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November 2018

Summer is now just a distant memory and we have started our winter programme. Obviously there are lots of Christmassy events but there are plenty of other things too. We’re sure that most people will find something to tempt them. Full details of the programme can be found in the ‘Forthcoming outings’ section.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the year so far has been the presentation ceremony where we were given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. More than 100 guests joined us at Mabel’s Tearooms in Curborough on 25th September when the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire presented us with the award. You can see from the photographs below what a fantastic time we had.

L-R Paul Kendall, Michael Wall, Lord Lieutenant Ian Dudson CBE, Stephen Sanders Chairman of Kendall & Wall Trust


 

Lichfield Town Crier, Ken Knowles, announces the next speaker


 

Our oldest client Lew Kershaw is congratulated by the Lord Lieutenant on his 100th birthday


 


Tessa Dudley proposes the vote of thanks

 

Nick Owen

 

Another exciting development is that Nick Owen the BBC Midlands Today presenter has kindly agreed to become our patron. Unfortunately Nick was not able to attend the presentation ceremony but he sent us a message of support.

A Message from Our Patron

“The Jo Cox report has shown that social isolation is a major problem. I’m pleased to support Kendall & Wall Charitable Trust in their vital work of combatting loneliness in elderly and disabled people.

I’m delighted, too, at their recent success in gaining the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. Well done and keep up the good work!”


 

 

Volunteers

 

We have also been fortunate in recruiting a new volunteer. Rehana Firth, who is married to one of our drivers, Jonathan, joined us in July and is already very popular with our clients. Welcome Rehana!


 

Rehana Firth

 


 

June 2018

 


 

We’re nearly halfway through the year, and what a year it’s been! Our first news is that we have been chosen to receive the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services. This is the equivalent of the MBE for voluntary groups. The Award is a tremendous honour for all our volunteers who work tirelessly for the charity, and I would like to say a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to them all. Thanks also to you, our customers, for continuing to support our charity- we couldn’t do this work without you.


 

We’re all rather chuffed about the award. Two of our volunteers (Jonathan Firth & Julie Paylor) have already been down to a garden party at Buckingham Palace. However, the actual award ceremony will not take place until later in the year when the Lord Lieutenant of Lichfield will present us with our certificates and a piece of crystal glass. We will post details in due course.

 

Our wonderful volunteers


 


 

Our spring programme of outings in now coming to an end and our summer programme will start in July. Details can be found on this website in the Forthcoming outings section.

Just to finish off here are a few photos of some of our spring outings.


 

Wartime weekend at Great Central Railway June 2018


 


 

Canal boat trip Stratford on Avon June 2018

National Mills weekend at Newhall Mill May 2018


 


 

Spring afternoon races at Wolverhampton May 2018

March 2018

Blog March 2018

Despite the cold and miserable winter we kept our spirits up with lots of outings especially over the Christmas period. In addition to our traditional Christmas lunches we enjoyed a visit to Lichfield Cathedral to see the Christmas tree festival and a magnificent son et lumiere where the outside of the cathedral was lit up. Much fun was had at the Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton where we saw Jack & the Beanstalk.

We started the new year with a trip to the RAF museum at Cosford. Later in January we had a very tasty Greek meal in Birmingham; the following week we went to Stourbridge where some of us had a go at glassblowing! Our pancake day quiz was well attended and Liz Kendall prepared a delicious meal of Hungarian meatballs followed , of course, by pancakes and ice cream.

They were many other trips but perhaps the best remembered was a series of visits to the BBC studios in Birmingham. We got a fascinating insight into how our favourite radio and TV programmes are made. Some of even had a go at acting out an episode of ‘The Archers’.