Trowbridge Report

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

I’m pleased to report that I think the message is getting around locally about the BCUSG Positron CT Scanner Appeal. We began the year by inviting local groups and businesses to Bruschetta Restaurant in April when Stewart Reman gave an excellent presentation about the benefits of having this Scanner at the RUH. If there are any Clubs looking for a Speaker on their Programme invite Stewart along and you will not be disappointed. The publicity leaflet which we hand out at all Store Collections and Table Sales has brought some response and our Chairman Tino Polledri has also had one or two opportunities to speak to Groups about it which has proved to be very worthwhile.

Our newest Committee Member Marie has been a breath of fresh air to the Committee. She has lots of new ideas and is quick to put them into action. Thanks to her we have been able to spread our wings in the Westbury direction where she lives and has lots of contacts. In April Pippa Brewer from Westbury Netball Club put on a ‘Bollywood Evening’ at Westbury Leigh Community Centre. It was a really fun evening when Debbie Bailey managed to get a packed dance floor swinging their hips to her instruction for at least an hour (I have to confess I had to keep sitting down) followed by a lovely Indian buffet. Thank you to everyone concerned and for the £1,157 cheque presented to Marie. Marie then organised a successful ‘Quiz Night’ at the same venue in June raising £633. Currently she is organising a ‘Magic Night’ at The Laverton in Westbury on Friday 11th October. It sounds like a fantastic event with 14 magicians booked to do their stuff amongst the audience. WHY NOT COME ALONG. She also runs the odd Marathon for BCUSG with her next being the Chippenham Half Marathon on September 15th (See the Trowbridge Website to Sponsor her). As well as all this she designs posters for our various events. Marie has also researched a way for all you Internet shoppers to generate funds for BCUSG. See article on page 5. Well done Marie we’re so glad you decided to join Trowbridge Committee.

Speaking of Marathons David Trethewey ran in the ‘Bath Half ’ and sent us £125.50 Sponsorship towards the Appeal and the Trowbridge Lions sent us £100 from their annual 10K Run. Thank you David and Trowbridge Lions. Challenge Tyres Trowbridge nominated BCUSG as their Charity to benefit from one of their supplier’s sales promotion so thanks to Ivan and his staff and of course Khumo Tyres. We’ve been nominated again this year I believe.

Two local Clubs have unfortunately closed during the year but sent their remaining funds to BCUSG. BPW West Wilts (of which yours truly was a member) sent £150 and Trowbridge Bridge Club (Leigh Park Group) who sent £300. Our thanks and best wishes to former members of both Clubs.

It’s been a better year for gardeners this year although we were worried about our Plant Sale at the Lion’s May Day Fair. However, despite everything being very late our green fingered members i.e. Tino; & Jan with the help of Ralph Badcock and Robin Dallimore found enough for us to put on a fairly good show and together with some jolly good bric a brac we banked £671. In addition to this annual event Jan and husband Geff travelled far and wide to various Shows taking plants and our display boards and although some days were VERY wet others were dry and to date have raised £557.67. Tino Polledri sells his surplus plants from his driveway and now has a regular customer base recently banking £822 – not much more to come though he says. Thank you all. Jan you’d better keep those wellies and brollies in the boot if you’re doing any more Shows. Recently another local Plant Sale took place at Hilperton House and they sent us a cheque for £215 so thank you everyone concerned with the event.

Once again Pat Smith held her ‘Cream Tea’ at the Village Hall in Rode (I seem to recall her saying last year and the year before that she’s wouldn’t do any more!!) It was a very pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon and the tea and scones were lovely plus there were bargains to be had on the stalls around the hall. Thank you Pat and of course your band of helpers for raising a fantastic £620. I hope it’s not the last one but do appreciate there is a lot of hard work goes into doing it.

We have been delighted with individual donations received for the Scanner Appeal which have included £85 from Clive Hillman (Spindrift Band); £90 from Ann Marie-Hunt; £20 from Janet Hegarty from over the border in Bristol; J Walker sent £10 as did Mrs Anderson from Worthing. Maurice Cheeting sent us £100 and Mrs D Speirs sent £25 and finally long time BCUSG supporters Margery and Doug Ross gave us a cheque for £100. Gift Aid applies to some of these donations so sincere thanks to each and every one of you.

Trowbridge had four nominations to receive a £1,000 Certificate at the Presentation Evening in the Cancer Unit which this year included a talk by Stewart Redman re the Positron CT Scanner. I think Stewart must have inspired our favourite photographer Geoff Parselle who is ever clicking away on these occasions to make a generous donation of £1,000 for the Appeal. Thank you Geoff and Pat you really are wonderful supporters of BCUSG.

Our Chairman Tino was recently invited to attend a Probus Lunch to collect a cheque for £200 for which we extend our sincere thanks. On receiving the cheque Tino informed those present about the Appeal which inspired one member to send us a cheque for £1,000 plus Gift Aid so many, grateful thanks to Tom Cash.

Inez Abbott, friend and long time supporter who never says “no” when asked to help at Collections or on Stalls or buy a ticket for an event had a birthday celebration in June. You wouldn’t believe it to see her but it was a ‘90th’ birthday celebration (I’ll be in trouble for that) and instead of gifts she asked for donations for the Scanner Appeal and we received £170. Congratulations and thank you Inez not just for the money but for all your support over many years.

I don’t think anyone enjoys standing outside stores with a collecting box (except Trowbridge Committee Member David Birch) so a special thank you to all those who helped with the TESCO collections in May & June which resulted in £363 & £450 respectively and the ASDA collection in June which raised £565.89. BCUSG was also nominated as one of the Charities in the Green Token Scheme at ASDA in May/June when I believe we collected more tokens than any previous Charity. A big thank you to all those customers who donated money or cast your vote with green tokens at ASDA which meant we were presented with a cheque for £200. Your pennies, pounds or green tokens do really make a difference.

Collecting tins in pubs and shops or wherever also bring in lots of pennies and pounds. The tin at Knees of Trowbridge had £25.98 in it, whilst the one at The Kings Arms, Trowbridge had £42.35 in. The tins from The Griffin Pub in Frome raised £341.69 and as always we are grateful to everyone who supports in this way. Sadly we also receive money in memory of loved ones who have lost their fight against cancer. A friend of Winnifred Millard sent us £30 in her memory and when Elizabeth Dunn wife of Peter a Trowbridge Committee member Peter lost her fight we received £447.79. Our sympathy goes to both families and their friends who can take comfort in knowing this money will help other cancer sufferers.

Our now famous ‘International Night’ attracted almost 90 guests eager to sample the wonderful food and drink from around the world. This year 10 tables set up outside due to the glorious sunny evening with lovely appropriate background music plus. John Carter was on hand to advertise the Appeal and David Birch took charge of a lively Auction which raised £370 (I couldn’t resist bidding for the Spa Facilities and Afternoon Tea at Homewood Park – yet to take advantage of). As usual we had a very generous response to requests for Raffle prizes and a further £302 came as a result. So many sincere thanks to all those who contributed in any way to helping us raise £1,248 – Hope to see you in 2014

Christine Scriven, manager of Trowbridge Cricket Club organised a very successful BBQ evening last year and we were thrilled to hear she would do it again this year. Almost 150 guests arrived on a lovely sunny evening although cardigans were at the ready as the warm breeze turned into a cool wind. Whilst enjoying the fresh air and awaiting the hotdogs and burgers we were entertained by local group ‘TheBog House Boys’ in their own fun, cheeky way. Their hearts were really in it as I think all but one of them is or has been treated for cancer plus they recently lost one of their group. After the food there was a fantastic raffle organised by Peter Dunn which helped towards the £1,690 raised for BCUSG. What a fantastic amount thanks to Christine and everyone else who helped in any way.

This was the final event before writing this Report but we have much more in the pipeline with a Bingo Evening at Wesley Road Club on 6th September – I’m not sure if my sister in law visiting from Australia will enjoy this!!! A Produce Stall in Trowbridge on 7th September and The Magic Night in Westbury on 11th October.

Finally we really would be pleased to hear from anybody willing to help with our Collections particularly in Shires Trowbridge on 14th December and also in Castle Precinct (call Sue on 755189 to register your support – give her time to answer the phone because she’s on crutches following a fall).

For more details of all our activities or how you can help us please visit the Trowbridge Website or find us on Facebook.

With good health and best wishes to you all from all on Trowbridge Committee.

Jeanne Ingham-Law
Secretary – BCUSG Trowbridge Committee