Newsletter No. 007

Number 7, wow! It seems like only a few weeks ago we sat round a table in Abington Park and said 'we should put a newsletter together'  Here we are 7 months later and still going strong.  Subscriber numbers are slowly growing and very nice people you are too.  Thank you all for the positive comments we have received, but remember if you want us to include stuff you need to tell us about it.

We hope you have enjoyed the previous issues but if you missed these and would like to see them either see our ARCHIVE  or email Sylvia at: [email protected] and she will gladly sent any you have missed.

Mick Mutlow 
We would like to send our thoughts and sympathies to Sue who helps out on our Friday Walks. Sadly Sue's husband, Mick Mutlow passed away earlier this month. Mick was instrumental in setting up NYPSG back in 2007 and worked very hard in making the group a success, eventually retiring from Group Leader on their committee after several years. 

Message from the Younger Persons Group 
At our meeting on Saturday 2nd November, Sharon Prendergast, a Parkinson's Nurse Specialist, will be coming to do a question and answer session. If you would like to ask a question anonymously, or do not wish to ask personally, please let Liz know who will give your questions to Sharon, or ask them on your behalf.

Liz's email address [email protected]

We will also be having another bring and buy sale at the meeting.
At our last meeting we met in a nice private room. We felt this room was more suitable to our needs...... all on one level, and a lot brighter, so we have decided that we shall meet in this room from now on.....apart from our Christmas meal meeting which will be where we usually meet. Someone will be out the front to direct you to our new room if you weren't at the October meeting.

FitnFab canal Trip
5th Oct 2019

A small turn out for this distinctly autumnal trip along the canal. Pleasant company, blankets over the knees and hot drinks soon turned the day into an enjoyable trip out.  The community boating team had an 'improver' at the wheel so occasional branch ducking kept our toes warm.  We chatted, joked and quizzed our way to the pub, had an enjoyable lunch. Then chatted, joked and quizzed our way back along the canal afterwards.  Many thanks to the crew of the Crusader.
The above photos were taken in the pub with a very steamed up camera.  Luckily Angela took some more on board the good ship Crusader.

2020 Virgin Money London Marathon
Many of our readers know Harry and may also have met Harry’s son Mark, earlier this year. Mark joined us at Fit&Fab exercise group and then on our walk on the following day. Mark explained to us that he had applied to run in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon for Parkinson’s UK. The places are very much sought after, and Mark has had to undergo a vigorous application process and we are happy to let you know he has been awarded a place. The registration fee is £70 and the minimum sponsorship target is £2,000. Parkinson’s UK concentrate on two main areas when allocating their places: the applicant’s connection to Parkinson’s and how they plan on raising the minimum sponsorship money.
The reason Mark gives is:
“Parkinson’s affects mobility – my dad was a fan of the outdoors and sport. He now struggles to get out of a wheelchair. He barely manages to walk more than 200m on a good day now (the photo shows the pair of us in August this year – he managed about 10 minutes’ walk that day).. He is now 81 years old and is highly enthused about this project and it would give him something positive and concrete to focus on while grappling with the day-to-day challenges of Parkinson’s.”
Mark lives in Monza, Italy and is a member of the Monza Marathon Team whose slogan is ‘per sport, per amicizia (Friendship), per charity’. They were founded in 2010 with just 14 members and they now have over 300. They have raised a huge amount of money over that time for charities.
The Monza Marathon Team are right behind Mark and have pledged 500 euros, to be officially donated to Mark’s Parkinson’s just giving page. They will also be encouraging their members to donate.
Mark’s own company ‘English Training’ will also be donating 1000 euros and he will be asking for contributions from other contracts he has booked in. Plus, he will be asking for backing from all his business contacts far and wide.
Mark has a goal of £5000 – we are sure he will achieve that and we sincerely hope that Parkinson’s UK will put the money to good use.

I Remember Part 6

Place: Dettingen barracks, Junior Leaders Battalion R.A.O.C.  Central Vehicle Depot, RAOC, Egginton, Derbyshire

Time: October  1960  - December 1961
A quick re- cap, this was looking to be a defining time for me. My last term in the junior leaders was upon us, I had so far passed all my required educational and military proficiency tests and more significantly to me, I had a new girlfriend. As this last term approached the work would be harder, so as Christmas approached we all went on our way with a certain amount of apprehension and adventure mixed. More or less each day for the 3 weeks I was home, was spent with Tina when possible, until time came for me to go, with reassurance to the fact that as a Senior now I would be allowed a certain number of weekend leave's.
Each day of the new term was harder, in addition to the usual work we had trade training to endure as well. I had opted initially for multi trade that's to say Tech clerk (accounts), Admin clerk (office management) storeman (general) (stock control)  Other trades could be added later if I wanted. 
Come the end of February  I had completed ( and passed ) all my academic work with top grades (quietly chuffed about that). Also I was doing ok on the sports front, having been selected for the battalion football squad, we beat several of the other junior leader units. Also I still carried on with boxing ( much to the chagrin of my girlfriend) I was doing ok at junior lightweight and winning more than I lost. March arrived and we started our month of serious "square bashing" with the RSM "Tara" McCann in readiness for our passing out parade after Easter. The parade was a definite success watched by all our families and guests, went home for a weeks leave, then transferred to the training battalion over the road to finish off the trade training  (found out later it was also to determine where to "post" you to. At the end of the 6 weeks training we were given our travel docs and reporting instructions, I was to be posted at Central Vehicle Depot, Eggington, near Derby a decent posting or so I was informed by the postings clerk.

On 3rd July 1961 I reported to CVD Egginton, after checking in with the admin clerk (also known as orderly room clerk) I found my bunk space and  looked around the camp.  It was an old WW2 camp. All the buildings apart from the HQ and the cook house/dining hall were made of corrugated iron (Nissan huts). I found out that the unit comprised 63 staff, the commanding officer was Major Finedon, 2nd in command Lt. Garfield and CSM Manners. Of the rest, 2 sergeants, 3 corporals, 4 lance corporals and apart from me and 3 cook house staff all worked at the depot. The main object of the unit was the sale and disposal of hundreds of army surplus vehicles and  equipment.

I quickly found out that I was  replacing the admin clerk ( Bob Fowler), and I reported to the 2i/c, he informed me that as long as I kept the camp running properly I wouldn't be bothered much. Subsequently the CSM and the c/o both came by and said the same thing. I thought at first that this would be difficult it turned out to be fairly easy, as I controlled all the leave applications and other issues, so everyone stayed on your good side. The CO was of a sporting nature so I was allowed to sort out if I wanted to find a team to play for and arranged time off for training .  As the CO was an acquaintance of the chairman of Burton Albion I went on their books as an amateur and was selected for the squad representing the Division (Mercian) .

My day started with sorting out any paperwork concerning anyone on CO's parade (accused of any misdemeanors), ensuring the daily orders were published i.e. who was on guard duty and any relevant info general to the camp.  And most essential making sure that there was a cuppa ready when the officers turned up. So as time went by I settled into the job avoided any pitfalls.
Later in October there was an occurrence that was a bit bizarre (see below). This led to good fortune for me but as usual just as life was looking all "hunky dory" it turns and hits you square in the face. But as I have no way of telling the future I blithely carried on towards Christmas 1961. I will leave you to wonder on the subsequent happenings, so until next time.

Doug Buckle
One incident that sticks in my mind, The Case of the Missing Stall Holder
Outside Derby railway station most nights was a tea stall , it was quite a busy little business, I occasionally used it on my way back to camp. Well late one night in October 1961 I received a phone call from  the local police. They had arrested someone for affray, but during their investigation they uncovered that he was in fact absent without leave whilst serving his national service (technically desertion). After appearing before the magistrates he was handed over to the relevant authorities i.e us as the nearest. So the next day I appraised the C.O. of the situation and that I had already notified divisional command. The police transferred the  prisoner to us, it turned out that his name was Kevin Mc Parland and had been at our camp in 1957 when he went AWOL but he had been running his stall at the railway station since then but no one had noticed him. He was arrested after an altercation with a man who had an affair with his wife. We had to hold him for two days until the Military Police came to take him to Colchester military prison. He was held in the guard room until then. When it came to meal times I was nominated by the csm to take him to the mess hall. Well the guy turned out to be a nice chap (very remorseful) but we had a few chats. When the day came he was due to be picked up, they found his cell empty, he had escaped via the toilet window. Suffice to say that the CO was furiously, I told him I had already informed the local police and they were searching  for him. Later the same day he was picked up in a small town nearby called Bolsover. The CO came into the orderly room after getting the  news, and told the CSM. that the problem was solved by one our chaps in our unit. the CSM and the 2IC were both at a loss. "Well, private Buckle  put the police onto the right track" That's right, when I was chatting to him in the mess hall he mentioned he had a cousin who had a small holding near Bolsover. It was just the way he spoke about it, it seemed special to him so I passed it on to policeman  who I was in contact with. The outcome was McParland was sentenced to 6 months in military prison and he had to finish of the remainder of his national service 10 months. And I had to find somewhere else to get a cup of tea on my way back to camp.

Elida and her sister Christina go on an adventure, courtesy of British Rail.  Unlike Sylvia's journey (last months newsletter) which only used the main line Elida took her stroller into the uncharted depths of London's underground.
Two Women on a Train
The journey from Northampton to Euston was no problem at all, but from there on we had to take the underground which was an experience we never want to go through again. My sister Christina Allen (there you go Christina your full name in print, fame at last.) and I walked with my 4 wheel stroller to the lift which took us down to Euston underground. We thought we had it easy, but oh no, we had to go down a very long escalator which we had to take the stroller on which was pretty frightening and unstable. We managed it quite  well, but then  we had to walk a long walk to the correct platform. The next challenge was getting the stroller onto the train which we again being women managed it.
When we got to Victoria we had to change lines which meant going down another escalator. All these challenges certainly surprised us but our skills were getting better. Another long walk to the next platform, skills into practise again and we had the stroller on the train. Oh the joys of travelling but we weren't finished yet. It was about 10 stops to Stamford Brook, our destination. Finally we reached Stamford Brook only to find it was two flights of stairs down to reach the exit. On the platform was a phone for passengers to call for help. If ever help was needed it was now.  I used the phone and asked for assistance with my stroller to help carry it down the stairs.  I was told I could have assistance for myself, but not for the stroller!  Just then my guardian angel appeared in the form of a young man who offered to carry my stroller down the stairs for me. Of course I accepted, by this time two station  guards finally came to assist me, but I did not need their help as I already had my knight in shining armour. To top it all we had a further long walk to my cousins house whose 80th birthday party we were attending. By the time we arrived both my sister and I felt 80 ourselfs. So in conclusion If any disabled people reading my story need to travel on the underground try to bring  a nice strong young man with you as my one might be with me helping me out. I must  thank my sister for all her help and patience on that day. Thank you Christina Allen. Oh, and many thanks to the young man who rescued me.
Elida managed her journey and attended her sisters birthday along with all her brothers and sisters (Elida is bottom right)

Lets get Quizzical
  1.           What is the meaning of the word " TABEFACTION"                                                     A) flattening     b) Wasting away     c) dividing
  2.          "Amen Corner " is the name given to the 11th, 12th, 13th, holes on which golf course?
  3.          Hambledon in Hampshire is widely regarded as the oldest club in which sport?
  4.         Where on the body would you wear a "Biretta"?
  5.          Which dance is usually performed to the music of Offenbach's Orphaeus in the underworld?
  6.          Which actor played the first "Doctor Who" in 1963 ?

Sylvia's Gardening Tips
Even though we are into November there are loads of jobs that can be done when the weather permits. Just make sure you wrap up warm and take it steady.
This month put grease bands on fruit trees to deter the coddling moth which lays eggs on the fruit which hatch into caterpillars and bury themselves in the fruit. Also apply a winter wash to fruit trees, it helps to curb the many diseases which affect fruiting trees and is not detrimental to wildlife.

If you haven’t planted spring bulbs by now you should do so. There are some real bargains to be had if you buy in bulk. Time for hyacinths to be planted or put into bulb vases too. Bit of a family tradition for me, I start three bulbs off in glass vases, one for myself and one for each of my daughters. Place them in a dark cool cupboard until the growing shoot is about half inch high then bring out into warmth of the house. I try to get them flowering for Xmas but sometimes it is just after.   But the bright flowers and scent are just wonderful and brighten our spirits in January.  The picture below is one I started a week ago and look at the roots already!

Pruning this month is mostly giving shrubs a haircut. Conifers and privet hedging can be trimmed but not down to the brown bits. Buddleia and tall roses can be clipped back about half to stop them getting ‘wind rock’ in the strong winter winds which loosens the soil around the root and weakens the plants.. Pruning proper should be left to early spring.

However climbing roses should be pruned properly now.

I think that is enough to be going on with for now. More next month.


Recipe of the Month
Carrot Cake


For the carrot cake

For the icing



  1. For the carrot cake, preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease and line a 26cm/10in springform cake tin.

  2. Mix all of the ingredients for the carrot cake, except the carrots and walnuts, together in a bowl until well combined. Stir in the carrots and walnuts.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and set aside to cool for 10 minutes, then carefully remove the cake from the tin and set aside to cool completely on a cooling rack.

  4. Meanwhile, for the icing, beat the cream cheese, caster sugar and butter together in a bowl until fluffy. Spread the icing over the top of the cake with a palette knife.

    Now the astute among you will notice I deviated from the method above. I made 2 cakes in silicone cake molds. Well I'm a sucker for a bargain and £2 at the charity shop was impossible to miss. I had to fill a cake tin and a silicone mold with water to judge the new quantities for 2 layers in the silicone molds. it came out a bit of a monster and lurked in our fridge for several days before we managed to demolished it. It was delish!!

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Answers to the Quiz
  1.       B  - wasting away        
  2.        Augusta, Georgia particularly with US Masters
  3.       Cricket      
  4.       The head, it's a cardinals hat.    
  5.       The can - can 
  6.       William Hartnell. 

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And Finally...
We all know that exercise can help with  Parkinson's symptoms.  When 74 year old Derick Davies was Diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2008 he decided to learn to play the piano. And he now claims that the symptoms have progressed more slowly than doctors predicted.
Derrick puts this down to the piano and a Positive Attitude. Parkinsons UK said that music may help people and have called for more research.
Derick has written a song , Dream, and you can listen to it on Youtube Click on the link or search Youtube for 'Derrick Westerman Davies'
We cannot all have the talent to learn the piano like Derrick but we can all employ the power of Positive Attitude in other ways. Go on, YOU CAN.
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