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Wandle Park Open Day - Wednesday 28th June

Alex Pepper (Project Co-ordinator Thomas Pocklington Trust) has kindly forwarded the following information to be circulated to Sutton Vision members.

Croydon Vision, the Wandle Trust and Wandle Park are teaming up to run an open day for blind and visually impaired people, across the Croydon, Merton and Sutton boroughs. This event is being supported by Santander, who will be providing volunteers to assist with sighted guiding and the planned activities. The event will take place on Wednesday 28th June 10.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m.

This event will be part of National rivers week. The programme for the day will include the following:

Welcome and short talk by Andrew Dickinson from the Wandle Park about the history of the park and the rejuvenation of the river Wandle. An opportunity to go pond dipping, led by David Gill from the Wandle Trust, with support from the Santander volunteers. A picnic lunch and a short talk form David Gill about the river Wandle and its wildlife.

In the afternoon there will be an opportunity to do some river work and conservation, this will include a litter pick and an opportunity to put on waders and wellies and get into the river. There will also be tea and cake to finish the day. This is an opportunity for you to be as hands on as you want to or just enjoy sitting on the bank of the river and enjoying the surroundings of Wandle Park.

If you would like to join the group you would need to meet at the park which is situated right next to Wandle Park Tram Stop. It can be arranged for a volunteer to meet you at the Tram Stop or local station if requested.  

If you are interested then you will need to register your interest with Alex either call him – 07970 725 620 or email – alex.pepper@pocklington-trust.org.uk.


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Kew Gardens - Thursday 8th June UNFORTUNATELY THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Alex Pepper (Project Co-ordinator Thomas Pocklington Trust) and a colleague are planning a day trip to Kew Gardens and would like to offer some of the places to Sutton Vision members, there are only five places on offer so if you would like to attend please register your interest with Andrea on 020 8409 7166 or e-mail andreadix@suttonvision.org.uk by Wednesday 17th May at the latest.  Due to limited space places will be given on a “first come first serve basis” .

You are able to take a sighted carer / friend if you wish.  Entry is free to VI individuals; you will need to take your registration card with you. 

Unfortunately transport will not be provided.  Trains run from Sutton BR Station to Kew Gardens, this journey will involve two changes (Clapham Junction and Richmond).


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Houses of Parliament - Friday 19th May

Alex Pepper (Project Co-ordinator Thomas Pocklington Trust) is arranging a free tactile tour of the Houses of Parliament. 

The tour will take place on Friday 19th May starting at 17.00 and finishing at19.00.

If you would like to attend you would need to meet the rest of the group at London Victoria Train Station.   From Victoria you will travel by bus to Parliament.  After the tour you will then travel back together to London Victoria Station.

 Volunteers will be available on the day, but members are welcome to bring one sighted carer/friend if they wish to.  Guide dogs also welcome.

 If you are interested in visiting Parliament then you will need to register your interest with Alex by Friday 28 April, either call him – 07970 725 620 or email – alex.pepper@pocklington-trust.org.uk.

 

 


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Visit to Imperial War Museum, London

VISIT TO THE IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

This tour has been arranged by Alex Pepper, Project Co-ordinator at the Thomas Pocklington Trust.  The tour is open to adults who are blind or visually impaired, and living within the London boroughs of: Croydon, Sutton, Merton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond.

Date:               Wednesday 21st June

Venue:           Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ

The tour of the museum has been specially adapted for blind and visually impaired groups, and will be guided by an IWM member of staff, who will provide direction and detailed description, as well as providing some tactile objects in parts of the tour.

The trip will be facilitated by Alex on behalf of the Thomas Pocklington Trust.  Volunteers will be provided by TPT for the day.

Participants will have the option of bringing along a sighted carer or companion if they would prefer to a volunteer.  Guide/assistant dogs are also welcome on the tour.

There is an onsite café/restaurant which provides hot and cold food and beverages.  Parts of the tour will be staggered between groups, so this café facility will be used as a social and meeting point on the day.

Spaces will be offered on a first come first serve basis, and as places are quite limited, individuals are advised to register their interest as soon as possible.

All enquiries are to be made to Alex Pepper by 1stMay, either via email Alex.pepper@pocklington-trust.org.uk or by calling him on 07970 725 620.

Further details of times and travel will be sent out in due course.

 

 

                


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Janice O'Donnell

 It is with great sadness that we record the death of Janice O'Donnell.  Janice joined our Board of Trustees in August 2007.  Janice became involved with our Charity and was very active in raising funds through organising events such as Bridge sessions and quizzes.  She also represented the Charity at some important official meetings in the Borough.

Janice developed Macular Disease herself and was able to speak first-hand about the challenges presented by sight loss. Janice must be admired for her determined and constant efforts in supporting, and raising the profile of, Sutton Vision throughout. Janice will, indeed, be very much missed.

Eric Kennedy
Chair of Trustees