Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Barbara welcomed members back after the summer break. During this time various events had taken place, including the party at Kilmersdon WI, a walking tour of Frome and the President’s evening (a very enjoyable social time with some lovely food).
The Annual meeting is on 22 October at Taunton. Caroline & Shelagh will be attending. Members were asked to donate items for the YMCA Christmas Shoe box appeal for both male and female young adults. Small toiletry and household items are required, as well as some chocolates and food treats, socks, gloves, etc. Any items to Caroline by 17 October at the latest. Members were encouraged to sign up for the Defibrillator training in the Village Hall on 21 September. Other events to look forward to are the Autumn Group Meeting at Beckington on Monday 3 October at which the Frome Town Crier will be present. There is an ACWW Coffee morning in Binegar on 19 October. Further ahead Christmas activities include – the Group Carol Service on 2 December at Kilmersdon and our Christmas meal to be held at The Bell on Thursday 8 December.
Barbara welcomed our speaker, Steph from Dorothy House. She gave an interesting talk on the history of the organisation. It is a registered Charity and was set up in 1976 in a house in Bloomfield Road and was able to care for 6 people at a time. In 1995 they moved to their current home at Winsley. There are only 9 bedrooms as well as facilities for day patients. Predominately care is carried out in the person’s own home. They cover an area of 700 square miles and last year cared for over 2000 patients. Everything is free of charge and although they do receive some NHS funding the majority is from their own fund raising. In total they need £12K per day.
Our speaker next month will be giving a talk on ‘Living Out of a Skip’!
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