21 March: We all pat the dog! Loren and Bea pay us a visit

We had 29 people, 8 team members plus Loren and 1 dog, lovely Bea.


P.A.T. dog

We thought we had a dog coming for a pat. However, the group found out Bea was no ordinary PAT dog and is a highly trained retired sniffer dog. Bea had been trained by the police to search for drugs and money. We were treated to a demonstration of her skills. She managed to find a £50 note hidden under a box with no trouble, after a little play acting to the audience. All the group patted Bea and some Friends gave her treats. Thanks to Loren for the interesting chat and bringing the lovely Bea.

Knitting and Nattering

Pearl started the all-new-knitting bee today. The aim is for each knitter to produce squares. The squares will be joined together to produce a blanket which we hope to donate to an animal charity. I asked if they could knit me a pullover, but they said they were too busy with the squares.

Thank you also to Pearl who donated a chick she had knitted, with a hidden chocolate egg in the body. We plan to hold a raffle next time and this will be one of the prizes.


Caroline provided another entertaining game of bingo as well as donating some more bingo prizes. Thank you Caroline.  I think she has found her vocation and we are pleased this is becoming a regular feature.  Thank you also to Pearl for sewing the covers for the emery boards that Janet had bought on behalf of the group, as bingo prizes.

Badge making

Some people took part in badge making organised by Julia and Maria who cut out the badges. Those who didn’t make a badge this time, will have the opportunity to make one in future, if they wish. They are all unique and look great.

Oral history

June ran her second interview session this week. It is great to see June’s confidence in interviewing going from strength to strength. This week she interviewed Jeff. I believe they both enjoyed it. With a bit of support in the preparation it is so lovely to see what someone can achieve and is so good for their self esteem. Further interviews with other members of the group are planned.


See you on 4th April, when you can try out your archery skills and maybe win a raffle prize. Good luck everyone.

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