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SEPTEMBER 2003

Last Meeting
Since we do not hold meetings in August, when many people are away, it is as long ago as July 22nd since we last met. Our speaker was Neil Smart, manager for the South West region of the P.D.S. and he told us about his work and latest developments in P.D. matters. Amusingly one of his first impressions of Jersey was that we have a lot of Spar shops – not far wrong there!
Disabled Parking Badges
If you have one of the new disabled parking badges you would be best advised to keep it out of the sun and not left on your dashboard all the time. We have heard of someone locally who did this and was then booked for parking because the ink on the badge had dried out, removing the details. The fine was cancelled but only after a visit to the Parish Hall, so it is best to avoid this problem and only put the badge out on display when needed.
Paddling Their Own Canoe
Three members of The Jersey Canoe Club have recently paddled nearly 40 miles non-stop around the coastline of Jersey (Richard Haine, Chantal Quaek and Nik Queree) in sea kayaks to raise money for The Parkinson’s Disease Society and St. Ouen's Scouts. This was their third attempt, the first two having been thwarted by the weather and an injury earlier in the year. The first attempt was made at 4 a.m. in the morning in June but had to be abandoned due to the wind being too strong. It was difficult for them to find times in the year when the tide was right and the weather suitable – wind force above 3 being the major problem for a long distance canoeing trip. Also a member of the team was receiving physiotherapy for a shoulder injury. The eventual successful trip started and ended at Corbiere and was planned to make the best use of a good spring tide. The weather on that Sunday was near perfect for paddling, with at times a light breeze to keep the paddlers cool. Whilst being a personal challenge for all three of them they also wanted to get something out of it for local charities.
The trip was carefully planned beforehand using a tidal atlas to fully exploit tidal currents and direction which continually change by the hour and good use was made of a hand held G.P.S. to monitor speed and seek out faster currents along the way. A good paddling average without any tidal push in a sea kayak is about 3 to 4 knots and so at times it was thrilling for them to find they were moving at over 7 knots along the north coast. This spurred them on for the last hard slog along St. Ouen's Bay – the eventual elusive goal of the lighthouse in the far distance getting slowly closer. They were pleased to have complete the paddle in 6 hours 59 minutes.
Our charity was chosen because a number of close family friends of one of the team has P.D. and the St. Ouen's Scouts were chosen because one of the team has been in charge of running the cub pack there for several years.
We are very grateful to them all for their efforts and we will notify members of the sum raised as soon as we hear.
Fun on the Five Mile Road
On Tuesday 21st August our members enjoyed a great afternoon with laser shooting at Les Mielles and this was followed by afternoon tea around the pool at John and Sue Hall's lovely St Ouen home. The weather was perfect and Pam, Eileen and Jack all enjoyed a swim. Our thanks are very much due to John and Sue for a splendid end to the afternoon
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 Local Fundraising
Our fundraising has continued over the last couple of months at a steady pace, the following monies being raised:-
12.7.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £100.50
22.7.03 Raffle/Communicare Tickets sold totalled £15.00
26.7.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £52.25
Card Sales for July 2003
amounted to £29.05
1.8.03 Bingo night
53 supporters raised £121.70
9.8.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £70.60
23.8.03 Pitch/Corbiere Car Boot Sale
Sale of goods totalled £50.70
Card Sales for August 2003
amounted to £77.90
5.9.03 Bingo Night
73 supporters raised £156.10
9.9.03 Smartie Appeal
Donation received £19.20
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Total raised £693.00
Diary Dates
Saturday 27 Sept 2003 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Coffee morning and Christmas card sale at "Les Lilas", St Aubin's Road
Urgently needed cakes, groceries and toiletries for the Bring and Buy stall. Please phone Marian on 721927 if you have anything to donate and for raffle prizes, please phone Nancy on 733867 if you have something suitable. (You may have to try several times as Nancy is out a good deal!).
Friday 3rd October 2003 8 p.m Bingo night at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
Everyone welcome.
Social Get-Togethers
A supper at the Corbiere Phare is being organised on Friday 17th October 2003 at 6.30 p.m. It is free to sufferers and their carers. Paying supporters are always welcome to join us. Transport can be arranged. Please phone Eileen on 737128 by Saturday 11th October if you would like to go along.
On Friday 31st October 2003 at 1.30 p.m. a Beetle Drive is planned at "Bisley", Westbourne Avenue. Please phone Eileen by Monday 27th October if you would like to go along. Afternoon tea and prizes will be the order of the day.
Webb Ivory Catalogues
The Christmas card catalogues are now ready for distribution. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if you would like one to see and to show to family, friends and neighbours.
For Sale
Eileen has been given a new Marks & Spencer man's suit. Charcoal grey/pure new wool. The jacket is 42" chest, the trousers waist 36", inside leg 29". A bargain at £15.00. Please phone Eileen on 737128 if interested.
Next meeting
Our next meeting will be at Communicare, St. Brelade as usual and will be on Tuesday 23rd September at 8 p.m. Our speaker will be Rose Helie who will talk to us about the Mustard Seed appeal and the help provided to Romania. We hope to see you there.
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