News – Page 11


On a cold evening in December, CORE co-hosted an entertainment of classic ghost short stories at the Village Hall. We partnered Hothouse Theatre, another local charity, who narrated the spooky tales, including scary sound effects. We started with a complementary warming glass of mulled wine, enjoyed a tasty, classic pie, chips and peas supper cooked by the Village Square Fish Bar and chocolates kindly donated by our local Sainsbury’s store. Funds raised went to support both charities but the main aim was to provide a pleasurable and different experience to break up the long, dark evenings of December.

Please look out for our new weekly programme starting in January. As well as our ongoing classes, such as various crafting sessions, we are introducing a new computer class, Spanish, and on Monday and Wednesday afternoons bingo, other games and a cuppa and a chat. Do drop in if you are on your own, feeling lonely or want to relax with some company. We particularly welcome those who may be new to the village, are recently bereaved and want to make new friends and feel part of the community.

We have a very friendly atmosphere, helpful volunteers, and you are most welcome to drop in when you are in the shopping square to check us out! Finally, any carers in the village who need a little respite and somewhere to share experiences and help solve problems are invited to a self-help group which will run on the 4th Thursday of each month between 2.00 – 3.00 pm.

Parkinson’s Support Group

The members were very pleased to welcome two new members to the monthly meeting at Reach.  Sadia and Pat took part in the Christmas quiz run by Stella and then tucked into a fish and chips lunch. Zumba Instructors Karen Hutchins and Tony Jones accepted an invitation to join us for lunch but Jo and Kirsty had to decline. The members wanted the chance to thank them for the donation to OTR from the Zumbathon held in October.

Treasurer Lynda did most of the organising and preparation for the meeting before flying to Dubai for a week with her baby grandson. She only arrived back in England 12 hours before the meeting.  Sandra refers to Lynda as ‘Our Treasure’ as she is such an asset to the group.

It was a pity Sadia and Pat were unable to attend the Group’s Annual Christmas Lunch at Ramsdale Park Golf Club the following week as the menu choices were excellent. We enjoyed the Christmas crackers because the mottos were suitably dreadful but the novelties were actually useful. I will put my nail clippers to good use!

Earlier in December nine of the members enjoyed a 3 course Christmas lunch at Rumbles. The restaurant and tables were beautifully decorated with napkins hand folded by trainer Kelly. They were so pretty several of us had a go at making them. No one would realise the chefs and servers were students under training as everything went so well. Gina, Kelly and the students were all very friendly and helpful.

Parkinson’s Support Group

If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group please contact Michael & Sandra by email or Phone 01636 812399 or 07956 974024.   

We meet from 11.00 – 1.00 on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Reach UK, Prebend Passage, Southwell NG25 0JH. Just £1 per person and a plate of food towards the buffet lunch.