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What to do in ’22

An important message for all local clubs and interest groups

Calling all leaders of clubs, charities, teams, choirs, amateur dramatics and other non-profit organisations in Woodborough and the surrounding areas.
As you already know, belonging to a local group is a great way to increase community spirit, make new friends and even learn brand new skills. Unfortunately, the months of Covid restrictions have probably left you short of new members, making the operation of your group more difficult than it was pre-Covid.

This is your chance to revitalise your membership!

In January we’ll be running a local clubs / charities fair at Woodborough Village Hall, where you can meet potential new members and tell them what your group has to offer!

Tables in the hall will be free to non-profit groups*, so if you are interested, please get in touch as soon as possible, as places are limited. Contact Michael Dobbs (Woodborough Web) on 0115 9652376 or email

Don’t Delay – Now only a couple of spaces left!

*If you operate a small community oriented business locally, tables may be available for a small charge if not taken by non-profit groups, so please register your interest.

“What to do in ’22” will take place in Woodborough Village Hall, 11.00am – 3.00pm on Saturday January 15th 2022.

What to do in ’22 is organised by the Woodborough Web and Woodborough Community Association, and kindly sponsored by Woodborough Parish Council


Charity Cards in The Village Shop
by Deborah Bliss

Please have a look at the new designs available. There’s something for most occasions with plenty of contemporary and unusual cards. My cards are all my own designs. They are hand made and all profits go to support well known cancer and nursing charities such as Marie Curie, Hospice UK and Parkinsons UK.
In the Spring we will be opening our garden again in aid of The NGS which supports all these groups. My paintings and cards will be available then too.
Whether you’re dreaming of your next holiday, your next G&T or your next piece of cake, there’s something for you.

Do you need help at Home?

I have practical experience of looking after the needs of elderly people, having assisted with the requirements of two Woodborough residents over the last thirteen years.

I live locally and can provide excellent references.

Please call Jennifer on 07811 418166

I’m so glad you’re home….
The Christmas tree fainted!

The Calverton Practice Newsletter

Festive Fears and Opportunities

At the time of writing this newsletter there are worrying trends for the health service this winter. Covid patient numbers remain stubbornly high (though the vaccine wall seems to be holding) and current pressures appear as much to do with backlogs, staff absence and a general lack of NHS resources. We were delighted that recently local MP Mark Spencer agreed to visit the practice so that we could share our concerns about the current situation with him. We were pleased to hear that feedback he receives about the practice from constituents is generally very positive and he appreciated hearing first-hand about the concerns we raised. We hope that some of this will filter back to Health Secretary Sajid Javid and we continue to exert whatever influence we can through our local Primary Care Network and Clinical Commissioning Group (PCN & CCG). It does seem that the Pandemic has shone a spotlight on existing problems- a lack of beds, a lack of staff, a fragmented system and how problems in health and care systems can impact each other. As a practice we will always attempt to do our best for our patients but we do ask that your bear with us at busy times or with problems not of our making. We have to cap workload each day so will be taking ‘emergency calls’ only after 9.30am on a Monday and 10.00am on other weekdays. If staff are off unexpectedly those times may be brought forward. We realise this is a difficult step to have to take but is a response to the pressures described above and I would ask all our patients to remember that despite the pressures,  all our staff should be treated with courtesy and respect at all times.

Next I am grateful to Dr Caroline Wight for the following piece:-

“Throughout the pandemic we have all been required to alter our lifestyles dramatically. For many of us, this has led to gaining a few pounds in weight and being more sedentary. As the festive season approaches perhaps now is the time to address these issues, rather than waiting until the New Year. We know that increasing weight is a risk factor for developing diabetes – please contact the surgery if you would like to have a blood test to check your blood sugar levels.

Your Health Your Way is the local NHS funded provider for helping us to lose weight. If you would like the practice to make a referral to them on your behalf please leave a message with our secretaries. Alternatively, self-referrals can be made via their website or via the telephone 0115 772 2515.

In addition to helping with weight management, Your Health Your Way can assist with smoking cessation, alcohol reduction and also encouraging you to Move More. Exercise is vitally important not only for our physical health but also for improving mental wellbeing.

The Calverton Core Centre host chair-based exercise and yoga classes several times a week for those needing a gentle start to an exercise regime. They are also starting an exercise class featuring a specialised programme of exercise focussed on balance and other means of working towards preventing falls.

The friendly team at Calverton Leisure Centre can tell you about the wide range of exercise options available there. The swimming pool, fitness suite and classes provide a variety of opportunities for beginners through to experienced athletes.

These are just a few of the formal options available locally – but informal changes are also very beneficial. We are fortunate to be surrounded by glorious countryside and having a stroll in the fresh air is a great boost for the body and mind. “

This month we say farewell to Dr Szofia Szeszak (who will be returning to us in August 2023), but welcome back Dr Margaret Sangotade and also Dr Felicity Hart (who returns in January).

Finally it remains for me to wish a very Happy Christmas on behalf of the team to all our patients. Thank you for the kind messages we receive and at this time of year often gifts also. They are greatly appreciated and really lift spirits through the dark winter months.                                                                                         

Phil Rayner

A Poem For December

Christmas Panic

Standing in the kitchen, which way do I turn?
I need to set the table, I do hope nothing burns.
People coming here soon, they’re on their way 
Right now!
I think I’ll have a sip of wine to cool my fevered brow.
Up I get again, I must check on the pud –
The water’s running dry when I know 
It never should!
Tiny lights are shining, the Christmas tree 
Looks grand but I can’t stop to daydream,
I’m drifting from my plan.
Turkey and nut roast, all the trimmings too.
Oh! quickly before I burst I must run to the loo!
Doorbell rings and they’re all here,
Happy smiling ‘peeps’.
All the panic and the rush has somehow
Been released!
Hugs and kisses all around, happy children too.
Our Christmas fun has just begun,
Can I wish the same for you X
Jean K Cave