Noelene Gillatt, 23 Fourth Avenue, Heaton, Bolton, Lancs BL1 4LU,
Tel: +44 (0)1204 843429, us @ gillatt.org,
Wot, Still No Christmas
Cards?Nope! For several years
weve supported the education of a young girl in a very poor part of South
Africa and in that time weve come to realise just how lucky we are. We
have somewhere to live, food, clothing, medical care, education and all the
other essentials (and many inessentials!) of life when so many millions in the
world, especially young children and the elderly, have absolutely nothing and
are in dire straits. So weve committed ourselves to helping those who
need our help most of all and we hope you will too, especially this Christmas,
by gifts via act!onaid (www.giftsinaction.org.uk).
I saw these
mothers and children working as labourers in India and this is just one of the
reasons why we support the work of act!onaid.
Although Dawn is the
runner in the family these days, with maybe a comeback by the old guy on the
cards next year (see below), its grandson Jack who is most likely to be
the family sports personality of the year in 2012.
Having done his first
sponsored swim, or rather Splashon, in 2011 hes now in serious training
for next years under three Olympic sprint. And no-one can catch him,
||I Can Walk
||I Can RUN!
Massive Erection at The 4th Estate!
It was going to be
just a small shed behind the existing Wendy House in the back garden. But, nine
months later, weve ended up with a rather splendid three bedroom, double
en-suite, kitchen, diner pavilion. Well maybe not quite, but it is ideal
for those summer parties that we like so much!
And, in the Spring,
down will come the old studio as Noelene, our very own Felicity Kendal, expands
her veggie plot, installs the chicken house, pigsty and brings in a couple of
sheep to keep the lawn trim!
a Good Idea At The Time!
doing a rather industrial long walk this yearabout 200 miles
between the end of the Pennine Way and the start of the West Highland Way,
through some of the not so scenic parts of Edinburgh and Glasgow but, since I
wanted Sherpa Noelene with me, I decided on the Timeless Way 230 miles
from the north to the south of the Outer Hebrides, taking in all 10 inhabited
In 14 days during June
we saw some incredible sights, I got rather wet feet, a loathing for sphagnum
moss but also that Im not sure I want this to end feeling as
the finish drew close.
My Sherpa has a
somewhat jaded view of these wonderful islands, especially since absolutely
everything closes on Sundays. But we agree that theyre really spectacular
with unbelievable beaches, excellent food and great places to stay.
Get there if you can
or read all about it at www.gillatt.org/hebrides.
|Celebrating in style!.
Timeless Way, Outer Hebrides
The Cuts Bite!
that running is in the genes. Heres Dawn and the old fella at a run early
this year. Later she completed her first 10k in Manchester and John came first
(in his age group!) in the One Bolton 5k. And on 20th May well be doing
the Manchester 10k together. Thats my girl! On, on....
We were off to London
in March for the huge TUC anti-cuts march. But we all know that Cameron and
Clegg wont listen and will continue attacking the poor whilst benefitting
their wealthy friends. Bitter? Us?
Get Ready You Jaapies - We're Heading
After the peaceful
quiet of the Outer Hebrides this year (maybe a little too peaceful and quiet),
were off to somewhere just a little more vibrant and a lot further south
in 2012 and hopefully dragging a few others along with us.
So we've both booked
a month off work, used a zillion Airmiles and will be trekking around the veldt
from mid October to mid November.
Therefore, get ready
you jaapies and lets see a traditional welcome for us representatives of
the worlds no. 1 test match country (for a short while, at least)!!
A very special thanks
for all the good things that have happened to us in 2011 and especially to our
friends and families for their love throughout the year. A very Happy Christmas
to all our loyal readers and a peaceful 2012.
Our love and best