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OCTOBER 2002

Last Meeting
At our last meeting the attendance was surprisingly the lowest for some time, despite the Indian summer weather. Several people who normally attend were unwell or away and hopefully some of them at least will be well again or back in the island for our next meeting. As expected Nigel Gates and his friend Simon entertained us very well with their talk concerning the role of pantomime dames and various parts of the costumes and also some wigs were displayed. The talk expanded to include the Battle of Flowers floats which Nigel and friends produce each year and all in all everyone enjoyed the evening and there were many questions, which is always good to see.
Fire Protection and Prevention
At our July meeting we were given a talk by Clive Russell, the Community Fire Safety Officer who offered members free advice and smoke detection equipment etc. If you are interested Clive will call at your home to discuss and advise you and he can be contacted by telephone on 737444. This is something which all members should consider, regardless of their mobility, but perhaps especially those who are least mobile.
Ring Around Carers
Have you been listening to Radio Jersey recently and heard about the Ring Around Carers project? This is a national scheme by the BBC to help carers feel less isolated and to provide mutual support. If you are interested in learning more C.D.'s are available from either Eileen (telephone 737128) or Roger (telephone 731145). The idea is to put carers in contact with one another at set times each week, via a free telephone link, so that even people who are virtually housebound can communicate with others in a similar situation and they can then compare notes and generally have social contact with others who understand their situation. The BBC appoint hosts who make all the arrangements and telephone each carer individually and they help in making the contacts. If you are a carer please think about this as it may help you cope with the difficulties you face. Alternatively if you are a sufferer who has a carer then please remember that they need to be considered and make sure that they see this article.
In the Wars
We are sending out best wishes to Geoff Turner who has broken his hip, to John Hall who fell and cracked a couple of ribs and to Peter Hobson who has injured his back. Get well soon guys we are missing having you around. If anyone else is feeling poorly please get in touch with Marian on 721927 for a chat or assistance. We can only help if you let us know you are unwell.

 Fundraising
21.9.02 Car Boot Sale/Corbiere
Sale of goods £50.50
24.9.02 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold £17.00
28.9.02 Coffee Morning/Xmas card sale at Margaret Baker's
Bring & Buy Stall £106.00
Donations & Coffee Sales £220.00
Raffle £96.00
Card Sales £342.05
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Total £764.05
Thank you to all concerned who donated and helped.
September 2002/Card Sales
Sales totalled £80.29
4.10.02 Bingo Night/Devils Hole
80 supporters raised £293.75
Diary Dates
Friday 25 October 2002 7.30 p.m. – 9 p.m Silent Auction St. Clements Parish Hall. Please display enclosed posters.
Saturday 26 October 2002 10 a.m. – 2 p.m St. Card stall at Communicare Charity Card Sale
Friday 1 November 2002 8 p.m Bingo Night at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Ten Pin Bowling
Peter Hobson is organising another bowls session and lunch on Tuesday 19th November at 11 a.m. Phone him on 724660 if you would like to join in the fun.

Disabled Parking Scheme
The orange badges are now being phased out and the blue badges which will replace them will be recognised throughout the EU but will also help to stop the abuse of the present system. Thus the blue badges will contain photographs of the disabled person, which traffic wardens can require to see. At present some carers and other family members are using the orange badges to park easily and freely when the disabled person does not even get out of the car or in worse cases is not even in the car. Remember the disabled spaces are to be used to assist only someone who is not capable of walking more than 100 metres, that is to say the badge holder. They are not designed to give free and easy parking to family and friends, who should be prepared to walk from a car park or normal parking space like everyone else.
Next meeting
Our next meeting will be at 8 p.m Communicare, St. Brelade on Tuesday 22nd October. Please note that this is the fourth Tuesday as usual but it may seem early because the first day of the month was a Tuesday. We will be given a talk by Gary Millns, who is the Director of the Jersey Branch of The Samaritans and we are sure that there will be some interesting aspects of their work which will make an interesting talk. We hope to see you there.
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