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 Parkinsons
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
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.
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
Total raised £693.00
Saturday 27 Sept 2003 10.00 a.m. 12.30 p.m.
Coffee morning and Christmas card sale at "Les Lilas", St
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
Friday 3rd October 2003 8 p.m Bingo night at Devil's Hole, St. Mary.
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.
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.
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.