Lisa Jarvis, a volunteer at St. Catherine’s Hospice,
visited the club to give us an insight into all that the
Hospice means to the community. It was the illness
of Lisa’s mother that brought her to the hospice when
she received palliative care by the Community Nurses.
Lisa’s mother was determined to spend her last days at
home but did agree to visit for a day there, enjoying art
therapy which she loved. On her second visit she was
visibly frail but managed a few hand-made cards which
were saved for the grandchildren’s memory boxes. A
few days later she was finally admitted to St. Catherine’s
and five days later peacefully passed away. Lisa said
the care her mother received was second to none and
she wanted to volunteer to give something back to the
Hospice. She was so impressed with the attitude not
only to the patients but the families involved. Family pets
were able to visit and on one occasion a lady wished to
say goodbye to her horse so it was taken into the garden
for this to happen. Counselling is provided for those who
require it and help is given in many other ways. It costs
10 million pounds to run the Hospice for a year. In 2016,
2,324 patients from a wide area covering Billingshurst
to parts of Surrey received care. The vast majority of
funding was through legacies and fund raising such as
a midnight walk, a lottery, profits from coffee mornings
and the coffee shop. Many individuals also raise money
on their behalf. It is not surprising so much money is
needed when for example a lady longing for a nice long
bath was also treated to scented bubbles and rose
petals scattered round the bathroom. Lisa quoted the
nurses at St. Catherine’s as saying “we can’t add days to
your life but we can add life to your days”.
Margaret Payne thanked Lisa for giving us such a heartwarming
talk and gave a £100 donation from club funds.
An additional £50 was given by Ann Bray who organised
the quiz evening in March. Notices included best wishes
to members of the club currently about to have surgery
or recovering, and that the annual club dinner at the Golf
Club will be on Tuesday 27th June.
The club were pleased to welcome Stephen Crawley
and his wife Daphne to our May meeting. Stephen is
a renowned photographer of antiques and fine art. He
amused us with tales such as the gentleman bringing
priceless jewels for him to photograph, packed in nothing
more than a plastic carrier bag, and Stephen’s expertise
spans from Ancient Egypt to modern art as well as a
wide knowledge of precious stones. We enjoyed a fun
evening with Stephen and Daphne providing an Antiques
Valuation Quiz. An antique was shown on the screen
with a brief description and four alternative valuations.
In teams of six we guessed the true value and on many
occasions became totally confused. Who would have
thought an enamel and turquoise brooch in the shape of
a beetle, made by Tiffany’s, would be valued at £6,875?
Amazing! The items we tried to value were varied and
interesting, ranging from a boxed Dinky Toy to a Clarice
Cliff broth pot.
During his talk Stephen told us he once photographed a
Dunhill Japanese fountain pen costing £110,000. He also
advised us to go to auctions for real bargains in both
antiques and whole house furnishings. Sheila thanked
Stephen and Daphne for a fabulous evening which really
captured the interest of club members. A reminder was
also given that outstanding money for the dinner on the
27th should be paid at the next meeting, the 1st June.