Come to our Pre-Summer Sale!

Pre-Summer Sale

Saturday 12th May 2018

10am – 12noon

Cakes – Collectables – Raffle

Books – Fancy Goods – Coffee

 

The Woodhouse Centre’s Pre-Summer Sale is on Saturday 12th May 2018,
10.00 am to 12.00 pm (opposite the Tandridge Leisure Pool).

The Centre is well known for its skilled work in upholstery (pictured below). We also carry out repairs and are very handy with a needle and thread. Our Men-in-Sheds club is ideal if you want to make new friends whilst doing a spot of woodwork.

The Centre is open Monday to Thursday each week from 9.00 am to 12.30 pm with breaks for holidays. We are delighted to have visitors and have a large selection of handmade goods for sale every day – as well as at our Spring Sale. Items include baby clothes, aprons, oven gloves, cushions, bags, and scarves.

We are always looking for new members, young and old alike. Why not come and see what we have to offer? If transport is a problem please call Dee Graham on 01883 715189 and we will try to help.

Pantomime “CindeRahRahella”

This year’s Pantomime was “CindeRahRahella”. Great fun was had by all and everyone jumped up and danced to the music. Our heartfelt thanks to the wonderful actors at the Rah Rah Theatre Company.

Co-op Local Community Fund

The Woodhouse Centre is one of 3 charities selected to receive funding from this year’s Co-op Local Community Fund. Westerham, Biggin Hill and Addington are the 3 branches of the Co-op Supermarket supporting the Centre.

 

The Woodhouse Centre helps Oxted residents by providing a centre for creative activities. Co-op members can choose the Woodhouse Centre as their local good

cause and every time they buy a Co-op branded product or service, and use their Co-op membership card, 1% of what they spend will be donated to the Centre.

 

The Woodhouse Centre’s Manager, Dee Graham, said “that the Co-op funding will help support a new ‘Men in Sheds’ project in Oxted which is set to become a popular club for retired men (and women) to socialise and learn or improve their woodworking skills. But we need your help. The more nominations we get, the more funding we will receive and the more we’ll be able help our local residents”

 

Sanjeeb Pandy, the Westerham Store Manager said:

“As a community retailer and a co-operative we give back to our communities. As a Co-op member, every time you buy our own brand food you’ll earn 5% for you, and 1% of what you spend goes to your chosen local cause. The more you spend, the more money goes to charities such as the Woodhouse Centre”.

 

Outing: Powell-Cotton Museum

The Woodhouse Centre doesn’t just mend chairs! Apart from creative activities, the Centre also organises treats such as day trips and an annual Christmas lunch. Recently 19 members enjoyed a visit to the amazing Powell-Cotton Museum in Birchington, East Kent. We were lucky to have a warm sunny day to explore the art and natural history collections from around the world, and to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The picture shows some of our happy members after they had been round the museum and gardens, followed by lunch in a big barn.

Wheelchair Loans

According to a well-known charity, if you come a cropper and need a wheelchair, your best bet is either to get injured just a little or quite a lot.
If you get a small injury, hospitals have to provide an aid such as crutches or a walking frame. If you have a long-term loss of mobility, hospitals are obliged to provide a wheelchair.  But if you need a wheelchair for less than six months, then in most areas you won’t be given one.

 

Fortunately, the Woodhouse Centre can help by loaning a wheelchair or zimmer frame. Borrowing is a simple process and there is no charge, but we welcome donations.

 

This is Stephen’s story of how the Woodhouse Centre helped him after sepsis.   This life-threatening condition strikes 150,000 people per year in the UK and kills 44,000 – more than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.  It occurs when the immune system over-reacts to an infection, attacking the major organs. Unless caught at once, the patient is likely to spiral to multi-organ failure, septic shock and death.
“Following surgery and a C. diff infection I had acute kidney and respiratory failure, my blood pressure plummeted and my heart was racing” says Stephen. “I was put in an induced coma and was delirious.  I had a second bowel operation, a tracheotomy and numerous blood transfusions. It was never ending. I was in an intensive care unit for nearly 6 weeks.  I lost about 15% of my body weight”.

“When I started to feel better I was moved to a general ward for another three weeks and had to learn how to walk again.   I then needed several weeks recovering in a care home”.

 

“When I came home I was unable to walk as far as the surgery and shops.   So I was very grateful to borrow a wheelchair from the Woodhouse Centre.   Later on I heard about the Centre’s ‘Men in Sheds’ project.   I have now joined this club for recreation and to help me with my mental health problems.   In turn I am also helping the Woodhouse Centre as a volunteer.  Oxted is very lucky to have this local charity and resource”.

“Whenever there are signs of infection it’s crucial that people seek medical help immediately, and that medical staff ‘think sepsis’” says Stephen.  With every hour that passes before the right antibiotics are administered, the risk of death increases. Earlier recognition and treatment can save lives and improve the quality of life for survivors like me”.

For more information or support please visit https://sepsistrust.org/.

 

 

 

 

 

Boccia

We occasionally play Boccia (indoor bowls) with two teams one red and one blue.  As you can see from the photos this activity is enjoyed by our members who wish to participate.  A very enjoyable event.

Outings

Every year we go on a number of outings; to the British Legion Poppy Factory in the Spring, to the seaside in the Summer and in the Autumn we visit a place of interest.  Last year we took our members to Eastbourne (see photos) and this year we went to Bognor Regis.  A good time is always had by all.