Dec 6th

THIS IS NOT MY ROOM

By Mary B

THIS IS NOT MY ROOM

This is not my room

This room that you see me in

This room that they’ve put me in

This place where the shadows come in and block out the sun

This is not my room

 

This is not my bed

This bed that’s too small for me

I lie alone in this bed among all the people

Who once said they loved me

This is not my bed

 

CHORUS: My room is where our memories lie

Where they were born and where they died

My room is where we laughed and cried

Where we built our dreams

 

This is no weekend break hotel

No panoramic sea-view apartment

No peaceful haven, no green oasis

Not what I’d call a bolt hole

 

This is not my room

This is not my fantasy

When I worked so hard every inch of the way

This is not where I thought I’d be

 

This is not my room

 

 

 

Frank McConnell - from the album This Is Not My Room

Nov 28th

Who are you sharing Christmas with?

By Mary B

Who are you sharing Christmas with?

The Diocese of Guildford have compiled this directory of support available over the Christmas period in Surrey and North East Hampshire. Thank you to all those groups who have shared information about how they are helping to support people at this time of year. Christmas is a busy time of year, celebrating and spending time with family and friends. However, we know that this time of year can be difficult for some people. They may be lonely – separated from family and friends, or vulnerable for other reasons. 

 

Note for Organisers: We have been advised by one lunch organiser that your local Waitrose may be able to  provide support generally for groups who are providing lunch for those who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. 

Other sources of information is  http://communitychristmas.org.uk/                       tel 0800 0639285  and www.premier.org.uk/christmasalone  which both have a good listing of community events across the UK 

Please share the information provided with those who may be on their own at Christmas and with those who may be looking for volunteering opportunities. If you know of another event, or are needing volunteers please do get in touch with the:

Communities Engagement Team,
Diocese of Guildford,  The Church of England
tel: 01483 790 324    email: cet@cofeguildford.org.uk  

 

Waverley

The Haslemere Pre- Christmas Lunch is being held at Haslewey Community Centre, Weyhill, Haslemere.  A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings or Nut Roast and dessert.  Tickets £12 and all are welcome, pre-booking is essential 

tel: 01428 648716  email: info@haslewey.org

 

Churches Together in Farnham's, Christmas Day Lunch starts at 1.00pm at The Gostrey Centre, East Street, Farnham GU9 7SB. The lunch is for people who live locally and who would otherwise spend Christmas Day on their own.

Booking essential.

To book a place please ring before 9th December;

Mariola Boyd 01252 716785 or Michael McDonnell 01252 712600

Transport provided if required.

There is no charge for lunch or transport.

Volunteer helpers welcome (especially drivers). To volunteer please ring:

Jo Rendall 01252 737162 

 

Alfold and Loxwood Parish are performing a  Live Nativity at Alfold Sports & Social Club, from 3:30 - 6:00pm on Saturday 16th December

Followed by Carol Singing, Mulled Wine and Mince Pies

For further details from Church Office 

tel: 01403 753821 email alflox.parish.off@btinternet.com 

 

The Baptist Church in Ewhurst following their morning service at 10:30am they will be hosting the Village Christmas Day Lunch,  12.15 for 12.30. 

For more details please contact: Cherry Matthews on 01483 277895 or matthewscherry@btonternet.com

The Street, Ewhurst, Surrey,GU6 7QA

 

Churches Together in Godalming for many years has organised a Christmas Day Lunch at the Baptist Church for people who would otherwise spend the day on their own and it has proved very popular. Transport assistance may be possible for Godalming residents. After lunch there is entertainment and everyone is given a small gift. Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles, preparing food and setting tables on Christmas Eve, providing transport on Christmas Day, helping in the kitchen with serving and washing up, hosting on the day, providing entertainment and to clear away afterwards.

email: gwenwheatman@hotmail.co.uk

Godalming Baptist Church, Queen Street, Godalming, GU7 1BA

 

Mole Valley

St Nicolas Church, Great Bookham, run a friendship lunch to be held at 12 noon on Sunday 26th November in St Nicolas Church Pastoral Centre (KT23 3PW).  This lunch is a chance for those who would normally eat lunch alone to gather together, and these are held at various points in the year.  There is a £5 per head fee which is payable on the door.

Also they hold a coffee morning every Tuesday 10am-12noon (Tuesday coffee will run until December 19th this side of Christmas and then pick up again in the new year) in the Pastoral Centre which is open to all.

All are welcome, more info from our parish office.

tel: 01372 450709    email: office@stnicolasbookham.org.uk 

Christmas family fun Saturday 2nd December 2pm-4pm Christmas crafts, activities & fun for all ages including a baby play area.  There’ll be a story time with carol singing and a Café serving seasonal treats.  EVERYTHING IS FREE  but all children must be accompanied by an adult responsible for their care.

 

St. George’s Christian Centre, Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead, KT21 2DA

members of St George’s congregation are again opening a place at their Christmas table over the festivities.  They have their café open on 20th, 21st, 22nd December for light lunches tea & coffee’s 

Also are also running Evergreen our Social club for the over 75’s on the 13th December 2.30-4.15

To find out more please contact Jacqui Kershaw (Outreach for the elderly)

01372 813200    Jacqueline.Kershaw@ashteadparish.org

 

Elmbridge

 

St Paul’s East Molesey, Church Road, KT8 9DR are welcoming people to their Christmas lunch for all in the Parish room (next to the church) on Tuesday 5th December at 12:30pm.  The lunch will be preceded by a service of Holy Communion if you wish to attend. The meal of 2 courses followed by tea or coffee costs £5.

Please ring Judy Lanaway to book on 020 8979 0014.

 

St Andrew’ Cobham warmly invite you to their Christmas Day lunch from 1pm – 4:30pm at church Gate House.  Please reserve your place by contacting the Parish Office: tel: 01932 867883  or email:parishoffice@standrewscobham.org.uk

 

St Christopher’s, Hinchley Wood, are holding a Christmas Lunch Together on Saturday 10th December at 12.30pm – 3pm.  Please ring the parish office on 020 8398 9095 to book a place (there may be a small charge)

 

St. Mary's Church Long Ditton are holding a Christmas Buffet Lunch (cost £8.00), 12.30pm on Monday 11th December in the community hall adjacent to the church. Children from the local Infant School will be singing carols and there will be a raffle for a Christmas Hamper. Booking is essential through Diana Jemmett.

tel: 020 8398 1184  email: diana.e.jemmett@btinternet.com

St. Mary's Church Community Hall, Church Road, Long Ditton, KT6 5HH

 

Holy Trinity Church, Claygate are hosting several events over the Christmas period, including Connections which is their weekly event for Seniors, running from 10am -11am every Tuesday in the Church.  There is a constantly changing range of activities with everything from mini hand massages to craft activities and games as well as special interest tables put together by local guests. All are welcome for home-made cakes and fresh coffee and there is no charge!

Please contact the church office if you know of anyone who will be on their own this Christmas and wherever possible we would arrange for them to be invited to a church members’ home for Christmas lunch.

Enquiries to Janet Watkins churchoffice@holytrinityclaygate.org.uk 

Holy Trinity Church, Church Road, Claygate KT10 0JP   tel: 01372 463603 

 

Woking

Christmas Day Community Lunch at St John's Church, West Byfleet

Alone on Christmas Day? Come and join us for lunch.

Plan for the day: Welcome drinks from midday, Traditional Christmas lunch served at 1pm, Time for chatting, with optional quizzes & carols, Tea and mince pies, Depart by 4pm

To book your place or for further information, please email christmaslunch@stjohnswestbyfleet.org.uk or contact the Parish Office on 01932 342263. They hope to be able to help with transport where it is most needed; please contact us them to discuss.

 

Open every day of the year, the Woking Safe Haven is a cafe-style drop-in centre.

Offering out of hours mental health support to people who may be experiencing or approaching crisis. The informal and friendly venue offers a safe and comfortable space to find help and is open to carers as well. Visitors to the Safe Haven Woking will receive a warm welcome and can talk to professional wellbeing staff, including a Community Psychiatric Nurse who can provide mental health assessments.  There is also the support of others with lived experience of mental health crisis.  The Safe Haven team will ensure your privacy and dignity at all times.  They can support you through your mental health crisis and link you with other services to provide further help.

Seven days a week.  365 days a year.

The Prop, 30 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6JT

Opening times:  Monday - Friday, 6 pm - 11pm

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 3pm - 8pm

 

The Moorcroft Day Centre in Woking GU22 9LY, are hosting a free traditional Christmas lunch, for older people who are on their own. Christmas Guest booking is required.  Transport may be possible. No volunteers are needed.

For bookings and further enquiries please contact :

 anneroberts3@ntlworld.com   Tel: 01932 403292

 

Guildford

FOOTSTEPS drop-in centre is open on Christmas Day in Guildford town centre at Beverley Hall in Haydon Place. Their aim is to help homeless and needy people in and around Guildford. They open for coffee and mince pies from 10.30 am and serve a meal at 12.30pm, closing at 3pm.  There is no need to pre-book.

FOOTSTEPS is run solely with the help of volunteers who all give their time free of charge and do not claim any expenses.  New volunteers and gifts of food and funding are always welcome. Beverley Hall Community Centre, 71 Haydon Place

Guildford, GU1 4ND

email:  info@footsteps.org.uk

 

 

St John's Church, Stoke Road, Guildford, GU1 1HB have their monthly Outlook Lunch on Weds 6th Dec, for senior citizens.  There is a hearty lunch & a short service in the church.  It starts at 12.30pm & costs £3.50 per person and lifts may be possible.  For further information please contact Janet Durrant via 

email: office@stjohnstoke.com   or    tel:  01483 574562

 

 

St Nicolas' Church, Guildford  on Friday 29th December are having Coffee & Cake from 10:30am which will be followed by a Festive Feast in their Community Centre, Bury Street, GU2 4AW from 11:30 – 1:30pm. There is a small charge (£7) and booking would be appreciated.  They hold a lunch on this basis, all in aid of USPG, on the last Friday of every month, no booking required. 

Please contact them via email: parishoffice@saintnics.com  or

tel:  01483 564526

 

 

Dray Court, Guildford: All Saints church, Guildford will be hosting a 'Christmas Carol Service' on Wednesday 20th December, 2.30 pm, at Dray Court (Sheltered Housing for the Elderly), Guildford GU2 7UW.  Anyone from the local community is welcome to come along, the service will be led by Revd Beverly Watson, Vicar of All Saints Guildford

 

Emmanuel Church, Stoughton

Have two regular events which will continue over the Christmas period.  A club for retired people every Wednesday from 11am-12.30pm. £1 to cover refreshments etc. You can choose from a variety of activities, like table tennis, crafts, bowls, scrabble pool and triominoes (triangular dominoes) – and even have some armchair exercise! If you’d rather just sit and chat you are welcome to do that too. 

Also a Pensioners’ Lunch - On the second Monday each month (except August) from 12.30-2.30pm they invite those who are retired to come along for a two course lunch for £4.50. You’ll find plenty of people to chat with, good food and a nice relaxing atmosphere to enjoy. Please ring the Parish Office for more details.

tel: 01483 561603

Email: parish.office@emmanuelchurch.co.uk

Emmanuel Church, Emmanuel Church,1 Shepherds Lane, Guildford, GU2 9SJ

 

St Lawrence Church, Effingham regularly conduct activities and these will continue over the festive period.  These will include:

Chatterbox will be on Tuesdays from 10.30am-12pm on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays in St Lawrence & on the 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at All Saints. Catherine Hall: 453183 for further info. (Last session on 19th December & resumes on 9th January 2018)

Tuesday 28th Nov: Parish Pint (for the chaps): 4th Tuesday monthly at the Sir Douglas Haig, Effingham, 12pm. (No Parish Pint in December). Contact Robert Hall: 453183 or Robert@whestons.co.uk if coming (for catering).

Sunday Breakfast 10th Dec: Monthly on 2nd Sunday in the Bowdler Room, All Saints’ Church, Little Bookham awhiter 8am Communion. Catherine Hall 453183.

Tuesday 21st Nov: Tuesday Tea, alternate Tuesdays, in the Catholic Church Hall, Lower Rd, Effingham. From 2.30pm-4pm. A donation of £1 is all that is required. Contact either Gill or Keith Walker on 457987.  

Thursday 23rd Nov: Christian Meditation Group: Meets fortnightly, 2pm in the Methodist Church, Effingham. Info - Mrs Sylvia Lindsay 457383. 

Thursday 23rd Nov: “Connect” Group for carers & partners living with dementia meets fortnightly at 10am-12pm, St Lawrence Church Hall.

Wednesday 13th Dec: Messy Church, St Lawrence Church Hall 3.30-5.30pm. 2nd Wednesday of each month.

Advent Carols is on Sunday 3rd December at All Saints Church, Little Bookham, 6pm

Christingle Making is on Saturday 9th December at All Saints Church, Little Bookham, 10am

Christingle Service is Sunday 10th December at St Lawrence Church, 3.30pm

Village Carol Service is Sunday 17th December at St Lawrence, 6pm

Effingham Living Nativity is Thursday 21st December at 6pm starting at The Douglas Haig Pub

 

 

The Canterbury Care Centre (mental health drop in centre)  are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new over the Christmas period.  No booking required - all welcome

Their Christmas opening is as follows: 

Carol Service at Christ Church, Waterden Road, GU1 2AZ, 1 pm on Monday the 11th December.

The only days they are closed over the Christmas period are Christmas Day, Monday the 25th, New Years day and Monday the 1st January.

The Canterbury Care Centre is in Church House, 23 Waterden Road, Guildford GU1 2AZ.  tel: 01483 577020   email: canterburycarecentre@yahoo.co.uk   www.canterburycarecentre.com

 

 

St Michael and All Angels Church, Pirbright have a number of events happening over the Christmas period including their Annual Christmas Lunch on Saturday 9th December in the Church Room at 12:30pm Tickets at £12 each are available from Barbara Douglas rbdouguk@aol.com and Helen Whitworth helenwelliewhitworth@btinternet.com, also in the church on Sunday mornings. Space is limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Salvation Army Will have their normal drop in on Friday 22nd December but not at any other time. They will be closed, apart from this Friday, over the Christmas period. 

Woodbridge Road, Guildford GU1 4QQ 

email: guildford@salvationarmy.org.uk 

tel: 01483 506763  or  01483 575 128 

 

 

Vaughan House in Guildford often have a Christmas meal when they could use some volunteers to help with serving lunch and doing games with residents.

Vaughan House, Supported Housing, 5-7 Chertsey Street, Guildford, GU1 4HD

tel: 01483 504704   email:  guildford.hostel@riverside.org.uk

 

Christmas at the North Guildford Food Bank

As Christmas Day falls on a Monday there will be no alteration to our normal opening days and times at any of our branches thoroughout the festive season.  From Wednesday 6th Dec all branches will be offering clients a fresh chicken, potatoes, carrots and parsnips for them to make a Christmas meal plus of course mince pies, Christmas puddings and cake. We shall also have a selection of toys and Christmas decorations available.  

 

 

On Christmas Day between 10am and 12pm, Bills Restaurant will be opening for free coffee and cake for people over 60.  Transport may be possible but needs to be discussed with them.  Tel: 01483 455187

1 Angel Gate, Guildford Town Centre, GU1 4AE

 

St Michael and All Angels Church, Pirbright have a number of events happening over the Christmas period:

6th Dec. 10.15am Holy Communion service followed by Café Club. 

9th Dec. Christmas lunch - to book a place contact Barbara Douglas, rbdouguk@aol.  com (places are limited) 

9th Dec. 4pm - Remembering Loved Ones at Christmas service, followed by tea. 

10th Dec. 3pm – Christingle service, followed by village children’s Christmas party provided free of charge by the Church.

13th Dec. 6.30pm Carol singing around the village, raising money for Crisis, everyone welcome, mulled wine & mince pies at The Vicarage afterwards.

15th Dec. 2.15pm - Carol service for elderly residents, followed by tea.

16th Dec. 3.30-5.30pm – Messy Church everyone welcome.  

16th Dec. - delivering Christmas goodies to local people in need. 

If anyone would like transport to any Christmas services or events, or would like more information please contact one of their churchwardens Catherine Cobley 01483 481234 or Pauline Cannon 01252 326534

 

Epsom & Ewell

Churches together in Ewell are hosting a Christmas Day lunch at 

Stoneleigh Baptist Church.  

'Together at Christmas' will run from 12.30 – 4.15pm for local residents who might otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day. There is no charge for this lunch, If you are interested or know of anyone who may be, please contact them at Christmas.dinner@dsl.pipex.com or tel:)   020 8397 7307 or 0208 393 3011 

This event is Kindly supported by Ewell Rotary Club

 

Epsom Methodist Church will be hosting Christmas Day Lunch which is via invitation only to those in the borough (and couples) who would otherwise be on their own on Christmas Day).  They rely on local business support for donations of food etc but otherwise the Church fund this event.  Transport may be possible, depending on needs but only within the borough of Epsom. We have a limited number of drivers so transport cannot always be guaranteed but they’ll do their level best.

Lunch is from 12.30  until 4.00 p.m. With a little light entertainment in the afternoon and possibly a visit from Father Christmas!

To book a place please contact Tony Blakeburn tony.blakeburn@ntlworld.com

Epsom Methodist church tel: 01372 728535 

 

Reigate and Banstead

 

Alone at Christmas?  Banstead Methodist Church together with The United Church of St Mark (Tattenham Corner) will be hosting a Christmas Day lunch for anyone who finds themselves alone. Our day begins in the morning, when our guests are picked up from your home and transported to Banstead Methodist Church for the Christmas Day service. Afterwards there is some light entertainment before enjoying an excellent Christmas lunch when there is an opportunity to chat to the many other people. After watching the Queen’s speech, we will transport them home with a packed tea and present. There will be no charge.

Contacts: Janet Willock, The United Church of St. Mark, St Marks Road,                  Tel (01737) 353138 or Sara Watkins, Banstead Methodist Church, The Drive,         Tel (01737) 359056

 

Hartley Witney

 

Victoria Hall, Hartley Witney RG27 8RE is hosting a  Traditional Christmas lunch for all ages in the Community hall.  To find out more or to book a place please call the number below.  Please note the Closing date 18 December 2016

For more information please contact:

Chris Cornwell    tel: 01252 843251    email: over55forum@yahoo.co.uk

 

 

Churches Together in Fleet, supported by Fleet Town Council, are organising a lunch for 40 people from Fleet or Church Crookham on Christmas Day for those who are lonely and would otherwise be spending Christmas alone. The lunch will be held at The Harlington. If you would like to attend/know someone who would benefit from attending, then please contact: Charlotte Benham (Fleet Town Council) tel: 01252 625246

 

 

East Hampshire

 

Petersfield Area Churches Together  are again hosting a Christmas Day Lunch will take place from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Petersfield Community Centre, Love Lane. GU32 3EB.  Transport to and from the Community Centre may be possible 

Guest booking is required and Volunteers are needed

For further information, please call Katie Wigley   tel: 01730 260213 pactchristmaslunch@gmail.com 

 

Runnymede

 

Egham St John's Church "The St John's Christmas Kitchen will again be open this year at the new Easter Centre, Manor Farm Lane, Egham (located behind the Church) They will be open from 11am to 2pm on Wednesday 20th December with hot drinks and a hot meal  being served. They will also be open for a traditional Christmas lunch on Christmas Day between 12 noon and 3pm and can arrange a lift for guests who wish to join them and who rely on public transport. May this ministry continue to show God's love to our community

Please contact Lesley Pocock if you wish to join them for lunch on Christmas Day.mob 07833307629  email: lesleypocock@aol.com

 

Addlestone – The Salvation Army will be hosting their annual Christmas day meal.  Coffee, a Service, Lunch and Entertainment will be provided and the event is free to attend.  Please contact Penny for more information and timings , transport may be possible.  tel:01932 829678.

 

Rushmoor

 

On Christmas Day St Peter’s Church, Farnborough will be holding a traditional Christmas lunch for anyone who would otherwise be on their own at 12.30pm in the Parish Centre.  Transport can be provided if needed and there is no charge.  

To book a place contact Elizabeth Lowden on 01252 543081.

 

St John's Church, Cove are having a Christmas lunch at St John's Hall for those who would otherwise be on their own.  The lunch will be served at 1.30 on Christmas Day but people are welcome to meet at 12.00pm. For further information or to book a place please contact Sally Brett on 07555 691218.

 

 

The Vine Centre, Aldershot is a Christian charity for homeless and vulnerable people.  They welcome visits so do get in touch.

Wednesday 20th December - 11am to 3pm - Christmas Dinner - all ages

Thursday 21st December - 11am to 3pm - Christmas Buffet - over 55's 

Friday 22nd December - 10am to 11.30am - Christmas brunch - all ages

Thursday 28th December - 11am to 3.00pm - Christmas Dinner - over 55's

The Vine Centre is a charity serving the community.

Further enquiries: Client Services Team - 01252 400196

 

Nov 6th

Stay Well this Winter

By Mary B

We’re here to help you stay well this winter

Some important information from the NHS to help you stay well this winter

 

Stay well this winter

 

Winter conditions can be seriously bad for our health, especially for people aged 65 or older, and people with long-term conditions such as COPD, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, diabetes or heart or kidney disease. 

Being cold can raise the risk of increased blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes. The cold and damp weather, ice, snow and high winds can all aggravate any existing health problems and make us more vulnerable to respiratory winter illnesses. But there are lots of things you can do to stay well this winter.

Feeling unwell? Don’t wait – get advice from your nearest pharmacist

At the first sign of a winter illness, even if it’s just a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist, before it gets more serious. Act quickly. 

The sooner you get advice from a pharmacist the better. Pharmacists are fully qualified to advise you on the best course of action. 

This can be the best and quickest way to help you recover and get back to normal.

If you can’t get to a pharmacist yourself, ask someone to go for you or call your local pharmacy.

Make sure you get your flu jab

The flu virus strikes in winter and it can be far more serious than you think. Flu can lead to serious complications such as bronchitis and pneumonia, and it can be deadly. That’s why the flu jab is free if you’re aged 65 or over, or if you have a long-term health condition. 

If you have young children or grandchildren they may also be eligible for a free flu vaccination. And if you are the main carer of an older or disabled person you may also be eligible for the free flu jab. Just speak to your GP or pharmacist.

You can also find more information at www.nhs.uk/getflujab 

Also, don’t forget that if you’re aged 65 or over, you are eligible for the pneumococcal vaccine, which will help protect you from pneumococcal diseases such as pneumonia. 

Ask your GP.

 

Keep warm 

 

It is important to keep warm in winter – both inside and outdoors. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression.

 

Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F). 

You might prefer your main living room to be slightly warmer. 

Keep your bedroom window closed on winter nights. Breathing cold air can be bad for your health as it increases the risk of chest infections. 

Keep active when you’re indoors. Try not to sit still for more than an hour or so.

Wear several layers of light clothes. Several layers trap warm air better than one bulky layer.

Make sure you’re receiving all the help that you’re entitled to. Learn how to make your home more energy efficient, improve your heating and keep up with your energy bills at www.gov.uk/phe/keep-warm

And check your heating and cooking appliances are safe. Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to make sure they’re operating properly. 

Visit www.gassaferegister.co.uk

 

Check your medicine cabinet

 

Ask your pharmacist what medicines should be in your cabinet to help get you and your family through the winter season. 

Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments, such as colds, sore throat, cough, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache).

So talk to your pharmacist for advice on getting the relief you need. 

To manage winter illness symptoms at home:

• Rest• Drink plenty of fluids• Have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up• Use over-the-counter medications to help give relief. 

 

Prescriptions

 

Make sure you get your prescription medicines before your pharmacy or 

GP practice closes for Christmas. You can also order your repeat prescriptions online. To sign up to GP online services ask at your practice or to find out more 

visit nhs.uk/GPonlineservicesAnd, if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.

 

Look out for other people 

 

Remember that other people, such as older neighbours, friends and family members, may need a bit of extra help over the winter. There’s a lot you can do to help people who are more frail than you.

Icy pavements and roads can be very slippery and cold weather can stop people from getting out and about. Keep in touch with your friends, neighbours and family and ask if they need any practical help, or if they’re feeling under the weather.

Make sure they’re stocked up with enough food supplies for a few days, in case they can’t go out. If they do need to go out in the cold, encourage them to wear shoes with a good grip and a scarf around the mouth to protect them from the cold air, and to reduce their risk of chest infections.

And make sure they get any prescription medicines before the Christmas holidays start and if bad weather is forecast.

If they need help over the holiday period when the GP practice or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 and speak to a call adviser who will be able to direct you to a local service that is open. You can also find information at www.nhs.uk 

 

Five things we recommend you do:

Make sure you get your flu jab.

Keep your home at 18°C (65°F) or higher if you can.

Take advantage of financial schemes and discounts to help you pay for heating.

Visit your local pharmacist as soon as you start to feel unwell with the symptoms of a respiratory winter illness.

Look out for other people who may need a bit of extra help over the winter.

 

Where to go for the right medical care

For more information and advice visit www.nhs.uk/staywell

 

For life threatening emergencies

If you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency, call NHS 111 for clinical advice, assessment and for direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist. You can also access NHS advice at www.nhs.uk 

 

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Oct 21st

Don't Quit, by Harvey Conroy

By Mary B

 

When things go wrong as they sometimes will

when the road you're trudging

seems all uphill,

 

When money is low

and the debts are high

and you want to smile

but you have to sigh

 

When care is pressing you down a bit,

rest if you must, but don't you quit.

 

Success is failure turned inside out,

the silver lining of the clouds of doubt.

You can never tell,

how close you are,

it may be near,

when it seems so far,

so stick to the fight

when your hardest hit

 

IT'S WHEN THINGS SEEM WORST

THAT YOU MUST NOT QUIT

 

Oct 20th

Calling all DropBy Members - Research Help Required for UCL

By Mary B

We have been asked to help University College London with some of their research.....by completing a short online survey. We are delighted to be able to help.....

 

Are you aged 60 years and over?

Are you currently experiencing difficulties with generalised anxiety disorder or long-term worrying?

If the answer is yes then we would like to hear from you.

We have developed a short survey that will ask you about what types of treatment you have been offered for generalised anxiety disorder or long-term worrying and how well this has worked for you.

This should take approximately 10 minutes to complete.

If you are interested in taking part then please go to:

https://opinio.ucl.ac.uk/s?s=49948

Oct 7th

Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth (Arthur Hugh Clough, 1819 – 1861)

By Mary B

Say not the struggle naught availeth,
The labour and the wounds are vain,
The enemy faints not, nor faileth,
And as things have been they remain.

If hopes were dupes, fears may be liars;
It may be, in yon smoke conceal’d,
Your comrades chase e’en now the fliers,
And, but for you, possess the field.

For while the tired waves, vainly breaking,
Seem here no painful inch to gain,
Far back, through creeks and inlets making,
Comes silent, flooding in, the main.

And not by eastern windows only,
When daylight comes, comes in the light;
In front the sun climbs slow, how slowly!
But westward, look, the land is bright!

Sep 26th

The Rainy Day - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

By Mary B

The day is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
The vine still clings to the mouldering wall,
But at every gust the dead leaves fall,
And the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold, and dark, and dreary;
It rains, and the wind is never weary;
My thoughts still cling to the mouldering Past,
But the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
And the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
Behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all,
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sep 25th

Then Laugh - by Bertha Adams Backus

By Mary B

Then Laugh
by Bertha Adams Backus

Build for yourself a strong box,
Fashion each part with care;
When it's strong as your hand can make it,
Put all your troubles there;
Hide there all thought of your failures,
And each bitter cup that you quaff;
Lock all your heartaches within it,
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Tell no one else its contents,
Never its secrets share;
When you've dropped in your care and worry
Keep them forever there;
Hide them from sight so completely
That the world will never dream half;
Fasten the strong box securely-
Then sit on the lid and laugh.

Sep 14th

Where are the Poppies

By Mary B

Thanks to Janet H I have now planted my poppy on the map.....

www.wherearethepoppiesnow.org.uk/

It's another wonderful idea.

 

What I wrote:

"I am posting the picture of my poppy on the 103rd anniversary of the day my Grandfather, James Baker, was killed in action at Troyon, near Vendresse, on the southern slope of the Chemin des Dames ridge, north of the River Aisne. I researched his war and found he had walked 100 miles with his Regiment, the Royal Sussex, before meeting his death on 14th September 1914. I was privileged to be able to walk in his footsteps one hundred years later to the day. It was the most amazing and emotional nine days of my life, and something I will never forget. A lot of people helped with the project and one of the support team was my sister-in-law who very kindly gave me my poppy as a Christmas present in 2014. It was a lovely gesture and so my poppy is very definitely my grandfather, James. I have no letters from him, no photograph of him, and he has no known grave, so the poppy is particularly significant to me as I have so very little of him apart from his Soldiers Small Book. I love my poppy."

If there was more space I would have added that I used to keep my poppy in the garden, but I have brough it inside now as I don't want it to get spoilt.

Perhaps when I am much older I should make another pilgrimage to the battleground where he was killed and plant the poppy there - but I'm not sure the French farmer would appreciate that!

 

Sep 5th

Shakespeare Sonnet 32

By Mary B

If thou survive my well-contented day,

When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover

And shalt by fortune once more re-survey

These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,

 

Compare them with the bett’ring of the time,

And though they be outstripped by every pen,

Reserve them for my love, not for their rhyme,

Exceeded by the height of happier men.

 

O! then vouchsafe me but this loving thought:

‘Had my friend’s Muse grown with this growing age,

A dearer birth than this his love had brought,

To march in ranks of better equipage:

 

But since he died and poets better prove,

Theirs for their style I’ll read, his for his love’.

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