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Issue  No.12   December 2019.

We are starting our seasonal festivities a bit early this year and are inviting you all to a pre-Christmas bazaar/Coffee afternoon. There will be cakes and mince pies and even a glass of wine. We sometimes include a 'bring and buy' and may even sell off some of the surplus Toy Library items, but mainly we just want to meet our members and friends for a relaxing afternoon.
The Monday Club 'high -level team' will be putting the Christmas decorations up on Sunday 24th November, so it should be looking festive for our Special Sunday Afternoon on December 1st, from 2-5pm..of course at Highview 6 North Road Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

There will be masses of festivities at Highview during the pre-Christmas weeks as all user organisations have some sort of celebration. I am sure that my own dustmen must think I am partying for a couple of weeks, as my car transports the resulting rubbish to relieve the Highview bins. It is quite amazing how much room is taken up with gift-wrap and crackers.

The following Support Groups are available for carers;-

Ascot/Sunningdale Carers Support Group
2-3.30pm on 2nd Tuesday of the month at Recreation Hall, The Pavillion, Broomhall Lane, Sunningdale SL5 0QS

Datchet Carers Support Group
10.30am-12noon on 3rd Wednesday of the month at Day Centre, Horton Road, Allen Way, Datchet SL3 9HR.

Maidenhead Carers Support Group
1-3pm on 3rd Wednesday of the month at Highview, 6 North Road, Maidenhead SL6 1PL.

Mental Health Service User and Carer Forum for Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead
2.15-3.45pm on Last Wednesday of month at St Joseph's Church, 36 Cookham Road Maidenhead SL6 7EG

Windsor Carers Support Group
10.30am-12.30pm on 2nd Monday of the month at Dedworth Green Baptist Church Hall,
Smith's Lane. Windsor SL4 5PE






Please join us for refreshments/bargains/ and chat

and see the superb Christmas decorations

Monday Club

Monday Club celebrates special dates and events in a BIG WAY. The Halloween disco was a great success. full marks to the carers in the Group homes who helped their residents to come splendidly attired. There were Ghoulies and Ghosties, Witches hats, Spiders and all manner of scary outfits. They all enjoyed the evening. Of course Halloween cakes were devoured by all.

The following week, Monday Club held a Bollywood Dance. It was a brilliant evening with colourful clothing and an amazing opportunity given to club members to take part. Suitable Asian food was provided and most people took part in the feast at the end.
It is surely on the list for future special evenings.

In the next few weeks, there will be entertainment by 'Sing 4 You' and the following week, the return of the wonderful Cox Green School Band. Club members then have a week to prepare their Christmas cards and individual decorations, ready for their Christmas party on 16th December.
There will be no club nights on 23rd and 30th December. The New Year begins for Monday Club on 6th January with Singing/Karaoke.

Wednesday Club
Club nights continue in a gentle sort of manner, but they are equally enjoyed by all who attend. All enjoy jigsaw puzzles and craft-work. They all love making a special card, for a birthday and when one of their number is poorly, a greeting is always sent.
Jeanette provides cakes with amazing regularity. These of course are very much enjoyed by all. Margaret, one of the carers provides cakes for special occasions including birthdays for the residents of her house. What would we do without Danny, the driver from the same house. He not only makes the coffee, but does much of the washing up as well. This is of course very much appreciated because we remain still short of voluntary helpers.
Wednesday Club party will be held on Wednesday 18th December. It grieves me that we have to miss two Wednesdays as Christmas Day and New Year's Day both fall on Wednesdays. I really cannot think of how we can continue, as drivers , carers and helpers are all tied up with families on those days  all except me!! that is]. I shall miss Club quite unbelievably.
Of course all club members welcome Father Christmas.

Toy Library
The Christmas party will be held on Wednesday 18th December. There will be fewer children, because the school term will not have ended and big brothers and sisters will be unable to join in. Father Christmas will come, however, and will be enjoyed by most of the children. Occasionally, some of the younger ones do not understand!!

Friendly Bombs, the Drama Group, will be performing 'The Nutcracker' at St Pater's Church Burnham on Tuesday 14th January at 7.30pm. All welcome to this free performance.

We send our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year- from all at Maidenhead Mencap

Valerie J. Bosley