Chairperson is Malcolm Ryman
Vice- Chair is David Rudd
Huntingdonshire Branch, AGM, March 2018
The committee has met monthly this year,
and always been well attended.
Unfortunately we say goodbye to three members who have
resigned. Philip Gibbs, formerly Branch Chairman for three years
who was well known and well liked then and during his subsequent
term of committee service. Janet White who worked on the committee
and with events around the Branch.
Pauline Dolden who took particular interest in our
publications. I want to publicly thank them for their service, and
say they will be missed.
Can they be replaced?
We shall find out shortly. We were pleased to co-opt Sally
Beaman to the committee as Minuting Secretary, and she is
available for election today.
There are 238 people on our membership
list, all but three of whom get the Diary Dates news and calendar.
We lost 12 members during the year some through changes of
address. We gained 22 new members.
Of that membership only 48 regularly attend the local
support group meetings.
We must consider how to make those meetings attractive to
more people. Your comments will be welcomed.
These are always
clearly documented in Diary Dates. Vanessa Clipsham provides
reflexology to members, and has her regular clients.
Move’, the programme devised by Kim Hall who is here today has
proved its benefits, and average attendance
Chair-based exercise attracts an average of 15 at St Ives
and 8 at St Neots, where the group has been affected by recent
Parkinson’s Dance and Parkinson’s Singing have an average
attendance of 6.
The beneficial effects of exercise for people with
Parkinson’s have been so loudly trumpeted over the last two years
that you might expect there would be people clamouring at the
door: but no. There is room for more people in all our exercise
groups except the St Ives chair-based exercise and if more places
are needed we will endeavour to provide them.
Fundraising and Campaigning etc:
During 2017 we have attended the following,
some producing money, all raising awareness of Parkinson’s.
We had Tesco Collections at Huntingdon on 20th
January and at St Neots on 3rd February. On both
occasions the weather was unpleasant and we decided to try for
summer dates in future. Unfortunately other branches and charities
all want summer dates.
On 4th March Ralph Hutchings had all his (visible) hair
cut off and thus raised £500 for this Branch.
On 19th April we went to the Albert Hall on a
trip arranged by Janet White. Janet and I took a presentation
about Parkinson’s to Needingworth Over 60s on 2nd May.
That has resulted in a donation to be received shortly. In May
also we had a stall on St Neots Market Square during Volunteers’
Week where we gave out information and gained 2 new members.
On 30th July a few of us set up stall at HDCs
‘Health and Wellbeing Festival’ in Huntingdon. The Huntingdon
Carnival on 12th August produced a new member, gave
information to newly diagnosed people who however did not want to
join us, and paved the way for a three-figure donation. On 6th
December Janet White and Richard Gregory held a Parkinson’s lunch
in the Somersham British Legion Hall, which as well as being an
enjoyable occasion widened the knowledge of Parkinson’s for local
care home staff.