What weather amazing weather we’re having at the moment. Such a nice change after all the rain. We were also extremely lucky to be blessed last Tuesday with fine weather for the Garden Party at Jennie Tipper’s lovely house and garden which looked gorgeous. It was wonderful that after so many cancelled events, we were able to get together, even though we were limited to 30. It was a truly memorable afternoon. Jennie and Andrew had worked really hard and I did hear that Andrew had got up at 5.30 am to make the sandwiches which were delicious. There was also a magnificent selection of canapes and little deserts which had been made by Chef, Simon Smith and had arranged by Jennie and Andrew. Mary Jones joined us and she was brought and collected by her son.
Thanks must go to everyone who made cakes to sell and eat and all the fabulous scones and sausage rolls. Liz manned the Entrance. The book stall was organised by Jean and Deirdre organised the Tombola. Sue looked after the Cake Stall and I organised the raffle. Thanks to everyone for all the donations. I hope I haven’t left anyone out. We were able to raise the magnificent sum of just under £500 and I understand there is more money to come in. Jennie requested that we donate the proceeds to Crisis which is Tangent National President Tracey’s charity for her Presidential Year.
We were very honoured to have our National President Tracey Pickin join us, along with her driver Val. They are both members of A.B.O.T.S. which is based in South Warwickshire so didn’t have to come too far. I was amazed to learn that A.B.O.T.S. stands for “A Bit On The Side”. Obviously, I need to get out more!
After a couple of presentations, one to Tracey and flowers for Jennie, Tracey told us about how she was going to plan her year. We were only her 3rd visit. She also told us about Crisis who work directly with thousands of homeless people every year and provide vital help to enable them to rebuild their lives, learning new skills, finding a home or help with their health and wellbeing. It truly is wonderful work in these testing times.
Best wishes must go to all the ladies who have had surgery or are awaiting test results. I hope you’re all restored to good health soon. Keep us informed of your progress.
Now that Freedom Day is almost upon us, I am looking forward to seeing you on 4th August for our lunchtime meeting at The Vicarage.
May meeting at the Kingfisher Café, Fradley Junction
It was lovely to see everyone last Tuesday. It’s wonderful that at last we are gradually coming out of lockdown. There were 20 of us which was a really good turnout. We managed, only just, to dodge the showers though apparently they were all around us. It was lovely to see Mary Jones who joined us for lunch. She was looking really well and is living with her daughter, they are having a house built in Drakelow which they will hopefully move into in September.
It was also great to see Helen who came along with Mary Ward. She has had some recent treatment which has been successful. Pauline also joined us for lunch.
Several of us walked the Nature Reserve with Jane as our Guide. It was very interesting and some eagle eyes spotted a Jay.
We were able to sit outside for our lunch. The food and service were excellent and everyone was in great spirits and so glad to get out and see one another in person. Thank you Deirdre for organizing an excellent event.
I’m at our other home in Whitstable now and looking forward to a weekend of birthday celebrations for David and our gorgeous granddaughter, Maia who will be 9 and is very excited at the prospect. They have a wonderful joint birthday cake, hopefully only 9 candles on it. We’re having fish and chips delivered from Margate.
I’m looking forward to our June meeting at the Colvile Arms, Lullington. A joint lunch meeting with 41 Club. An invitation will be coming to us soon, I understand, inviting everyone in Tangent.
July will be the Garden Party at Jennie Tipper’s. This will be from 3.00 pm. Fingers crossed for a nice day and we are to be joined by our National President. More details to follow.
I’d like to finish by wishing everyone who has had operations or tests or who is awaiting surgery, all the very best and let us know how you’re getting on.
Hope you’re all staying well. I think most families have been touched by Covid in some way or other by now.
Our daughter who lives in Whitstable and her husband and two boys aged 8 and 5 were all tested positive just after Christmas. We met them briefly on Christmas Day on the beach for a drink and nibbles before we went back to our own separate houses for lunch. We couldn’t be with them as just after we’d arrived at our house there, we went into Tier 4 so instead of the lovely 5 days we had originally been allowed, we had to be on our own. They were told that almost certainly the 5 year old would have brought it home from school. Following their test result we all had to isolate until 4th January. Fortunately they had the virus mildly and by about the 5th day were feeling reasonably well and we were fine. Our other daughter who lives nearby dropped off food parcels for us containing popcorn to watch films and a tub of Magnum chocolate ice cream which was totally amazing.
In early January each year St Giles Hospice arrange to collect Christmas trees from a very wide area in exchange for a donation which is usually in the region of £10. This year there were 4,500 trees to be collected which was a record number. This is a major fundraiser for St Giles, particularly in view of the fact that, like a lot of other charities, their usual fundraising activities were unable to take place. David has helped with the Tree collection for a number of years, usually with the help of other volunteers. This year, due to Covid restrictions, you could only work with someone from your household. I therefore agreed to step in. We arrived at St Giles in Whittington at 8.00am for our briefing and to pick up our Enterprise large vehicle. We were given a list of addresses in Sutton and Erdington with 60 trees to collect! Off we went after fully sanitising the vehicle again. St Giles had already done so but we felt better doing it again. The van was soon full as everyone this year seemed to have huge trees, we then went to a recycling place near Wall before setting off again. We managed to collect 43 trees in all. By the end of the day we were tired but enjoyed the day and very pleased to be able to contribute towards such a worthwhile charity. Photos of the day are attached.
Last Thursday evening Jennie and myself took part in Tangles Zoom Race evening which was very enjoyable and good fun. We all wore hats and fascinators and again, photos are attached. We both won a couple of races and donated our prize money to Chairman Sharon’s charity, Pathways. The sum of £224 was made for the charity.
I’m sure like you, we are looking forward to receiving our vaccinations and getting some form of normality back. Let’s hope it’s not too far away. I’m walking more than I’ve ever done with David and various friends. Stay well everyone and please keep in touch.
Hope everyone is staying well and not getting too fed up with yet another lockdown. Let us hope things improve and we all manage to see our families at Christmas.
Obviously not a great deal to report. I was sorry that the Christmas Lunch is not going to take place and thank you to Pearl for making all the arrangements. Let’s hope we can get together in the new year sometime.
Obviously the usual ceremonies for Remembrance Sunday at the National Arboretum were not able to take place so David and I went on Monday at 11.00 am and laid wreaths on behalf of Lichfield 41 Club and Tangent. Peter Good, National President of 41 Club had already laid a wreath on behalf of National. Mary and John Ward and Elaine and Gordon Macnab came along to keep us company and take photos. The Arboretum was very quiet but everyone there kept to the social distancing rules and it felt right that we should pay our respects to those who so bravely gave their lives for us. David and I both said poems and I said the ever popular “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.
I would like to send best wishes and love from us all to Wendy Webb and Helen Dempster who are presently both having a difficult time.
I will organise another Zoom get together soon and hope that a few more of you might be able to join us this time.
Hope you’re all staying well. I heard from Jane Hartley that Sheila Jones has fractured her wrist and Jane kindly took her some flowers and a card from us all. Thank you Jane and I hope everything is going well Sheila. It was lovely to see Wendy Webb yesterday in Jenny Chapman’s garden. Wendy, as some of you may know, is undergoing treatment for cancer. I took her an orchid and card from us early on in her diagnosis and she is making good progress and due for surgery following her treatment. She looked very well and we hope to see you again soon Wendy.
The Moving Garden Parties took place yesterday and were a great success. Everyone stayed safe and socially distanced and it was lovely to see the 12 ladies that took part. We were so lucky with the weather. Thank you so much Deirdre for organising it and to Jenny Chapman and Jennie Tipper for hosting in their lovely gardens. We were all very taken with Monty, Jennie’s robot lawn mower who busied himself all afternoon cutting her lawn. Photos of the afternoon will be in the Bulletin.
We talked about getting together again in September and Deirdre and Jennie are looking into a coffee or lunch at the café at Fradley Junction which has a large outside area by the canal. More details will follow. It is great to be able to get out and about a bit more and David and I went to a restaurant on Monday with some friends. The first time all of us had been out in the evening since March and inside rather than out!! We went to the Butlers Arms on the Lichfield Road near Mere Green and were able to take advantage of Rishi’s very generous “Eat to Help Out”, saving £40 on our bill. It was very safe and they kept to the rules. Excellent fish choices.
We are hoping to go over to France with our family (10 of us) on 15th and just keeping everything crossed that the quarantine rules don’t change, particularly while we’re there. The four grandchildren are so excited. Buckets and spades already packed. How is everyone coping with the facemasks. I did send for some fancy ones from Boden but find that my home-made ones are easier to breathe through. They do make you feel much safer though and everyone seems to be wearing them in the shops and apparently on the trains as well. David went into Birmingham yesterday on the train and said it was like a ghost city with most of the shops in Grand Central still closed. An awful shame that John Lewis is closing its stores in Birmingham and Tamworth. We are also going to lose our little Waitrose at Mere Green in September.
I’m looking forward to our meeting at Branston on Wednesday 2nd September. Unfortunately because of the current Covid-19 rules, numbers are restricted to 16 and I understand we are nearly at that number. We won’t have a quorum so although we did say it was an AGM, strictly speaking we should just have a handover and meeting. Nevertheless, it’ll be lovely to get together. Thank you Pearl for organising it. Take care everyone and stay safe.