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NOVEMBER 2002

Last Meeting
At our last meeting we had a talk by Gary Millns, the Director of the Jersey Branch of The Samaritans. This was well received by our members, who learnt about the changing work of The Samaritans and aspects of their work which are little known. Thus nowadays people make contact by E-mails and even text messages.
Collecting Boxes
We now have more collecting boxes than ever before, despite the loss of several sites, where shops have closed down. This has come about because of the efforts of two members in particular, namely Ken Le Quesne and Elaine Richardson, to whom we are very grateful. By far the best single collection came from the Martello Stores at First Tower, where they do not have collecting boxes but instead keep an open charity box on the counter, which is dedicated periodically to a nominated charity. This raised some £117, which was a splendid effort and resulted from a contact made by Elizabeth Hodge who kindly types our newsletters for us. Roger is very grateful to Ken, Elaine and Elizabeth for their help. If anyone else sees an opportunity for a collecting box to be placed please call Roger on 731145.
Recuperating Members
As many of you know Geoff Turner has been unwell of late and he entered hospital on September 17th and recently was transferred to Overdale. The good news now however is that Geoff will be going home on Monday 18th November and he will welcome visitors, but in the mornings please and it would be best to first call Pam on 732710. Geoff did have a fall in the ward at Overdale only last week and he will need to be careful and we extend our best wishes to both Geoff and Pam in their efforts to get back to their normal way of life. Some of you know Joan Herivel who attends Committee meetings and A.G.M.'s and prepares the minutes and unfortunately Joan has been hospitalised and out of action for some weeks. Joan is not a P.D. sufferer but has been very helpful to us in recent years with minuting the meetings and we are pleased to report that she is now back home again and on the mend and we wish her well for a speedy recovery.
Fundraising
Eileen would like to thank everyone involved in the following fundraising.
15.10.02 Pinewood Residential Home
Christmas Card sales totalled £200.60
Donations received £20.00
22.10.02 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold totalled £13.00
23.10.02 Golden Age Club/Communicare
Christmas Card sales totalled £131.43
25.10.02 Silent Auction/St. Clements Parish Hall.
Raffle £155.00
Clothes rail for cash £123.00
Donations for refreshments £52.70
Auction of Lots £1192.50
Balance of sponsorship after expenses £650.45
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Total £2173.65
26.10.02 Charity Card Sale/Communicare
Christmas Cards sold £169.10
Card Sales + Webb Ivory orders for October 2002 amounted to £333.89
1.11.02 Bingo Night/Devils Hole
74 supporters raised £258.20
"50 club" Winners
September 2002
1st No 46 Sandra Brophy
2nd No 27 Nancy Le Brun
3rd No 24 Eileen Smith
October 2002
1st No 38 Eileen Smith
2nd No 5 Christine Frank
3rd No 18 Pam Turner
Eileen would like to thank everyone who supported this fundraiser. £290.00 profit was made and she may run it again next year for 6 months.
Bowls Session
As we do not send a December newsletter please keep a note that Peter will be organising ten pin bowling and lunch on Tuesday 21st January 2003 at 11 a.m. Telephone him sometime in January if you would like to join in (tel 724660).
 Diary Dates
Thursday 21 Nov. 6 – 9 p.m Christmas Card stall Quennevais School
Friday 22 Nov. 6 – 10 p.m Christmas Card stall Living Legend
Saturday 23 Nov. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m Christmas Card stall Living Legend
Friday 29 Nov. 6 – 9 p.m Christmas Card stall St. Mary's School
Sat 30 Nov 10 a.m. - 3 p.m Christmas Card stall St Peter's Parish Hall
Friday 6 Dec 8 p.m Xmas Bingo/Devil's Hole. Raffle prizes needed please
Sat 14 Dec 9.30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Christmas Card stall St. Mary's Community Centre
Friday 3 Jan 2003 8 p.m Bingo/Devil's Hole.
Eileen would like to take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their help during 2002, without your help and support she would not be able to take on so many fundraising commitments and she is very grateful to you all for being there for her when she needs you.
Lick-a-stamp for Parkinsons
Nowadays a lot of people use the self adhesive stamps on a roll, which means that we get a disproportionate quantity of these with the used stamps that we collect and sell. It would help us if members instead used the ever changing range of issues to give us and other charities a better selection and this especially applies to members who perhaps mail other members, even if only with birthday and Christmas cards. This would mean that members would have to lick their stamps, but probably only a few at a time whereas Joyce, who sends out the newsletter, has to lick 80 odd at a time! Thus we deliberately now send out the newsletters with attractive stamps which we hope will eventually come back to us. Please also remember at Christmas in particular to save all the used stamps, for us, leaving at least a 1" margin of envelope around them.
Choral Achievement
It is always good to report on one of our members achieving success in any field and Joyce is to be congratulated this month for long hours of practice as a member of Helvetia Ladies Choir, who achieved a gold certificate and joint first place with the Holmchase Singers at the Jersey Eisteddfod. The Holmchase Singers include a number of highly trained singers and music teachers etc. and they regularly win Eisteddfod events and it was a major achievement for Helvetia Ladies to get equal marks. Well done Joyce and all choir members.
Christmas Carols
On Wednesday 11th December we will again be having an evening of Christmas Carols at St. Andrews Church, First Tower. The Songsmiths will be performing on our behalf, as they have done previously. Refreshments will be available in the hall afterwards and we have double checked with the caretaker so that this year the hall will be available to us, unlike last year. Nancy Le Brun will be organising the catering, with a number of helpers. Do come along and support us in what should be an enjoyable evening. Parking is available next to the Church, via the Mont Cochon entrance.
Christmas Lunch
Our Christmas Lunch is now booked and it will be at Pontac House Hotel on Sunday 8th December at 12.30 p.m. for 1 p.m. We have always been well served there and if you would like to attend please call Roger or Joyce on 731145 before the end of November please. This will be free to all paid up members, whether sufferers or carers or supporters. There may not be room this year for guests but if you would like to bring a guest we will keep a list and offer any spare places in sequence as names are recorded. For the last two years it has been difficult to accommodate all who wished to come so please book early!
Next meeting
At our next meeting we will have a quiz to be organised by Eileen, aided and abetted by Marian. This will be at Communicare as usual at 8 p.m on Tuesday 26th November. There will be no meeting in December as we have instead the Christmas lunch.
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