We ended October on a high with the final Band of Sisters Respite & Relaxation Weekend of 2016, we held our first Mental Health First Aid Course for BoB & BoS and we also had the families day at Essex Wildlife Trust.
The Respite & Relaxation weekend was a great success with nine BoS being treated to a weekend of relaxing treatments, therapeutic craft and chocolate workshops and more importantly a lie in! One of the BoS who attended said “The weekend was fantastic, thank you so much, it was really needed.” The Respite & Relaxation weekends run from Friday evening to Sunday midday and are a great way to meet other BoS in similar situations and get away from the stresses at home. There will be more running in the New Year so do not worry if you missed out on this year’s weekends.
The Mental Health First Aid course was a huge benefit for all BoB & BoS who attended, with many taking away lots of positive things from the two days, not only from the course but also the networking side of things and mixing with other members of the fellowship. This was the first course run at Chavasse VC House for beneficiaries and I am hoping it will run again in 2017.
The Families Day with Essex Wildlife Trust was enjoyed by five families from across Essex and Suffolk and allowed them to enjoy the outdoors together whilst building dens and toasting marshmallows on an open camp fire. Band of Sister Donna Molloy said “We had a lovely day out in the fresh air and it was so nice to take part in something together. We don’t really have time to do stuff as a family and we didn’t really know what to expect from today. But once we got here and mingled in with the others we all really enjoyed it. We’ll certainly come again in the summertime.”
November kicked off with a wonderful trip to Imperial War Museum Duxford with a guided tour for 14 lucky BoB & BoS. We were treated wonderfully from the moment we walked through the door to the minute we left. “We both had a great day out at Duxford, so nice to get out of the house and not have to worry about anything.”
The monthly craft workshop for Band of Sisters is still going strong and this month the ladies made Christmas wreaths which got them in the festive mood very nicely!
Plans are coming together for this year’s Christmas Parties at Chavasse VC House on Thursday 8 and Thursday 15 December. If I don’t get to see you before the end of the year I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and I look forward to seeing lots of you in 2017!
Yep, November is coming to an end - which means Christmas is round the corner - Woo Hoo or Ba Humbug depending on your outlook! I am definitely the former and I hope, if you are coming to either of our Christmas knees up you are to!
So November started with a bang - the bang of hammers bending aluminium and wood to make the amazing sports car’s at Morgan Cars in Malvern, with 16 BoB and BoS touring the factory and the guys checking their online banking as we went round to see if we could afford one. A really interesting and fun visit with David Morgan (Nope, no relation!) who attended with his son Theo sending this through the next day “Thanks for today, I really needed that, after all that me and Theo have been through the last few months it was good for us to do stuff together, I really appreciated it, we had a wonderful day we can't thank you enough. See you on the next trip as we are getting a regular fixture.”
Some of you lovely lot also got down to the smoke to attend the Thames River Cruise with the brilliant Mr Kazi and we also had a great nights competitive (!) bowling at Telford, and a coffee and cake get together in Leicester. The lucky ballot winners also got to attend the Festive Fair at The NEC, and of course one fella getting to see England v South Africa at Twickers. That was popular to say the least and you nearly did damage to my inbox with your responses on that one. Note to self-more rugby tickets required!
Looking forward we have the annual track day at Donnington Park on Friday 9 December - always a great day so hopefully we will see plenty of new faces coming along to that cold, but brilliant day of fast laps. It is also the same day as the family Christmas Party at Hednesford - and for a change it wasn’t my bad planning! This will be family focused with Santa, a children’s entertainer, a present for each of the kids, buffet, DJ and maybe even a snow machine and special guest who might look a bit like Hero Bear..
The second Christmas function is a sit down Dinner on Thursday 22 in Birmingham’s oldest pub which was also used for the filming of Peaky Blinders. There will also be some great, money can’t buy tickets available if my blagging skills do their thing for a couple of sporting events in December -keep your eyes on the comedy filled Dotmailer offers - well they make me laugh and they are all done in the best possible taste daaarlings….
So, if I don’t get to see you at one of the events before Christmas have an amazing fun filled time with those you love, and a massive thank you for all the support and assistance during 2016. Let’s make 2017 even better by developing the fellowship, looking out for each other and having some fun and giggles along the way. A Very Merry Midlands Christmas and Funky Fun Filled New Year!
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