Afternoon tea at North Hants Golf Club

Our Afternoon Tea at North Hants Golf Club in August was a great success! 70 people came, and enjoyed a lovely setting with a delicious tea : sandwiches, scones and cream, then cakes with as much tea as you could drink. There were quite literally gasps of astonishment as some people entered the lounge/dining area. It all looked marvellous!

One aspect that I particularly liked was that we were a real cross-section of the various parts of the branch : people who come to Tuesday meetings, people who attend the Tuesday Pilates class in Fleet, people who attend the Thursday exercise to music class in Badshot Lea and people who haven’t been recently to our activities for one reason or another. On several of the tables, people were meeting up for the first time – and yet there was a friendly buzz of conversation throughout.

The whole afternoon was made possible by Mavis Pocock, our Treasurer and a member at North Hants. She suggested the event, negotiated the date, agreed the menu, received all the reply slips and thought of all the little details which added up to make it such a pleasant affair. For example, she made sure we were allocated the car park nearerst the entrance to make easy access to the clubhouse.

Those of you who were at our last afternoon tea (at Farnham House Hotel) know that we will long remember that for all the wrong reasons. We will remember our visit to North Hants Golf Club for all the right reasons!

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Self-catering cottages in Dorset

Ellwood Cottages are three self-catering cottages in Dorset which are wheel-chair accessible. They get glowing reviews on tripadvisor! Find out more at www.ellwoodcottages.co.uk or ring 01258 818196

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Farewell to Sarah

Sarah’s visit to us in June was sadly her last as she has decided to retire as our PLA. She has been a great asset to the branch, coming as often as possible to our meetings despite living in Newbury. The journey time alone must have meant she far exceeded her allocated hours. She was always approachable and willing to be as helpful as possible, looking for solutions to tricky situations. The past year or so has been more difficult for her because of her own and her husband’s health issues. We wish her well!

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Revitalise holiday centres

There are three Revitalise holiday centres around England at Southampton, Chigwell and Southport. Their website ( http://revitalise.org.uk/ ) describes them as providing “Nurse led care with real holiday experiences, welcoming disabled people, carers and volunteers”

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RVS Home Help scheme


We have received the following information from Rushmoor Voluntary Service about their RVS Home Help Scheme.

“The scheme offers “practical help with light housework and shopping – helping people to remain independent at home for as long as possible. It is a not for profit service set up to provide light housework and shopping to frail and elderly people living in Farnborough, Aldershot and parts of Hart. Referrals for the service can be made by individuals, family members or from GPs, Social workers and other agencies. Our priority is to offer the service to the most frail and elderly to enable people to remain independent and in their own home for as long as possible. RVS Home Help is a ‘paid for’ service charged at a competitive £12.00 per hour.”

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Ukelele concert

What is the best compliment a group can get at the end of a concert? A member of the audience coming up and asking if they can perform at another event!

This is what happened when Kevin Manley brought a small ukulele group to our November social evening . It was one of the best evenings we have ever had and everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. We were still buzzing about it weeks later. The key was the first song – if we sang along to that, the evening would probably be a success. Did we sing?! Too right we did … and we were still going strong 45 minutes later with the final song, “Sailing” complete with actions. Part way through came the big challenge : we were all to sing “Pack up your troubles in your old kitbag” followed by “It’s a long way to Tipperary”, then one half of the room sang “Pack up your troubles” again while the other half sang “Tipperary”. We did it so well, that we did it all over again, and loved it.

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Guildford : Community Alarm Services

Guildford Borough Council run a CareLine community alarm service. It provides a 24-hour emergency link between your home and their monitoring centre. When you press the button on your pendant or lifeline unit, you are connected to friendly and experienced staff. If necessary they will contact the emergency services, our doctor, a family member, neighbour or friend.
(Information taken from their pamphlet about the service).
For more information contact 01483 502334 or email telecaredirect@guildford.gov.uk or visit the website www.guildford.gov.uk/careline

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Rushmoor Home Help Scheme

Rushmoor Voluntary Services Home Help Scheme offers “practical help with light housework and shopping – helping people to remain independent at home for as long as possible. It is a not for profit service set up to provide light housework and shopping to frail and elderly people living in Farnborough, Aldershot and parts of Hart. Referrals for the service can be made by individuals, family members or from GPs, Social workers and other agencies. Our priority is to offer the service to the most frail and elderly to enable people to remain independent and in their own home for as long as possible. RVS Home Help is a ‘paid for’ service charged at a competitive £12.00 per hour.”

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Parkinson’s Cafe in Camberley

• There is now a Parkinson’s café running in Camberley on the second Tuesday of each month. It is held at High Cross Church from 10:30 – noon. It is “a friendly meeting place offering people with Parkinson’s & their partners, families and friends support and information”

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Walk and Live Confidently

• There is a Falls Service operating in our area, as part of the NHS. It is called Walk And Live Confidently (WALC). I found a pamphlet in my local pharmacy about it, giving tips about how to keep safe. You can get a copy of this by contacting walc@nhs.net or call 01252 335154. You can refer yourself to the Falls service by calling 0845 241 7201. This might lead to an appointment at a falls clinic or a home visit from a falls therapist ( a nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist or trained advisor)

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