Maldon Life Editorial October 2015

Well shutdown this year was a revelation!  We were excited and eagerly awaiting the installation of a new air conditioning and heating system but…. our caretakers couldn’t forget all about the other important bits and with people thin on the ground the “A“ team  got going, took charge and what a job they did!

The whole centre has been redecorated floor to ceiling. Sports hall floor polished and resealed to a high gloss, non-slip finish. Everything that could be steam cleaned has been; including all upholstery and seating.  If you haven’t seen it already, prepare to be impressed.  Well done to the newly formed “A team” who comprise Jim, John, Bill, Andy and Peter. Thank you from all of us, so many of our users have commented on how nice it looks and we know what hard work it took.

Now to the Aircon; What a difference it makes. Especially for those playing sport who can now do so in comfort even whilst playing hard. In the sports hall there is the facility to amend the temperature to suit the use, via controls the caretakers will take you through on first use.  In the other rooms, the Linton and Jubilee Lounge, generally used for more sedate purposes,  a temperature will be agreed with you and set ready for you on your first use of the room. Don’t worry if it needs changing for your next use, just let your caretaker know. He’ll be happy to work with you to arrive at the optimum temperature for you.  Don’t forget that as it gets colder this will also allow individual room heating preferences, a fantastic upgrade and it’s all low energy and eco-friendly.

The centre has run a bi-monthly quiz-night to raise funds for many years and current managers Mike and Sue Frederick have decided to hang up their question sheets following the November quiz to retire and enjoy their growing brood of grandchildren after some eight years at the helm.  However we need to fill this important role and if this sounds like something you would like to get involved with, let us know at the AGM.  It’s only 6 evenings a year, with an established quizmaster there are no questions to sort out, that’s all done.  We also have a “How to” process ready for the next manager courtesy of Mike and Sue . The committee would like to thank them both for all their enthusiasm, hard work, and commitment at the centre over many years. Enjoy your retirement, you deserve it but you will be missed!

The AGM is on 8th October and everyone is invited to attend. We are again looking for new committee members who can offer a small amount of time and/or good ideas. It’s not unduly onerous and you will be warmly welcomed. Don’t be shy. Come along and see how we operate. That’s what I did a few years back and I now love being involved at the centre. So join us at 7.30pm on Thursday8th October in the Jubilee Lounge.   See you there!

Nexthow about learning French or improving it? Wendy Aldridge holds two classes on Tuesdays. Between 1 and 3 pm there is an intermediate level class where they discuss a range of topics, listen to recordings as well as read articles based on the French Experience 2 book.  

Tuesday between 3 - 4pm Wendy is starting a Beginners class, for students with no prior knowledge or rusty French,  the aim; to give students the confidence to speak French during their holidays in France (using Facon de Parler 1 as the text book). Wendys phone number is 01621 773023 if you’d like to book for either class or find out more.