Horringer Good Neighbour Scheme
(neighbours helping neighbours)
The Horringer Good Neighbour Scheme has been in operation since Feb 20th 2012, and was set up with the aim of supporting residents within our community by providing practical help through our volunteers for a range of tasks as listed below, and also to provide some social events. The social events have proved a great success with many people saying how it had “brought them back into village life”, “made new or renewed friendships” “made them feel less isolated”. Grants from the Parish Council and other money raising efforts have greatly helped in covering our core costs and subsidising social events.
Our scheme is now one of about 30 that are members of Community Action Suffolk (CAS), Membership certificate number CAS3089/16. CAS telephone number is 01473 345400. CAS can provide help/legislation /courses etc. to all schemes in the county.
We now run two regular social events which are well attended:
Our Afternoon Tea takes place on the 3rd Thursday of every month, normally at the Community Centre, where we make a charge of £2.50 (as at Jan 2018) for the tea/coffee, cakes and a raffle. Lifts can be arranged for anybody who requires them. We try to hold two of the Afternoon Teas during the year at different locations such as Ickworth House, Glasswells, Cathedral Refectory etc. where again lifts are arranged as needed. The Afternoon Tea is open to anyone in the village and one can just turn up at the door.
Our Lunch Club takes place on the first Tuesday of each month (or second if a Bank Holiday) at the Plough at Rede. This is open to HGNS members and has to be booked in advance. Volunteers will ring around their list of members with the choice of two mains and two desserts. Current (2018) cost to members is £10.00/head for the two courses. Lifts are arranged as needed.
Details and dates of our events are shown in the Horringer Diary.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Parish Council in 2015 we were able to organise our first coach outing to Felixstowe which included a fish and chip lunch. Despite poor weather on that occasion everybody enjoyed themselves so it was decided that it should be an annual event. Our 2016 and 2017 trips took place in much better weather and again proved a great success. The cost of the latest trip was £12.00/head which included the coach, a fish and chip lunch together with tea/coffee/scones prepared and served by some of our volunteers.
The list of services that we offer is as follows
- Occasional transport – hospital/doctors etc
- Shopping/ prescription collection
- Minor household repairs
- Help with dog walking
- Form filling/ letter writing
If help is required just ring the “on-call mobile” number 07532 274 795 which is open between 9.00am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday. The phone will be answered by a “duty officer” who will arrange where possible for one of our volunteers to carry out the task. Note this is not an emergency or taxi service, and we would like at least 3 days’ notice of any task that needs arranging.
Currently we have 25 volunteers, all who have DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) certificates, some of whom are also committee or social committee members.
Anybody who needs further information can either ring the “on-call mobile” 07532 274 795 or contact any of our committee members
The Committee Members elected at the November 2017 AGM are:
Norman Hanford Chair
Chris Harrison Secretary
Mel Sheard Treasurer
Wendy Cullingworth Safeguarding Officer
The Social Committee is chaired by Helen Gow and includes Di Hanford, Jan Sheard, Janet Thaxter and Gill Scott