Friday, 31 January 2014

Macmillan Cancer Care

Eating cakes in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care at Thursday's coffee morning!

Monday, 13 January 2014

World Challenge

Some cute things from the coffee morning which was organised at the last minute to raise money for two youngsters to head off to Morocco for a mountain trek.

Monday, 6 January 2014

Cancer Research UK Dryathlon

Six days and one hangover in, I'm off the booze again. I'll make the six days up in February! I don't expect anyone to donate as I'll make a donation based on the money I hope to save, however, if you happen to see me in the next little while, I'd appreciate it if you don't wax lyrical about the refreshing nature of that gin and tonic you're holding!

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Hungerford Round Table

Happy New Year! Hope you had a lovely Christmas and I wish you every success for 2014! Today's charity was the Hungerford Round Table, members of whom cheerfully stood in the cold outside the town hall, collecting money while shredding Christmas trees. We gave them a small donation in return for recycling our Christmas tree and mulching it before our eyes.

Then the real work of vacuuming up the needles at our house began; a process which ruined TWO hoovers.

A couple of days ago, we also donated to the Church of St Phillip and St James in the small town of Tow Law, Co Durham, after attending the funeral of a much-loved family friend who died at the age of 97, just before Christmas. My parents who were student nurses way back when, met Nancy and her husband as they ran the nurses home; when I came along, the couple looked after me when my parents were at work.

Surprisingly, the slim and beautiful Nancy was one of the first people to sign up for Rosemary Conley's dieting class, and apparently, also changed the name of the nurses' "canteen" to the more prestigious "cafeteria". Always a hard worker, she even helped out, at the age of 10, at a soup kitchen during the General Strike. Considering her age and the fact that many of her friends predeceased her, there was a great turn out at the funeral including the vicar who kindly gave me lots of info on the Reverend Thomas Henry Espinell Compton Espin when I asked why the formerly named Station Road had been renamed Espin Place. The reverend was a prominent astronomer and unbelievably also an expert on x-rays. As well as having a street in Tow Law named after him, he also has a part of the moon with his name.

If you're so inclined, this piece in the Northern Echo is well worth a read.