watch this space for details of the delayed 2020 AGM
This year our AGM was a little later than usual and was held in September. However it proved a popular meeting with may familiar faces but we always have room for more (just about!!) Its lovely to hear that certain ‘buzz’ when people meet up with old friends and colleagues and there certainly was a buzz again this year.
We have been increasingly aware that many of the patients come into PBL suffering from dementia in one form or another and we felt that this was a perfect opportunity to learn more about it. We heard from Liz Yaxley , Dementia Services Manager at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, who gave us a fascinating talk on Dementia. She told us that many of us may find ourselves close to such a problem in our own families and with our friends and how we should be aware of matching our behaviour to their specific and individual needs of each person. Liz gave us wonderful illustrations of just how proper management and understanding can change the living experience of people with dementia and was delighted that The Support Group had just funded a vital educational post at PBL which Liz will supervise.
We also heard from our talented Tracey Dryhurst , Head of Psychological Services at PBL . Tracey is such a charismatic speaker and again enthralled us with her talk about Wellbeing and how to achieve and sustain it within a Palliative care context.
Lastly we were thrilled that this years Lady Bacon award for outstanding contribution to Palliative Care was awarded to Ruth Donerly Bond. Ruth has raised so much for the Support Group over the years and run the PBL Fest for the last 2 years. She has transferred her skills to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital to become part of their palliative Care Team but promises to still raise funds for us. It was a joy to see Lady Bacon give her the award.
On behalf of the Trustees of Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to a service celebrating the remarkable work of the staff of Priscilla Bacon Lodge over the last forty years and giving thanks for the hospice movement in Norfolk and around the country.
The service will be held in Norwich Cathedral at 7.30pm on Monday 2 December 2019. We are delighted that Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, an eminent professor of palliative medicine, has agreed to deliver the address, and that the Chamber Choir of Norwich Lower School will lead the music. A reception after the service, for which we hope you will also join us, has been generously sponsored by Barratt & Cooke.
In 1979, the people of Norfolk came together and raised funds to build Priscilla Bacon Lodge. Forty years on, we have launched a campaign to raise £12.5 million to build a new hospice – Priscilla Bacon Hospice. The need for this is compelling; Norfolk and Waveney has one of the lowest levels of specialist palliative care provision in the country.
As we reflect, remember and look to the future, please do join us to celebrate this milestone for Priscilla Bacon Lodge and to support our work to improve the availability of hospice care for the community of Norfolk and Waveney. Please do pass this invitation to colleagues, friends and supporters.
Mark Nicholas MBE
Priscilla Bacon Norfolk Hospice Care
St Gregory’s Orchestra conducted by Martin Wyatt 30th June
It was wonderful to see an audience of 90 and an orchestra of 40 in the church when the St Gregory’s Orchestra came to perform a varied programme at Trinity. A selection from Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein included several very familiar songs with solos by members of the orchestra, Oh What a Beautiful Morning to People Will Say We’re in Love – creating a warm, reassuring feeling.
The Sonata for Clarinet and Orchestra by a local composer, Ian Hytch who conducted, was difficult to play and unfamiliar to the audience. It was a lively, complex piece, stretching the talents of the orchestra and exploiting the versatility of the clarinet. The soloist, Rachel York, gave a strong and skilled performance. New music is always a challenge, just as it was for audiences first hearing the work of composers in the past. As in all the arts, there has to be an opportunity for creative people to demonstrate their work and it was to the credit of the orchestra that they provided this opportunity and responded so well.
After the interval we returned to familiar sounds with a striking performance of Dvorak’s Symphony in E Minor (New World) which uses Native American, African and Czech themes in order to reflect the vitality of a developing new nation.
Martin Wyatt’s extensive musical experience and talent has been around for many years, creating orchestral and choral concerts, encouraging and developing individuals to fulfil their musical abilities. We were delighted at his offer to perform at Trinity.
Priscilla Bacon Lodge Support Group was the chosen charity. The Lodge has provided medical care and support for 40 years. The Support Group funds equipment and facilities for patients and their families and many other services not available with the NHS. The concert raised £816 in ticket sales and £150 in collection boxes, clearly a generous audience. After the orchestra’s expenses £750 has been given to the Lodge.
Special thanks to our members who worked hard to ensure a successful occasion for the wider community.
Wednesday 11th September 2019 at 7.00 pm in the Rowan Centre
1. Welcome – Lady Bacon, President of the Support Group
3. Minutes of the 2018 meeting
4. Matters Arising
5. Chairman’s Report
6. Presentation and adoption of accounts
7. Appointment of auditors
8. Report by medical team
9. Election of Vice Presidents
10. Election of Trustees
11. Any Other Business
A short break for refreshments followed by Guest Speakers
a talk by Liz Yaxley
Dementia Services Manager
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
a talk by Tracey Dryhurst
Team Lead Psychological Services
Priscilla Bacon Centre for Specialist Palliative Care
RSVP to The Secretary Mrs Elizabeth Stallwood
telephone 01603 630009 or email – email@example.com
In memory of Louise Collier who received treatment and care at Priscilla Bacon Lodge before passing away at home on 21st February 2019.
Louise’s Mum and Dad donated a gold necklace to be raffled off which raised a total of £500 for the Priscilla Bacon Charity. The winner of the necklace is Muriel Thrower.
Mr Bob and Mrs Sandra Collier would like to thank Dr Phil Wilkins and all the staff at Priscilla Bacon as well as Sean and Kerry at ISSA where Louise worked, and all her friends at the N&N Hospital including staff at Rouen Road for all their support.
Today I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Colin and his sister in law Sandra. They were at PBL giving over £1400.00 to the Support Group so that we can continue to give those special things to all patients and relatives that make life just that little bit easier when life seems so sad and bleak. Thank you so much Colin for your generosity and kindness. Here is what Colin had to say..
No amount of money that we could donate, would ever be enough to repay the deep debt of gratitude that we owe to all the staff who looked after my late wife, June Waters, during her stay at the PBL. The kindness, care and compassion shown by all the staff was an absolute credit to the whole team. From the dedicated doctors, who always had the time to talk about the “little things” whilst making big decisions about treatment. The nurses who no matter how busy they were, always made sure that she receive her “top up” pain relief as quickly as possible. The health care assistants who saw to her “personal requirements” in such a cheerful friendly manner, and always made her feel so comfortable and at ease. The phyisio team, who worked so hard to try and give June back the use of her legs. The occupational team who made sure we were given every piece of equipment at home, so June had what was needed. The always smiling tea lady, who would make sure that I had a cup as well as the patients. And what can you say about the volunteers, of all ages and backgrounds who give up their time so selflessly, just to help others in their time of need. Lastly, the team that helped with arranging for June’s care at home, the social worker who eased the worry of bureaucracy and the nurses who argued to ensure the care plan was fit for purpose.
How can a little money repay all those people for all that they did, day after day for several weeks. All I can say on behalf of June’s family a friends is thank you all.
Once again, many many thanks for your help. – Colin Waters and June’s sister Sandra.
Edward Pearce kindly gave the donation that he received for giving a talk and demonstration to the Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists to us at the Support Group.
Here is his card – a beautiful picture of Southwold Harbour by Edward.
Thank you so much.
A massive thank you to Pete Edmunds for running and raising such a wonderful amount and to Sue for sending it in to us.
John also raised money for us last year . They know PBL because his wife plays hand bells with Sue Wallend who works at PBL and conducts the Hand bells group for us and many other charities.
My husband Pete Edmunds raised £450.00 for PBL support group by running the marathon again. And here he is giving the cheque to PBLSG second photo shows him immediately after the run. He finished in 4hrs and 5 mins – just 3 weeks after his 70th birthday. He is the 24th fastest marathon runner in his age group in the UK. As you can see he didn’t look at all exhausted after his run and managed to walk to the London Eye to catch the coach back home.
Norwich’s Phoenix Male Voice Choir came about as the result of several coincidental events. Firstly, the Norfolk Millennium Male Voice Choir had disbanded in 2009 after several successful years, which left several of its previous members at a loose end. Then, after a while, a number of them wondered whether starting a new male choir was feasible and they began to research the new project. Thirdly, music and arts management post-graduate Sarah Sheldrake (now Sarah Grimes) had a long-held ambition to be involved as the Musical Director of a male voice choir with its distinctive sound and tradition a particular love for her, and the local opportunity was now presenting itself. Next, from an original meeting, a fruitful recruitment drive followed which brought together a good number of male singers as its inaugural members and, finally, Phoenix’s new choir rose from the ‘ashes’ of the predecessor choir into its first public performance on 10th July 2010.
Since then, it has regularly held concerts of male voice choral song in Norwich and further afield, and has twice supported ‘The People’s Soprano’ Rebecca Newman on her visits to Norwich. It is also forging links with other male choirs, hosting them on their visits to Norfolk in joint concerts, and planning return visits to sing outside the County. A particular highlight for the Choir was as one of the Four Choirs in Concert at Norwich’s Anglican Cathedral in April 2018, a gala night organised by the National Association of Choirs, where our Musical Director, Sarah Grimes, not only led us in our set, but in the evening’s massed 4-choir finale of well over 100 voices.
The Phoenix Male Voice Choir are delighted to recognise the Priscilla Bacon Support Group as its Charity of the Year for 2019 and wish the Group well in its fundraising through its Bucket Collections and from sharing Raffle Proceeds at our Concerts during the year.