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General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 16, 2015, 10:50:16 AM »
After 51 years of slog, you deserve how you spend your time OC (y)  :)
I'm catching slowly. I've done 30  ;)
Not including my paper round  :P

21 years to go then Mr Fly by night, by then this volley working may be compulsory!!  :-?

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 16, 2015, 10:48:33 AM »
just wait until you get on my (cattlewagon) bus & judge me then - in 11 years time :-\

Complete with arthritic knees probably after all that bus driving  :)

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 16, 2015, 10:47:10 AM »
As I'm only 27, I think it is inappropriate of me to comment.

Dream on Pete the Paint - your just an old fart like me really  ::) - can't let you con the members who don't know you  ;)

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 16, 2015, 10:45:40 AM »
Totally agree with Fly's comment to Pam.  I've also worked for 50 years, and sometimes doing 3 jobs at once.  We deserve our retirement - we've damned well earned it.  I think Lord Bichard (the guy at the centre of all this controversy) must reside on a different plant to the rest of us!

Good luck Pam in your own retirement - go please yourself - be a lady wot lunches - have treats - relish the time with your husband.  If you want a cohort to join you in anything disgraceful, you know where I am  ;D

Quite right Gerty he will be some jumped up twerp who has had a silver spoon in his mouth from birth. The retirement years should be ours to do what we want with it, and if like you it's volunteering work then that has to be constructive and positive for you.
Who knows maybe in a year or two I may get bored with my time and offer to volley for some organisation - but that should be MY choice not someone elses.
They will be sending the children out in the fields to work before and after school next as there's no pits and very few chimneys to shove them up. 

We will definitely have to  meet up for a disgraceful coffee one day Gerty ;)

By the way folks - what we haven't told is we are setting up our oldies dancing team to go on BGT  ::)

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 15, 2015, 08:46:04 PM »
I intend to spend my spare time doing something just for me for a change and also spend sometime with hubby doing things we used to do.

I was asked a few weeks ago to sit on a committee of a local history society which I have accepted - I will enjoy that and they caught me just at the right time as I resigned from my work in March and so have some time to spare.

All too soon people find themselves too old or ill to actually have some life to do just what they want, if a person chooses as Gerty has, to give her time delivering books and spending time  ( which will no doubt give her much pleasure ) with people who will really appreciate it - then that has to be good.

However to dictate to someone of pensionable age how they should fill their time is inappropriate in my book.

I've worked for 51 years, now this time in my life is for me to choose what I do with it.

Politics / UKIP
« on: April 15, 2015, 06:06:26 PM »
An English chap walks into a book shop in Bradford and asks, " Do you have the latest UKIP book, please"?
The Pakistani owner looks at him aghast and shouts, "FXXX off and don't come back".
The English chap replies: ‘Yes, that’s the one’.

Ok Ok I know it should be in the fun stuff but couldn't resist posting it on here - and I did sensor it!!  ;)  O:-)

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 15, 2015, 05:59:03 PM »
Well, as from tomorrow I'm doing my bit with the RVS as a Home Library Service volunteer.  This is not to be confused with Mobile Library Service by the way.

I shall be visiting elderly housebound people in their homes and helping them choose books,chatting about their reading likes and dislikes together with taking back any books they've had during the last month.  Volunteers are encouraged to stay for a quick cuppa and a chat, although its down to the volunteer how long they choose to stay.

I have training tomorrow at Chesterfield Library.  I've already met some of the other volunteers and everyone is incredibly friendly.


Brilliant Gerty my next door neighbour has had a service like that for many years  (y)

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:38:55 PM »
Calling all Pensioners your country needs you!

an you can bugger off as well nichey young fella  :P

General Discussion / Re: I think it's a good idea :-)
« on: April 14, 2015, 08:05:12 PM »
you can bugger off an all Fly bynight -  :P

Entertainment / Re: We Always Have Wingerworth
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:25:52 PM »
Yes that's right niche, as children we used to go there for picnics and people would be swimming.

 Had lunch today at the Smithy Pond with my friend - no booze though

Entertainment / Re: We Always Have Wingerworth
« on: April 13, 2015, 07:23:40 PM »
One of the swans stands behind the glass bus shelter & has a pecking argument with his own reflection. :))

 :)) would make me laugh seeing that scimitar  :))

I used to take the children to the park and we would keep an eye on the Swans nesting, the children couldn't wait to see the Cygnets

Niche before Smithy pond pub was built it was known as the Lido.

Entertainment / Re: We Always Have Wingerworth
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:57:30 PM »
What pond ??
Fires up Google Streets .  .  .  .  .  .

Sorry Fly there are fishing ponds ( not Smithy pond ) in Wingerworth and a pond which is near the shop just off longedge lane,  there is a childrens playground there as well, sorry I don't know the name of the street just where it is

I agree it's not as straightforward as is sometimes thought is it.

I felt really bad today as during a conversation with my daughter she asked if she could have the Avon bookm just for support staff and to take to people in the bungalows near hers.

I had the rotten job of reminding her that she wouldn't be able to do it -

Her illness took her right side and so her writing hand, her left thumb is arthritic and other problems )from over use to compensate for the lack of her right hand, and she needs injections into the thumb joint.
She's recently been registered as Partially Sighted, so would struggle to read the book and order form.

On the plus side she's a brilliant mathematician and doesn't need a calculator to work out complicated maths.
That's about the only thing her illness didn't take from her - problem is, she can't concentrate or focus for long so even this is a smack in the face for her.

These are some of the reasons why I get so cross with this government and the way they have set about to portray people on benefits  as scroungers and workshy.
They are just a few of her problems she has been left to face life with - and this is just one story of a young woman not yet 40 years old who got high grades in school and was set for a good career -

As you say, this 'helping disabled people into work' is a good idea in theory but in practice isn't straightforward.
They shouldn't be set up to fail.

The other obstacle for them is understand of work colleagues to understand the problems they may face as in my experience there is a huge lack of this as well as patience.

and breath ------------------------------------------- 

That's me off the soapbox  ;)

Entertainment / Re: We Always Have Wingerworth
« on: April 13, 2015, 06:29:04 PM »
TESCO IN WINGY NICHE  :-? :-?   :))  :))
Put your foot in there didn't you  :))

Nooo it would have to be Waitrose or M&S  ;)

Seriously though many people may think like that when younger and with cars, but what happens as they get older and can no longer drive, having a small supermarket would or should be a god send for them.

By the way isn't the small supermarket no longer there near the ponds? It had a take-away next to it?

Haven't been round there for ages.

Some people may find this helpful at least Derbyshire is trying.
Strange this should come up after the recent Remploy Thread.

Disabled residents who would like to get into work are being encouraged to use a service that we run to help them find employment.

The Disability Employment Project (DEP) is a service that offers advice and support to disabled people around the county who are looking for work - be it paid, voluntary or work experience.

Our Assistant Director for Adult Care Julie Vollor said:

"Employment isn't just about earning money − it's about getting out and about, meeting new people, gaining new skills and confidence and helps to support positive health and wellbeing.

"Finding a job can be difficult at the best of times which is why we developed this scheme to help people with disabilities find work and offer advice and support with things like interview techniques, CV writing and help keeping a job once it's been found.

"A disability shouldn't get in the way of people leading healthy, happy lives. This includes having steady employment and feeling a part of their community."

The DEP service can help disabled people by:

matching people to their right type of job
helping them find work experience and voluntary work
making sure job vacancies can be easily found
helping with application forms and CVs
preparing them for interviews
giving them support in the workplace with issues such as special equipment. 
Employers also benefit from the scheme with support and advice available to help with the selection process, options on where additional funding may be found and any other adjustments that might need to be made like sourcing specialist equipment.

Since it began in 2005, an average of 204 people each year have benefited from using the service with 756 people across Derbyshire being helped into employment to date.     

The service is open to anyone who is unemployed and has a disability. For more information, you can visit our Disability Employment Project page or call the disability employment team, tel: 01629 532441 or 01629 532159.

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