Go to your corners
Sturminster Newton Amateur Boxing Club presents A Boxing Dinner Evening at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton on Saturday 7th April from 7.30pm. Tables of 8 or 10 at £35.00 per head. Contact Shaun Weeks on 07817 243101
The Sturminster Newton Boxing and Fitness Club was set up in 2001 by Shaun Weeks. So far the boxing club has produced 26 Western Counties Champions, 10 National semi-finalists, 4 National Finalists & 1 national minors champion.
We endeavour through the Olympic sport of amateur boxing to promote fitness, discipline, friendship, fair play, respect and confidence, increasing quality of life by providing a constructive alternative to anti-social behaviour such as drug and alcohol abuse for the local youth living in Dorset. We also provide positive role models and social inclusion through interaction with our coaching staff and other young boxers.
We have a full committee and currently have four qualified coaches at the club all of whom have to attend certification courses every three years to maintain the highest degree of competency at every level. They all have to be qualified in first aid and CPR and of course, CRB cleared.
We operate child safety policies and have our own child welfare officer.
The club has recently moved to a dedicated business unit split over two floors. We rely purely on grants and donations from the public, keeping the membership fees and weekly cost to a minimum. Please get in touch through the contact us page on our website if you would like to make a donation or have any fundraising suggestions.
With Easter falling upon us (it feels unexpectedly this year, how did we get here so quick?). We have now set our next evening event for April, 27th at 7pm.
The theme as you probably clocked is 'Sapori D'Italia' / 'Tastes of Italy'.
I have been busy writing what I hope you will find to be a delicicious menu to appeal to all. (See below). Our Italian evening is always one of our most popular by far and books up very quickly.
So dust off those Chianti bottles and enjoy a lovely foodie evening!
Fresh Meals- If for any reason you are not able to attend that evening or indeed you would like to do a meal/ freezer stock up we can offer you the opportunity to order either the Pork Osso Bucco or the Chicken Cacciatore for just £3.00 per portion. Simply either order via email, phone or order on here for collection from our Cafe on either Friday, 27th or Saturday, 28th April. Your order will come in a one portion freezer/microwave safe container. It will be made fresh by us in our kitchen so you could freeze it if you wanted to or enjoy it fresh and have a night off from cooking, could not be simpler! Please note that these two dishes can only be collected on the above dates to qualify for no minimum order and this special price.
Returning back round to our evening event here is the menu for the evening below-
Sharing platters of-
Eve’s calzones filled with mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, olives, cured meats, focaccia, crostini with wild garlic and basil pesto dip, chargrilled courgettes.
Main Course Buffet, choose some or all of the following-
Pork Osso Bucco
Spinach, mushroom, leek and walnut lasagne (V)
Arancini- risotto balls with prawns, tuna, lemon, parmesan and peas
Caesar salad with crispy lettuce, parmesan, croutons and classic Caesar dressing
Tomato and rocket salad with basil and garlic dressing and oregano crispy crumbs
Dessert Buffet, choose one or some of all of the following-
Margot’s meringue mess with lemon curd and fresh cream
Profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce
Lemon, ricotta and almond cake served with mascarpone
Americano coffee served at your table
Price per head £29.50 payable upon booking, you can either book your tickets right here via our web site or over the phone by card or simply call in. We are very happy to take a provisional 24 hour booking whilst you contact your friends to see if they are able to join you.
You are welcome to bring your own alcohol, we simply charge you £1 per person to cover glass washing and bottle disposal. We politely ask that soft drinks are please purchased via our cafe.
We hope that you will join us for this tasty, enjoyable evening- its all about the food!
Happy Easter to you all!
Margot, Steve and the gals!
The Thyme after time team | Event Catering, Online Foodstore & Café in the heart of rural Dorset. Telephone: 01963 362202 | Thyme after time, Spire Hill Farm, Thornhill, Stalbridge, DT10 2SG
Open All Hours?
The multi-award winning Stalbridge supermarket Dike and Son have released their Easter opening hours, so here they are.
The Friends of Stour Connect are the providers of a local Meals on Wheels scheme, covering Sturminster Newton and its surrounding area, including Stalbridge. We urgently need more VOLUNTARY DRIVERS (expenses paid) to help us meet increasing need for this service.
The Friends of Stour Connect are just finalising full Charity Registration and are also in need of;
ADMIN PERSON - 1 morning per week
If you can help with any of these roles, or for enquiries/ informal chat contact Andy Watson 01258 472957 or 07849 618522
Introduction to our Community Resources
These are exciting times for Stour Connect and The Friends of Stour Connect. For the first time the Friends of Stour Connect will be a fully Registered Charity, enabling us to concentrate on providing, with the management of Stour Connect, a full range of services to ALL our local community.
Stour Connect consists of the large buildings along Bath Road and its junction with Stour View Close in Sturminster Newton. The change of management of Stour Connect has led to us being able to offer many of our services to the whole of the local community.
Since the management of Stour Connect changed to Tricuro in June 2017 (a Local Government Trading Organisation) much has changed, in what we can offer, and how we can offer our services and facilities.
This leaflet details the different activities that are available to all at Stour Connect, many of which have been funded by the Friends of Stour Connect.
Why not give us a call or pay us a visit and see the wonderful facilities that we can offer the local (North Dorset) community. It may be that you represent a community group. If so, we may even be able to provide you with office or meeting spaces.
OUR SERVICES INCLUDE;
Food and drink
• We host and cook for ALBERTS DINING CLUB – ‘good food, good company, warm atmosphere’, on the 2nd and 4th Thursday each month. Tel 01258 472682
• We also cook for local Lunch Clubs. Call Andy on 01258 472957/ 07849618522 for more information
• MEALS ON WHEELS/ HOT FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE. Food delivered, 1 main and 1 desert delivered to your home by qualified, checked volunteers on Mondays to Thursdays. Call Andy on 01258 472957/ 07849618522 for more information/ menus. This scheme has been running since October 2017. We could also provide buffet services from our fully equipped kitchen, run by qualified staff. This project started with advice and support from Dorset POPP.
• T BAR. Our in-house Coffee/ Tea shop is open on Thursdays (run by students from Yewstock School) and Fridays (run by residents of Ivers in Marnhull)
We run monthly day/ evening social activities for the whole community. These include Disco/ music nights, Film nights, Tea Dances, Sports/ hobbies nights. For more information contact Nigel or Andy on 01258 472957.
Arts and Crafts
• Our MENS SHED is open to both men and ladies aged over 18, and offers separate social and workshop spaces each with their own catering and toilet facilities. We are affiliated to MENS SHEDS (UK) and have received kind donations from AFC Bournemouth and Bradfords Building Supplies. Our Mens Shed is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10am and 3.30pm. Contact Andy on 01258 472957 or 07849618522 for more information.
• Arts Group. This is run by one of the Trustees of the Friends of Stour Connect and takes place on Wednesday afternoon between 1.30pm and 3.30 PM. For more information call Nigel or Steve on 01258 472957
Sporting activities/ Keep fit
We have a large sports hall with changing facilities. We can offer a wide range of indoor activities including – skittles, indoor tennis (with coaching), indoor cricket (with coaching), keep fit, table tennis. We are also investigating the inclusion of sitting volleyball, curling, walking football, badminton, table cricket, for people with mobility issues. If you would like to talk to us about other sports or keep fit activities the contact Andy, Steve or Nigel on 01258 472957.
Stour Connect Assessed Need Services
As well as providing a community resource, Stour Connect continues to provide support and care services for the local area. We provide individualised support packages for those in our community who are elderly, and have memory issues, those with learning disabilities, and those with physical disabilities. Our activities for this service includes – Bingo, sensory activities, baking (supported) splash pool, drama, pamper group, independent living skills, sandwich run, gym, foot massage, green shed, boccia, music/ reminiscence, quizzes, sensory games, book club, expression in colour, dance exercise, films, chill out time.
We host regular Carers Coffee mornings on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. We also offer pamper sessions advice and information for carers, as well as training sessions for carers in First Aid and other topics.
Hosting of events
We also host several other clubs/ associations, as well as being an office base for Age Concern North Dorset and for The Volunteer Centre Dorset.
If you are interested in viewing Stour Connect, please contact Steve, Nigel or Andy on 01258 472957. If you wish to become involved in the Friends of Stour Connect, or to help as a volunteer on the Meals on Wheels scheme, Andy Watson would be pleased to hear from you on 07849618522 or on the above landline number
The Friends of Stour Connect
A Charitable Interest Organisation, Regulated by the Charities Commission
Andy Watson, Chairperson, C/O Tricuro Ltd, Stour Connect, Sturminster Newton, Dorset DT10 1JF
Tel; 01258 472957 Mobile 07849618522 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
LUCKY FOR SOME
Award winning Stalbridge Supermarket Dike & Son launches Lucky Dip Tickets to help promote local produce...
Dike & Son has come up with a novel way to reward their customers for shopping locally, while also helping to put local produce in the spotlight.
Customers that spend £25 or more at the Stalbridge store will receive a free Lucky Dip Ticket, which could win them anything from a bag of Dorset Knobs to a Bruton Dairy Hamper worth £25.
There are thousands of winning tickets among the 30,000 that will be issued over the coming weeks and one lucky shopper will win a very special prize – an X-Box 360 Kinect plus game.
Director Adam Vincent says he hopes that once customers try a local product, such as Lavender Blue cakes or Lagan Farm pork sausages, they might be tempted to switch to buying more local goods in future.
Dike’s stocks produce from over 150 Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire growers, makers and bakers, as well as every day groceries, fresh butchery and fish counters and a hot take away counter.
They also offer online shopping with local delivery within a 15-mile radius of Stalbridge. For more information visit our website.
Stumped for an answer?
The Main Gallery and The Cow Shed Studio at The Guggleton Farm Arts Project in Stalbridge make wonderful party venues.
We love fun and we like parties. So do contact us for Drinks, lunches or dinners.
For Drinks – we can fit 60 comfortably in one go but up to 120 for exhibitions.
Lunches and dinners can accommodate a long table for 30-40 people.
Situated in the enclosed cobbled courtyard, there is ample space for indoor and outdoor use with limitless opportunities for you to create your own party theme. We can provide a list of local outside caterers.
There is parking immediately opposite and some within the courtyard.
There are basic coffee/tea making facilities and loos for simple events.
For enquires, please send an email, subject PARTIES to Isabel de Pelet at email@example.com. Thank you.
Find out more about The Guggleton by visiting the website below
Fairy Jar Houses Workshop at Gray's of Stalbridge
Recycle your jam jars into bespoke fairy houses with Sarah at Grays of Stalbridge Craft Workshop. On Saturday the 14th of April 10am till 2pm, £37 per person to include a cream tea. All materials provided.
To secure a place a on this workshop please pop into the shop or phone us to pay a £5 deposit.
Grays of Stalbridge
High Street, Stalbridge DT10 2LJ
Parish the thought
Those of you who are used to reading the Spirehill Parishes monthly magazine might be interested to read this one from February 1902... As well as a being a little bit of Stalbridge history it offers an insight into the relationship with the rector at the time and his flock. Readers might be able to help us with one query to do with the text... It mentions "This year, we in Stalbridge, have done a little better than in former years, owing to the Bicentenary Celebration being kept in June". Does anyone know which bicentennial is being referred to here?
ST. MARY'S CHURCH, STALBRIDGE,
PARISH MAGAZINE FOR FEBRUARY 1902.
Our February Magazine always contains the financial statement of our tiny little auxiliary to the cause of the Foreign Missions, and usually your Rector has, however reluctantly, felt it a duty to say things, not like the " smooth things" and the "deceits" of the false teachers, whom Isaiah speaks of, but things which, however true, were not pleasant either to write or to read. The fact is, that with regard to hundreds of Parishes, if one has not to say it of our Church as a whole, and even of the Church Universal, real keenness and interest in the imperial progress of the Master's cause, and in thy continual annexation of fresh provinces to His Dominions has not yet been widely reached. We can all be alert and thrilled with feeling, when the question is one relating to the spread of our Country's Flag, and anxious to promote to our utmost her imperial destinies, but somehow are not stirred as we should be by determination that nothing we can do shall be undone, which may tend to put the whole earth under the Banner of the Cross, to make the kingdoms of the world to " become the Kingdom of Our LORD and of HIS Christ."
This year, we in Stalbridge, have done a little better than in former years, owing to the Bicentenary Celebration being kept in June, but I should be sorry to say that the result, even now, is what it ought to be, or that our Master .can be satisfied with it. All the same, £15 10s. (which the following figures, when added to the £6 13s. 7d. forwarded in the middle of the year, amount to) is better than the £8 8s. 10d. of last year, so let us "thank God and take courage," and determine each to do something towards keeping up, or passing this amount in years to come. Our first need towards this end is more box-holders. Who will volunteer?
FOREIGN MISSIONS. £ s d.
Offertories, Nov. 10th, 1901 ....... 2 14 8
Meeting, Nov. 13th, 1901 .......... 1 0 6 ½
Master Gordon Alexander .......... 1 0 0
Mrs. Burge, 1900, 9s. 4d., 1901, 10s. 7d. 0 19 11
Miss E. Burge. 1900 and 1901 ... 0 7 0
Mrs. C. Brown ......................... . 0 4 11 ½
Girls' Sunday School ................. 0 17 2 ½
Rectory Children....................... . 0 4 1
Miss Warner ........................... 0 7 1 ½
Rev. C. E. Seaman, subscription 1 1 0
£ 8 16 6
On January 8th, we held our annual gathering of the Ringers, and had, I think, a pleasant time to all. The collection was believed to have exceeded any of the past, and the division, so far as it affected the new Ringers, which is, according to the rules, decided by the votes of the old members of the team, seemed to me to be very just and proportionate. Next year (D.V.), all will rank alike as Old Ringers. Mr. Henry, senior, was re-elected Captain, all feeling that better could not be done, and that we are fortunate indeed in having one so suited to the office. One or two little additions to the rules were passed, and will be, I think, improvements.
The Church Ceiling Improvement, as far as Mr. R. S. Brown's kind donation would carry it, has been effected by Mr. H. Habershon, and undeniably makes that part of our Church look brighter and cleaner. All thanks again to the good donor.
Lent is early this year. We shall hope to have the help of divers kind brother Clergy of your Rector to appeal to Stalbridge Church people at Even-song, on some of the Sundays, and on some of the Wednesdays. More reality in making Lent a sincere spiritual stock-taking is what the Church at large needs, and not least the Church in Stalbridge. On Wednesdays, the subjects will be, I hope, as follows, on the "Condition!" of our Blessed Lord:--
1 The New Birth. "Except a man be born again." S. John iii. 3.
2 Conversion. "Except ye be converted," S. Matt, xviii. 3.
3 Repentance. "Except ye repent,'' S. Luke xiii. 5.
4 Sacramental Union. "Except ye eat," S. John vi. 53.
5 Righteousness. "Except your righteousness," S. Matt. v. 20.
May it do us all good to ponder these solemn utterances of Him who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, Whose promises and gentler words ordinary Christian people are apt to appropriate, even when ignoring His sterner declarations.
The arrangements for binding sets of the Magazines will be as in former years. The more we can send, the less is the amount charged for each. All wishing to have this arranged for them, are asked to send their numbers to the Rectory before February 20th, when the parcel will be despatched.
New subscribers to the Magazine will still be welcome.
I have with many apologies to put right some omissions made in the names of kind donors to the Church Bells Rehanging Fund. The totals and the figures were quite correct, but from the list of contributors of 10s., the name of Dr. Alexander slipped, and also that of Mr. Jacob Brown (placed elsewhere), and from the list of donors of 5s., the names of S. Morrish. Mr. Harry Harris, and Mr. Broadway. I trust that all these gentlemen will, of their goodness, kindly forgive the culprit, whether he be parson or printer.
PARISH REGISTERS. BAPTISMS.
1902. Jan. 5—Margaret May, of William and Lily Mant.
5—Robert Charles, of Joseph and Amelia Ashford.
1901. Jan. 4—William Ralph, aged 69 years.
1902. Dec. 28—Lavinia Mogg. aged 60 years.
8—Robert Curtis, aged 86 years.
14—George Bollen, aged 71 years.
We are indebted to Philip and Flavia Stainer, who donated the original copy of The Stalbridge Magazine 1902 - 1905. We hope you enjoy reading these extracts. Look out on the homepage soon for more extracts from the Stalbridge Parish Magazine of 1902-5...
You can read the current 21st Century version of the magazine by clicking below...
No matter how you want to cut up your carrots you can now buy them at Else's in Stalbridge High Street, as well as many other types of fresh vegetables and fruit...
Julienne (Julian) and Heidi Else have started their new mini marketplace at their Butchers and delicatessen in Stalbridge High Street. Potatoes, Broccoli, Swede, Cabbage, Leeks, Mushrooms, Onions, Lettuces, Cucumbers, Courgettes....and of course Carrots! In the fruit section you can find Apples, Pears, Grapes, Raspberries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Grapefruit, Plums and Tomatoes...and there are probably more hidden in the photo below!
So next time you're popping into Else's Butchers for your favourite meat and poultry why not pick up the veg to go with it? And for dessert perhaps some of the great range of cheeses and some fruit for your after dinner cheese board. And here's a recipe for what to do with carrots that you have Julienned!...
Glazed Julienne Carrots
Melt the spread in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; add sugar, stirring until melted.
Add carrots, salt, and pepper and cook for 10 minutes, or until carrots are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in parsley or coriander.
Serve with a dollup of quark cooking cheese or Greek Strained Yoghurt and perhaps drizzle with chilli dipping sauce or balsamic glaze.
24 Little Hours
The Annette Painter foot health care service is now available at Grace Haine Eyecare in Stalbridge. This new service provides professional treatment for common foot problems including: Nail Trimming, Corns, Callus and Hard Skin, Fungal and Thickened Nails, Ingrowing Toenails, Verrucas, Diabetic Foot Care. Pop in to Grace Haine Eyecare for more information. visit the website for opening times by clicking on the button below.
Grace Haine Eyecare
1 Skye House
Phone: 01963 362775
PLOUGHMANS AND PUDDING
March into spring
Every three months Stalbridge Town Council produces a Newsletter. Here is the spring edition...
Stalbridge Community Information Office are having an Open Day on Saturday 7th April 2018 in The Hub at Stalbridge from 10.00am till 12 noon. Displays and groups present will include those who regularly use the facilities at The Hub, just off Station Road in Stalbridge. There will be a Raffle on the day and Teas and Coffees will be served by Stalbright Special Events for Stalbridge.
The Silent Soldier of Stalbridge
The idea for the ‘Silent Soldier Campaign’ came from Peter Wakeham from the Surrey Branch of The Royal British Legion and was realised in 2017, supporting the poppy appeal to remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces during WWI.
The Silent Soldiers are near life-size silhouettes of a First World War ‘Tommy’ cut from black dibond, which is both tough and weatherproof: they are supplied with bolts and angle iron posts for free-standing display, can be fixed to a wall or attached to an upright pole in either public or private spaces.
Businesses, local authorities and individuals across the UK were invited to sponsor and display the silhouettes to serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War. Royal British Legion Branches and businesses in Surrey, Beds & Herts, Dorset and the Vale of Glamorgan signed up to this campaign last year....
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the end of the First World War and the Armistice Day on 11th November.
The British Legion was formed on 15 May 1921, bringing together four national organisations of ex-Servicemen that had established themselves after the First World War.
The main purpose of the Legion was straightforward: to care for those who had suffered as a result of service in the Armed Forces during the war, whether through their own service or through that of a husband, father or son. The suffering took many forms: the effect of a war wound on a man's ability to earn a living and support his family, or a war widow's struggle to give her children an education.
Even those who had come through the war relatively unscathed struggled with employment. As a result of the war, Britain's economy plummeted and in 1921 there were two million unemployed. Over six million men had served in the war - 725,000 never returned. Of those who came back, 1.75 million had suffered some kind of disability and half of these were permanently disabled. Added to this figure were the families who depended on those who had gone to war - the wives and children, widows and orphans as well as the parents who had lost sons in the war, who often contributed to the household income.
The situation so moved Lancastrian Lance Bombardier Tom Lister, that he decided that if the government was either unable or unwilling to do anything to improve the lives of ex-Servicemen, he would do something about it himself. This eventually led to the formation of The British Legion.
When the Legion's leaders looked around them, they saw the gigantic task of looking after those who had suffered in the recent war and also the need to prevent further sacrifice by reminding the nation of the human cost of war and to work actively for peace.
By the time of the Legion's formation in 1921, the tradition of an annual Two Minute Silence in memory of the dead had been established. The first ever Poppy Appeal was held that year, with the first Poppy Day on 11 November 1921.
We were granted ‘Royal’ status in 1971, and extended our membership to serving members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces, as well as ex-Service personnel, in 1981. Now, anyone can become a member of The Royal British Legion. We welcome men and women of all ages, whether they have served in the Armed Forces or not, to continue the work that was begun nearly 100 years ago.
Stalbridge Jobs Alert
Stalbridge Pharmacy are Recruiting for a FULL-TIME COUNTER ASSISTANT. Medicine counter qualification and retail experience preferred but not essential. Preferably applicants should live in or close to Stalbridge. Please drop in your CV or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please pop in for further details.
High St. DT10 2LL 01963 362246 www.numarkpharmacists.com
Help a Stalbridge Student
My name is Phillipa, I’ve grown up in Stalbridge and know lots of you on here. This means I know what a great community spirit you all have and how brilliant you all are at helping each other.
I am now in my final year of university at UWE, studying BSc Environmental Resource Management and have only a couple of months until I graduate. As many of you know, this means one thing in particular…. Dissertation :S
So, I am hoping that you will all be able to help me out.
Please can you complete my survey?
The title of my dissertation is ‘Documentaries vs Movies: An investigation into which has the most influence on the general public’s understanding of climate change’.
You must be aged 18 years and over to take part and your answers will be completely anonymous. All data collected in this survey will be processed under Data Protection terms and will not be passed on to any third parties. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.
Please feel free to share this to any people you think would be willing to take part. The more responses I can collect, the more accurate conclusions I can make.
Thank you so much for your time
We're on a road to nowhere
It looks like some of the A357 road between Henstridge and Wincanton is going to be closed tomorrow (Wednesday March 14th) between 9.30am and 2.30pm. There was a sign up today on the side of the road although nothing is showing on the Somerset Road Closures website. We're not sure if the buses are affected.
Patients is a virtue
What is going to happen to the 3,900 patients of Stalbridge Surgery after Doctor Clayton retires? View the report to the Stalbridge Town Council on this issue by clicking on the button below. There is some useful information on this subject, contained in the report, which affects many Stalbridge residents.
Rumble in The Jumble
Stalbridge Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale on Saturday 17 March in the Scout Hut from 10.00am.
We will be collecting jumble on the evening of 16 March. If you have any jumble (no furniture or glass please) please leave by your front gate or place clearly visible from the road. Alternatively, you can bring jumble to the Scout Hut on evening of 16 March between 6.30 and 8.00pm.
Our Mothering Sunday service at Stalbridge Parish Church is at 10am on Sunday 11th March, with coffee, tea, juice, croissants and pain au chocolat served from 9.30am. Our worship on this day is informal in style and will be accessible to all ages. You can write a message to your 'mum' and place it on our 'thank you' tree. There will be Evening Prayer at 6.30pm.
Dorset residents are being made aware that their bin collections may be affected for up to a week while services return to normal. Due to the recent severe weather, the Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) suspended collections in East Dorset on Thursday 1 March, with the rest of the county’s collections disrupted on Friday 2 March. With up to two days of missed bin collections to catch-up on, the DWP are kindly asking for residents’ patience while they work to clear the backlog. Bins, boxes and bags should be left out for collection until they are emptied or picked up. Please note that different bins may be emptied at different times. DWP crews will collect any extra bags of rubbish left out with bins that were missed last week. Extra recycling is always accepted provided it is separated and placed in a sturdy container. Residents who weren’t affected by the disruption should continue to put their bins out on their usual collection day. The DWP hopes to have cleared the majority of missed bins by Saturday 10 March, with extra collections to take place if necessary. Updates will be made on https://www.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/travel-dorset/severe-weather/waste-and-recycling and via Facebook and Twitter (@recycle4dorset).
The Dorset Waste Partnership would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.