60th Edition

July 2012



 HRH Duke of Kent visit to Redditch

 On 15th May 2012 our Chairman Brian Wattison received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award from HRH the Duke of Kent for the work that Brian does on behalf of our group.  14 of our members under the guidance of Jane Macbryde gave a demonstration of our exercise regime. HRH was very impressed and spent quite a fair amount of time asking questions about our group.  Brian would like to thank all those who took part, and the support he received on the day.

Well done Brian you certainly deserve the award.


  Wednesday 11th April @ 7.30pm

 This was a very interesting meeting; Linda and Rachel were very informative.  They also answered all our questions so we could understand the answers.

The one thing we did learn was, if prescribed same drug but different brand you might not be able to tolerate it, so please go back to your G.P. and explain the symptoms.

If you're concerned about an unexpected side effect of a drug, you can report it to the MHRA.  This applies to all drugs and vaccines including those bought over the counter.

Call 0808 100 3352 or visit

 Wednesday 13th June

 Helen Eftekhari the Arrhythmia Specialist Nurse was exceptional, the information she gave us on internal pacemakers/defibrillators was very interesting.  The difference in someone's quality of life after been fitted with one of these devices is amazing.

Brian thanked Helen he also thanked Linda for arranging for Helen to do the presentation.


Defibrillator training 13th June

CPR/Defibrillator re-assessment took place today (busy day) all nine group members passed.  At all our group meetings and exercise classes, there is always at least one fully trained person on hand.


There will not be a group meeting due to people taking holidays etc.  The exercise class's will take place as usual.

Wednesday October 10th @ 7.30pm

The Annual General Meeting will be taking place.  I can't believe we are having an AGM already, time sure does fly.

After the AGM we will begin the ever popular 'Cheese & Wine' evening, this gives us time to socialise and catch up with other members.

British Heart Foundation Bike Ride

On 20th May (from left to right) Ian Jones, Lesley Jones (Volunteer counsellor for Alex Cardiac rehab), Derek, Brian, Jane Macbryde Alex Cardiac Rehab Physio and Linda Barratt Alex Cardiac Rehab Spec Nurse), biked 33miles in aid of the BHF, - They raised £800.

Well done!!!!


Barn Dance 

£600 was raised at the Barn Dance which took place 25th May at Lickey End Social Club. It was organised by the members of the Bromsgrove exercise class in aid of 'The Primrose Hospice', in memory of one of our members Martin Green. 


Thank you for filling in the slips to receive the newsletter.  I believe we may have halved the list.  Some of our regular members have not filled in a slip; I am assuming they do not wish to receive the newsletter. 

I apologise if your address is slightly incorrect when you receive the newsletter, if this is a problem please let me know.

Visit the Dentist

It's already well established that poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of endocarditis.  Endocarditis is when the lining of the heart becomes infected, which can damage your hearts valves.  It is very rare but also very serious.  Good oral hygiene can help to protect you against endocarditis, so it's really important to clean your teeth every day after meals and visit your dentist regularly.


                 * * *



Getting out every day (if you can) is such an important contributor to mental wellbeing that it's definitely worth making it a habit. Those who have dogs are usually already committed to getting out in the big wide world once or twice a day, but for the dog-less I think it's important to find a reason or two to get outside, and then create a routine around it.
And when you do so, drink in all that you see, and revel in being beyond your own four walls.
Thought for today: Get exercise every day.


Invitation - Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes Strategy, Patient and Carer Engagement Event

 This event is taking place on 24th July 2012 at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Chapel Lane, Birmingham, B43 7BG from 10.30 to 3.30pm and they have 10 spaces available to fill.  If any of you would like to go but are struggling with transport please contact me to discuss how I can help get you there and bring you home.  If you can take yourself your travel expenses will be reimbursed. 

If anyone is interested in taking part please

phone Victoria on - 01905 733797   or email to


There are five things that you cannot recover in life.

(1) The Stone..........after it's thrown,
(2) The Word...............after it's said,
(3) The Occasion......after it's missed,
(4) The Time............after it's gone.
(5) A person............after they die

A man was in court for eating fireworks.

 The Judge let him off !


                  * * *