At our April meeting we were given a talk by Alasdair Crosby, concerning
his trip to Bolivia with Colonel Blashford-Snell and his party and
we learnt a good deal about the dangers they faced and the restricted
diet, which included snake meat. Few of us would perhaps have realised
that Alasdair and the other members of the group had to pay their
own way, for the privilege of hacking through the jungle with a machete,
living under canvas and eating snake meat. Fortunately Alasdair has
a friendly bank manager but we suspect that regardless of our members
bank relationships most of them will give the snake meat a miss and
stick with package tour holidays! All in all however we were well
entertained listening to Alasdair's experiences and seeing his photographs
of the Bolivia expedition.
As a result of the publicity generated locally by Awareness Week and
Geoff and Pam Turner's media attention we understand that at least
two people have come forward and agreed to bequeath their brains to
the P.D.S. funded Brain Tissue Bank. This is great news as there is
a shortage of such tissue for research, but the people involved are
not P.D. sufferers and it is the brains of sufferers that are most
needed. We would ask therefore that all sufferers should consider
the possibility of bequeathing their brains, as there is a dire shortage
and you could make a difference to research efforts to find the cause
and a cure and thus help others. We can send you details if you are
This continues at a steady pace and during the last month £368.00
was raised as follows:-
15.4.03 Smartie Appeal
Donation received £20.40
22.4.03 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold amounted to £16.50
April 2003 Card Sales totalled £6.00
2.5.03 Bingo night/Devils Hole
76 supporters raised £270.00
11.5.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Total sales of Bric-a-brac, books & clothes came to £55.00.
Eileen would like to thank everyone who has donated items over the
last couple of months for the forthcoming stalls.
Friday 6th June 2003 8 p.m Bingo/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Ten Pin Bowling
Peter Hobson will be organising another bowls session on Tuesday 17th
June 2003 at 11 a.m. with lunch afterwards. Phone 724660 if you would
like to join in. Transport can be arranged and this is a free outing
to sufferers and carers.
If any of you shop at "Stampers" on occasions and do not
save the stamps they give please save them for Eileen, who buys raffle
prizes for the Bingo evenings she organises. Also if any of you travel
to the U.K. and do not buy duty frees for yourself please purchase
a litre of Teachers/Bells whisky and Eileen will reimburse you. It
is so much cheaper than here and makes a good raffle prize. Also please
note it is not for medicinal purposes for Eileen!
It is a long time since we've been to the Opera House but this is
now to be remedied by two visits. Tickets are being booked for the
Thursday July 10th, 2003. The thriller play "An Inspector Calls".
This will be for the matinee performance at 3 p.m.
Friday August 8th, 2003. The musical "Grease" This will
be for the early evening performance at 5.30 p.m.
||Please contact Eileen by Saturday 7th June if you would like to go
to one or both shows which are free to sufferers and carers. As with
previous bookings if for any reason you are unable to attend a performance
for whatever reason, you will be expected to reimburse the Society
for the cost of your ticket.
Xmas Shopping Trip
June Tredant is willing to organise a weekend in Southampton 14/15/16
November, 2003 for shopping and theatre/bingo. Contact June on 861744
if you are interested in making up a party and she will be able to
give you some idea of costs. This is not an organised trip and whilst
we will travel together and be staying at the same hotel you will
be free to do your own thing whilst over there.
Maison Des Landes Holidays
Alan & Eileen Smith, Ray & Louise Le Vannais and June &
Graham Tredant have recently enjoyed a week's break at Maison Des
Landes, paid for by the Society. The facilities, food, helpful staff,
evening entertainment and daily outings were well organised and a
very good time was had by all, as illustrated in the two photos below.
The Society is very willing to fund further holidays at Maison Des
Landes, subject to availability. Please contact Eileen on 737128 if
you would like a weeks break and she can tell you first hand what's
on offer "in the wilds of St Ouen".
We will next meet on Tuesday May 27th at 8 p.m. at Communicare, St.
Brelade and our guest speaker will be Mike Stentiford, who spoke to
us last year about the Falkland Islands. This time Mike will be talking
about the Les Mielles conservation area in St. Ouen's Bay and what
has and has not been achieved. It is the 25th anniversary of the formation
of Les Mielles and now is an appropriate time to both look back and
look forward and we are sure that Mike will again give us an entertaining