Readers may recall that the Kelling Hospital Day Unit suddenly closed in March after many
years of excellent therapeutic and rehabilitation services to Patients who suffered from
Strokes, Multiple scleroses and Parkinsons decease, among others In fact,
Patients whose abilities and confidence had, due to their disabilities, taken a server
battering. The services offered, even though it was for just one day each week, were very
much appreciated by Patients, their families and Carers. My purpose in writing is
twofold. Firstly on behalf of the N/N District Council (I was their representative on
health issues at the time, my replacement is Cllr. John Sweeney) I would like to thank all
the Staff for the delicate and sympathetic way they dealt with the most demanding and
difficult situations. I would also like to add my personal thanks for the very pleasant
and friendly atmosphere, which was created by the Staff and which was enjoyed by everyone
who visited. This atmosphere alone was a real tonic to the patients who without this
facility are destined to live a rather lonely and isolated life not everyone
understands, do they? My second purpose: Health Service provisions are surposed to
improve not to deteriorate or disappear, so what can we, the more physically able,
do to resurrect or provide a similar service? I feel The N/N Primary Care Trust could have
been more helpful, by making the saving of the service a higher priority than the saving
of the cost, consultation was practically non-existent and alternative possibilities were
not, in my view, thoroughly investigated. Bearing in mind the Day Unit room is only
used for other purposes two days each week, which means that it is still available without
undue cost. Admittedly considerable cost was tied-up in transport could transport
be arranged voluntarily? Also patients paying for their meals might have helped and could
volunteers do more in other ways? Readers, please make your views and ideas known, you can
write to John Sweeney c/o NNDC Cromer, NR27 9PZ. For my part I will bring this
matter to the attention of our MP, Norman Lamb, hoping he will express our concern at
Government level, he may also be able to activate some funding and persuade our NNPCT to
be more open and considerate when considering Health Service provision. Yours
faithfully, Cllr. Ron Stone.
Community Fund are holding their Annual Fun Day on August Bank Holiday Sunday. This is our
major fundraising event of the year - last year we raised over £3,000 which went to local
causes such as the Youth Club, Church, Village Hall etc. This year we are helping the
Association to purchase a new storage shed. Every year we hold events such as a bonfire
party and Easter egg hunt, and every Christmas Santa comes on his sleigh to the pub car
park and gives all the children in the village a present.
We would like to publicise the Fun Day in your paper, and also call for helpers to man
stalls, as well as ask for donations to the tombola and cake stalls. There is a collection
box for tombola in the village store, or I can be contacted on 01263 588001 and will
collect donations. This is also the number to ring for helper volunteers. Hope you
can help us in some way - Karen White-Robinson, Secretary
Okay, all you children aged 1 - 12 years, this column is for you. Enter the
competition(s) and you may win a prize.
|A RIDDLE FOR YOU
Though liquid in nature, don't push me too far; for then I will break, and the
damage may scar. What am I?
|SCENIC QUIZ DRIVE
Enjoy a drive round our scenic Norfolk country lanes and villages, following the route on
the sheet, and answering questions on things you find en-route in this approx. 40 mile
circular drive. There is a prize of a £15 shopping voucher for the person with the most
correct answers, (in the event of a tie, a draw will take place).
Closing date for entries is 14th. September,
so you`ve plenty of time.
It`s an ideal activity for local and visitors and all ages. Quiz Drive Sheets, £1, are
available from Sheringham Library.
Proceeds for St. Andrew`s Methodist Church, Sheringham.
When I asked my son who it was he wanted to marry, he said,
"No-one really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry.
God decides and you get to find out later who you're stuck with.