What you say: July 2015

Posted on 14th July 2015 | in Opinion

Fundraising for the lifeboats

A big ‘Thank you’ to all who supported ALF at our last Coffee Morning – £479 was raised. This was money –matched by Joanne Gregor from Barclays which means that we will receive the same again. Thank you Barclays and Joanne.
Foxton Golf Club organised a golf match in aid of the ‘Shannon’ appeal and raised £600. It was a great day and enjoyed by all.
Marks and Spencer in Morpeth have made us their Charity for the year and are working with us to raise money. A bag pack was held in store on May 22 and realised £521.52.
Volunteers attended the Druridge Bay 10k run on Bank Holiday Sunday, with the largest entry they have ever had – 486. The weather was kind and a good day was had by everyone. The bucket collection raised £308 and the ‘Shannon’ appeal will receive more later.
We are looking for volunteers to help out in any way they can – assist at events, bake a cake, hold a car boot sale etc. and as such we are looking to ‘recruit’ Friends of ALF. They may be able to help out a couple of times, help out for a couple of hours on Harbour Day or support other fundraising events. They won’t be expected to attend committee meetings. If you feel you are able to do this, please provide your contact details to an ALF committee member or me, so we can call on you when help is needed.
The Jam Jar Army is marching ahead – we have now raised £750 – so please keep filling your jam jars/coffee jars/any kind of jars to help us raise more. Full jars can be left at Easyway Estate Agents, Rook Mathew Sayers and Amble Development Trust at Fourways. They can also be left at our coffee mornings, where more empty jars will be available.
The Brick Club at Red Row has come up trumps again. A cheque for £1,000 was received by Geoff Foster, on behalf of the ‘Shannon’ Appeal, at the Lifeboat Station this past weekend. Members of the Brick Club were shown around the station and the lifeboats. Our thanks again to everyone concerned.
Katrina Cassidy Chair, Amble Lifeboat Fundraisers

RVS Getabout Service

It looks like the RVS Getabout service may been coming to an end due to penny pinching by the County Council, not only did the service help those less able to get to appointments etc. it helped volunteers like myself have a purpose in life.
Several time a week, when needed, I took people out, they did pay towards this service, the council giving a grant to assist, however that grant is no more, so those who were helped will go back to the way they were before. Staying at home or using a taxi at a cost.
I know this letter will not change matters but I felt I had to have my say.
Peter Little via comments on our website

Note from Editor:
The Royal Voluntary Service Getabout volunteers across Northumberland helped and supported older people stay independent at home.

Thanks for the gift

I would like to say thank you to the person who left strawberries and cream on my doorstep on May 6. Having checked with some friends and relatives, I cannot solve this mystery. Please let me know so that I can thank you in person.
Joan Shepherd, Bisley Rd, Amble

Memorial Trees

With regard to the ongoing discussion regarding the “memorials” on the trees on Rotary Way, I am dismayed that the current school of thought seems to be that the only way to publically remember a loved one killed on the road is through faded, neglected, often dirty and generally dilapidated “memorials” left on a roadside.
Surely a more positive way of remembering would be to consider raising funds to set up a memorial trophy which can be won every year by a local sports club, football team or school? This would not only ensure that their name lives on forever but would also be an inspiration and motivation to young competitors.
Jennifer Dunn via email

Art Class resumes

I have been running a small art group in Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Percy Street, Amble and plan to re-launch it on Tuesday September 8 from 7pm to 8.30pm. The class is relaxed; I show participants how to put a painting together using watercolours and sometimes acrylics with basic brushes and paper. Occasionally it can get messy when we do a bit of stippling.
I demonstrate simple straight forward sketches and scenes and encourage individuality; at the end of the evening each member takes home a lovely painting and no two will be the same. At Christmas we will create cards and participants are encouraged to bring along their own ideas.
We enjoy a coffee break in the middle. Blue skies, colour and a cup of coffee, that’s all it takes.
Pauline Thompson 01665 798978

Memories of coble fishing

My husband, Dave Cant can remember going out fishing in the coble with Norman Henderson, when he was just a young lad of about 9 (around about 1957), memories brought back from watching Secret Britain on BBC. He used to stay in the caravan of his Auntie Millie Jacobsen (nee Cant) with his parents, Bill and Edith Cant on the seafront at Amble.

Pat Cant via comments on our website

Thank you for Leukaemia support

I would like to thank everyone for all their generous donations and kind support at a fundraising coffee morning held at the Parish Hall on Saturday 6th June. The total raised for Leukaemia Research was £800.

Kate Appleby District Nurse, Amble Health Centre

Book reprint helped Marie Curie

A very successful launch at Gray’s raising £432 on the night. The author Ian Smith signed copies & chatted to guests while we enjoyed the refreshments kindly provided by Julie & Tim Mohon in their lovely shop. Gray’s also generously donated 10% of their day’s takings to Marie Curie.
Huge appreciation to everyone who supported the event.
The book is now on general sale in local shops in and around Warkworth and online from northern-heritage.co.uk and Amazon.
See our Warkworth page on Facebook.

Beryl Homes book.holmes@gmail.com

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