Forthcoming Events 2019
13th & 14th April – we will be serving refreshments, light lunches and teas at Bodmin Nursery Spring Saver weekend 10am – 3.30pm each day
29th June – FETE – 2pm – venue and details to be confirmed
Also planned for 2019, dates to be confirmed:
Walk and litter pick in Polzeath area led by Vic Luke
Soup & Dessert lunch
Fashion show in Wadebridge, possibly in November
Hospital's Spring 'Sowing' Success
ON a brilliant Saturday the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends (BHLF) opened their ‘Café’ at the Bodmin Nursery, Laveddon Mill’s, Spring Saver Weekend over the 21st and 22nd April. Serving light lunches with delicious home made bread, soups, quiches and scrummy puddings, cakes and cream teas, backed up by Barnecutts Pasties, the Friends made over £1,100 towards their funds.
Saturday was hot with all day sunshine and the visitors came in their hundreds to this superb Nursery to browse through the literally millions of plants ranging from fruit trees, shrubs, bamboos and every type of annual and perennial. A horticulturists’ heaven.
The BHLF volunteers worked hard and cheerfully through two hectic days and Chairman, Susie Gore, commented on “. . . the wonderful groups of supporters we (BHLF) have: hospital staff members, family, friends, neighbours and the public coming together working extremely hard over several weeks ensuring the success of a happy event. None of this would have been possible without the generosity and support of Mark and Linda Lawlor, owners of Bodmin Nursery and their staff.
The visitors to the ‘Café’ were well entertained, in addtion to consuming vast amount of superb grub, they listened to the mellifluous tones of Mike Jenkins on the accordion, ‘the icing on the cake’ said Susie, and the Kernow Samba Band and Tywardreath’s Morris Dancers gave wonderful performances.
The Friends were greatly encouraged by the generosity and appreciation shown by the public towards their hospital. The secretary, Ann Gregan, wished to add her thanks to the Chairman’s for the wonderful support from the committee and also the happy band of volunteers not on the committee who gave up their weekend working hard, efficiently and cheerfully and also adding to the feast with an enormous amount of savouries, biscuits and cakes.
She would also like to thank the following businesses who supported BHLF: of course Bodmin Nursery for allowing us the space to fundraise in this way, for giving an enormous amount of help and advice in setting up and for donating 3 very generous raffle prizes, Barnecutts Bakery for providing pasties at cost, Williams Dairy for giving us cream for the cream teas, St Kew Products for giving a most magnificent hamper as a raffle prize, Fees Foods for giving an enormous and delicious bacon & egg pie, Brandon Hire for supplying a disabled loo, B Skincare for providing a lovely raffle prize and, not businesses, The Friends of St Petrocs Church for supplying tables, chairs and much other equipment without which we couldn’t have functioned and the members of Bodmin Inner Wheel for supplying some wonderful cakes and savouries.
Tywardreath Morris Dancers entertain at Bodmin Nursery’s Spring Saver Weekend.
Photo by AMG
Many steps to Stepper Point
ON a beautiful summer day 28 volunteers set off from Padstow’s band stand heading for Stepper Point and then on to Trevose on a sponsored walk raising funds for the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends.
The group’s leader, Vic Luke, knows how to pick his day: light breeze, low tide, bright sushine allowing for fantastic visibility up the Camel estuary across to Rock, Daymer and Polzeath beaches and out to sea beyond Pentire to Newlands, surrounded by calm and brilliant azure blue seas. The golden sands of this spectacular estuary only breaking the gentle waves at the deceptive and ominous Doom Bar, reminding the walkers of the pint of amber liquid reward at the end of their endurance!
On the route the group got many words of encouragement from locals and holiday makers alike, including a very generous donation from owner captain of the Jubilee Queen, Nick Chapman.
The walkers all completed the walk safely at very different times depending on their age, fitness and how long they stopped for a Cornish tea break at Hawker’s Cove! All thoroughly enjoyed themselves, raising nearly £500 for the League’s funds to provide services and equipment not provided by the NHS for the staff and patients of the community hospital.
In the six months of 2017 BHLF have already granted more than £35,000 for many items as diverse as specialist beds and wheelchairs to a series of drumming sessions for one of the psychiatric wards, thanks to the efforts of people like Vic Luke and his walkers and the generosity of the public.
The group of walkers: some BHLF committee members but mostly friends, about to set off from Padstow Harbour; walk leader Vic is at the back with the blue collar.
Photos by AG
Wadebridge Rotary’s ‘My Life’ donation
At the recent Annual General Meeting of the Bodmin Hospital League of Friends, Samantha Maycock, Occuptional Therapist at Bodmin Hospital demonstrated the ‘My Life Software’ recently purchased by the League of Friends for Garner Ward using a very generous donation from the Wadebridge Rotary Club as a result of their WHEELS event in July.
The software is a reminiscence tool and Sam was obviously delighted with the results it has been achieving for her patients; she demonstrated the various different music available, much of which got feet tapping and memories renewed, it includes famous speeches, poetry, bird song, many activities such as Bingo, coconut shy, pig racing, horse racing, Karaoke, quizzes.
Pictured are Martin Broadfoot, President of Wadebrige Rotary Club and Samantha Maycock, Occupational therapist with the television showing My Life Software.