East Suffolk Association for the
Blind - Shotley Peninsular Branch
The Shotley Peninsula Branch operates
under the umbrella of the ESAB Head Office and was formed in June 2002, with
a small committee.
The aims and objectives of the branch are to provide a monthly social meeting
for blind and partially sighted people living on the Shotley Peninsula.
These meetings are generally held in the afternoon of the last Wednesday of
each month at the Stutton Village Community Hall, commencing at 2pm and
ending around 4pm. Refreshments are provided. Please note that during January,
October and November, the meetings commence at 12:30 when we serve a light
lunch. Transport can be arranged from most areas if required.
At our regular meetings we have a speaker, musician or entertainer and the
programme provides a mix of these to suit all tastes and interests. Each
December, the meeting date is brought forward for a Christmas Lunch Party
followed by musical entertainment. During the summer, we organise a lunch
outing. Both of these outside events are held at hotels.
Most events organised are free of
any charge to members and carers, but of course donations are always welcome.
At every meeting it is customary to hold a raffle to help defray costs.
Further information may be obtained from Carol or Bryan by calling locally
at (01473) 787779
As we bid farewell to 2011
we can reflect on our achievements in helping blind and visually impaired people
living on the Shotley Peninsula. Our numbers increase year by year due in the
main to our Community Worker making home visits to folk who have been referred
by our representative, Mike Scott, in the Eye Department of Ipswich Hospital.
We are now averaging 50 members attending our monthly social meetings at Stutton.
The support for our work that has been given by many organisations is very
much appreciated. Donations have been received from Chelmondiston’s
Methodist Church Saturday Coffee Club, St. Andrews Church Coffee and Chat
Group, Bentley Church PCC, Bentley Carpet Bowls Club and Rookery Farm Shop
at Tattingstone. Babergh District Council made us a grant of £625 to
cover our transport costs for a year. In addition we have received many donations
from individuals including, for a second time, a whole year’s rent
for our meeting venue – Stutton Community Hall. Enid and Ray Funnell
very kindly organised a coffee morning at their home in Chelmondiston which
raised close to £300 and we thank them both for their very valued help.
In March 2011 our member, Roger Ratcliffe, organised an evening’s entertainment
at the Shotley Village Hall featuring The Hasbeens Skiffle Group and Friends.
This was very well received and we were asked by many people to ‘do it
again’. We are pleased to announce that 16 March 2012 is the date to
put in your diaries when we can look forward to another great evening of music
and laughter with the ever popular Hasbeens Skiffle Group.
We wish everybody a very Happy New Year and look forward to your continued
support for us in helping blind and visually impaired people on the Shotley
Peninsula to enjoy a better life.