"I love autumn, the one season of the year that God seemed to have put there just for the beauty of it."
Here we are in Autumn, what does Autumn mean to you, to most people it is a reminder that winter is just round the corner but if you take the time to look around you then you will see that although the colourful flowers of spring and summer have gone there is an abundance of different colours on the trees and multi coloured carpets of leaves on the floor.
With that in mind remember to take care as wet leaves can be slippery.
Autumn means we are three quarters of the way through the year and with the help of a very good summer we have had some very enjoyable outings so far. It was so good to see those who came on our outing to Redcar enjoying a lemon top ice cream whilst admiring the sea view.
We still have some outings left this year and hopefully these will be just as enjoyable as the others.
I will continue to visit those who are unable to join us on our outings and will do my best to provide practical help where I can. Although I am only in the office one day a week you can leave a message on the answermachine as I pick up my messages every day .
We are pleased to welcome two new volunteers to the Charity.
Brian Simpson is a new driver, but is also sharing his talents in fundraising for us.
Pam Dixon is a volunteer visitor, but is unable to visit at present, due to family commitments.
We are always needing new volunteers, so please if you know of someone who may be able to drive for us once a month or make a commitment to a couple of hours visiting each week please let Sue Case know.
Events & Outings
By the time this is published, you will have enjoyed a trip to Strikes Garden Centre at Northallerton - always a popular destination and the cake is good too!
In December we have the new but very popular Jack Frost Party at Polam Hall School. It was the first one last year, and was enjoyed by everyone. This year it is on Tuesday 3rd December.
Our annual Carol Service is at 2pm on Friday 13th December. This will be followed by afternoon tea. This year we are holding the service at St. Anne's Church on Welbeck Avenue. During the service there will be a collection for the work of the Mission.
December 19th 2pm start we have
Carols at Sainsbury's.
So get your best voices ready and bring along your friends. Do you know any choir members who might join us? If so let Pam Martin know on 380661.
Recent past events have raised lots of funds to keep the Mission going.
Beetle Drive £206
Sponsored Hymn Singing£671
Plate Smashing £115
Carnival Parade Collection £652
Carnival Games £125
Evening Concert and raffle £547
Quiz night £245
175 Dinner £248
Puddings Galore £171
So Far: £3522
A flower arranging demonstration,
With Christmas in Mind, on
Tuesday, December 10th. 2.30pm
Salutation Hall, Salutation Road.
Demonstrator - Brian Simpson.
£5 to include tea and cake.
Tickets available from Pam 380661
or Mary 380665.
To get the new year off to a flying start we have arranged a Beetle Drive on Friday 10th January, at Mary Drury's house. Tickets available soon. £5 per person. Bring and share supper.
Other fundraising plans which are arranged so far are:
Tombolaat Morrison's, Morton Park on Friday 7th February. (any unwanted Christmas gifts will be welcome for this event)
We will be smashing plates again at Elm Ridge on 7th June.
Our annual Barbecue will be held once again, by popular demand at Sadberge, on 12th July.
There are many other ideas for fundraising such as our Popular Sponsored Hymn Singing, A Coffee Morning, an Easter Egg Tombola, Street Collection, and a Puddings and Fizz evening. These do not have dates confirmed at present, but we will keep you informed of progress.
There is a vacancy for a volunteer Secretary for our Charity, with effect from the AGM in March 2014.
It takes about one full day per week, but of course this can be split over the week.
Ability to take minutes for the Management Team, The Fundraising Team and The Trustee Board. This also includes all associated paperwork in connection with the various committees. You will be responsible to the Chairman.
If you are interested in this position, please contact the current secretary, Sue Murton, 01325-243765.
Possible new service.
The Mission is exploring the possibility of introducing a new service of bringing elderly people to a place within their local area for tea and a chat enabling them to have contact with other people within their locality and make new Friends. This service is in the very early stages of planning but in order to progress further we need your views on whether such a service is needed and would be of benefit to you.
We would be very grateful if you could complete the attached short questionnaire and give it to Sue Case.