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Raynes Park Afternoon Townswomen's Guild - Apr 2017

Mrs Stephanie Bruggerman, a NHS Physiotherapist, and Falls Co-ordinator for Merton, came to speak to us about Falls Prevention at our March meeting.  

Following a wide-ranging discussion, she summarised with a four-point checklist of positive things we can do to avoid falls.  


1.  Work at keeping strong and active

2.  Check round your home for clutter and other hazards

3.  Regularly check medications taken – requirement and dosage

4.  Look after your eyesight 

Also discussed were Personal Alarms and the Message in a Bottle scheme (which involves a summary of personal information being stored in an emergency canister in the fridge) This was a serious topic but the advice was well received by members.

The meeting closed with a collection towards the famine in Sudan appeal. 

Taking advantage of the spring sunshine, at the beginning of April, a large group enjoyed a lunch at The Watchman, New Malden.  The following week a small group enjoyed a guided tour of Charterhouse situated at one corner of Charterhouse Square which is close to The Barbican.  This historic building dates from the 1348.  It has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an alms-house which it is today. Our tour took in the Great Hall where the Brothers sit together to eat their meals, the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court during the first days of her reign, Wash-house Court associated with the medieval monks of the Charterhouse, and Master’s Court which reveals the opulence of Lord North’s Tudor mansion.  Personally, I liked the cloisters where you could plainly see the big grey stones supporting the small red Tudor bricks halfway up the wall.  There also remained an interesting doorway which would have led to a monk’s cell, with half of the original thick and heavy door on display.  Recently Charterhouse was a school which is now situated in the Godalming area.  The present Brothers are needy gentlemen (along the lines of the Chelsea Pensioners). 

We are inviting local Residents and friends in the Rendezvous and Pavilion Clubs to join us for a Coach Trip to Eastbourne (Tickets £14).   Please telephone Dorothy Raymond to reserve a place.


Coach Trip to EASTBOURNE 

Date:  Thursday, 17th August 2017 

Transport: 50 seater Edward Thomas coach 

Pick Up Points:  

Motspur Park – 9.00 am, 

Raynes Park Station (Approach Rd side) – 9.10 am, 

Grand Drive (Greenway bus stop Sth side) – 9.20 am. 

Return: 4.30 pm. 

Cost: £14 per seat (including tip)


Our next meeting is on Thursday, 18th May at St Saviour’s Church Hall at 1.30 pm when Jonathan Jones will give a talk entitled ‘Town Crier’.  Visitors are always welcome at our meetings and other activities.    

Dorothy Raymond  020 8395 9489

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