Angus Womens Aid


Santa back in Arbroath

Once again, Santa chose Arbroath Round Table to escort him around the town, but this year he decided to stop at the local primary schools. We enjoyed a great day with each stop being packed with lots of waiting children, and a fair few waiting mums and dads! Lots of sweeties were consumed (thanks to Asda!) and Santa was pulled around in luxury this year as Mackie Motors kindly donated a vehicle for us to use.

Thanks to everyone as always for coming out to see Santa. Some photo’s are below.

See you in 2016!

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We are still here!

It’s been a crazy busy few months for ART with meetings, donations and Santa Sleigh all happening. Unfortunately, we haven’t updated this site as much as we should and we apologise for that! To bring you up to speed, we carried out a bag-pack session in Morrisons in December and spent a day escorting Santa around Arbroath to record crowds. We have also made a load of donations, details of which can be found on our donation page here.

Hopefully, usual blog service will be restored in the New Year, in the meantime we hope you had a good Christmas and with you the very best for the forthcoming year!


Angus Domestic Abuse Donation

At our recent Ladies Night, we made a donation of £500 to the Angus Domestic Abuse department of Police Scotland, to assist them in purchasing an essential mobile phone for victims of domestic abuse and violence in the area. These telephones can be a lifeline to victims providing them with a communication channel to family and a means to contact Police in an emergency. As the phones cost approximately £10 each, we were proud to donate £500 to provide 50 victims of domestic abuse with such a telephone.


Twiddlemuffs!

At our September business meeting, we received a request from Knox’s Knit and Knatter Charity Knitting Group. The group, led by organiser Angela Pagan knit many items that they donate to charity. Their current project is called ‘Twiddlemuffs’ which is a knitted muff with items such as buttons and zips attached that are given to dementia patients to assist with restless hands. They provide a wonderful source of visual, tactile and sensory stimulation and after their first donation many more care homes requested them.

When they got in touch with us, we were more than happy to donate £500 in order to provide the wool to create 100 Twiddlemuffs which will benefit 20 people in 5 local care homes.

Pictured below, Tabler Paul McIntosh presenting the cheque to the group.

Paul presenting the cheque

Paul presenting the cheque

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Ladies Night 2015 – Grease Was The Word…

Friday morning, 9am. A group of guys arrives at the sparse Community Centre in Arbroath and gets ready for three days of solid work all to raise money for local good causes. Fuelled by a selection of lorne, egg, bacon and black pudding from and van behind the centre, the work starts with one team heading into Dundee to collect pallets and other heading around Arbroath to collect fridges, chillers and other essentials.

5km of ribbon are pulled out of the back of a car and a lightbulb moment turns the decoration schedule upside down – for the better. The pallets arrive and the bar gets its foundation. Later on the fridges arrive, the alcohol is chilled and the tables and chairs are ready. Most leave around 10pm after a long, hard day.

Saturday arrives and another few hours during the day are used to finalise everything. The Saturday night arrives. It is the Blues Festival in town but the guys hear rumours that Wetherspoons has 150 Pink Ladies getting lubricated in preparation for Arbroath Round Tables annual Ladies Night – this year with a Grease theme.

9pm Saturday. The WooWoo’s are flowing, the Grease Tribute act has the dance floor filled and the guys are nervously awaiting their dance. Frustratingly after 6 weeks of rehearsals and getting it 100% right the previous few weeks, the dance goes a little awry with one dancer flying over the dodgem and the Grease Lightning moves being about as co-ordinated as Bambi on ice – the screams from the ladies at the conclusion were amazing though. The benefit of doing the dance when the audience are well oiled is that they either don’t notice the mistakes, or couldn’t care less about them.

1pm. Home. Knackered.

11am Sunday. Tired limbs and weary minds appear to take everything down. The floor is extremely sticky, the paper tablecloths are covered with drawings of willies and the slops bucket makes everyone wretch.

2pm. Done. Everything is clean, everything is away. All is sorted.

The final figure comes to £4,396. The stress of organisation, the long hours, the numerous meetings – all worth it when it enables us to help even more local good causes.

Until next year!

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Cricket Sixes 2015

what a team!

what a team!

After our exploits in the nets at a recent visitation, we decided to put a team into the Cricket Sixes taking place at Arbroath Cricket Club last Sunday. Unfortunately our team was depleted through injury following our run-in with George at our self defence classes but given our complete lack of cricketers, we didn’t get humiliated.

Our first match was against some young guys who could move, run, bat and bowl which put us at a distinct disadvantage, but with the help of our ‘pro’ cricketer Bryce, we managed to put on 59-1 in our 5 overs which we didn’t think was too bad. Our inexperience in the tournament showed when we bowled however, as instead of bowling wide like every other team, we tried to aim for the stumps meaning the ball kept flying over our heads to the boundary. In the end, we lost with four balls remaining which wasn’t too bad a result!

Second up in a losers match, we played some older guys who couldn’t really move but could bat and bowl. Our 39-1 was far too low and we lost in the fourth over.

All in all it was a great Sunday out with family and friends and hopefully it will become another staple on the Round Table calendar. This does mean that we are looking for cricketers to become members to ensure we do better next year – if you fancy being our team superstar, get in touch!


Self Defence…

post workout

post workout


If there is one thing we will all remember from our self-defence session with George Ferrie (Commonwealth games medallist no less), it was his repeated assertion that it should be ‘fun’. Unfortunately, given the fact that our bodies aren’t the temples they once were, ‘fun’ probably wasn’t the best word to us – ‘painful’ or ‘agonising’ would probably be more apt.
George started us off slowly before quickly putting us in wristlocks and telling us to go for the groin and eyes. Steve didn’t survive the encounter and Big Red ended up with his shoulder a bit more tender than when he started.

After 90 minutes, George let us go and whilst we all ended up in complete agony the following day, it was a great session and we all know what to do now if we ever get caught in a fight around the town (at least, we know what we should do – whether we do it is a different matter!).

James having 'fun'

James having ‘fun’


Cricket Club 2015

Our first meeting of July had your Tablers heading to Arbroath Cricket Club to see how bad we were. Whilst the sound of cork on willow was heard, there were also yells of pain as Gog’s with the assistance of a dog throwing plastic thing, proceeded to injure most of us. Prospective member Ian nearly lost the family jewels and I myself got a ball to the nose courtesy of Gog’s yet again. Given his ability to scare the hell out of both batsmen and fellow fielders, he will be first on the list when we put our team in for the six-a-side competition on the 19th July!

After recovering from our wounds we headed back to the pavillion to enjoy a cricketing tea followed by a pint or two whilst learning more about the game from members of the club. We had a great evening and think that some Tablers may be converted to the game. If you want a good laugh, head down to the Cricket Club on 19th to see how bad we actually are.

Many thanks to Arbroath Cricket Club for their wonderful hospitality and allowing such bad cricketers to grace their nets!

 

for the record, Gogs dropped it!

for the record, Gogs dropped it!


Krazy Kanoeing

This past weekend we were invited with families to enjoy the company of the Forfar Canoeing Club for a gently paddle around on Forfar loch for an hour or so.

Somewhere along the line the arrangements changed and we ended up down at Dunkeld for a rather longer paddle down the River Tay!

Everyone agreed that it was a fantastic day. All apart from me that is as my canoeing experience lasted less than 10 seconds before my high centre of gravity and larger than average weight tipped me into the warm embraces of the silvery tay. After floundering around on the underwater rocks like some form of strange bald scouse bambi, I managed to return to shore completely drenched and with a few gallons of water in my stomach. Being the strong, never-give-up type I gave up immediately and volunteered my services as the shuttle and wait for the party downstream.

Anyways a fantastic day out even if it was a little longer, a little colder and a little more strenous than expected. Massive thanks to Forfar Canoe Club for the invite.

If you want to take part in our next event, why not come along to a meeting and see how things work? We always have an open invitation to men aged 18-45.

 

Pre canoeing selfie - note how dry we all are!

Pre canoeing selfie – note how dry we all are!