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News update: End of 2017 roundup

2017 has been another very successful year for the Association. We had three parties at Webheath Village Hall with full buffet and an entertainer for each event.70 or so attended. All enjoyed the fun and music.


The fortnightly luncheon club run so ably by Margaret Williams and Joyce Bush and committee members and volunteers has been well attended and enjoyed by all. Sandwiches and a dessert are provided and some interesting speakers have come along including a retired midwife. The luncheon group have had some pub visits locally and a Christmas meal at The Bell in Astwood Bank.


Three trips to The Palace Theatre organised by Jackie Cornish were much appreciated by about 50 members at each event and the lively musicals are always popular.


Our annual Christmas party was also well attended and our members and guests Juliet Brunner and Pat Witherspoon were great sports as usual. This festive treat is a lovely afternoon of music and fun.


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The Committee have worked tirelessly all year whether collecting money at supermarkets, helping with the parties, theatre trips or personally delivering the £40 Christmas gift to each and every one of our 170 members. Thank you. We also had a stand at the Astwood Bank Carnival when the weather was fine! Their Carnival Committee gave us £300 to our charity. Thank you so much.


We continued to issue useful aids and equipment. Three Monomouse print magnifiers, six talking wristwatches, several talking clocks replacement liquid level indicators, antiglare glasses and low power magnifiers; and we issued some replacement bump-ons to those members whose bump-ons had come off their equipment.


Joyce Bush has become our new Treasurer and has confidently looked after our finances which are very healthy at present.


Sadly, Ian Hughes, a valuable and well respected member of our Committee, died in December 2017.Our thoughts go out to his devoted wife Margaret. If there are any people out there who would like to join our Committee, get in touch and you will be warmly welcomed.


Our special thanks go to our wonderful secretary Mary Birkett and to Barbara Bakewell who have both worked so hard for the Association.


We look forward to 2018 with optimism and enthusiasm.


Bill Payne ,Chairman, Redditch Association for the Blind. January 2018.


More news stories and lists of forthcoming events will appear here when available.


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