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FRIENDLY CLUB

SOUTH MARSTON FRIENDLY CLUB

 WHO ARE WE?

The South Marston Friendly Club was established to serve people aged 50 and over who live in the local communities.

OUR AIMS

Provide sociable events which will interest members of this age group. This is achieved by arranging speakers to give talks and demonstrations, entertainers who deliver song and verse to achieve a diverse selection of activities. These activities are selected to stimulate interactive discussion with the speakers and members.

Members are made aware of information related to their age group obtained from statutory bodies and other similar organisations.

ORGANISATION

The Club is run by an elected committee of club members. The committee, of eight members, is chosen each year at the Annual General Meeting held on the second Tuesday in the month of June by the members. Serving committee members can be re-elected. There is no limit on length of service of committee members.

The current committee is as follows:

  • Officers of the committee.

Sheila Jinks – Acting Chair &Treasurer      Mike Hopkins -Acting Secretary

General committee members.

Jenny Barr, Maureen Morris, Jean Whitfield, Ray Harley, Valerie Goodheart, and Jenny McEwen

We have a club member to represent us on other Village Organisations:

  • Parish Council representative –  Vacancy
  • South Marston Recreation Association representative – Ray Harley

These representatives are tasked with supplying information about our organisation and to advise us of any matters raised by these organisations which could affect us. They report to the committee.

CONDITIONS AND DETAILS OF MEMBERSHIP

  1. Anyone aged over 50 years old can be a member.
  2. Membership is currently limited to 80 members
  3. Our financial year is 1st June to 31st May.
  4. Annual subscription fee is £15.00 due on the1st June, at the start of the financial year. This annual subscription is to assist in the cost of venue hire, refreshments and one strip of raffle tickets provided to each member attending a meeting. Additional strips of raffle tickets can be purchased for 50p per strip at meetings.
  5. Annual subscription fee for those over 85 years of age is optional.
  6. New members who join the Club within three months from the end of the financial year pay a subscription of £4.00 for this period. i.e. from 1st March to 31st May.
  7. A charge per person of £1.00 is levied at each Club meeting for non members; this includes one strip of raffle tickets per person.
  8. Members’ birthdays are announced at Club meetings, and a birthday card is sent to the member to note this anniversary.
  9. On the sad occasion of a member death a donation of £25.00 is sent to the bereaved family or donated to a charity of their choice.
  10. Our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month and held in the Village Hall commencing at 2.00pm
  11. Due to Village Hall insurance conditions the maximum number of attendees at meetings is limited to 60 people.
  12. A time table of events is issued to all members and published in the local Newsletter and on the Village web site.
  13. Committee meetings are generally held every two months or as required. Minutes are recorded at these meetings.
  14. The Club does not have any public liability insurance and members on outings arranged for them by the Club do so at their own risk

CLUB REVENUE 

  • Income from annual membership fee is the basic revenue stream.
  • We organise regular raffles, book sales and bric a brac sales to generate revenue.
  • Local businesses are contacted to request financial assistance when necessary.
  • If applicable grants will be requested.
  • Other fund raising activities, organised by Club members are held during the year at Village events.
  • Fund raising revenue allows a subsidy to be applied to some of our outings.
  • The annual income and expenditure account is independently audited and issued at the AGM.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Updates to the community transport service Terms and Conditions that is being managed for the Trust by Swindon Dial A Ride. and the revised details of the Thursday bus service run by Barnes Coaches for the Trust.

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust.

Community Transport Scheme – conditions of use.

  1. The scheme is for people living in the Parish of South Marston who are aged 55 and over.
  2. The scheme objective is to provide transport for people who do not have their own transport.
  3. People who normally would have transport facilities but are temporarily unable to drive will be eligible to use the service.
  4. People will be required to register their personal details with Swindon Dial A Ride prior to using the service. Call 01793 521123 for registration and service booking. It is based at Hawksworth Trading Estate. Booking line hours are Monday to Friday between 10am – 1pm. An answering machine service will operate outside these hours.
  5. If the person has the need for a carer the carer can accompany the person irrespective of the carer’s age.
  6. If disabled access is required this can normally be provided but may have some limitations depending on degree of disability. Volunteers are not trained to lift people.
  7. If the person requires a travel companion this will be eligible.
  8. Journeys can be taken as a door-to-door service. The volunteer car driver will be available to assist the person for the duration of the outing to suit the person’s requirements.
  9. If the car driver is not required to stay with the person during the outing a pick up time can be arrange with the driver by telephone or a pre- arranged time.
  10. No payment will be required by the user if a person’s journey is not greater than 100 miles including the return journey. All details of the journey will be recorded by Swindon Dial A Ride and charged directly to the Trust.
  11.  If the total journey exceeds the 100 mile limit the cost for the additional mileage to be paid directly to Swindon Dial A Ride by the person booking the journey.
  12. It is anticipated by the Trust that the service being provided is to accommodate activities such as the following but not limited to this list.
    • Visit to doctor, hospital, dentist and other similar medical requirements.
    • Visit to shops including outlet centres
    • Visit to the theatre or other entertainment establishments
    • Visit to friends or relatives
    • Visit to a place of interest.
  13. All driver volunteers taking people in their transport vehicle are fully trained, insured and vetted on a regular basis by Swindon Dial A Ride.

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The F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Free mini bus service

Due to the withdrawal of the 65 bus service the Trust has contracted a 49 seat minibus service for South Marston residents. The service will be a return trip to Swindon on Thursday each week. Residents who have their own transport can use this service.

  • The mini bus pick- up location in South Marston will be adjacent to the public car park near the school. Departure time is 9.30 am, it then stops at the village hall bus stop.
  • The drop off and pick-up location in Swindon will be at the bus stop layby adjacent to Debenhams in Fleming Way.
  • The return to South Marston will leave the pick-up point at 12.30 pm.
  • The minibus will make an additional drop off at the bus stop by Sainsbury’s. On return from Swindon the bus will stop briefly to pick up people at the bus stop by Dunelm. People will need to be at the stop at 12.30 pm to ensure pick-up.

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Friendly Club

Friendly Club Programme

 

SOUTH MARSTON FRIENDLY CLUB

2016 PROGRAMME

 

MEETING DATE TIME                   ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION                       
Tuesday 12th January 2.00 pm  Social Afternoon 

With Bingo, Tea or Coffee and Homemade Cakes

Tuesday 9th February 2.00 pm Step back in Time Gramophone Records 78 rpm

1950’s & 60’s Everyday life at the time

 Wednesday 24th February 10.00 am Visit to Welford Park Snowdrops £5 includes hot Drink  On to Newbury for Lunch

FREE COACH 10.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday 8th March 2.00 pm Friendship Thrice Tested

A Fascinating Journey Across Tibet

By Peter Noble

Tuesday 12th April 2.00 pm Poems of Farming and Village Life

By Paul Evans

Tuesday 10th May 2.00 pm Talk & Slides Chelsea Flower Show

By Jeff Bolton

 Tuesday 14th June

 

2.00 pm A Decade in Gascogne

Amusing stories about renovation of a Cottage

& Sale of Jewellery by John Clarke

Tuesday 12th July 2.00 pm Samaritans

A Talk by Maria Atkinson

Tuesday 9th August 2.00 pm Afternoon Cream Tea
Tuesday 13th September 2.00 pm Crop Circles Revealed

By Margaret Nichols

Tuesday 11th October 2.00 pm To Be Advised
Tuesday 8th November 2.00 pm British Butterflies

Talk with Coloured Slides

By Derek Remington

Tuesday 13th December 12.00=noon Christmas Lunch

                All Meetings are held at the South Marston Village Hall

Annual membership £15.00          (Includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

Outing and Hampers

FREE CHRISTMAS OUTING FOR SENIOR CITIZENS OF SOUTH MARSTON

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites the senior citizens of South Marston for an outing to Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre on Friday the 27th November 2015.The coach will depart near to the school at 9.30am. Arrival back at South Marston will be at approx. 6.00pm.

To reserve your seat please contact

 Mary Cooper telephone 823530

 Not later than 1st November 2015.

 Do not miss this date for reservation

CHRISTMAS HAMPERS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS OF SOUTH MARSTON

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust invites South Marston village residents who have reached the age of 60 years for females and 65 years of age for males by the 25th December 2015 to register with the Trust to receive a Christmas Hamper if they do not currently receive one.

The closing date for registration is 1st November 2015.

Contacts for registration:

Mary Cooper            telephone 823530

Terry Sansum           telephone 823684

Christmas Hampers to be collected on Thursday 10th December 2015 from Westwinds between 2.00 pm and 4.00pm.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust – Transport Scheme

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust.

Community Transport Scheme – conditions of use.

  1. The scheme is for people living in the Parish of South Marston who are aged 55 and over.
  2. The scheme objective is to provide transport for people who do not have their own transport.
  3. People who normally would have transport facilities but are temporarily unable to drive will be eligible to use the service.
  4. People will be required to register their personal details with Royal Voluntary Service -Swindon, (RVS) prior to using the service. Call 01793 465552 for registration and service booking
  5. If the person has the need for a carer the carer can accompany the person irrespective of the carer’s age.
  6. If disabled access is required this can normally be provided but may have some limitations depending on degree of disability. Volunteers are not trained to lift people.
  7. If the person requires a travel companion this will be eligible.
  8. Journeys can be taken as a door-to-door service. The volunteer car driver will be available to assist the person for the duration of the outing to suit the person’s requirements.
  9. If the car driver is not required to stay with the person during the outing a pick up time can be arrange with the driver by telephone or a pre- arranged time.
  10. No payment will be required by the user if a person’s journey is not greater than 100 miles including the return journey. All details of the journey will be recorded by RVS and charged directly to the Trust.
  11.  If the total journey exceeds the 100 mile limit the cost for the additional mileage to be paid directly to RVS by the person booking the journey.
  12. It is anticipated by the Trust that the service being provided is to accommodate activities such as the following but not limited to this list.
    • Visit to doctor, hospital, dentist and other similar medical requirements.
    • Visit to shops including outlet centres
    • Visit to the theatre or other entertainment establishments
    • Visit to friends or relatives
    • Visit to a place of interest.
  13. All driver volunteers taking people in their transport vehicle are fully trained, insured and vetted on a regular basis by RVS.

Note: The Trust is looking for volunteer drivers to work with the volunteer drivers employed by RVS. Training, operating method and contract details will be supplied by RVS. Contact: Brian McGlone 01793 826243 if you are interested in volunteering.

This service requires notice so it is best to arrange your transport as soon as you know what it is you need. The manned Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) office hours are Monday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Closed on Thursday. At other times an answering service should be available.

F & E Harris Memorial Trust Mini Bus Service

 

The F & E Harris Memorial Trust

Free mini bus service

Due to the withdrawal of the 65 bus service the Trust has contracted a 19 seat minibus service for South Marston residents. The service will be a return trip to Swindon on Thursday each week and will start on Thursday 25th June.

  • The mini bus pick up location in South Marston will be adjacent to the public car park near the school. Departure time will be 9.30 am. It will then also pick up at the Village Hall bus stop
  • The drop off and pick-up location in Swindon will be in College Street behind Debenhams.
  • The return to South Marston will leave the pick-up point at 12.30 pm.

Friendly Club

SOUTH MARSTON FRIENDLY CLUB 

2015 MEETING PROGRAMME

MEETING

DATE

TIME ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
Tuesday 13th January 2.00pm  

Old Photographs of Swindon

By Andy Binks

Tuesday 10th February 2.00pm Underwater Treasures talk & display

By John Clarke

Jewellery for Sale

Tuesday 10th March 2.00pm The Great War/Methuselah’s Dream

Talk by Peter Donavan

Tuesday 14h April 2.00 pm The American Dustbowl

Talk by David Sweet

Tuesday 12th May 2.00 pm A Talk by 3 readers (Chris Vivash)

From Royalty at Xmas to humble young man

Funny, sad and every emotion in between

Tuesday 9th June 2.00 pm AGM followed by a talk by Paul Booy

Suffragettes

His wife will be wearing different costumes throughout

Tuesday 14th  July 2.00 pm Cake Decorations

Demonstrated by Ali Bingham

Tuesday 11th August 2.00 pm                            Social gathering

         Afternoon Tea at South Marston Hotel

Tuesday 8th September 2.00 pm                            A talk by Bill King on

Coleshill House

(Dads Army)

Monday to Friday

28th Sept- 2rd Oct

TBA 5 Day holiday to Hayling Island

at Warners Sinah Warren Hotel

Including day trips. Travel with Barnes Coaches

Tuesday 13th October 2.00 pm Osteopathy

Talk about Spine with humour & Skeleton

By Jolyon Livingston

Tuesday 20thOctober 11.00 pm

To 5pm

Harvest Lunch at the Ferryman Inn

With entertainment

& free travel with Barnes Coaches

Tuesday 10th November 2.00 pm Local Studies Team from Swindon Library

With Slide Show

Tuesday 8th December 12.00 noon  

Christmas Lunch at South Marston Hotel.

 

Annual membership £12.00 ( £15.00 from 1st June)      (includes refreshments & 5 raffle tickets at each meeting)

      

SOUTH MARSTON FRIENDLY CLUB

2015 TRIP SELECTION LIST     Please tick your trip choices and hand to Josie Tel 828080

                                                    The list will be given back later for your information

Name…………………………      Non member costs are available on request

TRIP DESCRIPTION Cost

 to members

Details Trip Choice Last Payment date
Moreton in the Marsh

& Bourton on the Water

Tuesday April 28th – 9.30am to 5pm

£10  Coach will pick up from  School and Cobbett Court Highworth 14th April
Bowood House & Gardens

Rhododendron Walks

Tuesday May 19th – 10.30am to 5pm

£15 Entrance to Gardens only.

To visit house will be extra   A restaurant is available for lunch

12th May
                         Littlecote House

Tour of House with afternoon Cabaret

Tuesday June 23rd – 11am to 5pm

£25

Includes Lunch

Includes two course carvery lunch 9th June
Dorchester Market & Weymouth

Wednesday 22nd July – 9.30am to 7pm

£17 Lunch can be had at Weymouth 14th July
Abergavenny & Trioscape Garden Centre

Tuesday August 25th – 9.30am to 7pm

£17 Will call at Garden Centre near Newent in afternoon 11th August
Morning at Windsor  then Boat Cruise

Tuesday September 22nd – 9.30am to 6pm

T.B.A Cream tea served on board 8th Sept
Harvest Lunch at the Ferryman Inn

Bablock Hythe near Witney

Wednesday October 28th – 11.00am to 5pm

£15

Free Coach

Includes entertainment

Coach will pick up from School and Cobbett Court Highworth

13th Oct

Note: If payment is not received by the due date we will assume member/non-member has declined from trip.