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Category Archives: Weekenders
No Weekenders’ group activities again this month of course but we had our virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2 pm on Saturday, 27th June. Let’s have another virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2 pm on Saturday, 25th July, or better still, anyone happy to host four of us with fold up chairs and our own drinks, in your garden – distancing, of course?
We have all kept in touch with one another and I have sent out a Weekenders June Newsletter to those on email, with a request for copies to be run off and posted through the doors of those not on email; thanks to the walkers amongst us who delivered the newsletter.
Hopefully none of us will need this help but if you know anyone who is struggling, please pass on this information.
Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust has launched a local mental health crisis helpline which is open 24 hours a day, seven-days a week. The helpline number is 0300 303 0165 and is for anyone in crisis at anytime, anywhere across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Hucknall number: 0300 123 2901
No Weekender group activities again this month of course but we had our virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2.00 pm on Saturday, 30th May. We have all kept in touch with one another and I have sent out a Weekenders May Newsletter to those on email, with a request for copies to be run off and posted through the doors of those not on email. Hope you all received them.
There were no Weekenders having birthdays this month so of course we missed our monthly Broomhill visits. Let’s have another virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2.00 pm on Saturday, 27th June.
Compared to the Weekenders members, I’ve done nothing this month. I did have a surprise delivery of a very large (18” x 8”) bar of Cadbury’s chocolate as a “random act of kindness” which turned out to be from my nephew up in Edinburgh, and the next day a “miss you” home-made card from my five year old grand-daughter.
Most Weekenders have been very busy with gardening, cleaning, clearing out, painting, crafting, sewing masks, making VE Day bunting, reading, cooking, enjoying the sunny days, and celebrating VE Day in their own way.
AND FINALLY –
WHAT IS A GRANDPARENT?
(Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people’s.
A grandfather is a man, & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don’t have to do anything except be there when we come to see them
They are so old they shouldn’t play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the colours of the flowers and also why we shouldn’t step on ‘cracks.’
They don’t say, ‘Hurry up.’
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don’t have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like ‘Why isn’t God married?’ and ‘How come dogs chase cats?’
When they read to us, they don’t skip. They don’t mind if we ask for the same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don’t have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us.
Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things but I don’t get to see him enough to get as smart as him
It’s funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.
No group activities of course but we had a virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2 pm on Saturday, 25th April. We have all kept in touch with one another and I did send out a Weekenders April Newsletter to those on email, with a request for copies to be run off and posted through the doors of those not on email. Hope you all received them.
Two Weekenders have become grannies again in the same week during April – congratulations – but of course they are not yet able to meet their new relations. One member had a lovely holiday in New Zealand and fortunately got back just in time for lockdown; at least she has the lovely photos to remind her of her holiday. Another member has started a patchwork quilt which will be a lovely heirloom for someone someday. The rest of us have had to just deal with the mundane jobs which have to be done but at least we had good weather in which to do them. Although the first week of May doesn’t look too good weather-wise, let’s hope things improve further into spring. Several Weekenders had birthdays this month but of course we could not celebrate them at our usual Broomhill Birthday lunches but we hope they had good birthdays despite this. So, let’s have another virtual Coffee Club cuppa at 2 pm on Saturday, 29th May instead.
Keep in touch and keep safe!
I’m sure our Weekenders Group members have missed our activities as much as I have. We have all kept in touch either on Facebook, or via email or by telephone and even had a virtual Coffee Club session when we all had a cuppa at 2.00 pm on our usual Saturday meeting date. We are making plans for our future Days Out, Lunches, Social Evenings, Coffee Club; one member even suggested we plan these to take place all in one week rather than spread over a month!
It’s really strange that now we have the time to catch up on all those jobs we couldn’t do because we were out enjoying ourselves, there doesn’t seem the motivation to do any of them but just to sit in the sun on warm days and sit in front of the TV on colder days. However, I do know that some of our Weekenders have been very busy learning new hobbies and doing exercise etc. We have missed celebrating our members’ birthdays at The Broomhill but we will make up for this no doubt in the near future. In the meantime, ladies – please take care of yourselves and keep in touch on a regular basis.
To contact Sandra, the group leader, please use the form below:-
I decided to set up a “Weekenders” group for those ladies amongst us who were not doing anything at weekends because relatives perhaps had other family commitments or who despite being busy during the week, members had no events planned for the weekend.
We like to organise a Lunch, a Social Evening, an Outing and a Coffee Club get together each month, plus any other events we might be interested in. We have a programme planning meeting once a quarter to plan our next four months’ activities. When it’s a member’s birthday we usually meet up at The Broomhill pub for a lunch (we also go to other lunches occasionally at different venues); we then hold small social evenings, usually with a theme at members’ homes (in the past we have had our version of “Would I Lie To You?”, tales about Family Heirlooms, Disastrous Holidays and Our Marriage Proposals; we also have outings to nearby towns, parks, garden centres etc once a month and perhaps a “Bus Pass Day Out” which hopefully costs us nothing. On the last Saturday of the month I host a Coffee Club at my house (strangely though we mostly drink tea!). We sometimes have a theme for discussion – and believe me, the discussions are very wide ranging and mostly hilarious! Due to space this group is now limited to sixteen members.
Personally I feel our Weekenders Group very much fulfils a need for companionship and a wider social life. At this particular time we are keeping in touch via email, Facebook and phone, checking up on each other that we are all well and happy and a chance to have a good moan. It’s nice just to hear another voice! Looking forward to planning events for later in the year. Keep in touch everyone!
And finally (!) – thought I would just tell you about a very well-spoken retired headmistress I know who, when standing in a queue at Birds bakery which had stretched out of the door, a man walked up and stood in front of her. In her best headmistress voice, she said “Do you mind, young man, I am social distancing! Get to the back of the queue!”. Of course, he sheepishly apologised and moved to the back of the queue as ordered! More power to old ladies’ elbows (and yes, she is now self-isolating; she’s also a U3A member from another town!
To contact Sandra Green, the group leader, please use the form below:-