Tuesday 19th November

Laura will be at the Our Place Community Drop-In session at the West Wight Community Centre in Moa Place, Freshwater. Come along to say hello between 10.15am and 12 noon, and enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee.

The Swimming Group are swimming at the Waterside Pool in Ryde from 8.00pm till 8.45pm. The pool is closed to the public whilst the group swims. There are male and female volunteers to help you get in and out of the pool as well as Lifeguards to ensure your safety. To join the Swimming Group, please call Sight for Wight first to notify us of your swimming ability. You need to register with the office at Millbrooke House first to be able to swim with the group.

Wednesday 20th November

The weekly coffee morning will be held at Millbrooke House this week from 10.00am till 11.30am.
There will also be our Low Vision drop in between 10.00 am and 12 noon. This is a weekly event to allow you to view and try the Low Vision equipment we have at Sight for Wight without the need for an appointment.

We will be swimming at the Special Care Session held at West Wight Sports Centre in Freshwater. The session runs from 12 noon till 1.00pm. The cost to swim is £4.20. Minibus transport may be available depending on location and costs £2.00. If you are interested in joining the group then we will need to ask some questions about your swimming ability, general health, and mobility and next of kin details. Numbers are restricted for this session so please register your interest early.

Thursday 21st November

The Thursday Social Group are meeting at Millbrooke House. The group meets from 10.30am till 2.00pm. With the help of volunteers, the group enjoy a number of activities, crosswords, catching up on news and trivia, knitting and crochet. They are currently making decorations for the Sight for Wight Christmas Tree, and continuing to make pompoms for the rug. This very friendly, mixed group also love to chat and enjoy lunch together. Later in the afternoon volunteers come in and read to the group on different topics. If you would like to join the group then please contact the Charity on 522205.

Any Other News

Advance Notice for Striders- there has been a change to the planned stride at the end of November. The new route will be from Stag Lane to Gurnard. Full details have been distributed to members of the Striders group.

Sight for Wight will be at the Shorwell Coffee Morning on November 30th at Shorwell Village Hall between 10am and 12 noon. Our stall will have Homemade cakes, Jigsaws, Books and Bric a Brac. Everyone is very welcome, please tell friends and family about this fundraising event.
If anyone would like to donate a raffle prize or gifts for our Christmas stall please drop them into Millbrooke House, it will be very much appreciated.

Freshwater Library Listening Reading Group- this group usually meets on the second Tuesday of each month, but in December will meet on the first Tuesday December 3rd, from 11am – 12noon.

Equipment -we have been approached by members who would like to find new homes for the following preloved items.
Large older computer, large monitor with built in speakers. Taver+ keyboard. Windows XP. Also has Supernova which will need updating.
Adler Tippa portable typewriter with Braille scale. Good ribbon.
Ordinary Key Stensbury. Interlined for writing Braille.
These items are available free of charge, if you are interested please contact the charity on 522205 or email members@iwsb.org.uk

2020 Diaries and Calendars – it’s time to order your VIP Diaries and Calendars. Please note that the suppliers of VIP diaries have now imposed a minimum number for orders that we place on your behalf, therefore we will place orders on the following dates: 25th November and a final order on Wednesday 3rd December.
Any orders after this date will be need to be made directly by members to the diary company. Prices are as follows:
Pocket Diary A6 with cover , week to a view £5.75
Pocket Diary A6 insert only, week to a view £5.30
Midi Diary A5, week to a view £7.65
Jumbo Diary A4, week to a view 2 days per page £21.00
Desk Diary A4, week to a view £9.45
Wall Hanging Calendar A3 £6.25
Wall Hanging Dates Reminder £5.75
To place your order please contact Laura Jasper members@iwsb.org.uk or phone 522205

Possible New Audio Book Group- “Alistair has run the Freshwater Library audio book group for many years and is now looking to start a new one at Sandown Library. If you would be interested in joining the group please contact Sandown Library on 402748 with your name and contact details and they will pass on your details to Alistair. Days and times to be arranged once we have an idea of interest.” Please note that this group is not run by Sight for Wight, we are just advertising on Alistair’s behalf.

Christmas Tree Decorations – If any member would like to make a Christmas Tree Decoration for our tree to be displayed at Brighstone Christmas tree festival in December, preferably in blue and gold colours but not essential, then please either drop them off at Millbrooke House or send in by the end of November.

The Members Christmas Lunch will be held on Thursday 19th December at the White Lion, Arreton. A 2 course meal will cost £19.95. Places must be booked and paid for in advance. To register your interest and request a menu please contact Laura on 522205 or email members@iwsb.org.uk. Minibus transport may be available depending on location.

There will be a trip to Medina Theatre on Saturday 21st December to enjoy the pantomime Dick Whittington. Meet at 1.30pm for a 2.00pm performance, the show lasts approx. 2.5 hours. Spaces are limited for this trip, so if you would like to book your place please contact Laura Jasper on 522205 or email members@iwsb.org.uk. Closing date for applications is Wednesday 20th November. Please note the ticket price of £15.00 must be paid in advance. Minibus transport may be available for a donation of £2.00 depending on location.

We will be visiting the Isle of Wight Pearl on this visit where we will join the Pearl Masterclass; a free informative talk about pearls. The talk lasts about 30 minutes and there will also be an opportunity to look around the centre, or have refreshments in the café. There is no charge for the talk, but minibus may be available depending on location for a donation of £2.00. Closing date for applications is Monday 20th January. For further information or to book your place please contact the charity on 522205 or email members@iwsb.org.uk Please note that all activities are subject to demand and availability of volunteers for driving and supporting as a sighted escort guides.

There was an error in the November Newsletter. The Niton Coffee Morning is still running on the first Tuesday morning of each month at the post office in Niton. For more information please call Laura on 522205.