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Newsletter
Issue  No.2   February 2020.

As we head towards February, we are all waiting for the really bad weather to arrive. We all hope that we shall be fortunate again this year.

We have made the decision to delay our A.G.M. until April, as a couple of years ago, we had an evening of snow and biting wind. We feel that this affected the attendance, even though we put the meeting off for a week. We feel sure that April will be a safer month than March, when we have normally held it. and have decided to hold the AGM on Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm. Of course it will be held at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

We hope to have a speaker from Friendly Bombs, the wonderful drama group that includes several of our Monday Club members. Teresa Broadbridge is one of the helpers and she hopes to be free that night. Teresa knows us really well, because her mother Rosemary was for many years a committee member and escort on the minibus. Rosemary who is now 88 years old, is less active, although she keeps in touch and wishes to be remembered to all of our members.

The minibus, now over 21 years old, is going for it's MOT this week. We have had to find a new service agent, as John Graham Commercials have taken retirement. Actually Mr Graham told me that he had grown to love our bus, as apart from the occasional difficulty in obtaining spare parts, it is a basic old design and he did not have to study handbooks, as with modern vehicles. Let's hope that they do not find unexpected faults. Both regular drivers feel that it is ok.

Maybe this is a good time to remind you of transport availabilities within the Borough.
People to Places provide community transport and Shopmobility services within the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Community Transport Booking Line 01628 587920  Monday - Saturday 10am-5pm.

Shopmobility:
Maidenhead 01628 543038
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
Windsor 01753 622330
Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm.
email info@people2places.org.uk

Supporting carers of children and young people with additional needs. This is provided by the Information, Advice and Support Service Ias-rbwm.co.uk           01628 683182.

Support Groups are provided in Maidenhead:

Maidenhead Carers Support Group meets at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL on the third Wednesday of the month from 1-3pm.
Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead, meets on the last Wednesday of the month at St Joseph's Church, 36 Cookham Road, Maidenhead SL6 7EG.2.15-3.45pm Contact 01628 640200 [Family and Carer co-ordinator].
No need to refer yourself, just drop in and join the forum group. Teas/Coffee available with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Additional help can be provided by Maidenhead Voluntary Car Service, based at Highview. Contact 07757 228266.

Monday Club
Monday Club returned after the Christmas break, in full force with Singing/Karaoke. Even the most shy members muster the courage to sing and they all enjoy the result.

On 13th January, a familiar friend joined Monday Club with the group Hounds of Magic. It was to say the least 'a bit noisy'. It must have reminded the neighbours that we were there and of course Club members thought it was amazing. Highview was filled with normal sedentary members, rising to their feet and thoroughly enjoying the dancing. Of course this group will be returning later in the year. It was a great evening.

Several special events are planned for the month. There will be Taekwondo on 3rd.
On 10th, there will be the Valentine Disco. This is always a good opportunity to dress up, and they do!!

Then on 17th, it's Bingo that they all love. On 24th it is Pancake night.

Wednesday Club
We send our best wishes to helper Patsy, who has been quite ill for a few weeks. We hope she is back with us soon. We miss her  and her craft-work.

It was good to see the three lads from Cox Green returning. So many of the homes do not have drivers, and sadly the residents cannot always come.

Jeanette was back in full form. She has had alterations to her kitchen and found it difficult to do as much cooking, but she's back in force now.

Toy Library
Numbers are low at present, as several children started school and a couple of child-minders have given up. The regular children enjoy the slide, rocking horses, bikes and cars.

Friendly Bombs. Those who attended the last presentation, thought it was great. Sadly it was a night of stormy weather. Jeanette had not been able to get out of Old Windsor, because of fallen trees blocking the road. Those who braved the weather, got a great welcome.

Membership
There are still several regular members who have not rejoined  Forms are always available at Highview, if you have mislaid your copy. Some members prefer to pay at the AGM.

This is a further reminder that our Annual General Meeting is now to be held on:

 Thursday 2nd April at 7.30pm, at Highview 6 North Road  Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

Valerie Bosley