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Salisbury Heart Support Group

Newsletter
December 2007

Editor’s notes:

Membership details update: May I take this opportunity to thank all those members who responded to the request that I made in the October newsletter, especially the suggestions that you made. On this point I like thank Mr. B.T. Hamer of Durrington who took the trouble to write a letter asking why the Group doesn't charge an annual fee to raise funds. Though I rang Mr. Hamer on the day I received his letter to explain the reason why from memory I could not quote the exact details however, I would like to quote the following from Item 3 in AOB from the minutes of the 11th January 2006, which may be of interest to others as well:

"Bob reported that with the current bank balance and the known funding requirements at present (not much) he felt it undesirable to indulge in specific fund raising activities and that we should only do so when the demand for funds required it. That way we would be more likely to succeed when demand the demand was real. He further proposed that the annual subscription should be dropped for the above reasons" and the meeting agreed with this proposal.

At this point it would be unfair not to mention the suggestions for fund raising activities that you made. They are:

1)                Langford Lakes and similar visits to include lunch

2)                Barn Dance

3)                Stall in the Main Entrance at the Hospital

4)                Garden visits i.e  Wisley, Kew and Walks

5)                Healthy eating demonstration at Waitrose studio to include Heart Friendly recipes

6)                Talks by a Cardiac specialist as well as a Nurses section in the Newsletter

Thank you all for your suggestions and as promised I will ensure that they are discussed at the next meeting with the view to producing a program of events for next year. In the meantime may I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

"Walking for Health" The new six-week GYM or Get Yourself Moving on Footsteps to Fitness walks have now finished. I myself not only found them beneficial but also enjoyed the social side of chatting with others whilst walking the various routes. Those who attended these sessions can now progress to the Thursday group for longer walks. Contact: Pam Rouquette on (01722) 334209 for further details.

Langford Lakes:

The Salisbury and District Heart Support Group had an outing on Saturday 13 September to the Langford Lakes Wildlife Reserve at Steeple Langford not far from Salisbury. Our day started with a visit to the Rainbow on the Lake where we had fantastic three-course lunch, whilst sat in the conservatory overlooking the lakes we would shortly be visiting. Our hosts, Richard and Lesley Penny had agreed a special deal for us by putting on their £10 3-course lunchtime menu, which are usually only available weekdays. With a choice of two dishes per course several people commented on the good deal and good quality - and I certainly agreed! The time passed far too quickly in the pub but it was long enough for the murky weather to clear up allowing for a very pleasant ten-minute stroll to the lakes.

The Langford Lakes are free and open all year round but we had an organized tour led by Chris Riley of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

He explained some of the history of the lakes and how they are being developed to encourage wildlife as well as provide an educational resource for the community. As well as walking round the lakes we spent some time in two of the four hides where Chris pointed out some of the changes being made to provide a wider habitat range and identified the birds that we could see from our vantage point. He also mentioned those that we had been unlucky enough to miss such as the Osprey and Great White Egret. For those who wanted to call it a day then, the visit was rounded off with a welcome cup of tea on the Education Centre's veranda.

All in all, it was another great social outing for the group and it was good to see so many new faces!

Skittles Evening: On Friday the 18th January at 7.00 for 7.30pm at the Swan Inn at Stoford the cost is £8.50 per head with a Supper of either Boeuf Bourguignon or Chicken á la King accompanied by Rice Salad.

Next meetings: (All Welcome) Tuesday 5th February 2008 — Note change of date Tuesday 18th March

Both to be held at the Staff Social Club in the Hospital 7.30pm accessed via Entrance B.

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Please return to Jeremy Morris, Beech House, 1 Houghton Close, Warminster Wilts BAl2  9QZ

(Tel.no. 01985 847848)