Club Meetings

April Dinner Meeting- Dementia UK and their Admiral Nurses

At the first dinner meeting of her Presidential year Helen welcomed 5 prospective new members who joined us for the evening. Following the usual tasty dinner we heard from Helen Green and Ceri Garrett from Dementia UK. Mental Health is the core theme of Presidents Helen’s year in office and our speakers focussed on the care they provide for people suffering from a range of dementia related illnesses.

Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, the nurses work alongside people with dementia, and their families: giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions. The unique dementia expertise and experience an Admiral Nurse brings is a lifeline–it helps families to live more positively with dementia in the present, and to face the challenges of tomorrow with more confidence and less fear. Most Admiral Nurses work in the community for the NHS, and others  work in care homes, hospitals and hospices.

Members had plenty of questions for our speakers and all agreed that the evening was a great start for our project focus in the coming year.

We also learnt from Sue Piddock Jones about the Bravissimo bra collecting project-

At Bravissimo, lots of us are keen to do our bit for others and everyone who works for us has a say in the national charity we choose to support. This year, for the second time in recent years, we have chosen to support Mind. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem, which means that every family, every workplace, and every friendship circle could be affected. We’re really pleased to be able to support them in their belief that no-one should have to face a mental health problem alone.”

and all agreed to have a rummage through their wardrobes to see if any old bras could be contributed!


April Business meeting- AGM and Change of Insignia

The AGM is an occasion to reflect on the year past and plan for the forthcoming year.  An interesting part of the 2019 AGM were the reports from Club officers which revealed the wide range of activities the Club undertook during the past 12 months: support for the Anti- Slavery Campaign, Christmas gift boxes, support for International Women’s Day, lunch at the Clink, trip to see the Book of Mormon – to name but a few! Members also noted the revised and improved social media coverage for our club!

However, the highlight of the evening was the Change of Insignia when President Nancy passed the Presidential ‘reins’ to incoming President Helen for the 2019/2020 year.

Helen addressed the meeting:

“First of all I would like to thank Nancy for a very good year. the AGM reports were great and showed how much we’d achieved and that we all worked well together. I think that year actually reflected Nancy’s own personality – informal but very friendly and she got things done.  As our gift from the club, Nancy requested a voucher from John Pass the Jeweller. So I know that we will all insist on having a good look at whatever she buys.”

She continued her presentation by outlining  her themes for the coming year. The new SIGBI Federation President, Sue Williams, has a theme for her year entitled ‘Think on it’ which encourages Members to raise awareness of mental health. Helen said “I am taking her lead and devoting my whole year to all aspects of mental health. Now that may all sound a bit depressing but it isn’t because in each situation we are going to be looking at the positives. What can be done by experts and amateurs like us to make things better. We will also be looking for projects in which we can get involved.” She went on to give details of all the speakers and activities lined up for the coming months. [Note: see the Diary for full details of speakers.]

Members concluded with a group photo to mark the start of Helen’s Presidency.

February 2019 Dinner Meeting

Once again our meeting started with a delicious dinner for members and guests at the Hunters Lodge Hotel. It was followed by a fascinating and inspiring talk from Kay Carson from the Nantwich Job Club. She talked engagingly about how the Club works with those struggling with life, debts and getting into work.  She explained how her faith and strong sense of social injustice had led her to work with the group ‘Christians against Poverty’ who support and sponsor the Job Clubs. She encouraged listeners to think strategically: what ideas could they contribute to help organisations and businesses aid those who struggle to engage with society in the ‘usual’ way?

Thanks to Kay for a most thought- provoking presentation.

It being ‘Fair Trade Fortnight’ members also contributed Fair Trade items to the Food Bank and admired and purchased soft toys made by a friend of a member in aid of charity.    

January 2019 Meeting

A Talk about the YMCA parenting programme

Members braved a cold and snowy January evening to enjoy dinner followed by a most interesting talk from Tracey and Judith from the YMCA in Crewe about their parenting programmes. SI Nantwich made a donation to the Parenting Groups at Christmas which enabled the organisers to provide a number of jolly seasonal parties for their groups. SI Nantwich also donated some attractive hardback notebooks to help parents struggling to cope and organise their lives. Tracey told us about one mum who had found the notebook so useful it went everywhere with her!

Members also examined the book that the YMCA use as the basis of their help sessions. Those of us with children might have found this useful ourselves!