The Richmond Charities Staff and Trustees Lunch

Juliet Ames-Lewis and the Trustees organised a wonderful celebratory lunch for all the staff which was held in the Garden Room at Church Estate on the 3rd March. It was their way of saying farewell to Gail Sullivan who had been Scheme Manager at Hickey’s Almshouses for 10 years. She was heading off to an exciting new life in her homeland New Zealand. It was also to say thank you to Gerry Wilson and Linda Prendergast for their long service with The Richmond Charities. Gerry has been (and continues to be) the caretaker for all the Almshouse estates for 25 years and Linda a Scheme Manager in the Vineyard for 20 years.

Everyone tucked into a feast of the most delicious food washed down with a glass or two of wine before Gail, Gerry, Lorraine (who is Scheme Manager at Church Estate) and Linda were presented with a specially commissioned painting of the estates at which they have worked during their time with the charity.

 

The Richmond Charities Staff and Trustees Lunch
The Richmond Charities Staff and Trustees Lunch
The Richmond Charities Staff and Trustees Lunch

 

The Richmond Charities Healthwatch Talk

Guildhall YardJessica Beeson from Healthwatch Richmond came along to the Garden Room to give a talk and to ask residents how they felt about NHS services. She wanted to ask residents what they liked about the services they have received and what services could be improved. A few residents attended and it gave them an opportunity to feedback experiences they have had and to give suggestions for improved services. It was very useful for both the residents and Jessica. If any residents are interested in any further information on this local Healthwatch service, please ask your Scheme Manager.

The Richmond Charities Meditation and Mindfulness

The Richmond Charities Meditation and Mindfulness

Finding the still centre at the almshouses

Meditation and mindfulness practices can often be shrouded in mystery. Alternatively, the promised peace or enlightenment is often delayed until after a long, complicated and often expensive course. In truth, the experience of stillness is always available to us through focus and attention. Here at the almshouses we are currently learning and practising a variety of techniques to help us achieve a mindful, meditative state.

The Richmond Charities Quiz Night

Contestants in The Richmond Charities Quiz Night

Our residents Steve and Eve held their biannual Quiz Night in the Chapel on 14 November. This is a very popular event over 50 of our residents braved the cold and rain to attend. There was laughter, merriment and some tricky questions to get everyone thinking and some complicated brain teasers.  A  great time was had by all. We are all looking forward to the next one with eager anticipation.

The DESMOND Talk

New DESMOND Programme logo whtOn Wednesday 6th November Nicola Dolby, Diabetes Specialist Nurse from Teddington Memorial Hospital came to give residents a talk on Diabetes and Healthy eating. DESMOND stands for 'Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed'. Nicola talked through how the body works in relation to glucose and insulin. Residents were shown different foods and were asked to say how many sugar cubes they thought each food contained. The results were very surprising, especially for foods such as bread and potatoes as they contain a large amount of sugar. Nicola talked to residents about the importance of activity and exercise and how this can help the cells absorb the glucose, which is a good thing. Everyone enjoyed the talk and left feeling more confident about food choices and how the body benefits from regular activity.

If you would like to know more about diabetes or the Desmond Programme, their website contains a lot of useful resources.

The Full of Life Fair 2019

Free!

Yes it was, though it did seem unnecessarily complicated. You had to register, and sign in which seemed a bit of a drag - though fair enough for the lunch, as places were limited.
There was lots going on. Over the day there were over 1,000 visitors. There were many stalls giving out brochures, free gifts and quantities of information about what is available in the borough for the over 55s.

There were activities, live performances, seminars, taster sessions from everything from Yoga and dancing to Bridge, painting and crafts. There was a quiet space for guided meditations and relaxation, - and I had a lovely hand massage!

It was a great opportunity to get information and advice from businesses, charities and community groups from across the borough and to meet new people. You could speak to local professionals about health options, social care and making the most of digital devices like tablets and smartphones.
You could also speak to Council staff directly about key local services.

The Richmond Charities had a stall, raising our profile in the community. A member of staff and a resident manned the stall in shifts, and met lots of friends, made some new ones, and explained what the charity has to offer.

An interesting and worthwhile experience.

The Full of Life Fair 2019
The Full of Life Fair 2019
The Full of Life Fair 2019
The Full of Life Fair 2019

 

Friends & Neighbours Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

You can tell when autumn has arrived, apart from leaves beginning to fall, when this charity event appears again on our calendar. Organised as usual by Friends & Neighbours, Pat Platt and her trusty team occupied Hickey's Chapel to set up proceedings for 27th September

All thanks are due to the volunteers who manned (and womanned?) the stalls offering refreshments, lottery, tombola, home baking, arts and crafts, and other attractions. Amongst the hustle and bustle Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond and her Deputy James Chard enthusiastically joined in what was, in effect a party.

It is very gratifying to report that the sum of £1,025 was raised. This reflects the generosity of all residents and visitors who contributed so handsomely and to whom all thanks are due.

Friends & Neighbours Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning
Friends & Neighbours Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning
Friends & Neighbours Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning

 

The Richmond Charities' afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses

Jill Davidson, the newest resident of Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses, hosted a wonderful afternoon tea party for the residents of Queen Elizabeth's and Bishop Duppa's Almshouses on Tuesday 20th August. It was a gloriously sunny day so Jill decided the garden would be the perfect place for everyone to enjoy a cup of tea and a slice of delicious carrot cake made by Stuart. The flower covered pergola and parasol gave some much needed shade for those who didn't want to sit in full sun. Jill and Nicola, Jill's niece, were the perfect hosts and everyone who attended agreed that it was certainly a most enjoyable afternoon spent in the company of fellow residents.

afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses
afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses
afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses
afternoon tea at Queen Elizabeth's Almshouses

 

The Richmond Charities' summer garden party at Hickey's Almshouses

After days of rain, the sun came out on 20th August for the Hickey's residents' garden party. There was afternoon tea in the marquee and a competition to guess the number of sweets and biscuits in a jar. But best of all was the giant outdoor games on the lawn. There were darts, quoits, buzz bar, hole in one and most popular of all skittles. These all caused healthy competition and great fun between the residents. A lovely day.

images of Richmond Charities' residents enjoying their summer garden party at Hickey's Almshouses
images of Richmond Charities' residents enjoying their summer garden party at Hickey's Almshouses
images of Richmond Charities' residents enjoying their summer garden party at Hickey's Almshouses

 

The Richmond Charities' 'Good Endings'

Following the success of a trial workshop several years ago, we are repeating and updating the 'Good Endings' session in September. This is a morning of information-sharing and support around preparing a will, how to go about organising Power of Attorney (including so-called 'Living Will' arrangements), organising a funeral pre-payment plan and practical considerations around planning a good funeral. The afternoon will include an opportunity to hear from visitors from Age UK and a local independent funeral director as well as representatives from the Charity.

Although some people might feel awkward tackling these subjects, it is our experience that having things organised in advance provides a significant degree of relief. Prior organisation also makes things so much easier for family and friends at an already difficult time. Perhaps preparing things in advance is one of the last acts of generosity we can do for our loved ones. The previous afternoon was, perhaps surprisingly, full of laughter and wonderful stories, and the event will be enriched with a few delicious homemade cakes. Residents are welcome to bring a family member who might also like to be better informed.

The Richmond Charities' 'Good Endings' event takes place on 24th September, 10am – 1pm in the Chapel at Hickey’s Almshouses.

The Richmond Charities' Indian Summer Party at Church Estate Almshouses

A wonderful time was had by all at the Indian Summer party that was held at Church Estate. The residents enjoyed authentic Indian Cuisine accompanied by Indian beer and prosecco. A jazz band played in the background and the weather couldn't have been better!

Photos of residents enjoying The Richmond Charities' Indian Summer Party held at Church Estate
Photos of residents enjoying The Richmond Charities' Indian Summer Party held at Church Estate
Photos of residents enjoying The Richmond Charities' Indian Summer Party held at Church Estate