Chairman's latest message.
The main summer holiday period is usually a quiet time for our sub-branch, however we had good turnouts for our quarterly lunch clubs in July and October. In addition, as a one-off, a small group of us met for an extra sub-branch meeting and lunch in August at the Arthur Findlay Centre, Stafford.
MASE - We celebrate the fact that many of our members are living into their eighties and nineties; and whilst some will enjoy continuing good health, it is a sad but inevitable fact that others will not be so fortunate and will suffer ill health, including dementia-type illnesses. Although advances are being made in drugs to treat and alleviate this condition, sufferers and their carers require a lot of support.
I recently accompanied one of our widow members to a MASE (pronounced Maze) function. MASE stands for Monthly Alzheimers Support Evening, the aim of which is to provide social support and information for people with dementia, their carers, family and friends. Monthly social meetings take place in Stafford, Haughton, Cannock, Hednesford and Rugeley. There is no charge for attending these gatherings, and transport can be provided.
Meetings usually begin with information on the resources available for dementia sufferers and their carers, such as input from Health, Social Services, voluntary organisations and the private sector. There is also the opportunity to ask questions of professionals in a protected and confidential environment. A local catering company supports the group by providing and delivering a buffet.
Following the buffet there is musical entertainment and socialising, followed by time for chatting and making new friends. The widow that I accompanied really enjoyed the evening, and other committee members will be taking her on future visits.
I would highly recommend this charitable group to any of you who are carers, next-of-kin, or helpers of dementia suffers. More information can be obtained from two of the organisers Daphne (01785 211140) and Elaine (01785 823110). MASE also has a website: www.themasegroup.com.
Did you know? - If you have a Pendant Lifeline Telecare type alarm, for use in the event of a fall or other emergency, you can benefit from BTs Free Priority Fault Repair Scheme in the event of a fault on your line. Under the scheme BT will give you priority over standard faults, and deal with your fault asap, every day of the year, including Christmas Day. To qualify, you must rent your telephone line from British Telecom; be registered as Disabled; or be incapacitated and housebound, due to a chronic long-term illness or disability, which prevents you leaving the house without the assistance of another person. With winter approaching, now is the time to register yourself or a vulnerable relative, with BT on 0800 800 150. Most other phone line providers operate similar schemes.
Reunion Lunch - Following on from the success of this event in previous years, we are once again holding our sub-branch reunion lunch at Tillington Hall in January 2017. A booking form is included in this edition of the Knot - book early to avoid disappointment!
Dates for your Diary - Lunch Club, Wed 4th January 2017, Red Lion, Bradley, 12 noon for 12:30pm (for further details contact Gerry Robinson on 01785 212394). Sub-branch meeting, 7:30pm Thursday 2nd March 2017, Constitutional Club, Stafford.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and looking forward to meeting many of you at our events in the New Year. Mike Kozam (Chairman)
22nd October 2016
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|Other Committee Members|
Gerry Robinson - Vice Chairman
"Book Recycling Club"|
Do you Read? If so Please Consider Joining our New 'Book Recycling Club'. (It's Easy, Cheap and, Most Importantly, Pleasurable!
If you are still reading this article, then you will probably be well 'qualified' to join the Club. You will probably have unwanted books hogging space on your
bookshelves or in storage units.
Unless you have a Kindle, or similar device, you will probably go out and buy more books - that again takes up more space and this is often repeated over and
over at no small expense (particularly if members of your family are doing likewise). Undoubtedly, there will be a significant number of us in this position. I
Benefits of Joining the Book Recycling Club
Minimal effort required to take part - no administration
Money saved by reading books at a fraction of the purchase price
Providing hours of pleasure (between meetings) both to yourself and fellow members
Encouraging more members to attend meetings (with added interest through opportunity of joining the club)
Small financial contribution made towards club funds or charity per transaction.
Members' families and friends may also read the recycled books
How to Take Part:-
1) Bring along a selection of your books to the next Sub Branch Meeting so that they can be viewed together with books brought in by other members;
2) During the social section of the meeting browse and select books brought in by other members (even if you haven't brought books along yourself);
3) Having chosen 'new' books to be read, contribute 50p per book. Proceeds will go towards club funds or charity;
4) At the conclusion of the meeting, take home any books brought in by you (and not selected by colleagues) together with any books 'purchased';
5) At the next meeting bring books again for recycling (these may include those 'purchased' at the previous meeting and read during the intervening period).
The Committee is constantly looking for new ways to support and benefit our members. Invariably though, we need to invest time, effort and small amounts of
money in order to get something bigger and better out of it.
The investment here is to make unwanted/unused resources available to others. The benefits are described above. PLEASE bring some books along to the next
meeting. Let's see if we can make it work.
"Blue Lamp Society"|
All NARPO members are welcome to the meetings of the Blue Lamp Society at
the Constitutional Club, Lloyd Street, Stafford, ST16 3AS.
This is an informal
social get together for former colleagues, organised by Brian Whitehouse.
Meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 7:30 pm.