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NOVEMBER 2005

Last Meeting
At our last meeting in September we were entertained by the Caesarean Hand Bellringers. Awesome and magical are the words that come to mind. I'm sure some of us could have sat there for a couple of hours to listen to them playing.
The variety in the tunes played was amazing and included The Bells of St. Mary, the Miss Marple Theme, Pomp and Circumstance, Dreams of Vienna, To God Be The Glory, John Brown and Hi-Ho from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The concentration needed was very apparent. The art of hand bellringing is in the wrist movement, and the bells are rested on a small mattress to stop the clappers resounding. We had our usual raffle and tea and coffee followed.
Fundraising
16.9.05 Smartie Appeal
Donation received/Villain £26.80
27.9.05 Raffle/Communicare
Members purchased tickets totalling £31.00
30.9.05 Smartie Appeal
Donation received Le Rossignol £15.00
Card sales for September 2005 amounted to £29.75
Donations via collecting boxes for September 2005 totalled £201.0
7.10.05 Bingo Night/Devil's Hole
53 supporters raised £153.30
15.10.05 Car Boot Sale
A supporter sold goods to the value of £60.00
15.10.05 Coffee Morning
Total proceeds £1002.72
21.10.05 Bingo Night
55 supporters raised £168.98
28.10.05 Card Sales/Pinewood Residential Home
Total cards, calendars and paper sold £180.44
Thanks go to Nancy Le Brun and her team for organising this for us, and to Eileen Crabb and Joy Robbins at Pinewood for all their help.
Card sales and Webb Ivory orders for October 2005 totalled £105.60
Donations via collecting boxes for October 2005 totalled £344.88
4.11.05 Bingo Night
61 supporters raised £166.50
Coffee Morning & Christmas Card Sale
We held our annual event at St. Matthew's Glass Church, Millbrook this year on the 15th October and yet again it was an overwhelming success.
Thanks go to Marian, Pam and Hedley for running the show in Eileen's absence. Monies raised were as follows:-
Raffle £216.00
Sale of coffees & donations £107.72
Sale of Books £23.90
Cakes and groceries sold £113.31
Tombola stall £92.00
New items stall £70.00
Car Boot stall £50.00
Percentage via Crafts stall £4.00
Sale of Christmas Cards £325.69
Thank you to everyone who donated goods for the stalls and raffle prizes. Thank you to everyone who helped set up the stalls on Friday night. Eileen would like to thank all of you for working as a team on the Saturday, making it business as usual.
A final thank you to Clive De La Cour for distributing posters to all the Parish Halls and for delivering the raffle prizes that weren't claimed at the coffee morning. Well done everybody.
Christmas Lunch
This year our annual get-together will be at the Red Rose Restaurant, Trinity on Sunday December 11th, 2005 at 12.30 p.m. for 1.00 p.m. Sufferers and carers will be paid for by the branch. Supporters who are members are very welcome to join us. The price is not yet finalised but will be between £15/£17.
Please contact Ken and Marg Le Quesne on 854769 between 25th November and 7th December if you would like to join us
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 Collecting Boxes
Pam Turner is on a roll placing three collecting boxes recently with the two Eileen's (Palmer and Smith) placing one each. You will see from the amounts recorded under fundraising that donations and the amount of boxes we have out now, is very rewarding when we do not have to work for the money.
Please contact June Tredant on 861744 if you know of any business who would have a box for us.
Brain Tissue Bank
Eileen and Pam felt that it was very appropriate to bring up the subject of brain donation at the last meeting as Alan Smith had signed up to be a donor. No-one could have imagined that Alan's brain would have been the first one to go from Jersey, but Pam and Eileen now have first hand knowledge as to the procedure when a loved one passes away. Eileen handed in Alan's donor card to the doctor at the General Hospital, he then made the phone call to the Brain Tissue Bank in London who instructed the Jersey medical team on the brain's removal and a member of the Brain Tissue Bank in London flew in to collect it. Eileen was contacted by the Brain Tissue team who thanked her and the family for honouring Alan's wishes.
Pam Turner is passionate about brain donation, to enable the cause of Parkinson's to be established and hopefully in due course to find the cure and she cannot urge you enough to give this serious thought. Talk to your family, their views might encourage you to take this step. Raising money to buy pieces of medical equipment for research is not enough. If we are going to find the cause of Parkinson's Disease we must all make some kind of commitment, sufferers and carers alike, as healthy tissue is always needed for comparisons. Please contact Pam on 732710 if you have any questions. Pam will willingly help you fill in the forms should you decide to become a donor.
Diary Dates
Friday 18th November 2005 8 p.m.
Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Friday 18th November 2005 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday 19th November 2005 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Christmas Card stall at the Living Legend in conjunction with the Crafts Fair.
Pam Turner is in charge of the rota and if you have not already been contacted to help please phone her on 732710 if you are available. Please display attached poster.
Friday 2nd December 2005 8 p.m.
Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Saturday 10th December 2005 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Christmas Card stall St. Mary's Community Centre
Friday 16th December 2005 8 p.m.
Christmas Bingo/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Raffle prizes are always needed. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if you are willing to donate anything.
Friday 6th January 2006 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary
Friday 20th January 2006 8 p.m. Bingo Night/Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
A Message from Eileen
I would like to thank all of you for your good wishes during my recent stay in hospital. Thank you for the cards, flowers, fruit and phone calls. It was lovely to see so many of you as well. Thank you for making such an effort.
Thanks must go to Hedley and Pam who have worked so hard on the fundraising and admin side of things in my absence. I can assure you the wheels have kept turning perfectly, due to their efforts.
Thank you all, see you soon.
Next meeting
We next meet at Communicare on Tuesday 22nd November 2005 at 8 p.m. Our speaker will be Marjorie Syvret and she has chosen to talk to us on "Snippets of Jersey History and Folklore".
Mincepies and sherry will be served as well as teas and coffees.
We will have our usual raffle. Please note Valma and Olga are running out of prizes and would be grateful of any donations.
We do not have a meeting in December so if you need any help at all your contact numbers are:- Marian Pitt 721927 and Eileen Smith on 737128.
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