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Due to the Coronavirus Crisis, meetings were suspended. Please check to see if they are now going ahead.

Latest communication from Jan Jenkins

26th March 2020

A very good evening to everyone, and I hope that you are enjoying this glorious weather - we must be thankful that the majority of us can still go for our daily walk, and those who are lucky enough to have a garden, then enjoy these sunny days. Even more lucky are those of you who can walk to one of our wonderful beach areas or coastal paths, just a bit too far for me to walk unfortunately.

A good time to start Spring cleaning! Not my favourite thing to do, but have been busy washing curtains (my dear sister loves to do the ironing so that works well for us!), also tidying up and cleaning cupboards, wardrobes, shelves etc., plus sorting out all the paperwork that's been stockpiling in the filing tray.

Now's the time to plan any gardening projects you may have been putting off, I did remember to buy any vegetable seeds that I like to grow before the garden centres closed. With a bit of luck, I'll have a good crop of runner beans and french beans this year, also the rhubarb is coming on a treat, so should have plenty to share with you all once we restart the Table Tennis!

My daughter's business has ground to a halt and she is presently in baking mode - busy cooking all sorts of goodies for those who are on the front line and taking the food to the local NHS staff, the Fire Station, delivery drivers, health workers etc. Great idea! All her family are involved in either the hospital, social services or supplying supermarkets, so it's her contribution to the crisis, as well as looking after three very active dogs!!

Happy Birthday to our members who celebrated or will celebrate their birthdays this month - pity we can't have cake at Crantock Village Hall - we'll have to think about having a get-together as soon as life gets back to normality. Margaret Harris celebrated her birthday on the 16th March (sorry to hear that your daughter has broken her arm!), Peter (Bunny) Bartell celebrates his birthday today, and little Alan Richardson celebrates his birthday tomorrow. As far as I can see, we have no birthdays in April (unless you would like to let me know)

Please let me know if any member is really struggling with this 'lock-down', either phone/text or email me with any problems you may have, remember we are all in this together. Log into the Newquay U3A website, where there is lots of useful advice and plenty of information about the current situation.

Great response in our area for clapping outside our houses at 8pm this evening - very moving.
Take care all of you, stay safe and keep smiling.

Best wishes, hugs and kisses from Jan xxx

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To all members of the Table Tennis Groups

Following this morning's session at Crantock Village Hall, it has been decided by both Tony and myself that it is in everyone's interest to cancel future sessions for at least the next three months. Although Tony was hoping to continue with his own independent group, there has been insufficient interest to make this viable.

Both Tony and I would like to extend our thanks to all loyal members of our very successful Table Tennis Group, and you may rest assured that, once the coronavirus threat has passed, we shall restart our sessions.

We would also like to thank the Crantock Village Hall Committee for allowing us to use such wonderful facilities for all these years, they have always been very supportive and amenable to any requests that have been made.

It is very important that we should still stay active, even though we are unable to play Table Tennis. We are still able to go walking in our wonderful countryside and coastal paths, or visit the local National Trust Gardens, which are now going to be free of charge, or even just take a walk around our lovely Boating Lake - just remember to keep your distance from other members of the public (two metres away is recommended) Many of you have your own garden, so you can potter around weeding or digging or sowing, as hopefully the weather will be improving as we go into Spring.

I'm very fortunate to share my home with my sister and have my son living in his own cabin at the bottom of the garden, but many members don't have this luxury, so if you're feeling a bit lonely, then pick up the phone and dial a friend, text or email to stay in touch, singalong with your radio, jig around the kitchen - anything to keep both your mind and body active. I'm also lucky to still be driving - perhaps offer to pick up groceries for a friend or neighbour who doesn't have transport,

Please get in touch with me if you have any further questions, or need some support or just a chat - there are challenging times ahead, but together we'll get through the next few months and deal with each problem as it arises with the true English Bulldog Spirit!!

Best wishes to you all, and stay safe
Jan xx

Venue – Crantock Village Hall

Monday9am to 12 noonGroup Leader is TonyM: 07785 268007
Wednesday9am to 12 noonGroup Leader is JanT: 01637 850819
Friday9am to 12 noonGroup Leader is GaryM: 07453 994611

We are very fortunate in having the opportunity to use the facilities at Crantock Village Hall. There are now four excellent tables available and we provide good quality balls, with a few practice bats for those members who do not have their own.

The standard of play varies greatly and, although we have quite a few experienced and exceptional players, most members are very happy to give helpful advice and tips to anyone who lacks in skill and confidence.

Age is not a barrier. Both men and women range from early retirement or semi retirement to several who are in their eighties. We are just a group of enthusiastic members, who really enjoy the camaraderie and exercise which greatly benefits all of us, both mentally and physically.

We now have three sessions per week and members with some playing experience are very welcome to come along at any time during these sessions. Regretfully. due to the number of experienced players who already play every week, we do not have enough tables to accommodate beginners at this moment in time.

The cost per session per member is a maximum of £2.00 which includes our mid-morning break for refreshments and chatter.

Tony Table Tennis Jan Table Tennis Gary Table Tennis
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