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Issue  No.3   March 2019.

Spring is here!!
While some of us are still waiting for Winter, the temperature has been rising to record levels. We must not be fooled. If you recall, the last A.G.M. had to be delayed as the evening followed a day of heavy snow and the speaker had been unable to travel. This year, we have not booked a speaker. We just thought it would be good to enjoy meeting our members and offer them a glass of wine and some nibbles.
The Annual General Meeting is therefore to take place on Thursday 7th Match at 7.30pm. It will, of course, be held at Highview 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL.
Our amazing Minibus has done it again. It is now approaching it's 21st birthday and it has come through it's MOT with flying colours- well it actually needed a bit of welding, but that should get it through a further MOT as well. It was actually looking a bit derelict , so we got it cleaned inside and out. It made a big difference.
We are so fortunate to have a regular 'home' at the Fire Station, where it has been all it's life. One of the firemen once said that it never fails to amaze them, that our bus always starts first time. This is also due to the care provided by John Graham Commercials in nearby Blackamoor Lane. We have two regular drivers, Hugh and Derek, who do most of the driving and escorting, with me as spare escort. It now only gets used on Monday evenings for Monday Club. If the drivers spot any problem, they leave the bus on the forecourt of John Graham's and leave the keys in the letter box after club. Within a short time, the bus is restored to health and I have a call to arrange for collection.

Of course the bus had been donated anonymously by the late Mrs Camm, who died 20 years ago.
Highview of course benefited from the wills of Mrs Camm and her late daughter Judith. I am sure they will always be remembered by Mencap.

The garden at Highview is now coming back to life. Shortly Hugh will cut the lawn and some of the bushes will be trimmed. The daffodils are coming into bloom and have survived the Toy Library's half term influx, when big brothers and sisters join in the fun.

Last year, we picked up 48 broken stems where the tricycles had attacked them. The same week, Lindy from Wednesday Club had unfortunately broken her wrist, so we were able to send a big bunch of daffs to her.

So many people are helped at Highview. The local branch of the Alzheimer's Society has their headquarters here. Among the activities they provide is the Singing session on a Monday lunchtime. They also organise dancing sessions.

Maidenhead Voluntary Car Service, formally called Maidenhead Volunteer Bureau, has been resident at Highview for 40 or more years. They arrange car transport to take patients for medical appointments and assist with shopping excursions.

When the Local Authority closed Berkshire Carers Service, we not only lost a wonderful organisation , managed by Karen Mustard, but we also lost the income from the hiring of the two offices. We have now welcomes the group 'recharge R&R' who have taken over the upstairs rooms. 'Recharge' assist families that need support. The run sessions weekly at Furze Platt, Larchfield
and in the Town Centre. Contact 01628 630000.

There is also a Carers group that meets on the third Wednesday of the month, from 1-3pm.

Highview Toy Library also has two rooms on the first floor, as well as some storage space on the ground floor. This organisation was originally Thames Valley Toy Library. When the group failed, it had been decided to keep it running and the name was changed. They are open every Wednesday from 10am-12noon and the first Sunday of each month from 3-5pm, at Highview 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

Monday Club
Club members were very sad to learn of the death of helper Liz Kermode. Although it was a while since she was last able to come to club, all remembered her with affection. Several helpers and members attended the funeral. Liz was very well known at High Street Methodist Church, and of course at the chemist shops where she had made her career.

February had been rather taken up with 'Love'. Colin and Margaret had decorated Highview with love-related banners and emblems. The Art evening was dedicated to making Valentine Day cards and of course, all arrived for the Valentine's Disco, in their best attire.

On 18th February, Monday Club members were treated to a demonstration of Taekwondo. They were all given the opportunity to 'have a go' and the more energetic were attacking punch-bags. A good time was had by all.

The month ends with the popular Superstars. Members all show their competitive spirit, but equally cheer the winners. I am sure that many professional sports-people could learn a lesson from our club members.

March sees the beginning of Easter, with Pancake night coming on Monday 4th. This is an evening when all forget their diets and waistlines and tuck into pancakes with loads of assorted fillings.

Then comes the popular Bingo night, when most people get a prize, followed by Singing/Karaoke, when even the most nervous members feel left out if they do not produce a solo.

On March 25th, Pizza night!! another chance to forget diets. Monday Club members are due to have a busy time.

Wednesday Club
Wednesday Club nights are less boisterous, but are equally enjoyed by all who attend. One of the carers made a superb Valentine's cake. We thought they would never eat it all- but they did. Many of the members had hearts painted on their faces and hands.
Hugh's disco was in full swing and when it ended with hokey-pokey, the wheelchairs all took part.

We all miss Jeanette, who has a problem with her shoulder and cannot at present drive. We hope that she will be back with us very soon.

There are still a few regular members who have as yet not re-joined. Forms are available from Arnold Kremenstein, me [VB] , and they are available on club nights at Highview. If you have lost your copy, please let us know.

Don't forget


Valerie J Bosley