Past Stroke Club Meetings

Members of The Manx Stroke Foundation have the opportunity to attend Stroke Club meetings. Here you'll find a short write up of each meeting (click to expand each year).

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✍️ 2024 Meetings


Slide Show of Nicaragua given by Peter Clague

On 4th January 2024, the stroke club members were transported to Nicaragua when Peter Clague brought us his slide show of his travels there. A hardy group of travellers, of which Peter was one, were guided through amazing country side and up and down the many volcanos of which seven are still active! Peter talked us through his journey and his slides showed us the beautiful and stunning scenery. There is a definite Spanish influence in Nicaragua which is the result of the Spanish conquest many years ago. The buildings in the town reflect this as does the wall art around the towns. One slide showed the beauty and workmanship of the tiled roofs. There is also evidence of the artwork of the ancient inhabitants seen on the petroglyphs – pictures scratched in stone. Peter had some wonderful slides showing the flora and fauna of the country which is so varied and colourful. A very enjoyable evening was had and we hope Peter will return with another slide show in the future.

February 2024

1st February Musicale Choir

On Thursday 1st February the stroke club members enjoyed a lovely concert given by Musicale, under the direction of Judy Cross. The concert began with a rousing rendition of ‘Cantar, Sing Alleluia’ and continued with a wonderful selection of songs and poems. We heard a duet of the ‘Sky Boat Song’ and this was followed by a soloist with ‘Keep the Home Fires Burning’. There was a romantic selection which included ‘Close to You’ and ‘You Raise me Up’ and watery section which included ‘The Water is Wide’ and a sea shanty ‘The Weatherman Comes’. It was a varied and very colourful show with the ladies in colourful jackets and the men with colourful ties. The whole programme was supported with the exceptional piano accompaniment given by Jennifer Bird.

March 2024

7th March Lieutenant Governor Sir John Lorimer

We were fortunate to welcome The Lieutenant Governor, Sir John Lorimer to speak to us on Thursday 7th March 2024. He gave a very interesting talk on his military career. He began as a private soldier but then was commissioned into the Parachute Regiment and was gradually promoted up the ranks to Lieutenant General and later Commandant of the Parachute Regiment. He told us about the people he worked with and how he learned a lot from watching others. Although he was too young to serve in the Falklands’ war, he was impressed by those who were there and said that they laid standards for the service. His service took him to many troubled places – Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan. His presentation had us all transfixed. His Excellency then spent some time speaking to members individually and answering their questions. A very interesting evening was had for all.

April 2024


The meeting was opened by the chair, Michelle Ferrer, who welcomed everyone to the 27th Annual General Meeting of the Manx Stroke Foundation. She then called on the President, Dr Thomas, to give the opening address.

The annual report and the annual accounts, which had been circulated prior to the meeting, were agreed. The trustees were re-elected to their roles and Michelle was elected as chair for the next year. The trustees are as follows:

Michelle Ferrer Chair

Maureen Redmayne Secretary

Robyn Redmayne Treasurer

Robert Fayle

Elizabeth Forbes

Edward Kelly

Patricia Lambert

Enid Potts

Following the meeting, the members enjoyed a buffet supper.

May 2024

Afternoon Tea 2nd May

The Peel Golf Club Pavilion was the venue, once again, for our afternoon tea on Thursday 2nd May. Thirty-six members were treated to a lovely feast of various sandwiches, pastries, cakes and fruit and there was still plenty for people take a doggy bag home! Lots of conversations were had as people caught up with old friends. To top it all it was a lovely sunny day which made it more special