November 2006 Newsletter
Here we are in November with only a few weeks left
to Christmas. Hopefully you all enjoyed the Halloween festivities
and were not too put out by all the bangers and fireworks. We are
very busy getting ready for our Christmas Party in early December.
Also, we are making arrangements for our mulled wine morning in
December. This should be a big day for all those involved with Platinum
Clubhouse and also helps us to connect with the local community.
The Mulled Wine morning takes place on December 15th from 11 am
to 2 pm, and all are most welcome. We welcome input from anyone
who has something to add to our newsletter and encourage contact
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A Christmas Story!
Tom and little Megan, looked at all the Christmas
toys in the shop windows. As they did, the tears rolled down their
cheeks, for their mother had told them there will be no presents
this Christmas. She could not afford them as she had to pay for
their fathers funeral. As they walked along, they thought of all
the happy Christmas’s they had with their father, playing with the
new toys on a Christmas morning. An old beggar comes up to the two
children and asks them for money. The two children give all the
coins in their pockets to the beggar man. Christmas morning arrives,
it is a very cold morning after a night of heavy snow. Tom and Megan
get up and dress, and get ready to go to Mass and to the local Y.
M. C. A. for lunch. A knock comes to the door, their mother opens
it to find a man there, and he asks can he talk to the two children.
A nervous Carol takes her children to the man at the front door.
The man asks the children, do you remember me? Both of the children
reply that they do not know him. The man tells the children, a week
ago I posed as a beggar in the town centre to see if the Christmas
Spirit was alive and well. I stood all day in my beggar clothes
looking for money and your children were the only ones to give me
money. I heard off people of your poor father dying and how poor
you are this Christmas so I have come here this Christmas morning
to bring you to my estate to spend Christmas day with me. Tom, Megan,
and their mother have a lovely Christmas Day with Mr. Comerford
on his estate. The children have a lovely dinner and get lots of
new toys to play with. Happy Christmas one and all.
Socials in November
Thursday 9th Wellness night Osprey
Wednesday 15th Bowling
Friday 24th Employment Dinner At The Clubhouse
Thursday 30th Advisory Board meeting
A Day in Clubhouse
As a member of Platinum Clubhouse, and as a member
of the membership committee, I would like to tell you about a normal
day of clubhouse life. In the morning, members come in, and we have
a cup of tea and a chat. Some of the members head out to their places
of employment, jobs that were fixed up for them by the clubhouse.
The members within the clubhouse give a hand out in the various
units, some would give a hand to make the lunch, others would work
in admin, and the employment unit. One member in particular looks
after our bus, and keeps the outside of the building clean. After
lunch, all the members and staff, give a hand at cleaning up after
lunch. The meetings we hold during the week are, House Meeting on
a Tuesday afternoon, Policy meeting on a Wednesday, and Employment
and Standard Meeting on a Thursday. After lunch some of the members
relax in the library where they read a book, or have a talk. Social
activities in the clubhouse are organised by the social committee.
There is no such thing as a mundane day in clubhouse, not with all
the various characters we have, who are both members and members
of staff. In Clubhouse on a day a member gets to meet different
people who have the same medical problems. If you are a member of
Platinum clubhouse, you could do worse then make a new year’s resolution
to attend clubhouse more often in the new year.
A group of nine people gathered on Friday September
29th to go to the Jardin Royal, a local Chinese/Cantonese restaurant.
The group all met up at the Clubhouse before walking down to the
main street. A table had been twelve originally, but there were
a number of people unable to attend. However, even allowing for
the reduction, the meal went very well. The restaurant was comfortable
and nicely furnished, the company interesting and the food was delicious.
Some of the group were unsure of trying from the Chinese menu, but
others enjoyed the difference. There were a large number of choices
available for the main course, and most people only had starter
or dessert in addition to the main course. Tea and coffee rounded
off a very splendid evening.
Lady of the dark night
what are you thinking of?
You look a pretty sight with a heart made of love,
There you are alone dreaming of a new day
with no one to call your own for a lover
you pray down by the river
glen waits the man of your dreams
You soon meet then on a sunset
that gleams both of you in ecstasy a new world begin.
You set each other free united your hearts
win ah but reality comes its way vanished
all your wonder of soon to face another day
with your unrequited love
Pitch and Putt Outing
Eight of us went playing Pitch &
Putt on Wednesday the 4th October. It did not seem to be the beginning
of October as there was no rain and the sun was actually shining.
I was foolish because I did not wear my runners and both my shoes
and my feet got soaking wet. We were divided into two groups,
the so-called professionals and the amateurs. I played with the
first group but it took me a while to get the hang of it. I was
topping the ball, hitting it to the left, hitting to the right
and doing everything bar what I should be doing. After 9 holes
I started to get my rhythm and started making good contact with
the ball. My playing partners Shay and Michael T encouraged me
all the way, and so did I encourage them when they hit a bad shot.
I would say out of the three of us Shay was the most accurate
but we did not have a competition even though we marked our scorecards
at the end of every hole. We played for approximately an hour
and a half and completed 13 holes in that time. Carmel, Breda,
Lydia and Brid only played 9 holes and at that stage the hunger
got the better of them so they said we should retire to Tougher’s
for our lunch. We agreed and we all had a lovely lunch with nearly
everybody having a different main course. I had the Lambs Liver
which is not usually found on restaurant menus. The others had
steak, corn beef, roast pork and pasta to name but a few. There
was also a great selection of desserts and of course I settled
for the black forest gateau which probably has the most calories.
I did not feel that guilty however as I had done about 3 miles
exercise that morning with the pitch & putt.
son you’ll need a permit to fish here
Harry: No thanks, I’m doing pretty well with a worm.
Nurse-“Can I take your pulse”?
Patient-“Have you none of your own”?
Q Is it really unlucky to follow a black cat?
A: It all depends on whether you are a man or a mouse.
Q What’s white, round and lifts weights?
A: An extra strong mint.
Q What two words have the most letters?
A: Post Office.
Q Why can’t you fool a snake?
A: Because it hasn’t any legs to pull.
John-“Have you heard the farmer who rolled
Tom –“He wanted to grow potatoes.”
Q What has four legs but only one foot?
A: A: A bed.
Q: What goes round the jungle grunting and sending all the
other animals to sleep?
A: A wild bore.
Q What did one eye say to the other?
A: There’s something between us and it smells.
Lecturer: “Who would like to live to be 85?”
Voice from audience: “Someone who is 84”.
I am back in the clubhouse after time working in
Camphill. I enjoy the freedom of the Clubhouse and the prospect
of paid work. Camphill consists of a garden, a farm, a weavery and
a bakery. The coffee shop is where a number of people work selling
food, some books and tea/coffee. Most of the people in Camphill
live in nearby houses to their work. Adult education sometimes had
socials on a Monday where we went to nearby tourist attractions.
There are holidays and plays in Camphill with swimming on Friday
in a nearby swimming pool.
Congratulations to All
Platinum had a health & safety course
held in the building in August for 2 days. There was a good attendance
of members at this course and full attendance of staff. On the final
day all present sat an exam. We received a good result 2 weeks later.
All who participated in the exam were successful. The health & safety
tutor has informed us that we are the first centre in EVE to have
a 100% success rate in this exam. Well done to all.
Whole chickens can be cooked without the skin.
This is good for those trying to lose weight. Don’t forget to
reduce the cooking time if you remove the skin.
Get Well wishes to: All our members who
Gary, Robert S, Declan C, Margaret O'B, Kevin O'D, Daniel, Margaret
P, Alan, Simon L, Dara
Disclaimer: The views, opinions and beliefs expressed in this newsletter are
not necessarily those of Platinum Clubhouse.
Contributors: Tom, Philip, Breda, Paddy,
Breda, Peter B, Clive Caroline, Pierce
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may only be reproduced following permission from Platinum Clubhouse.