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Issue  No.8   August 2017.

The BIG NEWS this month has been the Official Opening of the Winton Memorial Garden in Maidenhead’s Oaken Grove Park. A small group of us had been invited to attend the ceremony on Friday July 14.  The Garden features many stages of the journey faced by the children who were rescued by Sir Nicholas and his Kindertransport at the beginning of WW2. There are rail sleepers and water. Small plaques give several of Nicky’s statements and feelings.

The garden was produced by the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. Councillor Samantha Rayner headed the team and was there to introduce it to the onlookers.  Of course the Mayor, Councillor John Lenton was there with the Mayoress.
There were representatives of Nicky’s many organisations. Maidenhead Mencap, Maidenhead Rotary Club, Probus .  The Czech Government also was represented. There were many personal friends from his distinguished Bridge circle. Local schools ,scouts, and guides were also represented. Of course, Councillor Samantha Rayner, Barbara and Nick, Nicky’s son and daughter, spoke of his personal love of gardens and the very fitting tribute to a great man and father. The Right Hon. Theresa May MP, Prime Minister and our beloved MP made the final speech that turned on the fountain and declared the Garden OPEN. It was good also to see the whole Winton family present, with son-in-law Steve and grandchildren Laurence and Holly also there for the occasion.

We all loved Sir Nicholas and will not forget him at Maidenhead Mencap. There are generations of people who were rescued by him. The Memorial Garden will ensure that he will not be forgotten. We hope many people will visit the area and enjoy the beauty that would have met with his approval.

Friendly Bombs is a Theatre Company organised in Burnham to enable local disabled people to act and reach their full potential. This group produces a couple of plays every year and enters drama festivals in the area. They rehearse at Cornerstone, part of St Peter’s Church in Burnham and have their performances in the church.  They also take their performances on tour, this year to schools in Ealing and Hammersmith, High Wycombe Gateway Club, Oakbridge Day Centre in Windsor, Bucks Adult Learning Centre in Chesham, to Henley and Maidenhead Drama Festivals.

Their recent performance in Burnham was very enjoyable. They acted out their own variation of Grimms Tales, Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Cap. Many of our Monday Club members form part of the Friendly Bombs group, and it is surprising to see normally quiet people taking an active part. These included Daniel, Paula, Stephen, Dougal, Jane, Shazia and Chris. In one scene, Little Red Cap went to a disco, instead of visiting her grandmother. Among those that she met at the disco, was one of our members who never leaves his chair during our own disco. He was taking part. Now we know that he can dance too. This is a great little company, with a dedicated Support Team and a Vicar who clearly loves them.

We send out best wishes to Diana Swaffield, who is now recovering at home, following a serious leg injury. Diana has been a helper at Monday Club for over 40 years. She has been missed a great deal.

Braywick Heath Nurseries have just held a double celebration. They have been in existence for over 20 years and this year have been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. They have enabled loads of disabled people to enjoy working experience and of course also provide a big service to the community by producing their bedding plants, pot plants and shrubs.
The nursery is open seven days a week in the Summer months. Call in or contact 01628 622510     We send our congratulations to Robin Pemberton and his team.

Monday Club continues to be a very special evening. Last week they had a young Magician- Patrick who kept club members spell-bound. Weather permitting, there is to be an evening of Outdoor games and a BBQ shortly.

Wednesday Club had a special evening recently. It was Club member Diana’s 70th birthday and her brother provided refreshments for club members to enable her to have a special birthday at club, in addition to the one at her Care Home and family. There were many unwrapped packets of cakes biscuits and nibbles and we had intended to hold further celebrations the following week, as two others had birthdays, but as the home did not have a driver, nobody from there turned up. This was one occasion when we had more helpers than members, because Colin and Margaret from Monday Club joined us [as they frequently do at present] and numbers were very much depleted. In fact that night, only three members were brought in. We all love our club nights and feel that the members enjoy them too. It is sad when they do not have transport at the homes.
Highview Toy Library always plans to continue throughout the holidays. Many of users indicated that this is a ‘life-saver’. We hope that the service will b e well used, because one family have indicated that they will b e in India until September another will be in Indonesia until the end of August and yet another will be in Albania for several weeks. No doubt many others will take time off during the school holidays, because of course many of the members also have older children who are at school.

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Valerie Bosley