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