The more people that have a greater understanding of how it is to live with dementia, the more they can make Petersfield a dementia friendly place to be. We are so thrilled that 17 people from Age Concern Petersfield and others from the town came along to our dementia information sessions earlier this month. Thanks go to Ruth (one of our trustees and a dementia champion) that ran these for us.
A big thank you to our IT coaches, minibus drivers, lunch club helpers, and trustees who are the unpaid workforce of our charity. Without them we could not run anything. We held an afternoon tea party in their honour and enjoyed home made cakes and a really warm friendly atmosphere.
Thank you to all of the walkers who turned up to support Age Concern Petersfield at this annual event put on by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Elders Association. This event raises funds for local charities and we were thrilled to take part this year. After a sunny walk through Petersfield with nearly 400 others, we were treated to a curry.
Wow wow wow. We cannot thank the organisers enough for developing their idea into a fully blown exhibition of arts and crafts for the over 60s. It was just amazing to see the talent on show and it was lovingly put together with so much heart. The amazing team ran the exhibition over the May bank holiday weekend and had hundreds of visitors and raised £600 for Age Concern Petersfield. Thank you!
We're holding a coffee morning on Saturday 16th Feb, 10-12noon. If you'd like to get out and about more, or need some help at home, then come and have a chat over a cuppa and cake to find out about our activities and services, and pick up our outings programme. All welcome. See you at the Winton House Centre, 18 High Street, Petersfield.
We were lucky indeed to have Father Christmas visit us on two separate occasions at our Xmas lunch club, and our Xmas party. Thank you to the very kind members of the public that thoughtfully filled shoeboxes for Father Christmas to hand out. Our Xmas party had a fantastic turn out filling the hall at the Community Centre. Thanks to Herne Junior School Choir and the George for providing us with the entertainment.
Look at these amazing pies produced by Sea and Spud - the fish and chip shop on Sheet Street. Marian, our new lunch club cook, won them in a ‘design a pie’ competition and very generously donated them as a meal for our lunch club members. All tucked into their Steak and Ale pies on the last lunch club meet up this year.
What a fantastic turn out we had at our Annual Meeting! Over 25 volunteers, staff and trustees attended to hear about the charity's achievements over the past year from Rosemary, the Chair, who thanked everyone for their vital contributions. Drinks and nibbles were enjoyed afterwards.
Here are a few of us at the mad hatters table in Hotham Park on our day trip to Bognor. With this fabulous weather we had two minibuses laid on, lunch at the fabulous Age UK Laburnum Centre, and an afternoon of Music Hall delights at the Alexandra Theatre. Thank you to Churchers College for loaning us the additional minibus which meant that more people could come along.
Our commitment to FareShare received a terrific boost with a cheque presented to Rosemary, our Chair, for £500. This was most gratefully received from the Masons Lodge of Friendship. Our grateful thanks to them for their generous support to fund transport costs to collect surplus food from the FareShare scheme and use it for our twice weekly lunch club. It is a real positive step to reducing food waste.
We are delighted to be part of Dementia Friends Petersfield by providing information sessions during April and May to our staff and volunteers. This is an initiative to ensure those with dementia feel supported by their local community. Our thanks to Ruth Sander, Dementia Champion, who ran these sessions.
We held a Royal Tea Party in May. Attended by over 30 of our “regulars” and guests our prewedding afternoon tea took place in a lovely setting beneath Butser Hill. Special thanks to Sue and Jane Atkinson of East Meon for hosting this event and for the delicious scones and brownies, Ann Johnson and her daughter for the divine Royal cupcakes and to Sheridan for her super sandwich selection.