Archive for July, 2017


Sponsoring in September

Monday, July 24th, 2017

We enjoy getting involved with the local community, there’s always so much going on and it’s great to be able to lend a hand. That’s why we would like to share two events that might interest you.

We are pleased to say that we are again sponsoring the Friends of Wisdom Hospice Quiz Night. It’s not until September so you have plenty of warning to dust off your encyclopedias and brush up on your general knowledge, to join us for an airing of the old grey matter.
If you have some bright sparks in your office, why not make up a quiz team and join in the fun and whilst we’re at it we can raise some much-needed funds for the hospice.

Did you know that one in three people have been touched by hospice care? When helping at previous hospice events, I have been overwhelmed by the personal stories relating to the support the public has received. The hospice really does an amazing job, but they need your help to continue to do so.

The event will be held on Saturday 16th September at 7pm. The location is Hook Meadow Community Centre in Walderslade, ME5 0TZ. Teams will be made up of 6 people and charged at £6 per person. All you need to bring along is the tipple of your choice together with some nibbles and a pen. To book a table contact The Friends of Wisdom Hospice 01634 831163.

Also in September, we have the pleasure of sponsoring The Independent Business Awards Kent. This is a splendid black tie affair held at the Great Danes Hotel in Maidstone. It’s a time when we come together and support the independent businesses in Kent by celebrating and awarding their achievements.

If you have received brilliant service from a local business that deserves recognition, why not nominate them for an award?
Perhaps you feel your own business efforts deserve acknowledgement? It’s most definitely worth having a go. The nominations are open until 11th August so get nominating and we will see you on the 29th September for the big night.

The Business Diaries - June's storytelling event

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Looking back on June’s storytelling evening, I think it is safe to say it was a bit of an emotional roller coaster. As someone in the audience said ”I just didn’t know what to expect”. Once we were seated there was no going back.
Our storytellers were superb, truly honing in on the theme, Decisions Decisions.

The journey started gently with a delightful story from Andrea Barker, sharing how she made a spontaneous decision to stand up to a certain someone at work. A decision that could have cost her job. How many of us would have the courage to do that I wonder?

Next up was Fiona Stephens, who told us how life changed for her after losing her husband. This is where the roller coaster took on speed with a few heart bursting dips. Just at the point where we could take no more, Fiona had us on the upward climb, laughing and marvelling at the realities of life. What an amazing woman, she has truly seen despair but has made some inspirational choices to move on to where she is today.

Hilary Steel’s story whizzed us through her childhood and told how her recent decisions very much link with her early days spending time in her parent’s restaurant and how she has always had a love of cooking and a desire to perform.

The Comedy Cook concluded, in true authentic Hilary style, that the only problem with that is “she can’t cook and isn’t funny” but we all know that won’t stand in her way!

There were a few twists and turns when Denise Wilton took to the floor.
She took us through some entertaining accounts where the right decision saved her from a career with an ‘Adult’ TV channel and after falling off stage, how her ‘the show must go on’ decision saved the day.

Don't worry Denise, your secrets are safe with us!

So, the end of the roller coaster was just around the corner and who knew what would happen next, especially as it was the turn of Paul Andrews!

Paul revealed an amusing story of how, as a 16-year-old, he made the decision to grab an opportunity which fast tracked his career. This wasn’t just a narrative, oh no, it came with a full set of actions that had us all giggling and steered the evening’s joyride to a safe and memorable end.

Enormous thanks go to the storytellers for crafting and sharing their stories so well.

Much gratitude goes to Shirley Eastley, Victoria Jones and Marion Edwards for meeting and greeting and overseeing drinks and nibbles. Their organisational skills were most appreciated.

One last vote of thanks goes to Al Frank Monk for taking some great photographs of the evening.

More photos can be found over at the Telcare FacebookPage

The next event will be 14th September at 6.45pm at the Medway Innovation Centre. The theme will be ‘Embracing Change’. Please do join us, tickets are available from Eventbrite
We will provide 5 storytellers, refreshments and nibbles and a guarantee that you will enjoy the evening.