If you are a Herefordshire resident, you may not be surprised to learn that this beautiful rural county homes the highest percentile of people living with sight loss, around 3.9%, in comparison to the rest of the UK, which currently stands at an estimated 2.95%.
With so many people affected by seasonal affective disorder (SAD, often referred to as the winter blues), or battling through some of life's more trying obstacles, it might be tempting to opt out when it comes to festive cheer.
Whether you believe in it or not, superstition plays a role in all our lives. Each of us uses it to one extent or another and I wouldn’t believe anyone who said they didn’t.
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For many years now, herbalists have been campaigning for statutory state regulation, both to protect the public from unqualified practitioners and to secure our legal status.
The Suffolk Disabled Anglers’ Forum is the proud winner of this year’s Cosyfeet Community Award.
A crammed car park in the height of summer. We spot an area of scrub at the far end, pull in and park next to a van.
Do you help run a group, club or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do things better with a £500 award?
You are out shopping, on a day trip, travelling on Public transport, at an airport, a station, a service station etc etc and you need the loo.
Here are a few bits of trivia for you to look through. These are from an email which is circulating widely. I have no idea who wrote these 'facts', but some of them are interesting!
That’s what my grandmother used to say but despite her warnings the day has come when, although it is still May, my familiar uniform of jeans and sweatshirt seems too heavy, too sombre and too dark, for, at last, the sun is shining.
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A few weeks ago an invitation dropped through our letter box inviting us to a reception on board HMS Argyll. It has been a some years since we were last on a ship. Edward was a career Naval Officer for many years, so it was going back to the past.
Do you help run a club, group or charity that benefits older people? Could your organisation do even more with a £500 award?
A message from the Dean: I am delighted to be able to invite you and members of your church/community to a coffee morning on Tuesday 31 May, 10.00 am – 12 noon, in the Deanery garden.
I picked up a book bargain the other day, ‘A Short History of Nearly Everything’, by Bill Bryson.
There was an article in the Spectator last week. Professor Ernst argues that to use herbs safely and effectively, you should only buy over the counter products that contain a single herb or herb extract, which has been subjected to rigorous scientific research.
On Saturday February 14th Helen Vereker Singers performed in Sainsburys Hereford in aid of Herefordshire Carers Support. Here is a video, directed by Helen Vereker and filmed by Ken Joel, husband of our good friend and contributor Margaret Joel.
We miss you today as we do every day. The third Mothers Day without you. Thank you for being the best mum in the world. Love Margaret and Jan xx
This is a plea for EVERYONE to look out for Max who has been missing since Christmas Day. He could be anywhere now, but we have to hope he is still alive and can be reunited with his owners.
How does one define loneliness? The very word itself causes concern. In the UK, the latest statistics are frightening enough, take a look at the info below.
Rather than confront New Year Resolutions head-on, I think you should creep up on them and catch them by surprise. That way, you'll be more likely to keep them. (Just a theory.) That said, I've never been very good at it myself. Unfortunately, they too often involve losing ugly fat which has, somehow or other, attached itself to my slimmer self when I wasn't looking.
I wonder what our parents and grandparents would have said about the dangers we seem to be facing today, exemplified by the recent Paris terrorism? After all, their generation lived through wartime periods of clear and present danger to their lives, whether they were serving in combat, or enduring the Blitz.
I came back from Nepal about a month ago. I have friends there, but had had mixed feelings about going. I needed to know that they were safe and well after the earthquake. But it also troubles me when visitors see disasters as some sort of tourist attraction.
Here is my review of some of the more unusual stories that made the headlines in 2014. This is only a snapshot, but I hope you enjoy reading the articles I have chosen.
The Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London
Sunday 7 December 2014
Forty years ago this week a folk song about homeless people narrowly missed the Christmas number one slot in the pop charts. 'Streets of London' peaked at number two in the 1975 New Year chart, and Ralph Mctell became a TV celebrity and household name.
At a time when many people are searching for the top 10 gifts for gadget lovers, ideas to treat Mum and the best gifts under a fiver for the office secret Santa, there will be around 500,000* older people who are all alone. If we all work together and give the alternative gift of friendship this Christmas, we will help make the festive period less lonely for older people.
The papers lately have been warning us of a cold winter again with talk of snow on Christmas Day. Will it happen I wonder.
Macmillan charity has always been close to my heart. When we got married my husband and I decided to ask for donations instead of gifts and managed to raise approx £2,000 for this cause thanks to generosity of family and friends.My Dad had died from cancer two years before so we wanted to give something back.
If you live in or around Herefordshire, there is going to be an open evening on 21st September 2015 for you to come along and see what fun we have with the choir that I belong to. New members are always welcome, so if you would like to see for yourself, please do!
On Saturday August 8th, Debbie Flint is holding a tabletop sale at Wotton Village Hall between 11am and 5pm in aid of a cause close to her heart, Medical Detection Dogs.
Since when did Britain become so Americanised? I know I haven't lived there for nearly eight years but come on, Black Friday? What is that all about?
It was an Englishman, Tom Smith, who introduced the world to Christmas crackers. A baker and wedding cake maker by profession, he visited Paris in 1840 and found the bonbon - sugared almonds wrapped in a twist of tissue paper.
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At 4.15am this morning I was looking at the sky which was a vivid red colour. As the saying goes, "red sky in the morning,shepherds warning". I should have taken a photo of it with my ipad.
Christmas cards! Love 'em or hate em the seasonal flurry is with us. Soon it will have developed into a full blown blizzard and the annual game of trying to find extra space to display all those expressions of seasonal good wishes from people we only ever hear from at Christmas will be underway.
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