Stewards Newsletter

October 2019

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Hello and welcome to the October Newsletter. 

As the winds blow, the leaves fly off the trees and the nights are drawing in, I find myself thinking about turning the heating on. One way to keep the cold at bay is with a bit of exercise - Claire does Zumba Gold here on Tuesday mornings which is very popular and we have Wendy who runs her fantastic fitness class on a Wednesday. A few of the ladies pop into T@the park after exercising for a nice treat, and the girls in there always give you a warm greeting. 


Cathy is having a little break from the Community Centre while she recuperates, because of this we won’t be doing the tombola at the Table Top Sale in October. Any donations will be saved for when Cathy is back with us as normal and able to organise this, hopefully for the May Table Top sale.


Perks of reaching 60 and beyond! Kidnappers are not very interested in you. In a hostage situation you are likely to be released first. No one expects you to run--anywhere. People call at 9 pm and ask, did I wake you? People no longer view you as a hypochondriac. There is nothing left to learn the hard way. Things you buy now won't wear out. You can eat supper at 4 pm. You can live without sex but not your glasses. You get into heated arguments about pension plans. You no longer think of speed limits as a challenge. You quit trying to hold your stomach in no matter who walks into the room. You sing along with elevator music. Your eyes won't get much worse. Your investment in health insurance is finally beginning to pay off. Your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service. Your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either. Your supply of brain cells is finally down to manageable size. 


Brian has retired from running the coach trips and I would like to say a huge thank you to him for all the hard work he’s put into running these trips. A lot of you joined him on some great same day excursions and I’m asking if any of you would like to send me some memories of coach trips to put in next months newsletter. Just address them to me and I will try publish them in November.


Talking of coach trips, these ones are left for 2019:

· 4th November Les Miserables £80 5.30pm for 7.30pm show

· 1st November Southampton Christmas Shopping £15 9am 

· 18th – 22nd November Turkey & Tinsel Norton Grange £340/£360/£390 

· 24th November Xmas Shopping in London £23 9.30am

· 16th December Aladdin £33 5pm for 6.30pm

Prices are all per person and you’ll need to ring the office on 02392 467562 to book.


If there are any trips you would like to see going from the Community Centre next year, again, please send in your ideas. On the possibilities list so far is Goodwood races, Riverdance, The Lion King, Woman in Black, Chester Zoo, Isle of Wight day trip, Wisley Gardens, Streets Outlet Shopping Centre, The King and I, Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey), Islands in the Stream and Bournemouth Winter Wonderland.


Quiz Time  Congratulations to Pam Henderson for getting all 15 questions correct, your prize is in reception. This month is a quiz about flags so get your thinking caps on for that one 


Wrong email address: A couple, Jim and Tracey were going on vacation but Tracey had to go on a business trip so Jim went to the destination first and his wife would meet him the next day. When he reached his hotel, Jim decided to send his wife a quick email. 

Unfortunately, when typing her address, he mistyped a letter and his note was directed instead to an elderly preacher’s wife whose husband had passed away only the day before. When the grieving widow checked her email, she took one look at the monitor, let out a piercing scream, and fell to the floor in a dead faint. At the sound, her family rushed into the room and saw this note on the screen:

Dearest Wife,

Just got checked in. Everything prepared for your arrival tomorrow.

P.S. Sure is hot down here.


The Table Top Sale is on Saturday 12th October 2-4pm and we still have some tables left. If you would like to book, please phone Tania on 02392 467562. Otherwise we look forward to seeing you all there. All for a good cause to help raise funds for new chairs.

Best Wishes,  

Mandy Stanfield (for now…)