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Hello to anyone who remembers us.
Well, the November Fair is over, and I survived heading it up (and so did Dave!) Renewed respect to you Nancy! This does mean the December Newsletter deadline is looming so I thought I'd try to catch it this year.
Things for us have been good in 2017, the only fly in the ointment has been my Mum's cancer has come back and she is on chemo again until Christmas, then it will be back to the consultant. Apart from that I've done a lot of painting (of walls) and dug a pond. Dave has got his railway layout boards going all round the workshop — no track laid as yet — authentically mirroring Network Rail perhaps.
I've become a church steward again and Dave is now the church Treasurer. We suffer from the same issues as everywhere else — a shrinking congregation and a shortage of funds — but are fighting back — well supported but a lack of able 'doers.'
Willow (6) and Archie (2) are both growing up fast — sometimes I'm not sure initially which one is on the phone. Sadly, as we don't see them often, we have joined the band of grandparents exclaiming, 'Haven't you grown?'
Frances and Paul are still in Farncombe; Joanne is still in The Big Smoke. Dave is still part-time in the Co-op; I'm still volunteering at the AgeUK Lindsey information and Advice centre — which gets busier, as other official places to turn to for help get cut back. We are still dancing, not as much as we ought to. I'm still enjoying both the Community Choir — new leader- didn't think it would be quite as much fun, she is more bonkers than the last — St Mary's Gospellers is different but enjoyable.
I will close wishing you all the seasons best wishes, and thank you to those who have communicated over the year, it is lovely to hear what is going on in your lives and in Alton.
Lots of love
Wendy and Dave Turner XX

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