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Issue  No.10   October 2019.

Herewith is another reminder of a special meeting that is shortly to be organised by the 'Borough'.

We are told that there is no better place to discover what is available to support independent living, than by attending a public event designed specifically with that in mind.

Optalis, in conjunction with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, will be putting on a local event that will help you to discover equipment and technologies that could support daily living. As well as being able to see innovative products and demonstrations, visitors will be able to access advice and information on the day.

You can expect to see a wide variety of stands, including MedPage, Fire and Rescue, Key Safe Co. Centra, Wiltshire Farm Food, Brain to Hand, and many more, all providing advice, information and demonstrations.

The event takes place on 2nd October from 10.30am-2pm, in the Desborough Suite, Town Hall, Maidenhead SL6 1RF.

If your require assistance to travel to and from the event, please contact People to Places, Community Transport, booking line on 01628 587920, Monday to Friday, between 9.30am -12.30pm.

There will be a free gift for the first 100 members of the public who attend on the day. At the same time, there will be an opportunity to also visit the 'Older Person's Advisory Meeting, at the same venue from 10am.

The local Public Health department covers a wide range of services to help improve the quality of lie for all residents, including Helping to make decisions and Falls Prevention.

Keep Safe Stay Well- is a service designed to provide early help, so the people may stay as independent as possible, This service actively helps people to get what they need to keep safe and stay well. Contact 01628 693744 Monday - Friday 9am-1pm email

Green Tubs

We still have a few of those super green tubs that are so useful in helping everybody in case of emergency. you simply put in your name and address- next of kin- GP'S number etc- in fact anything that would help if you had any problem. They are originally produced by the Lions Clubs, but we had a few left over. Contact VB on if you can use one.01628 630622

Our wonderful minibus has just celebrated it's 21st birthday. by having an excursion on the M4 to Newbury. We are told that a motorway run is good for it, as it keeps the batteries charged. It is now only used regularly on Monday nights and seldom even reaches 30mph, so a motorway run is quite an adventure We did not boast at overtaking Eddie Stobart lorry this time and restrictions to 50mph stopped it speeding, but it coped very well, with Hugh as the driver. Of course we thank the kindness of the firemen at Maidenhead fire Station, where it has lived all it's life. We also thank John Graham Commercials for always being on hand when problems arise.

Monday Club

Club members have been busily colouring new pictures to adorn the ceiling at Highview. Colin has found some seasonal pictures. Before long, the decorations will change.

Everybody enjoys Monday Club. The weeks alternate between Bingo, Karaoke, Super Stars and artwork, with special nights included when they are available.

Refreshments are provided each week by the ladies from the Ladies' Circle. The evenings always begin and finish with the disco- with the Can-Can at the very end.

It is always encouraging to hear snatches of conversation on the minibus- with members chatting and saying how they had enjoyed the evening.

Wednesday Club

This is a much quieter evening, but equally enjoyed by those who attend. Most people like to try their hand at jigsaw puzzles and colouring pictures. Occasionally one of the carers brings some wool and pompoms are produced. When Patsy comes, they do more adventurous creations.

Hugh's disco is a major attraction and now that he has obtained the Hokey-cokey disc, there is no stopping them. The evening always ends in this way.

Highview Garden

This is still looking magnificent. Colin and Margaret from Monday Club have worked hard with the planting and Hugh has come every evening to water it. The hanging baskets are particularly colourful. This had all taken a lot of time and energy, but the result is enjoyed by all.

Valerie J. Bosley