Croydon Vision News March

From Susanette

It has been an eventful few weeks engaging with members, volunteers, staffs and external bodies

Huge thanks to all group leaders’ your passion and desire for Croydon Vision is admirable. A special thanks to Rachel
(Volunteer Coordinator), for organising leaders meetings over the past few weeks. Things discussed included, open days, fundraising for specific equipment’s, Promoting awareness of Croydon Vision within the community.

Please inform your group leaders of any matter you would like raised at our quarterly meetings or use the suggestion boxes; located at reception and another at Bedford Hall.

From April’s newsletter you will hear from other staff members, the great work they do at Croydon Vision. I will still be involved having a page titled; “Members suggest; my response”

We are currently reviewing systems to comply with GDPR
(General Data Protection Regulation), taking effect May 2018, this regulation will see the bar set higher for charities in terms of how we obtain and manage data. Thank you for your cooperation throughout this process.

A new batch of memory sticks have been ordered; we are hoping this resolves the current issues of the talking news – please give us time to make the necessary changeover.

Please promote and support our monthly lunch event by Trevor, proceeds will go towards obtaining an improved audio system for the main hall.

Thank you all for your welcome, contribution and great work.

Women get Social

The South London VI Women’s Group re-launched its programme of monthly meetings 21st February 2018 with a relaxed evening of chatter and friendship.

We were a small group of 8 sharing some personal stories, one lady’s pride in a work project they completed that ended up on the BBC news, another lady’s excitement at preparing to participate in her 3rd 10k run, and another’s frustration at the discrimination she has faced in her search for work.

As a group we were able to understand laugh, praise and support each other and all came away feeling the effort of venturing out on a chilly February evening was worth it.

We finished the evening with pizza and reviewing the list of desired activities. A couple were deemed impractical, and a couple more suited to a working age group. That still leaves us with a long list that Chloe (our new administrator) will be putting into a programme for the coming year.

Please make a note that the next meeting is on Monday 19th March from 6.00 to 8.30pm; the activities for that evening will be announced on our weekly bulletin for members.

Gift Aid

A valuable source of income is Gift Aid. If you are a tax payer and sign a form available from the office Croydon Vision can claim back, at the end of the current financial year, 25p in every £1 you give as a donation.

Gifts over the past 4 years are also eligible if the tax has not already been collected. All your Gift Aid donations must be included in your Self-Assessment tax return, so please keep a record.

Italian Lunch

I was one of the lucky people who got to attend one of Trevor’s themed lunches on Monday 29th January.

On this occasion there was a 3 course Italian lunch provided, accompanied by wine or juice.

The starter was Bruschetta with toppings – very tasty with different flavours and textures. This was followed by a main course of Penne pasta with chicken in a lightly spiced cream sauce – it was cooked to perfection – not easy with pasta. The meal was rounded off with Tiramisu, very Italian and a perfect way to finish off a perfect meal.

The meal provided a good opportunity to have lunch with members/staff that you do not get to normally lunch with, whilst enjoying good food.

A very big THANK YOU to Trevor and his merry band of helpers, I am looking forward to the next luncheon.

Cris Rose

Can I Add! For those that missed out we will be doing it again on March 26th. Tickets will be available from the 1st of March at reception – all proceeds go to Croydon Vision.

At this time I would like to thank everybody that has supported the events so far, without you it would not be possible and for those who I have not seen yet I hope to see you soon.

Trevor Aziz

At the March meal a raffle will be drawn to raise money for improving our audio system at Bedford hall, prizes include:
a pair of Trainers, 1 Litre Teacher’s Whisky, Box of Quality Street Box of Biscuits and many others.

Tickets are available from Bedford Hall £1 a strip.


Earlier this year those people who receive the Talking News were saddened to hear that a long time contributor and reader, was stepping down. Roy Topp has been involved with the Talking News for over twenty years and he will be sorely missed. We wish to thank him for everything that he has done and are delighted that he will still be seen at Croydon Vision.

Another volunteer who has left is Paula, who led the Tuesday morning Crossword group. She joined the group to help the then leader and gradually took responsibility for the group. She is leaving to move to the Isle of Man. We thank her for all she has done and understand that it could be too far to travel.

We have also said goodbye to our Reception and Administration Manager Stephanie. She was with us for only a short time and has left due to ill health. I am sure that everyone wishes her well.

Katherine’s Tech

Amazon Alexa App

In previous Newsletters I have mentioned about the Amazon Alexa devices. Good news now you can use the features without the device.

You need to have an Android smartphone or tablet (sorry no Apple this time) and an Amazon account (which is free to set up) and access to the internet. Once you have set all this up it’s a little more difficult than with a dedicated device as you have to tap on a button before you speak.

Musical Wonder

“If music be the Food of love, play on”

Twelfth Night: Act 1, Scene 1 William Shakespeare

I am sure many of you know that famous phrase, well, I love music, and I’m sure many of our members do so also. For a while now I have wanted to add a “Music Listening Group” to the many activities the club already offers. Rachel Stockdale and Trevor Aziz encouraged me to do just that.

I am going to start such a group on Monday March 19th at 10:30am, meeting fortnightly thereafter. The aim of the sessions, of one to one and a half hours duration, is to listen to a variety of tracks from CDs, 45s and LPs and then give our opinions etc. You can bring along something of your own or just come and take part.

Interested? Then please inform Rachel or myself as soon as possible.

Bob Horne

Mind and Body

How would you like to be able to do gentle yoga on a Wednesday at 1:30pm?

The stretches and breathing exercises are very beneficial for good health. To be able to relax and switch off from everyday worries and to enjoy yourself.

I am the tutor Pauline Denman and have been teaching Yoga at Bedford Hall since 1982. You don’t have to be able to lie down on the floor, you can work seated in a chair, you only have to do as much as you are happy to do, learn to relax and give it a try!


Fun with the Kids

Katherine Turner

As Alan left in January, he handed over his last two planned events to me.

First, a trip to see Robin Hood and Babes in the Woods, an Am-dram pantomime, full of the usual foibles of such productions.
A highlight of our trip was when one of our group was encouraged onto the stage to help with the singing. The cast members and front of house really looked after him.

Our second outing was to Kidzania, a city ruled by Kidz. With growing anticipation we ascended the floors, some more swiftly than others, and we were greeted at the top. After ensuring that parents had to have a responsible child with them when they left, the children had some kidzos (money), we were finally there!

Kidazania is a city, no matter how grey and cold the day the sky is always blue the streets are cobbled and there are Victorian Street lights.

We split up to enjoy various activities on offer. Some require you to pay Kidzos others pay you. Amongst the ‘jobs’ we tried were; firefighting, baby care, serving and buying in a shop, pit crew for an F1 race car, Window Cleaning, Parcel Delivery, Operating on a dog and many more.

When you have earned enough Kidzos you can open you own bank account and get a card. An exciting thing to do, a card is so much easier than carrying lots of cash. They can spend the money in the shops there

A note to the unwitting parent, watch out for the Kidz – it’s their city, no matter how much you beg you can’t have a go!

Dress in Purple

I am sure you have seen members, staff and volunteers wearing the purple Croydon Vision clothing.

If you would like to join them you can put in an order with the money please to Sue Ardley or through the office.

There are:-

  • T Shirts at £12
  • Polo shirts at £15 – these have a collar and three buttons
  • Sweatshirts at £20
  • Fleeces with Zip at £20
  • Zipped hoodies at £25
  • Baseball caps at £7
  • And lastly white visors at £7

All the clothing has the CV logo and the wording supporting people with sight loss, the baseball caps and visors have only the logo and wording Croydon Vision.


Concert Time

The Croydon Welsh Society, who have adopted Croydon Vision as their Charity of the Year, have organised a music concert by the XBY (ex Bromley Youth) Band at the Mitre Theatre, Trinity School, Shirley on Friday 20th April at 7:30pm. Susanette will be attending; a presentation will be made by Croydon Vision on the night.

Tickets cost £10 each and are available from John Kingdom
020 8654 4886. This includes Welsh cakes and wine.

Tickets can either be sent to you in the post or held available for you at the door on the night.                                         Roy Topp

Electric Cars

Did you know that quiet electric and hybrid cars are 40% more likely to be involved in a collision that injures a pedestrian than cars with a conventional engine?

Back in 2014 campaigners like you helped us win a campaign that means new models of quiet cars must be fitted with sound generators from July 2019. With just 18 months to go, we want to know what car manufacturers are doing to make sure their cars are safe, especially for people with sight loss.

“I have already had a very close shave with a silent vehicle. It was my guide dog who saved us by stepping in front of me to stop me going across the road in front of a car. I simply didn’t hear the vehicle coming.” Said Guide Dog Owner Tracey.

We’re calling on car manufacturers to share what they’re doing to make new models of quiet cars safe. Sign the petition and help us make sure quiet cars are safe and sound.

Best wishes Jade

Guide Dogs Campaigns


Email: Phone: 0800 0284 348.


Old (non plastic) £10 notes will no longer be legal tender on 1st March 2018.


BT basic

Many of the UK’s 2 million people who are registered blind may qualify for BT Basic, a service jointly run by BT and the DWP providing a phone line for only £5.10 per month, this includes £1.50 worth of calls.

There’s also a monthly ‘Price Cap’ of £10 for calls starting 01, 02, 03, 08 and UK mobiles starting 07.

Subscribers also get free weekend calls to 0845 and 0870 numbers (up to 60 minutes). Get an application form at ​ or by calling BT on 0800 800 864 (8am to 6pm Mondays to Fridays). For those who don’t qualify, Home Phone Saver may be an alternative: ​


An Australian View

A précis from an Article about Accessibility from the Guardian Online.

“The fear of not being able to navigate a visually oriented environment is a barrier,” says Meere, 52, “be that going shopping, walking, working, looking for work, or socialising.”

This makes an innovative project at Melbourne’s Southern Cross train station so important. A new “beacon navigation system” sends audio cues to smartphones, providing directions, flagging escalator outages and otherwise transforming “no-go” areas.

“I no longer have to hope there’s a bystander or a staff member to provide assistance. On a personal level it allows me to use this major transport hub with certainty and independence as a parent with small children. It’s a real game-changer.”

Audio Description Tour of Impressionists at Tate Modern

I am now able to offer an opportunity to visit this exhibition on the evening of Sunday 18th March 2018 between 18.00 – 20.00 with an Audio Description tour at 19.00.

If you would like to attend this please could you rsvp either by email or telephone 07733110244.

This is a private view which will take place after Tate Britain has closed to the public.

At 18.00 we will clear the Gallery of visitors as usual, but anybody who has arrived early for the Private View will be invited to gather in the Manton Foyer. You will not be asked to leave and re-enter, you can stay in the gallery for the Private View.

Once the gallery is clear of the general public we will be able to reopen the Impressionists exhibition. You will then have the opportunity to go round the exhibition under comparatively quiet conditions, as we have only invited visually impaired people, local residents and some local community groups to this event. The Audio Description tour will start at 19.00 and the event will finish at 20.00.

Traveleyes – Group holiday’s with a Difference.

The 2018 Brochure is now available.



Quiz Time

For the quiz this month were looking ahead to Easter

  1. Where are the Easter Islands?
  2. Which two Actors starred in Easter Parade?
  3. Who created the jewelled Easter eggs for the Russian royal family?
  4. Which Bond Film features the theft of a jewelled Easter egg?
  5. How much Maundy Money is given by the Queen to each person?
  6. On what day does lent start?
  7. What is an Easter Egg in technology?
  8. What is the difference between a Fruit cake and a Simnel cake?
  9. What is Easter Island famous for?
  10. How many bank holidays are there at Easter?
  11. Why does Easter move?
  12. What used to only be baked on Good Friday?
  13. What animal delivered Easter eggs in The Vicar of Dibley?
  14. How do Norwegians celebrate Easter?
  15. Why are the Easter Islands so called?



1 In the Pacific Ocean 2 Judy Garland and Fred Astaire 3 Faberge 4 Octopussy 5 This year there will be 91p each in specially struck coins 6 Ash Wednesday 7 An undocumented feature 8 A Simnel cake has a layer of marzipan cooked in the cake 9 Easter Island stone Heads 10 2, Good Friday and Easter Monday 11 Lunar Cycles 12 Hot Cross Buns 13 Easter Bunny 14 It’s Crime Time: They watch and read Crime Stories 15 Because they were discovered at Easter.

Just For Fun

How many dishes can you think of that use eggs?

That’s Entertainment


A selection of Audio Described performances in London next month.

The Little Match Girl – Sat 7th April 2pm (Touch Tour 12pm)

Shakespeare’s Globe, New Globe Walk

T: 020 7401 9919 E: £10-£65

Misty – Sat 14th April 2:30pm (Touch Tour 1:30pm)

Bush Theatre, Uxbridge Road, Shepherds Bush

T: 020 8743 5050    E:    £10-£20

Caroline of Change – Sat 14th April 3pm (Touch Tour 1:30pm)

Hampstead Theatre, Eaton Ave

T: 020 7722 9301    E: £10-£37

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons – Sun 15th April 1pm (Touch Tour 11am)

Shakespeare’s Globe, New Globe Walk

T: 020 7401 9919 E: £20-£65

The Inheritance Part 1 – Mon 30th April 7:15pm (Touch Tour 6pm)

Young Vic Theatre, Waterloo

T: 020 7922 2922    E:     £10-£38


Telephone numbers for local theatres

New Wimbledon theatre 0844 871 7646

Bromley Theatre      0203 285 6000


  • ­     Fiona Hazell, optometrist with Low Vision Clinic, will be at Bedford Hall on this date this month, Thursday 8th March, between 9.30am and 12.30pm. She gives expert advice. This is a free consultation, but please book first.
  • ­     If you need the services of Croydon Hearing, you can always contact them at 020 8686 0049. They will be at Bedford Hall on 22nd March between 11:30 am and 2:30pm
  • ­     Joseph the hairdresser is next due to be at Bedford Hall, on Thursday 29th March, from 10am. Please book first.
  • ­     The chiropodist Joy Dell will here on Wednesday 4th April. Please book with Reception.
  • ­     The IT Coordinator Katherine Turner has two drop-in sessions to help with any IT problems you may have. They are on Tuesday 20th March, and Wednesday 21st March, between 1.30pm – 2pm.
  • ­     The next meeting of Croydon Macular Support Group is on Monday, 12th March from 1- 3pm.
  • ­     The Glaucoma Group will meet here next on 2nd April, at 1.30pm
  • ­     Karrie Ashfield, Information, Advice and Guidance, is in on every Tuesday and some Wednesdays and Thursdays, please book through reception.
  • ­     Trevor’s Italian cuisine on Monday 26th March at 1:30


We were sad to hear of the death of Mr Kenneth (Ken) Sendall.

Menus for March

Tues 6th        Chicken Casserole Mashed Potatoes Green Beans

Peaches & Ice Cream

Wed 7th         Café Style Lunch

Meringue Nests & Fruit

Thurs 8th       Fish Mashed Potatoes Mixed Veg Parsley Sauce

                      Cake & Custard


Tues 13th      Roast Beef Yorkshire Pudding Roast Potatoes Cabbage

Pears & Ice Cream

Wed 14th       Café Style Lunch

Lemon Meringue & Cream

Thurs 15th     Sausage Mash Green Beans

Cake & Custard


Tues 20th      Chicken Casserole Mash Broccoli

Gateaux & Cream

Wed 21st       Café Style Lunch


Thurs 22nd    Savoury Mince Mash Cabbage

Mandarins & Instant Whip


Tues 27th      Battered Fish Mash Green Beans Carrots


Wed 28th       Café Style Lunch


Thurs 29th     Roast Chicken Roast Potatoes Cabbage Peas

Peaches & Cream


New Addington menus

Thurs 6th       Shepherd’s Pie Green Beans

Lemon Cheesecake & Cream

Thurs 15th     Sausage Mash Green Beans

Cake & Custard

Thurs 22nd    Savoury Mince Mash Cabbage

Mandarins & Instant Whip

Thurs 29th     Roast Chicken Roast Potatoes Cabbage Peas

Peaches & Cream


The oven at New Addington is now repaired.



We would love to have your input!

Submissions for the April Newsletter are due in by
Thursday 22nd March.