People ConneX Autumn Festival Roundup Part 1

02 November 2021

9 September – Walk and carvery lunch at the Water’s Edge, Ruislip Lido

On Thursday 9 September, our People ConneX team kicked off a full day of activities with a walk from Pinner Green via Eastcote Gardens, all the way to Ruislip Lido. After reaching the lido, the group joined friends at the Water’s Edge for a carvery lunch followed by dessert, tea, and coffee.

There was a group of twenty-nine people in total who attended the meal and listened to a speech by the guest of honour Cllr Jane Palmer, the Social Care Cabinet Member, for the London Borough of Hillingdon.

During her speech Cllr Jane Palmer praised our work, by saying:

 “Community ConneX is a shining example of how to do social care properly.”

Our Trustee David House said:

“She was really good, and she listened to the audience’s questions very well. She answered the questions clearly and accurately. She was very aware of where people with disabilities were coming from. She was very helpful and sympathetic about my own personal experiences and helped me to understand more clearly about the current rise in taxes and the effect it will have on disabled people and those with learning difficulties.”


After lunch, the group gathered outside for games of rounders and football.

11 September – Saturday Out

On Saturday 11 September, fourteen people enjoyed our monthly Saturday Out activity. The group enjoyed spending the morning at Haste Hill Garden Centre. They were welcomed by Wendy from the Haste Hill team who arranged refreshments for them. Several clients enjoyed feeding the chickens there, while others enjoyed chatting and sharing top tips about gardening. The group hope to spend a full day at Haste Hill in October.

After leaving the garden centre, some of our guests went for a 4-mile walk through the green areas towards Hatch End. After the walk, the group gathered for a delicious and lively lunch at the award-winning local fish and chips restaurant Sea Pebbles.

Our clients gave some fantastic feedback.

Robert said: “It’s lovely coming out Saturdays as well as Fridays”

Jonathan said: “I love having these activities organised for me at weekends. Thanks so much.” 

11 September – Vidya Jyoti Annual Gala

Other members of our friendly team were active on Saturday too. Our leading and long-term volunteer and fundraiser David Stephens joined Edward Rowe from our communications team and headed to Greenford in Ealing to attend a gala event hosted by the charity Vidya Jyoti to celebrate their organisation’s second anniversary.

The charity provides food, educational opportunities and other supplies to children and families in India, but since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, they also grew more active in supporting communities in the UK as well.

At the event the Community ConneX team members gave a presentation and explained our organisation’s history and shared information about our activities. Edward also interviewed David about his experience as a volunteer and shared an exciting video about our services and impact.


The pair got to enjoy some delicious Indian food accompanied with traditional and Bollywood songs, and a Rajasthani dance. They listened to Vidya Jyoti’s founder Pamela Kaushal tell her story about the charity’s work and the impact it was making in some of the poorest communities in India. Pamela, David, and Edward also announced the new partnership between Vidya Jyoti and Community ConneX, with the intention to hold regular fundraising activities and events in future.

16 September – Community Walk

On Thursday 16 September, our People ConneX team hosted one of their regular
healthy walks.


Our walk leader Julia Mead described the event saying, “a small group of Community ConneX walkers went on a walk from Pinner Green to Northwood Hills then back to Pinner Green, it started off with the weather very warm, then the weather got very hot, so we went through a shady park stopping off under some trees for a drink stop.

Halfway through the walk we climbed over a style only to find ourselves in a field of thistles with a herd of big horses I was made a friend of by these horses so much so one followed me nearly all the way back to Pinner Green, I was very unsure of these big horses but was put at ease by one of the group members who was used to horses.

A big “thank you” to them. Anyway, we carried on the walk past a newsagent of which one of us went and brought some sweets!! Then we went to another park which a shame did not have the ice cream van outside today, we could have done with an ice lolly to cool us down.


Then we went through Northwood back to Pinner Green for a talk on a Christmas Show, also tea and cake.”

24 September – Back in the heart of South Herts

A group of nine of our regular walkers took a couple of hours leisurely roaming the Chorleywood Common followed by a steep hill up to our favourite Herons Restaurant.

There eight more joined us for an exquisite high-quality lunch at Herons with three courses and homemade cakes just for them. Some even had the opportunity to try small samples of courses not chosen. Our former staff member, Yvonne Lee returned as a volunteer and gave a talk about traditional Autumn Jewish Activities. 

We were pleased to welcome the Chair of our Board of Trustees and former Three Rivers councillor Marie Louise Nolan again too, as well as her husband Colin. An added bonus was having a shaded table outside in the beautiful September sunshine.


Alex said: “It was great being out of the flat in this wonderful restaurant with friends.” 

25 September – Coffee Morning at Pinner
Methodist Church

On 25 September, we returned for our second monthly coffee morning back at Pinner Methodist Church. As well as delicious home cooked cakes from Joyce Spiers ably assisted by Jane and Jonathan, Pamela joined us again from Vidya Jyoti donating more cakes and along with Julia Mead offered a session of Books Beyond and Charades for a group of our Together Connex Clients like Michael and Syed and six others and took part in the friendly chats during our Getting to Know you Session. The session went well and was joined by many others joining us from Pinner Methodist Church.

Over 25 people got together for this relaxing morning. Our client and volunteer Syed’s Sister Rebecca said: “How lovely it was to have an additional activity for Syed at the weekend” while our client Michael was pleased to leave his family home for a couple of hours to join old and new friends.


After the Coffee Morning our People ConneX Manager Jeremy led a group on a lovely three hour walk around old Pinner.

26 September – The Roxbourne Show

On 26 September, were delighted to attend the Roxbourne Show. Our attendance was arranged through Cllr John Hinkley. Our team members helped the show by running Dog Competitions throughout the day whilst others ran a stall publicising us, and our veteran volunteer Janet Guaito ran her unbeatable Beat Granny Game unique to Community ConneX.


It was a very successful day with good funds raised and 2 new valid volunteers recruited.

28 September – Healthy Walk

30 September – New Lunch Club at St Martin’s Church, Ruislip

On 30 September, we were delighted to finish the month of September on a high with the launch of a new lunch club programme at St Martin’s Church, Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon. We were delighted to be joined by the Deputy Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr Becky Haggar who gave a brief speech before passing on to Father Yaro who welcomed our client and volunteer group as guests. We cannot wait for more lunches with the team at St Martin’s!

We are so proud of our many achievements throughout the first half of our People ConneX Autumn Festival and are excited to continue supporting people in and around West London, and building new partnerships that make these areas a better place to live for everyone in the community. 

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