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Issue  No.12   December 2017.

The  back garden at Highview has undergone a transformation. One of the Monday Club helpers works for World Challenge, a company that allows staff to work on a day’s project away from their place of business. Claire knew that we were hoping to build a Garden Room, and she volunteered her colleagues to take on this task.  Eighteen volunteers arrived at 9.30am on Friday 27th October. Monday Club leader, Colin Freer and Claire worked with them and got them all going- all day!! Colin has listed some of the jobs that they completed:-

  • All windows cleaned-inside and out.
  • Vegetation cleared from the area to be occupied by the Summer-house.
  • Sensory Garden- now no longer a jungle- some plants to be replaced at the correct time.
  • All patio and Sensory Garden slabs cleaned.
  • Wooden frame of Sensory Garden painted.
  • Garage roof cleared of vegetation.
  • Area to hold Summer-house levelled and slabs laid.
  • All seven benches were painted. All plastic garden furniture was cleaned.
  • The shed was painted.
  • All rubbish was taken to the tip.
  • The room and kitchen were cleaned and left spotless- no trace of eighteen lots of muddy boots.
  • They left after 4.30pm, having worked hard all day.
  • The organisation has promised to return in the Spring to build the Summer-house.
  • Our thanks too, to the tenants of the top flat for letting us use the garage for storing materials and the benches.

Sadly, we have news of the death of Lyn Surridge, aged 100 years. Lyn had been a regular helper at Monday Club until a few years ago. We send our condolences to Nicola and members of her family.

Good News is that several members are recovering well from illness and accidents.

  • Eileen and Tony Rogers have both had a spell in hospital.
  • Diana Swaffield has now returned to being a Monday Club helper following her leg injury.
  • Denise Moulton is making good progress after her head injury.
  • John and Shirley Foulger are responding well to treatment.

The Coffee Afternoon/Bazaar was held on Sunday 26th November. The Monday Club team had put up the Christmas decorations and the hall-way and Main Hall look magnificent. The few people who came, really enjoyed the afternoon. Maybe this is one of the events that suffered from the loss of my Charity Matters reports that Maidenhead Advertiser no longer wishes to run.

Jeanette had made three superb cakes and we all forgot our waist lines.

We welcomed Eileen and Tony Rogers. Eileen has continued making her marvellous knitted creations and greetings cards to raise funds for us. Their daughter Catherine has also produced items, such as crocheted decorations. These too were on sale.

Earlier in November, Eileen, Catherine and a friend manned the Mencap stall at the Combined Charities Fair. For the third time, they received the £50 prize for one of the stalls chosen as the best by the Mayor and his team.

As we go into December, life becomes very busy and Highview sees a fair share of parties, as all user organisations celebrate in some manner.

Monday Club has already begun the festivities.

On 27th November, a group of singers from ‘Pop Goes the Choir’ came and sang seasonal music. Club members joined in and the evening became quite festive. The choir promised to come back next Christmas, but we all know that Colin will invite them long before then.

On Monday 4th December, Cox Green School Band will entertain us. We are always amazed that they can provide such excellent music, so soon into the school year, at a stage when many of the more experienced players will have left school. It is sure to be a good evening.

11th December will be a Craft Night, when they will make decorations

Then on 18th December- it will be PARTY NIGHT. This will be during the usual time for club- 7-9pm. On previous years, when the time was extended, the carers still arrived at 9pm and very few club members had been left for the extra time. Colin and all the helpers have loads planned for that evening and we think that Father Christmas will call in too.

Monday Club then takes two weeks break, as Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on Mondays. The club returns on Monday 8th January, with Singing/Karaoke.

Wednesday Club  members will hold their Christmas party on Wednesday 20th December. Father Christmas has promised to drop in and he usually finds some parcels.
There will not be a break over Christmas, as the Wednesdays are not affected by holidays. We look forward to seeing our members each week.

Highview Toy Library will hold their party on Wednesday Morning 20th December, during the normal session. Wednesdays have become very energetic sessions, as there have been several new members and a couple of the existing members have increased their family. Of course, during the school holidays, we see the big brothers and sisters too.
The one disappointing thing is the Sunday sessions, held from 3-5pm on the first Sunday of the month. The last two months, Hugh and I have set it all up, and nobody has come. We shall have to look into this matter. This is another event that has possibly been damaged by the loss of my Charity Matters report in the Maidenhead Advertiser.

We thank all our volunteers for their unfailing help throughout the year, and all the Club members who make our Club nights so happy and successful.

The Committee members and Club Leaders join in wishing you all a very happy festive season and a healthy, safe and peaceful New Year.
Valerie J. Bosley