Stewards Newsletter

October 2018

Hallo and welcome to our October News, and I can’t believe that British Summer Time ends on Saturday 27th October and the clocks will go back 1 hour. How I hate the dark evenings! Very unkind of me but when I go to Mass on the following Sunday morning I always have a smile because somebody always turns up just as the Service is ending.

Forthcoming Excursions – I would be obliged if you could pay for your tickets for EVITA as soon as possible as these will be ready for collection from the Office on the 25th October.

CINDERELLA PANTOMIME AT THE KINGS THEATRE 17TH December – in order to avoid disappointment please book as soon as possible. We have to pay all monies due for tickets booked by the 17th October, otherwise we have to hand the tickets back.

STEWARDS COFFEE MORNING ON 11TH OCTOBER IN THE BOWLS ROOM AT 10.00AM – look forward to welcoming all our Stewards. Margaret will be providing lovely cakes as usual. Tania will be updating you on the latest news and future plans and of course we will be having a raffle.

I love this shaggy dog story:-

A man wrote a letter to a small Hotel in a town he planned to visit on his holiday. He wrote: “I would very much like to bring my dog with me. He is well groomed and very well behaved. Would you permit me to keep him in my room with me at night?”

An immediate reply came from the Hotel owner, who wrote “Sir, I have been operating this Hotel for many years. In all that time, I have never had a dog steal towels, bedclothes, silverware or pictures off the walls. I have never had to evict a dog in the middle of the night for being drunk and disorderly, and I have never had a dog run out on a Hotel bill. Yes indeed, your dog is welcome at my Hotel. And if your dog will vouch for you, you’re welcome to stay here too.”

My daughter Jill and I have had a wonderful holiday in Canada with the family living there. My great granddaughter Harper started school at the beginning of September and she will not be 4 until Halloween. She will get on the school bus at 8.10am and is dropped home at 4.10pm and she loves it. On the first day the family were invited too so that she could be handed over to her teacher and then attend assembly, where the day will start every day with a Hymn and a Prayer and the Canadian National Anthem and then the children went off to their classrooms. The Principal then invited us to Coffee and Doughnuts – a day to remember.

TURKEY & TINSEL Joining instructions and Luggage Labels will be in Reception for your collection mid October.  Please ensure you have paid your balance by then.

We have a Macmillan Coffee morning on the 3rd October from 10.00am to 12.00 noon in the Cafe and as well as the cakes provided by the T at the Park Café we are asking for some cakes to be donated as well please. Many of us and our families have had wonderful help and caring from the Macmillan Nurses – a really worthy cause.

Christmas is under 90 DAYS AWAY so get well prepared and join us for a CHRISTMAS SHOPPING DAY on the 14th November. We have Avon , Sassi Gifts, Chocolates for Chocoholics, Stella and Dot and possibly a Candle Company coming in. There will be items to buy or order and plenty of ideas to help you with your Christmas Shopping.  This will be in the Cafe and upstairs.


Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5lb potato bag in each hand, extend your arms right out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute and then relax. Each day you will find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.

After a couple of weeks, move up to 10lb bags. Then try 50lb potato bags and eventually get to where you can lift a 100lb potato bag in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute (I’m at this level).

After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each bag.

SEPTEMBER QUIZ was a Shopping Quiz and the winner drawn at random was Alan Brindley. Congratulations and your prize is in Reception ready for collection. Thank you for entering and the entries for the October Quiz must be in by 10.00am on Friday 26th October.

HEARTFELT PLEA FROM TINA “We are in dire need of more Volunteers in order to keep our new Reception running smoothly. It really is a worthwhile job and all you need, to be able to do it, is common sense.” Why not give a Tina ring on 02392467545 and arrange to come in and see her and she will tell you all about it and then why not come in and join another Steward for a couple of hours and see if you would like it. It is a great opportunity to get to know people and make some new friends.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Spike Milligan was an absolute favourite of mine and this is one of his poems.


Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too

I walked around the corner and someone saw me grin

When he smiled I realised I had passed it on to him

I thought about the smile and then realised its worth

A single smile like mine could travel round the earth

So if you feel a smile begin don’t leave it undetected

Start an epidemic and get the world infected.

Best Wishes,

Cathy Kennealy