I have tried and tried to post this entry all day,Yesterday evening I watched the Royal British Legion service of Remembrance on TV ,her majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were there and many members of the Royal family .During the service familys of people who have been bereaved through the war ,paraded in Wives Parents and Children,Prince Edward(the queens youngest son ) was seen w
Hi everyone,Once again a long time between posts,I have had laptop problems ,well disasters really ,mine is deceased ,and the company one I have ...well I'm not sure if I should be hand cranking it .....or maybe peddling it to make it go faster ,(as in bicycle peddles )though the other meaning of the word might be an option !and of course you know what happens when your laptop dies ? all your pictures graphics etc die too ,if you don't back up your stuff ,and me well I'm always meaning to do that~ tut tut ,will I ever learn ?any way the chap who declared life extinct on the old Lappy thinks he may be able to retrieve some of it ,heres hoping....
Well what is the header picture all about ? Remember ,we were the winners of the Regional Annual Report for tenants ....We had entered the catagory ,'Excellence in Annual Reports',so off we all went to Birmingham ,as we had now been short listed for the National award ,
Here we are looking forward to going into the dining room for dinner.See how we are supporting Angela,well it's only fair! she has guided us through this report ,she's the PA to the Chief exec ,and publicity manager and so very clever . ..
A very Hilton hotel dinner was enjoyed before the presentations took place ,delicious it was... but we still left room in our tummys for butterflies ....
and the winner is ............
Axiom Housing Association...
Every picture tells a story!!!! ,wasn't it clever of George to take this picture at just that moment ?
And below, on the stage collecting the award ,to very loud applause
And here it is....the prize we have worked so hard for
Before I retired eight years ago ,I was a scheme manager for the elderly .Our residents all lived in their own homes ,as the idea was to promote independant living,but they were able to alert me at any time during the day by means of a pull cord and when I was off duty ,through to a central control. As well as administration , I enjoyed visiting the residents,making sure they were OK , chatting to them and hearing their views on life past and present ,They would share with me family stories and often we would be looking at photograghs old and recent .
One special lady was always a pleasure to visit ,always smart and attractive with her silver hair and lovely lilting welsh accent ,as I walked down her hall ,on the wall ,were pictures of her Grandchildren,and in particular ,a very athletic young boy in various poses ,she was very proud of this little boy ,and would say ..'I wont be seeing Elaine(her daughter) today ,as she has gone to Huntingdon ,to take my Grandson training at the gym' .
Yes Louis Smith was Dyliss's Grandson ,and I can remember being impressed by Elaine's dedication,driving Louis backwards and forwards on the A1 ,from Peterborough to Huntingdon,for training sessions.
Here is Louis ,all that dedication and training paid off,Sadly Dyliss died a few years ago ,but where ever she is now ,I know she is as proud now as she was when I knew her ,and whenever I see Louis on the TV ,I remember his Gran ...
So for Dyliss and Elaine , Louis ,I am wishing you all the best..
Hmm put on the Bling and manicure my nails ,I have an invitation to give a presentation ,to residents who live in one of our Sheltered Schemes ....
As the present chairman person of A.R.F (Axiom Residents Forum ),I go along to explain ,what we are all about ,and how we can help .and how they can become involved.But before I go into my spiel about ARF ,I explain a bit of history of Axiom Housing Association.
Axiom was founded in 1967,by three Gentlemen .Michael Belton,Geoffrey Martin OBE and Alan Tapley.Around about this time,these three men were enjoying a pint in a Belgravia pub in London,and found they were all inspired by the BBC TV documentory Drama 'Cathy Come Home',I remember watching this and could relate to it ,I had a young family at that time ,and I could see many in the room nodding their heads as they too recalled this very touching programe.
As I said these men were also moved by the then typical story and ,the uncrupulous exploitation of tenants in the Notting hill area of London in the 1950's and1960's.One infamous man in particular was ,Peter Rachman who built up a property empire using mansion blocks for multi tenancies,he drove out( mostly white)sitting tenants,reletting properties to immigrants from the West Indies,from whom he charged exorbitant rents,it had a major influence on Goverment policy makers at that time, and we suspect the future direction of Axiom housing Association .
It was the wife of one of these Gentlemen who came up with the name Axiom ,which means TRUTH
I am also on the board at Axiom ,where amongst other things we are passionate about good quality social housing at affordable rents.
I haven't included the whole of my presentation but you get the gist ...
.Most of all I enjoy being with my fellow residents
I have made so many wonderful friends
And am truly blessed
Here you see Humphrey,thanking me for coming ,it actually was my pleasure, and as my Mum told me to say 'Thankyou for having me'
What a very emotive statement ,I know I care ,and that has it's own rewards ,people usually care back , the only draw back is the hurt you feel when people let you down .I don't understand people who say 'I don't care',what ! don't they feel? are they numb ? I start off liking everyone and am not often let down , but when I am, then I hurt !. Gosh the above picture really evoked some food for thought .......
So what has all that got to do with this post ? Well.. erm ..nothing at all ! This entry is another flash back , Last October we held our annual Residents Conference,and the attendance was the best yet.With an agenda to keep everyone interested all day,We started off hearing about the companies plans for the year ahead from Alan our chief executive .Question time was a lively affair with questions to the executive team from the residents .We had breaks in the foyer area with stands bearing lots of information that was helpful and relevent to our residents,We also had a stall that was laden with hobbies, craft and hand work that our clever residents were keen to show off ,I am so sorry my battery died so I only took a very few pictures .We were entertained by Staff and residents alike ,here you see The Sheltered Housing Manager Denise ,singing some great blues number ,
Oh look there is Tracey our resident Inclusion manager and I,Tracey is a very hard working and supportive young lady to our residents group (ARF)
During the whole day we had a very talented cartoonist doing charicatures of any one who wanted to sit for their picture,here is Maurice !
And Moi !
Well that was in October ,and now here we are in April ,as the saying goes 'doesn't time fly when you are having fun ?'
So on that happy note,I hope you are managing to dodge these April showers
,and as ever love Jan xx
As I say in my title,My entry's,are much like buses, you wait around for ages then ,two/three come along at once ,I have to admit I am finding the new style blogger so much easier,much better to add pictures as you go along,rather than start at the end ,I do like to add pictures to my entry's,because I like the pix in other journals. And do like to add an opening graphic ,a habit dating back from dear old J-Land .
I am going to do a more current entry today,though will still 'play catch up' if you don't mind old news another time.
And you can't get more current than todays copy of the Peterborough Evening Telegraph,I hope if you click on the picture above it will tell the story .
And the winners for this category are................... Axiom Housing Association
Yes we won the Central Region TPAS (Tenant Particiption Advisory Service) Award for Excellence in Annual Reports,for the publication,which was produced in collaboration with residents,
This report is primarily for tenants,and is an annual regulatory requirment for all Housing Associations to produce with involvement from it's tenants
Axiom's musical theme was first created for it's 2009-2010 annual report and it was the organisation's decision to build on this,combined with involvement from residents it 'struck the right cord with the judges '
This the regional award ,so proud to get my hands on it ,Look out Grand finals in Birmingham in June ,
Axiom are coming !
Here is Angela and me with Paul Wogan,who arranged the work shop we did last year ,He was in the audience ,when he heard the announcement of our win ,came over to congratulate us
Here are Luke and Alan ,they live in a Foyer ,near Gainsborough ,and were highly commended for the youth work their group had achieved .Well done, so nice to see some really nice young uns being recognised for the good they do .
Well Thats it for this time folks,no prizes for guessing what day I started this entry?,also still no prize if you can guess the colour of the lining of my 'little grey dress' !
I know Easter has gone but you can't blame these little girls for continuing to wear their charming Easter bonnets,thank you again Sugar for todays graphic ,I really couldn't wait a whole year to use it . Some of you asked what I have been doing all these months,so to address this I will make some random posts ,In order to catch up a bit.
In September Maurice had a Birthday
Then later in the month,Jean my sister and her husband Pete ,(Maurice was at work )and I went to plough Sunday,at the Rural museum in our town
Beautiful Shire Horses ,with the ploughmen vieing with each other to plow the straightest furrow,these two handsome beasts enjoyed some Fox's Glacier mints ,I found at the bottom of my bag ,brave on lookers were invited to have a go at driving the plow and team,only to realise how difficult it could be .
This little chap was with the farrier
Look at the beautiful array of horse brasses
No queue for this loo !
A lovely country dance team ,we spent ages watching these ladies and Gentlemen
They were called the 'Heartsease dancers ',hence the pretty hand embroidered Pansies on the front of their Aprons
And here is Jean trying her luck at hoop la ,unfortunately she didn't win one of those flying pigs
Well I guess that is a few high lights from September ,I will be back soon to catch up on my absence .
Hi I'm Jan I live with my partner Maurice ,in the Cambridge Fens we are owned by our dog Kizzie,I am now retired though I worked as a Manager of a Sheltered home for the Elderly,I have four grown up children of my own ,who in turn have given me eight Grandsons and one Granddaughter,I have a Brother John and a sister Jean , and I am left handed.