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Age Concern Twyford & District
Polehampton Close
Twyford
Berkshire
RG10 9RP
0118 934 4040

Welcome to our 2012 Blog

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2012

On these pages we will be writing about the events that take place at the Centre and from time to time we will record our thoughts about matters that affect us - whether for good or ill. If you would like to contribute to this blog, or comment on posts that others have written then email us and let us know what you think!

Christmas lunches

Christmas lunch

Members enjoy Christmas lunch

Our Christmas Lunches were held every day at the Centre during the week commencing 17 December 2012 with VIP guests and entertainment each day. These were closed sessions and only members were invited.

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Successful fundraising at Twyford Village Fair

Mince pie and mulled wine stall

Mince pies and mulled wine at the Twyford Village
Fair in December

The Trustees manned a mince pie and mulled wine stall during the late night opening of the shop at the Twyford Village Fair on Friday 7 December, raising a total of £817.50 for the day centre - a tremendous amount.

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Age Concern shop celebrates first birthday

Volunteers, staff and councillors celebrated the shop's first anniversary on 19 November. Penny Feathers, chair of Age Concern Twyford & District Trustees, thanked Tracey Morgan, CEO of Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East, for a 'substantial' donation to the Twyford Centre from the shop's profits.

The event was featured in the Twyford Advertiser.

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Bike ride raises money for Twyford Centre

Niki George and bike

Niki and bike

In October Niki George completed a charity bike ride in Italy and raised £600 for the Centre. Niki was a volunteer at the Day Centre in 2009 for some 8 months, helping in the kitchen and driving the clients to and from the Centre. She loved the work and made some good friends so she stayed in touch, offering to help out whenever possible. She became interested in cycling in 2011 and when the chance came to cycle in Italy she decided to make the trip more worthwhile (and keep her pedals motivated!) by collecting sponsorship for the Centre.

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Members knit blanket in aid of premature babies at RBH

In October, Wednesday Group members who have been knitting squares at the Centre and at home knitted enough to make up a blanket which was presented to Cathy Churchhouse, a midwife from The Royal Berkshire Hospital, to be sold at the hospital and raise funds for the premature baby unit. Knitting is very popular with many of the members and we now have enough squares to make up at least two more blankets. All this has happened thanks to Lynne Bush becoming a regular volunteer at the group and wishing to share her creative skills with others.

The Twyford Advertiser featured this event complete with picture.

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TVP Charity Family Fun Run

As Age Concern is part of the Twyford Charities Together, the first Twyford Village Partnership Charity Family Fun Run was held on Sunday 7th October at the Piggott School. It's only a mile long and was aimed at people of all levels of ability aged 4 years and over. It was a huge success and a great family day out was had by all. A significant amount of money was raised for the five charities in the village.

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Launch of Sunday Club

The Sunday Club was be launched on Sunday 16 September at 2 pm in the Twyford Centre. The Club is open to any member who would like a friendly get-together to see a film, have a chat and enjoy tea on a Sunday afternoon.

For details, see our Facilities and Services page.

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Twyford Day Centre Garden opened

David Simpson cuts ribbon

In August, David Simpson opened the Day Centre garden

On 16 August the Centre garden was officially opened by the CEO of Millgate Homes, David Simpson. Treetops Landscapes designed the garden, donated and planted the shrubs. Andrew Cardy donated a pergola in memory of his mother Pam Cardy who was a popular member of the day centre and a well-loved lady in the village. A two seater bench was also donated in memory of Joan Keatley who sadly passed away in March.

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Surprise Party for Centre Managers

On 31 July a surprise party was organised for the 10-year anniversary of Lyn Buddell's appointment as Twyford Centre manager and the 6-year anniversary of assistant manager Penny Rymer. You can read about the event in the Twyford Advertiser.

Members and staff presented a special book of tributes to Lyn and Penny in recognition of their contribution to the Centre. Here are some of the quotes from members:

"Thank you Lyn, Penny Christian and others very much for making Friday the best day of the week for me." (Ann Bayliss)
"I can't thank them enough. They are so helpful and kind. I usually have a cry when I think of them. The best word to describe them is SPECIAL." (Connie G)
"Nothing is too much trouble." (Maureen P)
Tribute book presented to Lyn and Penny

Cover of the tributes book presented to Lyn and Penny

"As ladies go there are none better." (Peggy C)
"I would like to thank Lyn and Penny for all their hard work." (Maureen A)
"I look forward to coming on Tuesdays and Fridays." (Phyl)
"Kind and caring, with a good sense of humour." (Cathy T)
"Lovely ladies: very kind." (Margaret T)
"What a difference Lyn and Penny make. We really appreciate their help." (Connie C)
"You couldn't find nicer people than Lyn and Penny. Whatever you want they will try and do for you." (Joan)
"Lyn and Penny are very kind and caring." (Peggy O)
"Both Lyn and Penny are very helpful. If you need anything they will help. I am an Oldie and I have seen things grow over the years and I have always been very happy." (Doris B)

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Carers' Open Day

On Saturday 23 June we held a very successful open day aimed at carers. Those attending were able to meet professional people who gave advice in a relaxed atmosphere over tea, coffee and home-made cakes!

People were able to find out what help is available from Wokingham Borough Council and other organisations and could learn about voluntary groups providing transport, meals, companionship and respite care.

Local providers of services such as physiotherapy, fitness training, hairdressing, chiropody, and stress counselling were also present.

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Centre Manager wins Award

Picture of Lyn holding award

Lyn holding her award from the Twyford Village Partnership

On 18 June Lyn Buddell won the 2012 Twyford Charities Together Award in recognition of her work at the Day Centre.

"She is a real gem, the centre is lucky to have her, and I felt some official recognition would let her know how much she is loved in the community."

Heather Mailley, Trustee

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