February 2020 NEWSLETTER No 11

Hi Everyone,

What a tough few weeks it has been. I am sad to say that we have lost a few more friends / members of the café / day care. My heart goes out to all of you and your families and I hope you have lots of memories to look back on. It was the anniversary of Roger’s death on the 15th of January and a friend of mine, who knew I was thinking of moving too, said to me that the 3 most stressful things in life are: Divorce, Death and Moving to a New House.

Well I think we can add Covid19 to that list too….. I have found it stressful. During the first lockdown I planned to learn a new language, to experiment more with my cooking, to lose weight and to exercise more – it never happened.  I am not just referring to the exercise!

I got to lesson 3 in my language course, which until then I had followed easily, and at the end of this lesson there was a question / answer session. I could not remember one word of the language nor understand what they were asking me.  So that was the end of that!

As for my cooking, when this all started last March, I jumped out of bed and said to myself “today I will make myself a honey dijon pork chop over a bed of rice” (I like cooking!) and now I just wake up thinking “beans on toast for dinner today, followed by chocolate and perhaps a glass of wine whilst later watching a film”. And there goes my plans for cooking, diet, and fitness too.

Social distancing is a problem, especially for people like me who like to hug and kiss everyone. I do miss that! I had to smile when a friend (who I actually believed at the time) was talking about social distancing being hard and telling me of his new romance:  “I looked into her eyes, deep into the emerald green, my heart fluttered, I felt a connection, something deeper, something magical, I was transported to another place and I thought, blimey these binoculars are brilliant.”

He / I make light of the situation but, I guess like you, I find some days extremely hard. However, we can hopefully see a light at the end of the tunnel – the vaccines. Some of our members have had one or two doses already. Just remain safe and wait for the vaccines to help us.

And I hope to see you all soon IN PERSON.

Now here are the proper notices…..

AGM

The 2020 AGM for Alcester Café could not be held last year because of the covid pandemic. So, Kirsty, our treasurer, has presented the 2019 accounts information to the Trustees on a zoom meeting. The accounts have been independently verified and the trustees have agreed to present the accounts to the charities commission with a note saying why they have been unable to hold the AGM. Hopefully we’ll be able to hold our 2021 AGM later this year.

Re-opening of Café

The trustees discussed the re-opening of the café at their last trustee meeting. It is still too early to say much more except that we are constantly monitoring the situation and planning how to reopen safely.

Carers & KIT Zoom Details

Carers: Chris Brannigan is organising the Carer group meetings on the 1st Friday and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 11am. He will send you details of how to zoom with him. If you are a carer, not on his list already, and would like to join the group please contact Chris.  Tel: 07850 026155 chris.brannigan@btinternet.com  

Keeping In Touch (KIT) for former carers: I am still organising the KIT groups on a Tuesday and Friday at 10.30am and a Sunday evening at 6pm every week.  All former carers or carers who have loved ones in long term care are welcome to join us. Contact me if you are not on the circulation list and I will send you details. Contact: Carole. Tel: 01789 488088 carole@highfieldltd.co.uk

Equipment

iPad.

If anyone wants an iPad to start and zoom with us, please contact Eileen Tel: 01789 488012

Ebarnes222@btinternet.com  You need access to the internet or could use a telephone hotspot.

POM (Peace of Mind)

We are always looking at equipment to help people with dementia. Let us know if you need anything and we can try to help. Jean has asked me to remind you we have some of the waterproof bracelets in stock if anyone needs one. These bracelets show people’s names, their loved ones contact details etc in case the person with dementia gets lost. Contact: Jean jean724@btinternet.com

A walker and a bath chair / hoist (brand new, never used) are on offer, free of charge, from one of our members. If you are interested, please contact me and I will link you together.  Contact: Carole. Tel: 01789 488088 carole@highfieldltd.co.uk

Orchestra of The Swan. 

Orchestra of The Swan’s 5th and final Musical Shares video in this series has been launched! To access the video and its supporting notes:  https://orchestraoftheswan.org/musical-shares/

Changes proposed by SDC.

You may be aware that Stratford District Council has proposed a number of amendments to its budget as there is a need to make considerable savings over the next 5 years.   I wanted to draw your attention to the consultation that is currently taking place on these proposals which include:

  • the deletion of the over-65 parking permit for the recreation ground in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • the end of funding for the UBUS service after May 2024
  • a review of Stratford Shopmobility with the view of seeking alternative delivery methods for the service which are cost neutral to the Council.

If you wish to comment on these proposals, there is an online consultation which will close on 4th February.  The link below will take you to the consultation webpage.  At the top of the webpage all the proposals are numbered.  Number 12 will take you to the consultation section.  

https://www.stratford.gov.uk/consultation-performance/proposed-budget-amendments.cfm

If you have any queries, please contact me.  Marie Darwen. Policy Officer Older People Marie.Darwen@stratford-dc.gov.uk

And finally…

As spring is approaching, I have just been looking at seed catalogues and reading my “allotment news”.  I saw the following which I wanted to share with you…

Knowledge tells us that rhubarb is a vegetable and the tomato a fruit. Wisdom tells us which to pour custard over!

Be Wise, take care, keep safe and above all…. Keep smiling!

Love Carole

Valentine’s Day 14th February

Find and circle the words:

Z C A N D Y T E D N G R I    
T J A Z E D V K L V V P Q   FEBRUARY
F E B R U A R Y F L R L G   CANDY
I O R N G I F T T T E P G   CARD
K Q K E C A M C O T S G P   CHOCOLATE
A X F L O V E H I O T Q G   FLOWERS
Q G L O T P A O H E A R T   GIFT
U B O D K X B C V X U R V   HEART
R U W B G U Z O J B R R Y   LOVE
O R E Q K C A L V N A N F   RESTAURANT
S R R B L A J A B W N T L   ROSES
E U S S E R A T O L T E I    
S S B P E D Q E L U L Y N