Let’s Go Christmas Hampers

Many Thanks to all our members who contributed to our annual collection for Christmas Hampers. The article below appeared in the Runcorn and Widnes World

Stroke club donates festive hampers to Halton’s old folk

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Shirley McNally Age UK, Teresa Cook, Vice Chairman of the Let’s Go Stroke Club and Angela Moss Age UK

STROKE survivors brought Christmas cheer to Halton’s old folk.

The Let’s Go Stroke club donated seven festive hampers to Age UK in Church Street, Runcorn.

Vice chairman Teresa Cook presented the gifts.

Dawn Kenwright, Age UK’s borough co-ordinator thanked members for their generosity.

NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2015

Welcome

Hi everyone, and thanks for coming on what promised to be a busy night. We welcomed Kerry Grimes from Halton Borough Council, to give us a short talk on an important subject: Bowel Cancer.

Please give her your undivided attention.

Last Meeting

Our race night was well received and great fun. Due to illness, numbers were down on the night, but there was still plenty of support for each race, and hopefully nobody lost their shirt.

Tonights Entertainment

The Irish Guards Singers have agreed to sing for us tonight, so we can all look forward to a feast of singalong favourites.

Turkey and Tinsel

I will be giving out luggage tags tonight, but please note that room numbers will not be allocated until our arrival at the hotel. The coach leaves the stadium at 09.15, and the Red Admiral at 09.30 on Monday 30th November.  We intend to call in at the Tweedmills for a couple of hours on the way down as  our rooms won’t be available until 2pm.

Day Out

As previously advertised, we intend to visit Boundary Mill at Colne on Thursday 26th November. The cost is £10 a head and as usual we need a minimum of 30 members, friends and family to ensure it goes ahead. The coach will leave the Red Admiral at 09.15 and the Halton stadium at 09.30. Please do not make any prior arrangements as to what time we will be returning, as we only decide that on the day by consulting the members present.

Afternoon Club

The committee are still investigating the feasibility of starting an afternoon club in Runcorn in the New Year. If you have any ideas for venues or of activities you would like to take part in, then remember we always have the suggestion box available to convey your thoughts

Club Caravan

The first available date for next year is w/c 19th March.  You will note that this is a SATURDAY.  All bookings for next year commence on the Saturday.  The revised prices will be published in the New Year.

Christmas Draw Tickets

I hope you have all sold the draw tickets allocated to you last month, and have the stubs and money with you.  If not, then please hand them or deliver them to any committee member BEFORE the party. Alternatively you can post them to me at:

3 Holborn Court,

Widnes,

WA8 9UG

PLEASE DO NOT ENCLOSE CASH, CHEQUES ONLY

Christmas Party

Tickets for our Christmas party are on sale tonight, priced at £12.50 a head. Admission will be by ticket only. As always, it will be a great night, with good food and entertainment, in the company of friends. We urge as many people as possible to support the party which is on Wednesday 9th of December. Meeting at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, we are hoping to finish at 11pm.

Hampers

Once again, we will be accepting food and drink items for our Christmas hampers tonight.  These will be gifted to less fortunate members of our community, to make a difference to their Christmas. If you wish to contribute, but haven’t brought your donation tonight, ring any committee member asap, and they will arrange collection.

Secret Santa

As a welcome change at Christmas, we are going to introduce a “Secret Santa”.  Members who would like to participate (and I hope it’s the majority of you) can give their names to

Teresa Cook please. Presents should have a value of around £5.

 FUTURE TRIPS

December 2015

No trip planned

 January 2016

No trip planned

February 2016

No trip planned, unless we have the demand.

CLUB NIGHTS

9th December:

Christmas party

13th January 2016

The Motley Ukes   (A Ukelele Band)

10th February 2016

Nothing planned (yet)

9th March 2016

Annual General Meeting

Membership Incentive

In the New Year an incentive scheme will start where you will be invited to introduce new members to the club and be paid £5 as a thank you, after they have joined and attended 3 times.  They don’t need to be stroke people, but if they aren’t, then they will be classed as Associate Members. A prize will be given to the person who introduces the most new members at the end of the year.

Jean Riley

I have to report that Jean passed away on the 31st October in Halton Haven.  She might have only been a member of our club for a few short months, but she made a big impact on those people who enjoyed her company, and will be sorely missed. She had just celebrated her golden wedding anniversary last month.  Her funeral took place last Monday, where the club was well represented.

Thanks to you all for coming to support your club tonight.  Have a good night, and to those lucky enough to be holidaying in Llandudno at the end of the month

Have a fantastic time!

 

Lets Go Club at the Races

Roy Basnett, our local radio personality, agreed to host our race night, and did a superb job for us. Six races were on the card (or the DVD), and Steve Lever once again stepped in as John McCririck, and organised the betting and “fixed the odds”, ably helped by Sue and Kevin (the tic tac men).

Unfortunately due to a “bug” going around, member numbers were depleted, but there was still a lot of enthusiastic shouting going on as each race ran its course. I didn’t hear of anyone losing their shirt on the night, and I don’t think we need to alert Gamblers Anonymous, everyone seemed very sensible.

Some lost a few pounds, and some won a small sum, but everyone had a good night, and I’m sure it’s something we can repeat next year. Maybe we could organise a trip to Haydock Racecourse, and do it for real.

Vintage Rally at Victoria Park

Halton Borough Council were celebrating their 15th anniversary of this event, and the club decided to have a stall, primarily to increase its profile, but also to raise some funds.

Vintage rally

Two activities were planned: a tombola and a guess the name of the teddy.  Our members very generously donated prizes for the tombola, but unfortunately we couldn’t find a teddy, so a very cute rocking horse was purchased instead.    The boot of my car was bursting at the seams with all sorts of prizes, some fantastic and some not so good (who sent a pair of used ladies cream-coloured slingback shoes, size 4?)  A lot of man hours (and woman hours) went into the preparation of the prizes, and tearing up raffle tickets to go into the tombola drum, kindly lent to us by Val Anderson.

Vintage rally 4

Saturday 26th September started early for me. I was setting up the gazebo on our patch at 7.10am, but was soon joined by others, and we had everything in order for the opening at 10am . Although quiet at first, the visitor numbers swelled as the temperatures rose, and ice creams and chilled drinks were the order of the day.

Vintage rally 3

Sunday was a repeat of the previous day weatherwise, as we dragged our weary bodies over to Victoria Park again to set up our stall.  Visitor numbers were up on the previous day, and we managed to offload the vast majority of the donated prizes .  A massive thank you must be given to Teresa and Blaise, who worked tirelessly, not only over the weekend, but also in the week before with the preparations.  Dianne and David helped out on the stall on both full days too, and several members put in some time generously over the weekend, to make the rally the success it was for the club.  Let’s hope we can attract some new members over the coming months.

Club trip to LLandudno

Weather-wise, Thursday 24th September turned out to be surprisingly balmy for the time of year, and this was surely our last opportunity this year to visit the spectacular seaside resort.

Disappointingly, we only managed to attract 25 members for this trip, which is surprising as we have always in the past managed to attract many more, but those who went had a fantastic day, mixing shopping with dining, and relaxing on the promenade watching the world go by with an ice cream in their hand.  It’s a hard life!

Mike from Anthony’s Travel was our driver on this occasion, who many of you will know from our holidays in Devon, and once again his courtesy and awful jokes were appreciated by all.  A return for 6pm was planned, and we all came back glowing from the warm weather and sea air.

This year our Turkey and Tinsel holiday is at the Esplanade Hotel in the resort, so several of us will be back at the end of November, a break we are all looking forward to.

A Murder is Announced

MURDER AT THE HALTON STADIUM

A murder was announced at Halton Stadium, and it was also our September club meeting. Did the Culprit realise the coincidence to carry out this hideous deed or was it simply our murder mystery evening?

Steve Lever very capably stage managed the event, and put on a fun night enjoyed by everyone. Louis from H.E.A.R.T.S, frightened the life out of us with his blood-curdling screams adding dramatic effect to the proceedings.

The twists and turns of the plot gave few clues away, and we were all left guessing until the end, when the culprit was revealed.

Thanks to everyone who took part at short notice, and put on a very professional performance.

NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2015

Welcome

Hi everyone, and thanks for coming to our race night. Once again, Steve Lever has worked hard to put it on for us, so big thanks to him, and I hope you all have a good night. With a bit of luck you may make a few bob! Due to time constraints, there will not be a raffle tonight.

Vintage Rally

The club had a tombola stall at the rally at Victoria Park last month, and it was a great success. We had new brochures printed before the event, and we gave a lot out to interested people who attended, raising the club’s profile. We also raised over £300 for club funds.  Jeanette Potter correctly guessed the name of our rocking horse and won it. She was later on seen riding it through Widnes! Many thanks are due to anybody who helped with the organisation or over the weekend, and I’m not going to name you all, you know who you are. 

Turkey and Tinsel

A reminder that the balance for the holiday must be paid tonight as stated at the last meeting

Day Out

As previously advertised, we intend to visit Liverpool on Friday 23rd October. Places to visit include the Albert Dock, the Museum of Liverpool Life, or if you need retail therapy then Liverpool One is nearby. The cost is £10 a head and as usual we need a minimum of 30 members, friends and family to ensure it goes ahead. The coach will leave the Red Admiral at 09.15 and the Halton stadium at 09.30. Please do not make any prior arrangements as to what time we will be returning, as we only decide that on the day by consulting the members present.

Llandudno Trip

There was a disappointing turnout for last month’s trip to Llandudno, with only 25 attendees. We can’t fathom out a reason for this, but it’s safe to say that no trips will go ahead if we don’t reach the minimum number of 30 in the future. The club cannot continue to subsidise coach trips to such an extent indefinitely.

Afternoon Club

The committee are considering starting an afternoon club in Runcorn in the New Year. Nothing is certain at the moment, but it could be held at the Grangeway on a Tuesday or Wednesday, once a month to begin with. We are seeking funding from various bodies to help us realise our ambition. We will canvas your opinions to see if it is a viable option.

Club Caravan

We will be shutting down for the winter on the 14th of November. If you are looking to book a week, then get your order in quickly. It reopens next year on 14th March.

Savings Club

There is still the opportunity to take advantage of our savings club to help budget for future holidays. Please see me to make a deposit.

Christmas Draw Tickets

These will be issued tonight to all members present, and we would like them sold and returned at the next meeting please. Alternatively, you can pop the stubs in the post to me or any committee member with a cheque. NO CASH PLEASE. Remember that they are £1 a ticket this year in books of 10. Please don’t bring them to the Christmas party, we will be too busy to deal with them.

Christmas Party

We will be selling tickets for our Christmas party at the next meeting. The cost will be £12.50 a head. Admission will be by ticket only, and as next month’s meeting is the last before Christmas, can I ask that you bring the money to pay for them please. As always, it will be a great night, with good food and entertainment, in the company of friends. We urge as many people as possible to support the party which is on Wednesday 9th of December. Meeting at 7.30pm for an 8pm start, we are hoping to finish at 11pm.

Hampers

Once again, we will be accepting food and drink items for our Christmas hampers at the next meeting. These will be gifted to less fortunate members of our community, to make a difference to their Christmas, so dig deep please, and let’s see how many we can fill.

Secret Santa

As a welcome change at Christmas, we are going to introduce a “Secret Santa”. Members who would like to participate (and I hope it’s the majority of you) can give their names to Teresa Cook please. Presents should have a value of around £5.

FUTURE TRIPS

Thursday 26th November:

Boundary Mill

December 2015

No trip planned

Friday 22nd January 2016

No trip planned, unless we have the demand.

CLUB NIGHTS

11th November:

Choir of the Irish Guards

9th December:

Christmas party

13th January 2016

The Motley Ukes

Membership Incentive

In the New Year an incentive scheme will start where you will be invited to introduce new members to the club and be paid £5 as a thank you, after they have joined and attended 3 times. They don’t need to be stroke people. A prize will be given to the person who introduces the most new members at the end of the year.

 

Thanks to you all for coming to support your club tonight. Have a good night, and if we don’t see you on the Liverpool trip, we’ll see you next month.

 

P.S. Don’t forget to bring your draw tickets, hamper items and money for your Christmas party tickets.