September 2018 Update

Autumn arrives, Ducks race - or not and Poppies adorn the lamposts

We started our September programme with a very informative talk from Sherry Holdsworth on her work at Windermere Manor Hotel. For a number of years AK members have run a regular Monday evening quiz for the residents of the hotel. The hotel, with its experienced staff and skilled volunteers, specialises in holiday accommodation and activities for visually impaired people. Facilities such as dog beds, grooming areas and an exercise paddock for their guide dogs are the little extras which make all the difference to those staying. Sherry was presented with a cheque from the club towards Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Our, now annual, Duck Race is reported separately, but again raised a significant amount for Alzheimer’s Research UK. Once again thanks to Colin Fell for his organising and selling of the duck tickets. Let’s hope for better weather next year!

On 18thSeptember, Timothy Bagot, an Optometrist with a local, family-run, business, gave both a very informative and interesting presentation on the changing role of the Optometrist as part of the NHS. The family business was started by his father in Penrith in 1982, and subsequently moved to Kendal in 2001 and expanding more recently, to Windermere, with Timothy and his brother Christopher, who is also an Optometrist, both very active in running the business.

The change of role is basically that anyone can self-refer directly to an Optometrist with an eye problem instead of going to their local GP. The optometrist is trained and qualified to thoroughly examine a patient’s eyes and refer to a consultant as maybe necessary and make recommendations in regard to appropriate medication to the patient’s GP.  He then gave an overview of both common eye conditions such as cataract  and less common ones such as macular degeneration which led to a lively discussion with many questions being raised.

On Saturday 22nd Colin, Charles, Roger & Ali erected 69 Poppies on the lamposts around Ambleside. Each poppy is dedicated to one of the 69 local men who gave their lives in World War 1. With the centenary of the Great War the poppies will be in situ until the end of the November Remembrance.

We finished our month by holding our business meeting followed by a most delightful social evening at the home of Colin & Davina. We’ve never had so many members present for a business meeting!