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June 2022 Issue No. 38
Welcome to newsletter No 38

It's June already!  Let's celebrate, May has been and gone and according to my gran, you can leave your vest off now! And good Queen Liz is having an anniversary Bash. (I note that royalty has not forgotten Northampton's decision to side with the Barons in 1264, and still not given us City status, I think that Henry III must have left a note saying we are not to be trusted!) anyway let's show them we don't hold a grudge, get the bunting out and wave those flags.  In the meantime, get stuck into issue No 38.
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Charity News
We hope you enjoyed last month's newsletter. Due to circumstances, our newsletter  ARCHIVE IS STILL NOT up to date. Please bear with us, and we'll sort it out soon
Our Annual General Meeting
We will be conducting our AGM later this month, if anyone would like to have an influence on how Northants Parkinson's People is run, then please get in touch. You might like to join the committee or the management team? Perhaps take on a particular task? We are fairly easy going and friendly and try to have some fun whilst providing a vital support to people affected by Parkinson's in our local communities. Don't be shy please get in touch.

Moulton Festival - 21st May
We had an amazing day last month running our Charity Stall at Moulton Festival. Thank you so much to everyone who donated items for us to sell and to everyone who came to say hello and who bought items from us. We have some special Thank You's to go around.
Thank you firstly to Mavis and Harry Brophy who let us use their driveway on Church Hill which proved to be a popular spot. Then in no particular order as they are all wonderfully special - in more ways than one, Thank you to Sylvia, Pat, Rosemary, Marie and Richard for staying all day and using those unique selling powers!
We also have to thank 'Team Brophy' who include (as above) Mavis and Harry but also lovely friends and neighbours; Norma, Karen, Colin and Meghan and the biggest littlest stars of the day: Emily & Lucy who all had their own stalls raising funds for Northants Parkinson's People.
Drum rolls now please.... we raised an absolutely amazing figure of just over £700 between us.
Mays Outing
We had a lovely Boat Trip last Month on the 'New' boat the 'Community Spirit' These trips are run by another local Charity: Crusader Community Boating
As is usual with our trips the weather was a little damp, but we all had a great time, stopping at the Britannia for lunch along the way. We had a general knowledge quiz on the way out and a music quiz on the way back.
Check out Upcoming events for July's outing
Here are some pictures of our adventure onboard the good ship Community Spirit:

Some Feedback We Thought We Would Share 

To all our Newsletter staff and members of the Northants Parkinson’s People,

I just thought I’d like to mention how lucky we all are to have such a fantastic Newsletter which keeps us informed of important news and views relevant to us all. Just lately I have had the need for someone to write about my mobility and therefore a necessity appertaining to a “Blue Badge.” We actually filled in the tick boxes very carefully giving information when necessary, so when we heard we’d failed in our request, you could have knocked us down with a feather. Several people from our Exercise Class had asked Angela for help in filling their forms in, feeling idiots like us, and unable to give satisfactory answers. So Angela became our Fairy Supreme Being, writing a very detailed account of why we needed a Blue Badge, she waved her magic wand and Hey Presto there it was a few days later. So I say, don’t struggle trying to understand the questions, whether they had double meanings or there wasn’t enough room to write the information in, be like us eternally grateful for Angela’s support and knowledge of how the Blue Badge’ office minds’ work.

Thank you so much Angela once again,

Barbara and Mike Lewis

We would like to say a big thank you to Barbara, who donated money to the Charity from the sale of her Poetry Book

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Upcoming Events and Outings
July's Outing 
We have reserved some spaces for Afternoon Tea and Live Music from London's West End at the Deco Theatre. 20th July (Wednesday) at 1:30 till 3:30 
it is £18 per ticket but carers pay £11. We have been before, and it is a good few hour's entertainment, and the afternoon tea was delicious. Please get your names down asap as places are limited. The venue is disabled/wheelchair friendly, and the car park is just next door. Email: [email protected] or call 01604 244 444. 


Every Thursday at Abington Park Rooms, Park Avenue North (& corner of Ashburnham Rd), Northampton NN3 2HT.
1st Thursday of the month is a one-hour session, every other Thursday it's a two-hour session with coffee and biscuits (and sometimes cake!)
Any questions you can call Angela 07954 099 537

Walk In the Park
The walk in the park combines exercise, fresh air and good company. On Wednesday's and Fridays, we finish at the Park Café in Abington Park.

  The full itinerary
  • Mondays       10:30, RACECOURSE, meet at the Pavilion car park.
  • Wednesdays AND Fridays       10:30, ABINGTON PARK, meeting at the bowling green/tennis courts. 
    The nearest entrance is in Christchurch Road. If you use the 'What three Words' app on your phone,
    the location is ///lace.hiking.drain

Lunch Club
Our Lunch Club is going strong, this month it's on the 7th June (1st Tuesday of the month), so please come along to the Queen Eleanor pub for 12:30 where the marvellous staff will serve us at our tables while we get on with this great social occasion.
Partners Coffee Morning
Meeting on every third Tuesday of the month, this month it's on the 21th June at Brampton Halt Pub, Pitsford Rd, Chapel Brampton, Northampton NN6 8BA at 10:30am. Please do come even if this is a little way out for you as we will be open to moving locations to suit everyone who comes along. The coffee is very reasonably priced, and everyone pays for their own beverages.

This group is looked after by Linda, one of our volunteers; And If you would like any more information please call on (01604) 244 444

We've been asked to advertise this, It is not a Northants Parkinson's People event. As with all 3rd party events or products, we do not take any reward from the organizers, but feel it should be brought to your attention.
  1. Who composed "THE PINK PANTHER" theme.
  2. Which animated film features the hit song "LET IT GO" ?
  3. VANGELIS won an Oscar in 1981 for the soundtrack of which British film?
  4. From which film does the song "RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD" originate?
  5. Which movie features the enigmatic soundtrack and theme song THE WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND
  6. According to a song from "BEDKNOBS and BROOMSTICKS" which street is where " the riches of ages are stowed"?
  7. In the 1962 film "THE MUSIC MAN"  how many TROMBONES led the big parade?
  8. Which animation features the inimitable voice of Phil Harris singing  "BARE NECESSITIES"
  9. The Bryan Adams hit "EVERYTHING I DO (I DO IT FOR YOU) is featured in which 1991 film (starring Kevin Costner)?
  10. In the film "THE SOUND OF MUSIC" what are the FIRST FOUR WORDS, THAT ARE SUNG?
Compiled by Doug  (the QUIZMEISTER)

Now,  not many folks know this, but there was a  national holiday that was celebrated on the 29th May. It was first recognized in 1661, but then abandoned in1859. It was known as "OAK APPLE DAY". It was to celebrate the hiding of (the then) Prince Charles in an oak tree after the defeat of the Royalist forces at the battle of Worcester (the last major battle of the civil war) the prince then escaped to safety in the lowlands (i.e. Holland and Flanders). 
When he was invited to return to England and offered the throne, (after the death of Oliver Cromwell and the collapse and overthrow of the remaining Commonwealth government) The newly crowned king, (1660) agreed to allow a public holiday on 29th May each year, by popular demand it became known as OAK APPLE DAY.
Some years later (1675) there was a devastating fire, which destroyed the centre of Northampton, the area was approximately from the present railway station to the guildhall, and included All Saint's church.
When approached by dignitaries of the town who offered to buy timber from the forests that surrounded the county that were owned by the crown. The king refused the offer but gave 1000 tons of timber from Salcey forest and Rockingham forest to rebuild. Some of this timber can still be seen in the structure of All Saint's Cathedral. Since 1676, on Oak Apple Day the rector of All Saints still goes onto the portico and places a wreath of oak leaves onto the head of the statue of King Charles II, the ceremony is still carried out to this day. Even though the holiday of Oak Apple was ceased in 1859. 
Anyone who knows me will suspect that I am passionate about tomatoes. I grow lots from seed, selling them for the charity. Also, many varieties, indoor, outdoor, large, medium, small sizes, round and plum shaped, red skins, black skins, yellow skins. There are determinate tomatoes which grow like a small bush, also trailing tomatoes which will grow in a confined space such as a hanging basket. and these need little or no support. These tomatoes tend to be ready for harvest in large quantities. Then there are indeterminate varieties which need support and grow like vines producing tomatoes over a longer period of times.
So, imagine how excited I am to hear that scientists in Norwich have created a new tomato which has been genetically edited to boost vitamin D levels. Each tomato containing as much provitamin D3 (the precursor to vitamin D) as 2 eggs! Just under 20% of the British population have low levels of vitamin D. We need this vitamin to keep our bones, muscles and teeth healthy and helping the immune system along the way. The main source of this nutrient is from exposing the skin to sunlight and in the UK we only have sufficient of this between approximately April and September. So, our diet needs to include oily fish, red meat, eggs, mushrooms etc. or even supplements. Extremely difficult for vegans as many supplements contain lanolin from sheep’s wool.
The tomato plants were created by making tiny changes to an existing tomato gene using an editing technique called Crispr-Cas9. Described as using a pair of molecular tweezers to snip out a very small fragment of the gene to enhance a desirable trait in plants a lot quicker.
If the trials are successful then it is thought that the process will work well on other crops such as potatoes, chillis, aubergines, and peppers.
Outdoor field trials of the tomatoes are expected to begin in the UK in June.
Happy days!
Can I put my name down for some seed please?
Did any readers conform to the call for ‘No Mow May’ I wonder? I did and as I also had a very small patch where the grass had been killed off by the bits of sunflower hearts that the charm of goldfinch spat out every day, I decided to make a teeny weeny wild flower patch. A picture is to follow which just about shows the emerging seedlings. I am hoping that next month I will be able to show you the actual flowers.
Finally, a couple of photographs of beautiful flowers in the garden at present. Alliums and bath photos If you have any lovely flowers in your garden that you would like to share with our readers, then please do send them in to us.
Art Tips From Judith
For inspiration to paint or draw this month, I decided to contribute to the Queen's Jubilee Celebration in my own small way. I’ve chosen something fun to illustrate in watercolour paint - a community celebration scene or Street Party. I have kept the shapes simple and easy with watercolour, so you can hopefully draw ideas from them for your own interpretation.
To get started, I drew the two lines of the Trestle table in the middle of the paper and then drew in simple shapes to suggest peoples bodies, a bit like Lowry figures. They are not picture-perfect body drawings – just a hint of them. If you haven’t seen the famous work of Lowry, I would recommend it highly. Lowry became an official war artist in 1943, and he was the Official Artist of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
Instead of sketching chairs in my Street Party, I have opted to draw a bench shape, which will be an easier object for all of you to draw.
Chairs can be tricky as you need to consider feet and arms on chairs, a bench is much easier and more appropriate for a Street Party !
In the background as you can see, I have drawn in some houses to give a feeling of a street location, however you may choose to bring in any background for effect; for example, trees, streetlamps or even a red telephone box will add dimension to the picture.
I do hope you will enjoy having a go.
My neighbours are organizing a Jubilee Street Party for our local celebration next weekend which sounds exciting with lots of colourful bunting, great food and lots of laughter I expect – weather permitting! Perhaps some of you budding artists, would like to send your sketches or paintings into Sylvia if you are doing something for the Jubilee – just remember to keep it colourful and simple.

Good luck and enjoy all the Queen's Jubilee celebrations coming up.
Editors Note:  A bit of breaking news. To underline Judith's point that Art is achievable even with a disability
Tonight, and all this week, Channel 4 is showing a LIFE PAINTING competition called 'Drawers off'! 6 amateur artists paint nude models in a competition. One of the competitors is Sophie, a lady who has Parkinson's.
QUIZ Answers
  7. 76 trombones (110 cornets right behind)
  9. ROBIN HOOD (Prince of Thieves)
And Finally... 
Well, we are really living in the future now. And does the future live up to our expectations? In my case, it depends on the provider of these futuristic services. Here's a round up of what I've seen this month...
  • I took my dog to be castrated a week or so ago. The vet didn't want me to take him back for a check-up, "just take a picture and WhatsApp it". Well, aside from the logistical problem of getting the dog to stand still while I snapped a picture of his bleak reproducing future, there was the problem of ensuring I sent it to the right number!  So I added some explanatory text saying he was feeling ok, didn't seem in pain etc and added a precautionary "(god, I hope I've got the right number)."  The next day I got a reply, "No, THIS IS NOT THE RIGHT NUMBER!!!"  I must admit I panicked until I noticed two lines down "Only kidding,  it's the right number :)"  
  • Only yesterday, I witnessed a guy arguing with a Co-op delivery robot, yes really arguing!  The robot was trying to move forward and advancing in jerks a few centimetres (or maybe it should be inches now!) It had no way round, there were signposts and bikes  lying around, the guy eventually gave way but did give the robot a kick as it trundled past. The guy did look a little drunk, but the situation was so funny, I wished I got it on video
  • Love 'em or hate 'em. Self-service checkouts are here to stay. My local Tesco has installed apparently quite a few but some days just doesn't use them, causing queues at the few traditional check-outs. The reason? Staff shortages!! Yep, beggars belief, but they are short of trained staff who hover in the background making sure the self serve checkouts are working properly.
  • Double whammy for Tescos. I placed my stuff on the conveyor belt of a self serve checkout a week or so ago. The person in front finished, and the belt didn't move. So I shoved it along and checked out. The hovering checkout monitor told me it had not worked for about a week. I said a sign wouldn't be a bad idea. "We haven't got any signs" was the reply. How about a pen and paper? " We are not allowed, management will not allow any handwritten signs"  This week I witnessed someone else get caught by the broken and signless conveyor (I had smugly chosen a different checkout) so I told a passing 'manager' he reiterated the rule on handwritten signs. I was about to ask If I could see a proper manager, but took pity on him and went about my business. Welcome to the future folks
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