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The first evening in November was rather chilly when we held our meeting.

Monday, 14th November 2016, 8:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm

Twenty-one members were present.

Mrs Minto welcomed everyone and introduced our guest speaker for the evening, Helen Rogers, representing the Royal National Institute for the Blind.

Queen Victoria was patron way back in 1868.

Helen advised us regarding the fundraising and donations, the problems facing a blind person, the Christmas Festivities, the very worrying fact that each day 100 people will become blind.

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The isolation which a blind person will face.

Not all blind people are able to read braille, how blindness affects relationships, also the day-to-day “getting on with life” and negotiating street furniture.

Helen reiterated that forward planning is absolutely essential.

She produced several pairs of spectacles to pass around.

These were designed to show us, when we put them on, what it feels like to have (1) macular degeneration (2) diabetes advanced stages (3) glaucoma – tunnel vision and (4) advanced cataracts. There are various stages of these conditions.

Modern technology is a great help – giving a lifeline.

Mrs Val Hart gave the vote of thanks to Helen for demonstrating to us the real difficulties some people must face.

After refreshments we went on to the business part of the meeting.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Future events will include our next meeting – which will be our Christmas party.

Our Christmas lunch is being organised for December 9.

The Resolutions for 2017 will be discussed at a later date. The group meeting will be held in Seahouses on April 26 and the next pub lunch will be on Saturday, November 26, at the Ship Inn.

Other events are: Christmas at the Abbey on Thursday, December 15; carol singing at Heighley Gate on December 20; the national annual meeting in Liverpool next year; snowman beetle drive on Wednesday, December 7, at Cresswell House; April 3, the darts final and dominoes competition; April 8, the council meeting to be held in the Royal Grammar School in Newcastle.

Finally, the results of the competition are ‘B’ (1) Mrs McLaughlan (2) Mrs Sandra MacFarlane and (3) Mrs Nora Mileham.

The raffle was won by Mrs Brenda Ord.

As mentioned above, our next meeting will be the Christmas party on Tuesday, December 6, a pooled supper will be served and entertainment is being planned (a secret) so do come along and join us. There will be bags of fun.