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Parkinson’s Support Group

Sandra has been keeping in contact with group members by telephone on a regular basis but all say they miss the monthly meetings and monthly lunch out. Michael and Sandra have a fairly large garden so they have invited a few members at a time to join them for a drink, cake and chat when the weather was suitable. 

One time it was Gerry, his wife Angela, Vice Chairman’s wife Christine and member Kate.  Christine and Kate are fairly new members so it gave them a good chance to get to know Chairman Gerry and Angela. Another occasion it was Marion, Janet, Pete and his wife Lynda enjoying the sunshine. These 5 met as members of Parkinson’s UK  9 years ago and helped form OTR the following year. It is strange not being able to welcome each other with a hug and having to follow anti corona virus rules to stay safe even in the garden.  

How to enoy fantastic holidays in your own garden!!!

Bex, who has Down’s Syndrome, is an inspiration to us all. On hearing her usual holiday in Wales was cancelled by the Covid restrictions she decided not to feel sorry for herself – she would do something special.  

This remarkable young woman decided to visit Scarborough, spend time in Paris, go to Africa for a safari and  take part in the Highland Games. Ever resourceful Bex adapted the summer house with pictures and bunting and had a wonderful time.   

Bex is an honorary member of the Over the Rainbow Parkinson’s Support Group and often attends the group’s quizzes and talks with her parents. Her life is full and happy and she is a credit to her family and Reach Learning Disability from whom she has learned many skills.

If you would like to know more about this friendly independent group contact Michael & Sandra on 01636 812399 or email

When the Covid crisis is over, we’ll be meeting from 11.00 – 1.00 on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Reach UK, Prebend Passage, Southwell NG25 0JH. Just £1 per person and a plate of food towards the buffet lunch.

John Boot

It is with sadness that we announce the recent death of Woodborough Resident, John Boot.

John was a distinguished and long serving member of both Woodborough Parish Council and Gedling Borough Council.

John’s intricate knowledge of the Borough Council’s workings made him an invaluable member of the Parish Council. He understood precisely how to influence Gedling’s officers for the good of the parish, and was an expert on the planning processes. On more mundane issues, such as waste collection or street cleaning, John always knew the name and phone number of the person who could get things sorted.

We remember John as an exemplary gentleman. He was quieter than many of his PC colleagues, but when he spoke everyone listened, and it was not unusual for a few of John’s well chosen words to change the course of a debate. His legal knowledge was matched by his wisdom.

John stood down from Gedling Borough Council at the 2015 elections, shortly after which he was awarded “the most honourable distinction and title of Honorary Alderman of the Borough of Gedling … in recognition of his eminent service to the Borough Council over a long period of years and as an expression of the high esteem in which he is held by members of the Council and their fellow citizens”.

The members of Woodborough Parish Council echo these thoughts and send their heartfelt condolences to Jean and the family.

Extending Cover During COVID 19

The CORE Centre is planning to resume our normal opening hours from Monday to Thursday, 9.00 am till 3.30 pm.  Our services will include:-

  • Virus-related queries
  • Office services such as photocopying and printing, scanning, computer access
  • Information and advice
  • Job Club twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays 11.00 am till 1.00 pm face-to-face. Phone line available at other times 0748 419982, email
  • NHS hearing aid batteries available
  • Help with using new technology – smart phones, tablets, Zoom, Skype – by appointment

We are actively seeking larger activity venues in order to continue our regular classes eg craft and exercise.  Plans for other courses are under consideration.  Also we are talking with our partners eg Chiropodist, Reflexologist , CAB, Hearing Clinic to see how we can bring these services back to CORE.

We can offer a meeting room for up to 5 people to meet socially for an hour.

We have carried out a risk assessment so that staff and visitors feel safe and we ask everyone to respect the steps we’ve put into place.

The CORE Centre
17 St Wilfred’s Square, Calverton, Nottingham NG14 6FP

Tel 0115 8470551

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