January 2021 : Chairman’s Message

Chairman’s Report January 2021

Hello Tangent Friends

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.

Love and best wishes

YICF

Pat

November 2020: Chairman’s Message

Hi Everyone

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.

YICF, Love Pat

August 2020: Chairman’s Message

Hi Everyone,

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.

YICF Love Pat xx 

July 2020 : Chairman’s message

Hello Ladies

I hope you’re all still staying well.  Life seems to be very slowly, “baby steps”, getting back to some sort of normality but we’ve still got a fair way to go.  It’s lovely that everyone is able to see families now.  Not long now until we can give them a hug. 

I think the Garden Centres have done a sterling job in opening and taking very well thought out measures to keep everyone safe.  Near me, The Fig and Olive in Middleton are serving refreshments from a converted horse box and you can sit on socially distanced chairs and benches on the grass banks and enjoy a lovely flat white or cappuccino.    I met a friend this afternoon who I hadn’t seen since March in Sutton Park and we finished off our walk with a coffee at the Bracebridge outside restaurant, sitting by the lake in the sunshine and got blown to bits.  Amazing how much everyone’s hair has grown –  I’ve got an appointment next Monday, hooray.

I am very pleased to say that the Moving Garden Party has had some good response and after chatting with Deirdre at the weekend, we have decided to go ahead with it.  More details will be sent out soon and we have extended the date for you to decide if you’d like to come to 17th July.  I know that some of you have decided that you would not be comfortable to attend and I quite understand that.  I’m sure it will be a very happy occasion and I am looking forward to seeing some of you.  Thanks to Deirdre for coming up with the idea and implementing it. 

It was suggested that we make Di Price, a past Chairman of Tangent who is 92, a Life Honorary Member of Tangent.  I emailed everyone on the Exec to seek approval then I wrote to Di and she was delighted to accept.  Unfortunately I understand from Pam, that Di had a fall recently and her son moved her to Wrexham to a nursing home for a week’s respite care.  He lives in Bala and is hoping to get her in to a home nearer to him.  We hope she is making good progress.

I hope we can ALL meet up again soon and until then everyone take care.

YICF

With lots of love

Pat

June 2020 : Chairman’s message

Hi Everyone, hope you are all keeping well and enjoying the lovely weather.

I attended a Zoom Tangles meeting last Thursday, as one of their honorary members. They were very welcoming. They are a small group and have regular virtual activities. They join in with the Tangent National quizzes and Scavenger hunts and have set various challenges. They have challenged us to virtual Bingo. Bit scary for a technophobe like me. There was a virtual raffle which for once, I didn’t win!!

I did wonder if these were the sorts of things that our Club should be doing and having only been in Lichfield Tangent for such a short time wasn’t really sure of how most people would feel. We are after all a generation older than most Tangles members. Maybe everyone would be happier to wait until we can meet in small groups of possibly 10. I know that not everyone in Tangent is happy to or know how to use Zoom. David and I Zoom our friends quite regularly but we are in much smaller groups.

I set up an Exec meeting yesterday and we discussed the various options that we have. Deirdre is hoping to organise a moving Tangent Garden Party, along the lines of Safari suppers that we used to have in Round Table. There would be groups of at least 6, depending on the latest Government Covid-10 regulations and we would take our own food and drinks and meet up in 4 gardens we could finish in the park, this number is variable, depending on how many people would like take part. We would be given an envelope to indicate the next garden to move on to. This way we should be able to see everyone. The hosts would stay in their gardens. I think this sounds a lovely idea and I hope you all agree.

Another idea is an online Quiz, the questions would be emailed out and the answers sent back. The winner would get a prize at a later date.

David and I are planning a joint event (41 Club and Tangent) in July when we will invite groups of approximately 10 to come to our garden, bring their chairs and enjoy food and wine, hopefully strawberries will still be around. Also of course the good weather.

I hope you like some of the above ideas.

I’m fortunate that the day goes quite quickly. I have been doing the Joe Wicks Exercise for Seniors. It’s just for 10 minutes but sets me up for the day. We go walking and I occasionally do Pilates. I have been helping to sew the small headbands with buttons that go under the visors that front line NHS staff wear. I did make a few facemasks for us and friends and family. The garden has kept me busy as everything has grown so much. We Zoom and FaceTime friends and daughters and grandchildren. Have got into a few box sets on TV and stay up far too late watching them.

Anyway enough from me, stay well everyone and please let me know if you need any help or just want a chat. I know there are days when we all feel a bit low and flat, wondering how much longer this way of life will carry on and we’ll be able to hug our children and grandchildren but we’ll get there and be together again soon.

YCIF Pat xx