Events / News 2018

Meeting dates:

Our bi-monthly meetings will be held on February 22nd (meal); April 11th; June 13th; August 8th; October 10th and December 12th.

Details of each meeting will be published in this events diary as soon as they are available.

All meetings are held at Community House, Easemore road, Redditch (b98 8ye) at 7:30pm unless otherwise stated below.

 January

There are new links to 'Active Redditch' and 'Active Bromsgrove' on our links page.

February

22nd - HH Dinner at Kings Norton Golf club, 7:00 for 7:30.  Click here for menu 

As usual a great event, we had a really good turnout which we think is either the highest ever or very close. We were entertained by Alan Hudson, a member of the inner sanctum of the magic circle. His magic tricks were fantastic with the bottle through the table trick bringing the house down. As usual the food was excellent and the service brilliant.

The evening ended on a bit of a down because one of our members was taken ill. Our understanding at the moment is that he was taken to the Alex and kept in for observation. 

The good news is that he was discharged from hospital this morning 23/02, and is recovering at home.


18th - Bi-monthly meeting costs have been rising, and whilst we have been able to contain these rising costs for a year or two it now becomes obvious that we can no longer do so.

 Starting from the next meeting, (April the 11th), our admission charges will rise to £2, where no food is provided to £3 where food is provided (Cheese and wine and Christmas meetings generally).

We hope you will continue to support our meetings which are a great source of information and afford the opportunity to meet up and talk to other members of our heart support group.

March

2nd - Postponed - Barn Dance at Lickey End Social Club. 7:30, Bar, bring your own picnic.

Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from Jane on 01527 503882 or Friday morning exercise classes.

April

 11th - bi-monthly meeting 

Linda will be giving the Group updates on the NHS. Also, Nicky Brewster, the Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse, will be giving an update on devices for patients with irregular heart rhythms.

As ever, an excellent evening with Jokes from Patrick, a presentation from Nicky on Arrhythmia and Linda giving an update on recent updates in the Cardiac area.

Nicky and Linda were presented with small gifts in appreciation of their presentations. A link to the presentation slides can be found on our links page.

12th - Sir Keith Porter, Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the QE has agreed to become our Honorary President.  

 

20th - Golf Day at Gaude Luce  - contact Jane on 01527 503082 for details.

27th - Barn Dance (postponed from 2nd March) at Lickey End Social Club. 19:30, Bar, bring your own picnic. Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from Jane on 01527 503882, at Friday morning exercise classes or on the night at the door.

New power adapters have been supplied for the Cross trainers at Bromsgrove scout hut.

A seat adjuster fault on one of the exercise bikes at Bromsgrove scout hut has been fixed.

May

June

 13th - bi-monthly meeting - Midlands Air Ambulance from the Strensham Airbase – Michelle McCracken and Mike Smyth. 

Michelle is going to speak first and is the fundraising executive.  Mike is a paramedic having done both land and air roles and also works at Warwick University on clinical trials.

An excellent talk, Michelle spoke about the Aims of MAAC; the operation role of the aircraft; how the charity is funded and some of the calls the MACC has been used for. Mike spoke about the research, conducted out of Warwick university, they have been doing regarding the needs and requirements of people struck down by cardiac arrest and heart attacks and attended by paramedics. Lots of etherical questions were being raised by the study. The event was enjoyed by all. Michelle and Mike were presented with tokens of appreciation by Patrick.

 July

20th - Golf Day at Cleobury Mortimer - contact Jane on 01527 503082 for details.


August

8th - bi-monthly meeting, cancelled and rearranged for 12th September.

September

12th - rearranged August meeting. Sir Keith Porter, Professor of Clinical Traumatology at the QE, and our new honorary president, will be attending.

It is also the 21st Birthday of our club.

A fantastic meeting! full house, wine, cake, jokes and meeting our new club honorary president Professor Sir Keith Porter, what more could you ask?

The evening started with our chairman, Patrick Moran, welcoming everyone to the club's 21st anniversary meeting. It was doubly exciting as Professor Sir Keith Porter was also introduced as our new honorary president.

Patrick introduced Linda (Senior Cardiac Nurse) and Jane (Senior Cardiac Physiotherapist) who helped create and support the club.

Most of us, of course, need no introduction to them as they assisted us when we had our procedures at the hospital and supported us on through rehab and beyond. Jane is also our Friday morning class instructor.

Patrick introduced a few members who had been at the club since its inception (we really don't look old enough!).

Patrick then told a few of his, now legendary, jokes before handing over to Sir Keith.

Sir Keith took us through the history and start-up of 'The West Midlands Central Accident, Resuscitation & Emergency (CARE) team (founded 1990) which is a charitable organisation who respond to serious medical incidents within the West Midlands. The organisation evolved from a 'flying squad' (founded 1980) originally based at the now-closed Birmingham Accident Hospital .

Sir Keith also talked about 'pre-hospital care', the research into trauma and the great innovations and breakthroughs which have resulted from such research.

It was a brilliant and awe-inspiring presentation given with subtle humour.  

We hope to have Sir Keith back soon, maybe to do a talk on the CitizenAID app and booklet which enables ordinary people to provide initial first aid.

CitizenAID in either format, the app or on paper, provides logical advisory sequences and skills necessary to save lives with an emphasis throughout on personal safety.


21st - Golf Day at Droitwich golf club - contact Jane on 01527 503082 for details.

 

October 

 10th - bi-monthly meeting AGM and Cheese and wine.

Another great evening plus food and drink!

Patrick reviewed the past year for the club and mentioned members who had passed away during the year, we held a minutes silence in rememberance.

Finances appear to be in good shape with a small overall profit for the year.

The three events during the year when we had speakers were well attended and all agreed they were excellent evenings.

Patrick did his now famous stand up comic routine before  handing out small tokens of thanks to various members of the committee and others. 

The committee then stood down and were proposed and seconded to be re-elected enbloc to stand for another year. This was confirmed by a show of hands.

We all then tucked into the cheese and wine, an excellent spread which would do many a  4 star hotel proud.

November

News - Two new exercise bikes for the Friday afternoon classes have been purchased.

The Health rider has been removed. 

The broken foldable bike, once repaired, will go to the Wednesday evening class. 

Replacement dumb bells have also been purchased.

20th - Two of our members enjoyed talking to 4 first year medical student from Warwick University. They talked about heart issues and the role of Redditch Hale and Hearties club in both stage 4 of the rehabilitation structure and as a support group.

December

Once again the two Cross trainers at the Bromsgrove Friday morning classes have new wheels, hopefully they will last a little longer than previous attempts to fix them. 

12th - bi-monthly meeting - Christmas meeting with Sherry and mince pies,  Carol singing and the grand Christmas raffle..