Lots has been going on in North Kent ME and Fibro Family lately and as of our last meeting we have a new committee:
Katie – Chairperson
Nicky – Treasurer
Tina – Secretary
Sue – Co-opt member who will be helping us out where she can.
I really look forward to working with you all!
Now we’ve well and truly hit summertime (can it cool down again now?!) that must mean it’s time for our annual beach trip! On Thursday 9th August we will be heading to The Leas, Minster on Sea. For full details take a look at the Socials page and our Facebook page.
As a final fantastic act as Chairperson before I took over Jon handed me a cheque for £129.02 from Rochester and District Probus Club! The money was raised at their annual summer lunch and they have very generously decided to donate to us after Jon got in contact with them. So many many thanks to the Probus Club for this money and once again many thanks to Jon for all he has done for the group, you can put your feet up now 😉
We have a new group phone number, reminder texts for meetings and socials will come from this number which can be found on the Contact Us page.
Keep cool everyone!
With ME awareness week upon us it’s been an interesting couple of months. We’ve been trialling Facebook Live to broadcast the first half of our meetings to those who are unable to travel to Nucleus Arts in Chatham. We’ve had a few brain fog related technical glitches! But once we get there I think this will be a great opportunity to make our meetings accessible to so many more people and it will be interesting to see how many virtual attendees we get.
Our social this month just about coincides with the end of ME awareness week and we’re having a meal out to the Bredhurst Bell. It’s fantastic that I’ve booked a table for 15 people!! Other socials over the next couple of months will include a trip to the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham and our annual beach trip which tis year will be to Minster on Sea on the Isle of Sheppey . I still need to work out what we’re doing next month though!
It certainly has been a challenge for me juggling the socials whilst working and everything else I do but I hope you’re all enjoying them! 🙂
Well the February and March socials were a success with trips to Playopolis and Panic Room. Playopolis will continue to be a regular social for us as we always have such a great time!
Panic Room was a bit different this time with us choosing the Ten Fathoms Deep room where we were two teams of 5 racing against each other to escape from a sinking submarine! Sarah’s team were victorious after Nicky’s team had been leading the way for most of it! Please spare a thought for Nicky’s team as we are now sleeping with the fishes…
Anyway I’m in the process of planning the next socials with April’s being a trip to the Copper Rivet Distillery. Please see the post on the facebook group and let me know they days that are best for you!
RVS is still fighting it’s potential closure but to secure our meeting dates we have found a lovely new venue at Nucleus Arts Centre in Chatham.
They have a lovely roomy conference room with tables and chairs like RVS but it also has a little sofa area which will be nice for the informal half of the meeting!
We can still buy hot drinks like we did at RVS at the actual café and take them round to the Conference Room. Another added bonus is an outside decked area for the warmer months! This room is also a little bigger so will have the space for our group to grow and have more members at the meetings.
So all in all it’s another positive step forward for NKMEFF.
Our next meeting on Tuesday 27th February will be the last one at RVS and then all future meeting will be at Nucleus Arts Centre. The full address and details can be found on the Meetings page of the website.
I realise I’m a bit behind with this but I would just like to wish a Happy New Year to all our members and best wishes for a healthier year!
We had a lovely christmas meal at the beginning of December which marked a wonderful celebration to close our first year as North Kent ME and Fibro Family. We had a record turnout of 27 people! All squished round three tables with many laughs had and much food eaten!
For a second year in a row Sarah Ward surprised the committee with a huge donation of money that she had raised by doing another raffle for two beautiful Christmas hampers! This time she raised even more than last year with a grand total of £280! This fantastic news also meant that we had reached one of our targets which was to have £1000 in the group’s bank account by the end of year one!
At the start our second year there are a couple of changes. Katie will now be organising the group socials, the first of which is a trip to Playopolis Board Game Cafe in Rochester. Date TBC. If you have any ideas for socials please get in touch with Katie. Details of socials will be posted on the Socials section of the website and in greater detail in an event page on the Facebook group.
Sadly at the end of last year Emma Gapper stepped down as Secretary of the group and nominations are now open for her replacement. If you would like to put yourself forward for this role or would like some more information please message Jon. You can do this on facebook via the private message function or send an email to the address on this website’s Contact Us page.
In the interim period Nicky has done a fantastic job filling in and supporting Katie and Jon and we would just like to thank her for all her hard work.
The Royal Voluntary Service in Chatham has served us well as a venue for our group meetings over the past couple of years both for this group and the old group.
Unfortunately we have had the sad news that the centre will probably be closing after they have lost £35,000 funding from the council. Without this they will not be able to continue to run. Jon will keep us updated as to what’s going on at RVS but it is likely that they will be closing their doors at the end of March.
We are now looking for an alternative venue that meets the groups needs. This includes low fees to rent the room for two hours, disabled access, a meeting room with a table and chairs, a cafe selling hot and cold drinks. Nucleus Arts has been suggested to us and Jon is looking into this but if anyone else has any suggestions please comment on this post or on our Facebook Page.
We would like to thank all the staff and volunteers at RVS for everything they do and have everything crossed that there will be a way to avoid their closure.