Letter: Poppy Appeal set to help our heroes

Poppy appeal starts on Saturday
Poppy appeal starts on Saturday

Some weeks ago, the Eastwood Branch of the Royal British legion appealed for handcrafted items with a poppy theme for the launch being planned for the start of the annual Poppy Appeal.
We have already received quite a few items, so if there is anyone out there who has made something for us can you please take it in to Dunn Lite, Eastwood, anytime during the next week?
May we also take this opportunity to invite people to come along to the launch party, at Dunn Lite, on Thursday, October 24, from 6.30pm to 9pm. All the Poppy Appeal merchandise will be available, as well as lovely poppy-themed gifts and the chance to meet members of the branch as well as the local Army cadets.
Over the years the branch, although small in number, has raised many thousands of pounds, and done many groundbreaking fundraising ideas, including being the first branch to sell hand-crafted crystal poppies.
Come along, have a nice evening, treat yourself to a coffee and cake, or even a beer!
We have also had donated a large quantity of Lilliput Lane cottages, in memory of one of our supporters, so if you are a collector, come along and treat yourself, and help swell our funds.
The books of remembrance will be on display, of all the service personnel from Eastwood and surrounding area who lost their lives in the two World Wars, and all family and friends are very welcome to come along and read about their ancestors, and see the photos which have been compiled to make the records.

Albert Wardle

Chairman Eastwood and District Royal British Legion

retain independence

for elderly

Older people in Eastwood and Kimberley are being reminded of the wide range of services and products available locally to help them remain independent in their homes.
Nottinghamshire County Council has a directory where older people can source equipment in the county to assist them to live at home.
It also offers a Handy Person Adaptation Service for people over 60 or who have a disability to carry out adaptations such as fitting grab rails and half steps.
People can have up to £250 worth of adaptations supplied and fitted in a single job for the cost of £15. The work is carried out by professional traders 
approved by the council.
Other small jobs can be carried out such as putting up shelves or fixing loose carpets or trip hazards.
There’s a wide range of help available for older people to remain safe and independent in their home and the council can assist if you are in doubt of where to go for help.
Older people can find out more about the Handy Person Adaptation Service or its equipment directory by visiting its website at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/equipment-adaptations or contacting the Council on 0300 500 80 80.
People can also visit the Choose My Support website at www.choosemysupport.org.uk/ to find out care and support services available in the county.

County Council



Help with your pets

It’s autumn and we have reached the time of year when unneutered cats are entering their sexual quiescence so it is an ideal time for cat owners to consider this.
Cats Protection tells us that non-neutering is not an option. Kittens and cats can be neutered or spayed from five months onwards. 
It is important to point out that there is no veterinary evidence to show that it is better for a female cat to have just one litter. 
This is a myth.
Most people are unaware that one unspayed female cat can be responsible for 20,000 
descendants in just five years! Neutered male cats are less likely to roam thus becoming stray or feral and reducing the risk of them being run over. They will be less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them contracting and passing on serious diseases, such as FIV and FeLV.
We can help owners on low incomes by offering cost assisted vouchers.
Further information on neutering vouchers, call 03000 12 12 12. For more information log on at www.nottingham.cats.org.uk.

Cats Protection

awardsthe 2013 Awards, of which nearly 30 organisations were from Derbyshire including Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, which was highly commended in the Emergency.

The RoSPA Awards recognise commitment to accident and ill health prevention and is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas.

All entrants must register for the awards at www.rospa.com/awards/ by January 15, 2014 for the Birmingham and London ceremonies.

After registering, entrants will be sent login details for the online RoSPA Award Entry System.

See www.rospa.com/awards/ for more information about the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards.

T Mullarkey

Cheif executive RoSPA


Albert Wardle

Chairman Eastwood and District Branch of the Royal British Legion