People ConneX Summer Festival Roundup Part 1

31 August 2021

After a successful launch event at St Paul’s Church, Ruislip, in the London Borough of Hillingdon with the attendance of Mayor Roy Chamdal, our People ConneX team ran a variety of Summer Festival activities throughout the month of July.

1 July – Carvery lunch, a walk

On Thursday 1 July, People ConneX welcomed 21 people to attend a new 3-part activity day with a walk, delicious carvery lunch at the Water’s Edge in Ruislip, and a relaxing yoga session with Remedi Yoga in the early evening.

At the lunch, our guest speaker Peter Smallwood spoke about the community work he has done over the years and announced a Ruislip Round Table event coming up this Winter where people can go out on a float with Father Christmas on 1 December. He also added that moneys raised at the event would be donated to Community ConneX!

2 July – Lunch with Northwood Methodist Church

We had our regular Friday Walk and ate lunch with Northwood Methodist Church. We enjoyed welcoming our volunteer and entertainer Barbara Sved back who provided some fabulous entertainment for 20 people. We also welcomed 3 new clients Darren, Robert, and Nicholas to our group.

4 July – Visit to Fairfield Church

On 4 July, our friend Michelle Barnes welcomed a group of 13 from People ConneX for their first Sunday Afternoon activity at Fairfield Church since the first lockdown in March 2020.

This event gave us a chance to re-establish our relationship with our supporters at the church, but also to say farewell to Pastor and long-term supporter Chris Revelley before his retirement to Bristol. We would like to thank Chris for all his support over the last 5 years.

The attendees had a fun-filled programme of entertainment and singing with a delicious afternoon tea.

Susan, a Community ConneX client and volunteer said, “What a treat it was to get out and see friends on a Sunday afternoon!”

6 July – St John’s Church Harrow

People ConneX met as usual for our weekly Tuesday lunch at St John’s Church.

This week the 32 people who attended were pleased to hear from Deven Pillay who re engaged for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

Deven enjoyed meeting some new clients and volunteers including Thanan, Richard, Ola, Jeremy, and Janine as well as re-engaging with many old friends too.

We would also like to offer our sincere thanks to Subway Pinner for kindly providing us with lunch.

9 July – Countryside Walk and Meal at the Herons

On Friday 9 July, a group enjoyed a countryside walk through Chorleywood and lunch at the Herons Restaurant.

We were happy to be joined by our new client Robert for the1st time with Darshan, Jonathan and Bill.

A total of 14 people attended the lovely meal and were joined by Marie-Louise Nolan our Chair of the Board of Trustees.

13 July – Dr Pamela Kaushal and Vidya Joti come to St John’s

On 13 July, we enjoyed welcoming Oxfordshire NHS Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Pamela Kaushal and Mr Parminder Bajaj, a Trustee of the charity Vidya Joti who support disadvantaged people in the UK and India, to our People ConneX lunch event at St John’s Church, Central Harrow.

Dr Kaushal and Mr Bajaj gave a very interesting and enjoyable presentation for our guests. Dr Kaushal, who is also the founder and chair of Vidya Joti, spoke about her work as a psychiatrist, while Mr Bajaj spoke about the charity’s role and how it has supported his own family.

We would like to thank both speakers for their time and for donating the delicious food platters. We would also like to thank Dr Kaushal for her very generous personal donation of £100 to support another People ConneX event in August.

16 July – Day Out, Walk and Picnic

People ConneX enjoyed hosting a fantastic day out. Our staff members led two walking groups from Pinner Green Day Centre, through Pinner Village, up the steep Wakehams Hill, through old Headstone Farm and onto Harrow Weald Recreation Park for a picnic.

The picnic was attended by over 30 people including Harrow East MP Bob Blackman and local Cllrs Jean Lammiman and John Hinkley.

We were also pleased to welcome so many new clients on the walk including Nicholas, Felina and Darren to the group.

20 July – St John’s Church, Piano Recital and Walk

On 20 July, People ConneX enjoyed our regular lunch at St John’s Church. Guests enjoyed listening to our client Chrissy and volunteer Julian giving a piano recital with their meals. After the performances, the event was followed by a walk in the warm weather.

23 July – Friday Walk and Lunch

As part of our regular Friday walks and lunches with Northwood Methodist Church, we had the pleasure of welcoming a total of 22 people to eat, walk and enjoy different activities. We started the day with a walk in the beautiful neighbourhood of Moor Park, before heading to the church for a lovely lunch prepared by our team member Lena, and a quiz about the British Isles led by Jeremy.

After lunch, 8 members of the group enjoyed an afternoon walk around Rickmansworth Aquadrome.

24 July – Garden Party

On 24 July, our volunteers Bill and Janet Phillips kindly hosted a Garden Party attended by over 50 people including the Mayor of Harrow Cllr Ghazanfar Ali. The event raised £318 for Community ConneX and £318 for the Harrow Association for Disabled People (HAD), the two charities chosen by the mayor to support during his tenure.

25 July – Collection at St Luke’s Church

We were delighted to receive an amazing £248 raised after 2 Collections at St Luke’s Church Pinner!

27 July – Walk and Lunch in Watford

On 27 July, a group of 16 people gathered for a meeting with the local MP for Watford Dean Russell to discuss setting up new support groups for families and individuals in the Watford area.

The group also enjoyed a morning walk in Cassiobury Park followed by a delicious 3 course lunch with tea and coffee at L’artista, an Italian restaurant and pizzeria in Watford Town Centre.

Unfortunately, at the last hour Dean Russell MP was pinged and had to self-isolate, but he joined us for a phone conference instead, and sent his key office staff member Victoria to meet us.

We are so proud of all that our People ConneX programme was able to achieve throughout the month of July during the first part of the Summer Festival. We would also like to thank our amazing partners and supporters for all they did for the festival to go ahead. Stay tuned for part 2 coming soon!

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