Headway News - September 2020

  • 31 August 2020

At the time of writing this, Auckland is due to go down to Alert Level 2 on Sunday 11.59 pm.

So I hope that by the time you are reading this, we are indeed at Alert Level 2 and you are all equipped with a mask for public transport and a COVID tracker on your phone. If, like me, you have a phone that won’t download the app, you can either photo the COVID Tracker poster when you eventually get back to Headway House, or just sign in the old-fashioned way.

Let’s hope we are back to nearly normal very soon, so Headway House can open back up and we can get our groups up and running again. We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Meanwhile take care and stay safe.
Best wishes
Ruth Hamilton

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NEWSFLASH... Headway House Remains CLOSED!

It was discovered in hindsight  that we sprung a leak over the first extended lock down and 470 000 litres of water slyly soaked into the soil under Headway House.

The culprit was a burst pipe which remained undetected under the house for many days.  Situated on flat land with nowhere to run the water soon overwhelmed the water table and became a monumental rising damp. So much so that it has extensively saturated the floor.

The vinyl in the kitchen /dining room has been removed and the area is currently being dried out. This will take many days then the floor will need some further repairs before replacement floor coverings.

The damp problem may require areas of the carpet being removed as well. It all adds up to a lot of work. You will be able to see in the attached photo that Headway House is now an official  Work Site with a Posted Notice and Caution on the front door.
No one is to enter the building until further notice. 

So we will be Absolutely Closed Next Week.
That is 1 to 5 September
On Thursday 3 September I will send out another update.  I can say in advance however that the TBI Group scheduled for 10:30 am next Wednesday 2 September go ahead on Zoom. Julie Preston will send out details for this.
All enquiries to:
Steve Jenkins 021 564 344 (Text best)
or to information @brain-injury.org.nz

A reminder to you all that face coverings will become compulsory on public transport from Monday 31st August. Please be aware and check if you are eligible for an exemption. Here is a link to a site for all the information you need: www.covid.19.govt.nz.

On a more cheerful note... Headway Harmonies

Headway Harmonies is open to anyone, of any level of singing experience, and we usually do a performance at Headway House every 6-8 weeks.

All of our practices involve a warmup and some vocal exercises, and then we sing through some of the songs that have been requested the previous week.

If you can't make it to practices, you can also participate in Headway Harmonies through the Song of the Week WhatsApp group, in which we send out a new song plus backing tracks to practice at home every week.

Here's a list of the songs we're currently singing in Headway Harmonies.
Click on each to go to the link for the song to sing along to: 
All Shook Up
Dance Me To The End Of Love
Forever Tuesday Morning
Higher Love
I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You
Mull of Kintyre
Southern Cross
The Onion Song
We Are The Champions
When Will I Be Loved
Yellow Submarine

All of these songs have been chosen by our participants and we love taking requests!
*Please note that when we can return to Headway House we will be having our rehearsals on Thursdays from 11am-noon.

Future Activities

We are aiming to get the art group up and running again, and are planning a craft event sometime in October. Look out for information coming soon with details of how to sign up for activities.

Steve is also keen to start a gardening group and would welcome expressions of interest.  

Headway Annual General Meeting - 15 October 2020 
- More details coming soon.

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