Ramsbottom's, Halkett Place. Please contact Eileen on 737128 if you would like to go along.
For Sale
A mattress elevator in good condition and little used. This is suitable for a single divan and raises the user up into a sitting position. It is electrically operated and there is a hand control. Asking price £200 (they cost £345 new). If you are interested call Roger on 731145.
For Free
A 14" secondhand Solavox portable colour T.V. set. This has a stand, if required, but no remote control. If you think it would be useful in your home please telephone Mrs Medlock on 744314 at home or 721286 at work. Whilst it is free a small donation to branch funds would be appreciated and could be left with Mrs Medlock.
Next meeting
Our next meeting will be at 8 p.m. at Communicare, St. Brelade on Tuesday 24th June and will take the form of a horse racing evening, organised by Eileen, aided and abetted by June. They may be in racing colours but rest assured they will not be riding any horses! This should be a fun evening and something different for our members. The idea came from the holiday enjoyed by some of our members at Maison des Landes this year. We hope to see you at Communicare and there will be our usual raffle.

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