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
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
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.
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 Parkinsons
Disease for twenty years.
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.
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
Friday 4th July 2003 8 p.m Bingo at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
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.
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.
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.
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.