Sight Support Worthing had a great time taking part in the Rotary Carnival on the hottest Bank Holiday on record. The Minibus, Car and Triobike, decorated with minions to fit in with the this year’s Carnival theme of toys, travelled slowly along the seafront. With a real life minion riding the triobike volunteers handed out leaflets and other goodies to promote Sight Support in Worthing.
We had a fantastic time celebrating American Independence Day on the 4th July! Members enjoyed a hot dog lunch with coca cola whilst Kim Bonsor entertained with the biggest American hits!
Members enjoyed our annual Strawberry tea with a glass of Pimms, and strawberries and cream! Victor Munro entertained and a great afternoon was had by all.
A few members headed to Blackbushe Airport to go flying! Members were taken up one by one and handed the controls whilst in the air! A very memorable day for everyone involved.
Golf Taster session
Members were treated to a couple of sessions at Worthing Golf Club recently. Matt the golf instructor was absolutely fantastic and everyone thouroughly enjoyed the day. A huge thank you must go to Matt and the rest of the team at Worthing Golf Club.
Sight Awareness Day
Sight Support Worthing hosted a Sight Awareness Day in Worthing town centre. We were joined by several other charities, RNIB, Guide Dogs, 4Sight, Glaucoma Association and Specsavers came along too! It was a fantastic day raising awareness in Worthing.
Sight Support Worthing were delighted to be joined by Steve Bate MBE – a double gold medal winning Team GB Paralympian – to launch their new Triobike. It was a fantastic morning that attracted lots of attention from the public and press. You may have even heard us on BBC Radio Sussex talking about the day!
St George’s Day
Kim Bonsor entertained us on the afternoon of St George’s Day. The room was decorated with St George’s bunting and flags. Many members joined in by wearing outfits of red and white. Kim sang traditional English songs, the last one being ‘wish me luck as you wave me goodbye’ where members joined in and waved handheld flags.
16 vision impaired people had an enjoyable afternoon for Valentine’s Day. Lynda Lyne entertained with love themed performances on the keyboard and clarinet. A theme tea was served up during the afternoon.
St Patrick’s Day
Members were treated to an afternoon of Irish songs performed by two artists from Bucklers Reel. A selection of typical Irish food was then served. Everyone had a most enjoyable afternoon.
Burns Night Event
21 vision impaired members were treated to an enjoyable afternoon celebrating the birthday of Robbie Burns. They experienced the traditional Scottish ceremony ‘Address to the Haggis’ along with a sample of haggis, stew and a tot of whisky to honour the Scottish bard. Entertainment was provided by Peter Ridge including a rendition of Auld Lang Syne performed by Andrew Buchanan on the bagpipes.
What a fabulous Christmas party members enjoyed this week. Entertainment provided by Jenna Hall and Peter Ridge. There was certainly much merriment not only from the members but our invited guests Sandra Baker Mayoress, Deputy Mayor Cllr Hazel Thorpe and her consort Robin and of course our President Cllr Bob Smytherman. Tables were adorned with decorations and crackers, members enjoyed a fish and chip lunch followed by mince pies.
Sight Support Worthing members were treated to a great afternoon of songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s for our Halloween event. Kim Bonsor entertained members with a fabulous repertoire, especially enjoyed the final song ‘ Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye’, Kim had everyone joining in singing and waving. A fun time had by all, we hope to have Kim entertain again in the future. It was lovely to see Kim dress up for the occasion.
“Providing the Jam” Book Launch
West Sussex High Sheriff Caroline Nicholls and Worthing Deputy Mayor Hazel Thorpe were among special guests for the launch of the ‘Providing the Jam’ book at the charity’s headquarters in Rowlands Road, Worthing on Wednesday. The book written by co-authors Chris Hare and Lela Tredwell focuses on the past 100+ years of support our charity has provided. The book priced at £4.99 can be purchased from our headquarters in Rowlands Road.
Beethoven to boogie woogie, ragtime to rock and roll. 20 people had an enjoyable afternoon listening to Stefan play the piano. He has promised to return later in the year, when he will be playing a few more sing-along tunes. He will be playing a few more sing-along tunes.
Wiston Vineyard Tour
12 members and volunteers had an amazing tour of the Wiston Vineyard and Winery this week. Kirsty Goring spoke about the estate with passion and enthusiasm which made the whole experience a real delight. We all enjoyed the day, seeing the vines, the tractor ride and the winery, finishing off with wine tasting in the delightful barn overlooking the vines. All in all a great day and even the rain held off. The wines tasted delicious too.
Jo Jingles visit
Jo Jingles is a fun music, singing and movement class for pre-school children. Katie Hunwick invited seven young children and parents to take part in a fun morning interacting with our members. It was lovely to see the different age groups having so much fun, lots of smiles and laughter.
St George’s Day
St George’s Day in England remembers St George, England’s patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England’s national day. According to legend, he was a soldier in the Roman army who killed a dragon and saved a princess. Yesterday we put on another themed event to celebrate this day. Members enjoyed an afternoon singing along with the entertainer David Drew followed by an English cream tea. The room was adorned with St Georges Day flags and bunting. Thanks must always go out to the volunteers Frances, Dawn, Pat & Rita who helped make this another fantastic afternoon for our members.
Members experienced a great day at Worthing Golf Club in Links Road. After enjoying a wonderful selection of refreshments in the club house members made their way to the practice range with our volunteers Barry, Jim and Cherry to meet Matt (Club Professional Assistant). After issuing everyone with a club each duly showed off their swings. Some were superb, others were even better. For some it was a new experience, others reignited previous hobbies. Matt and Jim thoroughly enjoyed watching and chatting with our members, an event to be repeated as soon as possible. Warm thanks from all of us to Worthing Golf Club and Professionals.
St Patrick’s Day Event Wednesday 14th March 2018
20 members and guests were treated to an entertaining afternoon celebrating St Patrick’s Day. Guests enjoyed a selection of Irish food followed by a small glass of Irish Cream and a can of Irish Stout to take home. A duo from the band Shenanigan performed a range of music from an Irish repertoire which got people joining in clapping and singing. The room was adorned with Irish flags and each table decorated with the green shamrock.
A well-attended event much appreciated by all who came along.