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Issue  No.5   May 2019.

Summer is coming and outdoor events will be taking place. The  Highview garden is taking shape with the new Garden Room and more plants in the Sensory Garden. The children at Toy Library certainly enjoyed romping in the outdoors and as the daffodils had finished, they survived the impact this time.

 I hope this letter reaches you in time to remind you of the invitation to attend a free public event on 1st May from 7.30-9.30pm, at the Spencer Denney Day Centre, Park Corner, Windsor SL4 4EB.
The event will be an opportunity to see simple tools, devices and services designed to help people who have difficulties with general daily living, to stay as well and independent as possible. Devices to support unpaid carers will also be available. The organisers are keen for the word to be spread around to anybody who you think will be interested in attending the event.
Refreshments will be available. Free gifts will be given to the first 30 members of the public.
The event is provided by Optalis. You are invited to share this invitation with anyone who you think would benefit from attending or has an interest in equipment to support daily living.
Details from 01628 670117                            email;

Signal hopes to raise awareness of unpaid carers and the support to help them , at locations in the community during Carers' Week [10th - 16th June]. Signal is looking for organisations who meet in that week or would be happy to work in partnership with them, to hold events or provide information stands.  If you are able to help, please contact Chris or Andrea on 01628 947974.

The work on the roof at Highview is continuing and the Committee Room has been in a bit of a mess, but we are getting there by degrees. Our work is sometimes extended, because our contractor fits us in with other work, to make the costs less excessive.

We are still missing Jeanette, our wonderful Support Worker. As she has a problem with her shoulder, she is unable to drive, so any communication is done by post and telephone. We, however, miss her in so many ways and hope that before long she will be fully with us.

We have just said goodbye to a very old friend, who most of you will not remember. Dennis Grimmett lived for many years at Farnham Common, before moving to Chalfont St Giles, then to two further addresses in Beaconsfield. Dennis and his late wife Irene, supported Irene's sister Rita Whittit, who was a resident at Cowley House. After the death of Rita, they gave us a picture in her memory and continued to support Simon, her close friend at Cowley House. Simon too is no longer with us.
Irene left us in her will and I have always kept in touch with Dennis. Although I had only met him a couple of times, I found him to be a thorough gentleman. I used to add a footnote to the newsletter- something like- 'keep well-keep warm', and I often received a notecard thanking me.
His daughter Maria has written with the sad news of Dennis' death. We send our condolences at this sad time. I shall miss him.

Monday Club
Club members have enjoyed a very special month of activities. On Monday 8th, they were entertained by Ellington Morris Dancers. That is always a very good evening, when Club members assist in some of the dances.
This group has been coming for many years. They have got to know our club members and of course we know them too. During the course of the year, they raise funds and they help us financially as well.
The evening with Patrick the Magician is always very popular. Patrick is very young and exceptionally talented.
On 20th May, our friend Simon will turn up with loads of drums. This is always an amazing evening. Simon has a great musical talent in making the whole of the club beat drums with rhythm. By the end of the evening, the whole club will be beating out 'we won the cup' and similar chants. Most members take part and all enjoy their attempts at 'music making'.
Two Bank Holidays get in the way, as Club does not meet on these occasions.
The big difference in June, is the fact the for one evening only, Monday Club meets on Tuesday. This is because the long anticipated Boat Trip takes place on Tuesday 11th June. The boat is not available on Mondays, so there is no club night on 10th. The voyagers leave from River Gardens, where everybody is asked to meet at 6.30pm. Please note that the Minibus pick-up will be at least 45 minutes earlier than usual. After all, if they get to club late, it's still there. The boat, however, is scheduled to leave at 7pm. It would be sad if anybody missed it. The trip ends at 9.30pm.

Wednesday Club
Wednesday Club is not affected by Bank Holidays and carries on as usual. this week, we celebrated Brian's birthday and one of his carers made a fantastic gooey cake with creamy icing, strawberries and blueberries. The previous week, the same carer, who was actually off duty, made an enormous Easter-egg cake. You can imagine that everybody forgot waist-lines and tucked in.
Hugh's disco is always a great favourite and now he has a hokey-cokey disc, that is mainly included, much to everybody's delight. We also have 'Waterloo' to keep me happy too.
All love our vast collection of jigsaw puzzles, and one of the carers showed us how to make pompoms, so many went home with fluffy creations. Everybody had an Easter egg.

Now news of a Summer Garden Party for everybody.
It will be held  at Highview 6 North Road Maidenhead SL6 1PL, on one of the Sunday afternoons in June. The date will be announced in the June newsletter. John Foulger and the Committee hope that everybody will join us for Tea in the Garden.

Valerie J Bosley