Well it's time to get out those jumpers, scarves and gloves again and wrap up against the cold winds when we are out and about, taking a stroll by the sea or shopping in the town. Not sure how you feel about this time of year , the lovely colors of autumn moving towards the darkness of winter, but not yet time for all those cheerful twinkling lights in December.
With the rising costs of living, especially the cost of energy and heating, we are all hoping for a milder winter this year, but unfortunately the weather is out of our control. There has been a lot of talk about ways of saving money with your energy bills and although many think this is all common sense some of them have surprised me or just been reminders for me. Making sure I turn everything off when I am not using it, changing to LED lightbulbs and only boiling the amount of water in the kettle I actually need! Are just some.
I think it is great to see all sorts of places and people step forward to provide Warm Spaces over the winter months, for people to come to a warm safe place for a few hours. These are being hosted in libraries, church halls, community centres and some businesses, all doing something slightly different but all wanting to help and support the community through this tough time. Hope Trust are extending our opening hours on a Wednesday for people over 50 to come any time between 9.15am and 3.15pm. There will be a warm space and welcome, hot drinks and biscuits, games to play, books to read and people to chat to.
So if you a regular to Hope Trust or not we are here to provide that warm space for you on a Wednesday. You can take off your gloves and scarf for a while, come in out of the wind and enjoy the warmth and a chat.
Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager
What an extraordinary month September turned out to be. A new Prime Minister taking office and then the sudden death of Queen Elizabeth II and the Accession Council of King Charles III.
I was transfixed at the TV coverage of all the pomp and ceremony of it. So many different uniforms looking so smart and perfect, centuries of tradition playing out before our eyes.
So many wonderful tributes to the Queen and everything she had done and meant to the people of the UK and the world. She truly touched the world, and the world was a better place for having her in it. Her years of dedication to her role and her people continued right up to inviting her last prime minister to form a government just two days before her death.
What will your enduring memories be of her? Was it that wonderful smile, that glint in her eye, her kindness or her ‘tea with Paddington’? It’s so lovely to read some of the many messages people have shared about meeting her and the difference or impression it made on them.
I expect the Queen had so many stories, many of which she may have been unable to share. It’s great to chat and share our stories, the things we have done, places we have been and people we have met. If you want to come and join us and have a chat, listen to others stories or share your own we would love to see you.
We have also just started a monthly Men’s Munch and are looking for speakers so if you have a story to tell we would love to hear from you.
Tracy Haskins, Charity Manager
After such a long hot dry summer you might be glad that September is here and a new season has begun. Children going back to school, changing school or starting school for the first time, it's all change for them.
September is usually the month we celebrate the completion of the harvest, although with this year's weather that, in the most part, finished a few weeks earlier than normal. Is your garden 'over' for the year, all the fruit, vegetables and flowers done? Was it a good year, are you thinking of next year already and changes you might make? I have been thinking about having more drought tolerant plants, less pots and more water butts!
Whether you were looking forward to September's arrival or not it's here. Some of you might have been excitedly looking forward to the change like some of the children who were looking forward to going back to school, however like some children who might be anxious about this new school term, you might be anxious about things. The rising costs of food, fuel and energy are extraordinary at the moment, and sometimes, perhaps when we are alone, it's hard not to get stuck in a loop thinking about these things.
We are starting September with a couple of extra monthly activities: we will be having a Men's Munch on the second Friday of the month and a Games Morning on the first Friday of the month. So if you would like to learn how to play Qwirkle, Rummikub or Cribbage, or if you have been playing for years, we would love to see you. Or if you fancy a bacon roll and a natter with some fellow men with an interesting speaker why not pop in.
All our other regular events are continuing, and they are free of charge. You can find out more about Hope Trust on T: 01394 272592