Doddington W.I.

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May 2014 Update

At this month’s meeting of the W.I. Anne Chambers thanked all members who had helped to make last month’s birthday celebration so successful. Carol Turner gave a report on the recent Federation meeting and the 95th Birthday Certificate was shown. Gemma Watts said that the next Craft Club will meet on 13th May when there will be a demonstration of knitted silver bracelets. There was a unanimous vote in favour of the resolution which said it was most important to let your next-of-kin know your wishes about donating organs after death.
Member, Natalie Jolly, assisted by husband Keith, showed pictures of her holiday cruising along the Yangtze River in China. This was very informative and interesting and Valerie Gobie thanked them.
Refreshments were served by Gill Jolley and Suzanne Tucker.
There were many entries in the competition which was judged by Steve Tilsley. The top score of 19 points was given to Margaret Neesom. The winners of the raffle were Carole Garcia, Margaret Playford, Pauline Wheeler, Mavis Gamsby, Gemma Watts and Natasha Apps.
Next month’s speaker will be Linda Ingram from FACET and will be held in the chapel or next door in Gemma Watts’ garden if the weather is fine. Refreshments will be ice cream and scones and jam. The competition will be something interesting beginning with “P”. New members are always welcome.

Contact Ann Chambers (740225) or Gemma Watts (740751) for more information.


One thought on “Doddington W.I.

    Patsie Jarman said:
    June 11, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    PLEASE MAY I MAKE YOU AWARE OF MY GOVERNMENT PETITION TO BAN AUTOMATIC NUMBER-PLATE RECOGNITION SYSTEMS IN NHS HOSPITAL CAR PARKS & ASK YOU TO CONSIDER SIGNING IT, THEN PASS IT ON TO YOUR COLLEAGUES AND FRIENDS TO ENSURE THAT NHS HOSPITAL PATIENTS & VISITORS DO NOT HAVE TO SUFFER THIS NUISANCE

    http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/61854

    Many NHS Hospital car parks have, or are about to, adopt this car parking system. The contractor has a wonderful sales pitch; they supply all the equipment at no charge, the hospital gets the cash from the ticket machines, and they gets the ‘fines’, so it is in their interest to generate ‘fines’. They do this by having inadequate notices, faulty key-pads, that only accept part of the car registration number, and covering the machines for short periods, with the cameras left running, so if you know how much to pay, the only way to do it is by credit card, which mostly leads to an answering machine – would leave your card details on a cowboy’s answering machine? So while the machines are out of use the hospitals gets nothing!

    The Burton NHS Foundation Trust recently installed this system, and chief executive, Helen Ashley, agreed that it was not ‘fit for purpose’ and had been overwhelmed by complaints, but was locked into this contract for 3 years at two of the hospitals, and a year at the Tamworth Hospital, but reviews were taking place. The Northumbria NHS Trust had this system, but got rid of it because of the complains and the cost of dealing with them. Although not a hospital, the Lake District National Park authority also used these cowboys, and exited them with a good kick up the rump!

    Confidentiality and privacy should always be paramount on hospital premises, this is clearly stated in the NHS Confidentiality Code of Practise, especially if a person is there for a sensitive reason, and does not want their privacy invaded by the contractors who operate these camera systems – the ‘get a ticket at the barrier’, and pay when ready to leave is a fairer system, then only payment for the exact amount of time is used. Many of these camera systems expect a person to remember the time of arrival, and leave, when they are often in a stressed situation, resulting in over-payment, or heavy ‘fines’.”

    Pease help to put an end to these cowboys by signing this petition.

    Thank you, and kind regards from Patsie Jarman

    http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/apr/12/parkingeye-fine-penalty-dispute-fight

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-542355/Judge-quashes-300-parking-fine–set-frighten-intimidate-driver.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9994089/DVLA-made-10m-in-a-year-by-selling-on-names-and-addresses.html

    http://www.tamworthherald.co.uk/fined-parking-Sir-Robert-Peel-Hospital-appeal/story-20353160-detail/story.html

    http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/North-east-hospital-ditches-Parking-Eye-20140415130052.htm

    http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/News/Parking-Eye-disgrace-claim-as-man-gets-fine-for-rushing-his-wife-to-hospital-20140218162800.htm

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