Macmillan Coffee Morning
Many thanks to all those who baked or came to buy or eat cake this morning! Our helpers were kept busy throughout the morning and we hope that we raised lots for Macmillan. This was a joint event with Age UK Richmond. The money is still being counted so watch this space for an update next week...
Our Tuesday Talks are popular events and cover a vast range of subjects. On September 19th, Andy Hughes spoke about the time (some years ago!) that he spent in Sarawak as a volunteer teacher, focusing on the headhunters and white rajahs that he met. In the audience was Dorothea Jackson who was born in Sarawak (Malaysia) in December 1916. Dorothea now lives in Barnes but was the daughter of Edward Parnell, Chief Secretary to white rajah Vyner Brooke.
Thank you to everyone who so generously supported FiSH via Barnes Fair. We raised £2,073.55 via our tombola, cake and plant stalls and are hugely grateful to all those who donated prizes, baked wonderful cakes, gave plants... of came to the various stalls to spend money!
Open Gardens 2017
Thank you to everyone who supported our Open Gardens weekend in East Sheen. 30 gardens were open on May 20th & 21st, teas were served, Pimms was poured, classic cars gleamed and the gardens looked amazing! After a week of almost non-stop rain, we were fortunate to have good weather, enabling visitors to enjoy the gardens are their very best. Such events require a cast of thousands and we are very grateful to all those who worked so hard to make the event the success that it was. Over £8,000 was raised, a proportion of which will be shared with the Mortlake with East Sheen Society.
Our Helpline is open Monday to Friday from 09:00-12:00. Please do make use of this by calling 020 8876 3414 if you need help with transport for medical or social appointments or if you need some shopping done. Although we cannot help with personal care, we can help with simple things around the home like replacing light bulbs, occasional gardening tasks or at other times when you just need a useful helping hand. Please call as early as possible in the day and, for medical appointments, please try and give us at least two days’ notice.
Last year, FiSH ran a pilot series of dance classes led Rambert Ballet which proved to be extremely popular. Dance is known to have positive effects on those with Parkinsons and dementia but is also an excellent form of exercise for older people. We are delighted that the Richmond Parish Lands charity have funded a series of three terms throughout 2017. The sessions now take place every Friday morning at Barnes Green Centre. Please call Linda on 020 8876 3336 for further details or to book. Cost per session, £5.
We had a wonderful day on Sunday February 5th, celebrating FiSH Sunday and our 55th Anniversary at St Mary's Barnes. Many thanks to all those who came, made cakes and sandwiches, drove cars and buses, sang, spoke, shared their stories... and drank tea!
Andy and Jenny Hughes created a 'fishnet', spinning threads across the congregation linking Helpline volunteers to FiSH clients, to FiSH befrienders and on to volunteer shoppers, back to the FiSH office, across to RaKAT, the FiSH Trustees and on to choir members, drivers, escorts, bus passengers.... reminding us all that FiSH is all about Connecting Communities.
Do you love driving? Would you like free training to drive a modern accessible minibus (15 seater)? Could you provide an important service to senior members in our community?
Then why not consider becoming a driver for FiSH Neighbourhood Care, based in Barnes?
We are looking to employ a paid driver on a flexible-hours basis to collect and deliver clients from home to the Barnes Green Centre (by Barnes Pond), take them on shopping trips and help with weekly outings.
Driving licences must have D1 category. Training will be provided by Richmond & Kingston Accessible Transport (RaKAT) in New Malden. Knowledge of the Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen area is helpful but not essential.
For more information, or to apply, please contact Deborah Carter, Transport Coordinator on 020 8876 3765.