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The newsletter for Shine Surrey members

January 2018

Dear Shine Surrey member,

Welcome to our latest newsletter and a Happy New Year to all our readers! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break and have avoided the worst of the cold and flu that has been doing the rounds.

In this edition of the newsletter we have an update on our pre-Christmas lunch and the recent trip to the panto that includes a review from Dolcie Matthews. Looking ahead, we have information on our AGM at the end of February, and advance notice of all forthcoming events in our area. However, before we start on the reviews, can we remind you about renewing your membership?

The cost is still only £5 for the year, which I’m sure you’ll agree is excellent value for money, and entitles you to attend Shine Surrey events at the subsidised rate.  (If you are planning to come to the AGM, save the postage and pay on the day – there is no need to send the membership form in advance).

If you want a more time-saving option, you can set up a standing order instead and you will never have to worry about membership fees again! 

If you are interested in joining Shine Surrey, please complete the online form.

Pre-Christmas Lunch at Prezzoladies sitting at a restaurant table

Before the run-up to Christmas got too hectic, a group of Shine surrey members met up for lunch and a natter at Prezzo in Banstead. 

As always, it was a great occasion and it was a fantastic opportunity for catching up with everyone. Prezzo provided colouring sheets for the children, and despite the somewhat limited choice in crayon colours, they produced some great results!


mum and daughter in a restaurant




The food was delicious and the staff were more than happy to help us work out which money-off vouchers gave us the best price!





Christmas Panto – 6th January

The post-Christmas trip to the panto is always a popular occasion and this year proved no exception. On 6th January 30 adults and children went to see Cinderella at the Epsom Playhouse and by all accounts it was a good afternoon’s entertainment.
Included in the party were the Matthews family and this is what Dolcie had to say:
                                    Childs thank you letter
I’m sure you’ll all agree that Dolcie’s illustrations are outstanding too!

Panto at the Barn Theatre

Two families attended the full dress rehearsal of Puss in Boots at the Barn Theatre in Oxted, which was free for Shine Surrey members.  We hear that this was also a good evening’s entertainment! 

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Forthcoming Events
(Shine Surrey)

AGM and Sunday Lunch – 25th February 2018

If you missed out on the pre-Christmas lunch, how about popping along to our pub lunch on Sunday 25th February, which will be followed by our AGM. The cost for Shine Surrey members is just £12.50 per head for a two-course lunch (£5 for children), and £18.95 for non-members. If you are not a member but would like to take advantage of this reduced price, you are welcome to come along and join up on the day!

Woolpack pubWe need to arrive for 12.30pm at The Woolpack, High Street, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 2NZ

The Woolpack has its own car park, which includes two disabled parking spaces at the front and two at the back. The disabled entrance to the Woolpack is at the side and they have a disabled toilet (RADAR).

We have negotiated a special two course menu and your choices need to be pre-ordered. Children are very welcome and a separate children’s menu is included. It would help to pre-order these too but changes can be negotiated!
 The special £5 children’s menu includes an ice cream dessert. If your child prefers the desserts on the adult menu, these are charged at the standard price (around £5.50).

After the meal we will then head over to The Banstead All Saints Church Institute Hall for the AGM. Please note this is not the same venue as last year, and is located about half way down the High Street on the same side as The Woolpack. Parking facilities are in the adjacent public car park and this is free for blue badge holders. The full postal address is: 80A High St, Banstead SM7 2NN 

For those going straight to the AGM venue, we aim to start the meeting as soon after 2.30 pm as possible, but precise timing obviously depends on when lunch finishes. 

Claire Tomalin bookAs mentioned in our previous newsletter, this year we have a guest speaker, Claire Tomalin. Claire is a bestselling author and biographer, who also has first-hand experience of bringing up a child with Spina Bifida in a decade when much less was known about this condition. 

Her latest book is the story of her own life and we are very much looking forward to introducing her.
In order to enable families with children to attend the AGM, we will be providing a table at the back of the hall for children so please feel free to bring along colouring books, reading books, or any other form of quiet entertainment. Ipads are welcome but please remember the headphones!

You will be receiving the agenda, a report on Shine Surrey’s activities in 2017 and the accounts in advance of the meeting. Please look out for these in mid-February. We very much hope to see as many of you as possible at the AGM – this is your opportunity to hear about what Shine Surrey is doing and to add your ideas and thoughts so please come along and support your charity!

If you would like to come to the meal and/or AGM, please contact us.

Changes to the Committee

At our forthcoming AGM we will be re-electing committee members and this year our Treasurer, Andrew Tadd, will be stepping down after many years service. We have had an offer to fill this position, but we are now looking for someone to co-ordinate the fundraising.
Please be assured that joining the committee is not like signing up to a lifetime commitment in the French Foreign Legion! We meet around six times a year (plus at the AGM) and we’re a friendly bunch, so if you’re able to offer a few hours of your time every other month, please speak to one of the committee.

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Supermarket Collection – Saturday 24th March

yellow bucketShine Surrey has been allocated a slot for a bucket collection at Asda in Burgh Heath on Saturday 24th March.

This is always a great opportunity to raise much-needed funds but is wholly dependent on having enough volunteers to fill all the available slots so if you are able to offer two hours of your time please contact Linda Corbett. No experience needed – just bring yourselves (plus any food and drink supplies!)

This is a really simple way to make a big difference – let’s make the most of this opportunity!

Coffee Morning – Friday 20th April

coffee cupWe are holding another coffee morning on Friday 20th April from 10.30 am in the Sutton area, and everyone is welcome.

This is a great way to meet people and eat cake at the same time. If you are interested in coming along, please contact Liz Tadd, and if you would like to come but need transport, please let us know.

Boat Trip – Dapdune Wharf  Saturday 19th May

We’re pleased to announce that Shine Surrey will be back on the water this year.

canal 2016We have a booked an afternoon trip on the canal at Guildford (technically it’s the Wey Navigation) on Saturday 19th May. Those who have been before will know that this is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon meandering along the canal, looking at the countryside and enjoying good company, tea and cake.
The boat is fully wheelchair accessible with toilet facilities and comfy seating. There are opportunities for all to have a go at steering the boat and many hands are required to work the locks (no experience required), all under the careful eye of the skipper.
The boat (Angel Blue) will leave Dapdune Wharf, Guildford at 1.30pm and return around 4.30pm. The afternoon will cost £10 for members (£15 for non members) and is open to anyone who is 8 or over.
If you are interested, please contact Sarah Smith as soon as possible.
There are only 11 places available and it will be first come first served!
More information can be found on the website:

Forthcoming Events (Shine Southern and Other)

QEF Equipment Fair – 2nd March 2018

The Queen Elizabeth Foundation is holding its annual equipment fair for children on 2nd March and over twenty different firms will be demonstrating a wide range of items including wheelchairs, buggies, car seats, air travel seats, and sleep systems. There will be free assessments available (please book in advance) and free training sessions.

The event is being held at the QEF Mobility Centre at: 1 Metcalfe Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AW. For further information or to book a free assessment please telephone QEF on:
 020 8770 1151, or Email enquiries to:

Shine 40+ Conference – 5th March 2018

This is an annual event organised for the 40 plus age group and is always very well attended. It provides both an opportunity for discussion as well as social activities and, of course, a chance to meet some like-minded people.

The 2018 conference will be held at The Holiday Inn in Telford, Shropshire (the postcode is TF3 4EH for those who want to check the location online) and the cost is £10, which includes a buffet lunch.

Anyone interested should contact Maureen Jobson on 01733 555988 or via email:

Outdoor Activity Day at High Ashurst – 28th April

This event is for children aged 10 to 16 who would like to try out new activities and make some new friends in the process. Each child must be accompanied by one parent or carer, and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

When: Wednesday 28th April
Time: 9.30 am - 4.30 pm
Where: High Ashurst Outdoor Education Centre, Headley Lane, Dorking, Surrey RH5 6DQ

If you are interested or would like further information, please telephone Angela Bailey on 01293 775775 or email her at:

Godstone Farm – Saturday 12th May

a lamb



Shine Southern region are organising a trip to Godstone Farm for families with children under the age of 16. The cost is £5 per family and the fun starts at 10.30 am at:
Tilburstow Hill Road, Godstone, Surrey RH8 8LX

If you are interested in coming along, please telephone Angela Bailey on 01293 775775 or email her at:

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Looking further ahead...

Lower Kingswood Fete – Monday 7th May

Shine Surrey will be participating in the Lower Kingswood Fete again this year on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May. Following on from the success of previous years, we will be manning a soft toy tombola so if anyone has any donations of good condition soft toys please contact Liz Tadd. (McDonalds mini toys not suitable for the stall, sorry).

Shine Surrey Picnic – Sunday 1st July

For those who like to get dates in the diary nice and early, this year’s summer picnic will take place at The Old Pheasantry on Sunday 1st July. More details will be included in the next newsletter.

Sponsored Events

Sebastian Lally is thinking of doing a sponsored swim in aid of Shine Surrey. This is a great way to raise funds and create a bit of publicity at the same time. We are very short of both so if anyone else feels inspired to do organise a sponsored event, please let us know or better still, send in a picture!


picture of a lady smilingLinda’s Line

Happy New Year!

Have you noticed how once the Christmas decorations come down, everything seems very ordinary again? Even worse, the areas of the house that needed dusting and which I happily hid with a vast array of Christmassy ornaments, are now back on show again with added dust.

Even telly programmes change after the new year and those in charge of the TV schedules seem to have a downtime after all the fab Christmas specials, films, and serials. The adverts change drastically too, to the extent that if a passing alien happened to be watching UK telly immediately after Christmas, they would mistakenly assume that all humans rush out to buy sofas every January.

One change that has occurred in the Corbett household routine for 2018 is the morning alarm clock, which now goes off at 6 am three days a week. Not for me, but for Andrew who has gone back to work for a few months, having been arm-twisted by his former colleagues into helping out on a project.

There have definitely been winners and losers in this new arrangement; on the plus side I get the chance to watch my Downton Abbey DVDs all afternoon instead of defrosting the freezer (and other jobs of similar levels of excitement). However having got used to Andrew being around during the day I have completely forgotten how organised I need to be food wise and found on a number of occasions that my lunch was limited to what I could reach in the larder. Andrew has tried to make everything as accessible as possible but it’s a balancing act between things being low enough for me to reach but high enough to deter the mountaineering mouse that made a regular visit to our larder throughout the latter part of 2017.

If you’ve ever had mice in the kitchen, you know how tricky they are to catch, and it took us a while to work out they were chewing through a ventilation grill that allows cold air to circulate under the kitchen floor and into the larder. We immediately installed a (humane) mouse trap although it became more of a mouse feeding station than a restraining device and we had to upgrade to a more serious sized gadget. On the advice of my helpful Facebook friends we even purchased Nutella for the trap but several bags of nuts, sultanas and other foodstuffs were attacked before we managed to catch and repatriate two of the little critters.

 I haven’t done anything particularly newsworthy recently, having spent most of December fighting a losing battle with a snotty cold and a blocked ear, and consequently postponing anything that wasn’t connected to Christmas or eating chocolate.  I certainly didn’t feel up to organising Tiger the guinea pig’s quarterly haircut and bath extravaganza, which I suppose you could class as interesting, depending on how far away your fingers are from Tiger’s mouth.

The rescheduled event took place at the beginning of January and I was actually quite pleased with my improving hairdressing skills, although Tiger was completely unimpressed with the whole bath experience and stuck her teeth in my arm by way of constructive feedback. No animals were harmed during the process, although one human needed Savlon.

On a more positive note, the alleged high pressure in my eye (as identified by the optician at Boots) has now been checked out at the hospital and is not dangerously high at all. Apparently the high readings had more to do with the fact that the machine that carries out the test could not go low enough, and the adjustable chair didn’t go high enough, so I therefore had to kneel up on a swivelly chair with the heels of my trainers sticking into my bottom, whilst trying to keep still as the machine blew a puff of air in my eye.

Unsurprisingly, sitting in that position strains not only neck muscles but also your eye muscles. Advice for those under 4’6” in height: bring your own booster cushion or risk being referred to the hospital. The alternative gamut of tests, whilst comprehensive, are not for the faint-hearted and the one where the ophthalmologist put what looked like a small magnifying glass on a stick against my eyeball was something I’ll remember for a long time. In the future I shall be sticking to orthopaedic stuff only.

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Contact details

Email us at:

Your committee members are:

Mrs Liz Tadd (Chair)  

Dr Andrew Tadd (Treasurer)

Mr Simon Marsh (Secretary)

Mrs Sarah Smith

Mrs Linda Corbett 

Mrs Sylvia Aslangul 

Ms Rhian Lally


For advice please contact:

Mrs Angela Bailey – Telephone: 01293 775775.

Please note that Angela works:
Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm
Friday 9am – 4.30pm.

Please leave a message on the answering machine if Angela is not available.

Ms Christine Cunningham - London Boroughs of Merton and Croydon.

Please contact her on 07816 169627.

Christine works 9am – 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am – 3pm Friday.

Mrs Naomi Marston – SDW Manager and Service Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01959 534618

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