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Parkinson’s Support Group

There was a record turnout for the Xmas meal at Ramsdale Park Golf Club even though ill health caused 2 members to cancel at short notice. The 3 course meal followed by mince pies and coffee ensured no-one went home hungry. The food choices, table decorations and crackers, with the usual groan-worthy jokes, made for a very happy festive occasion. It was good to have chance to get to know the group’s newest member Lorraine Glyne-Jones.

Annabel Kingsbury, the Group’s Physiotherapist, usually decorates the Group’s Christmas tree for the Southwell Methodist Church Tree Festival. As she was unavailable, Kate Wilson, a supporter of the group, stepped into the breach and did a lovely job. Both these ladies have an eye for colour and are blessed with artistic skills.

We were well fed at the monthly meeting thanks to the catering skills of group founder Lynda Sansom. This time the food on offer was not Chrismassy but very tasty and much appreciated. Lynda set the Chocolate themed Quiz which was won by Angela, Michael and Sue but the prizes won did not contain any chocolate!

Jane Hildreth, of Newark & Sherwood CVS, was a welcome visitor to the monthly meeting. In addition to being well fed and enjoying the quiz she gained an insight into how the group provides valuable support for the members’ differing needs. She also picked up on some of the difficulties facing disabled people that able bodied are completely blind to. She will draw these points to the attention of her colleagues and hopefully bring about changes.

If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group please contact Michael &  Michael on 01636 812399 or email

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.