Thursday, 26 September 2019

Taking stock

HEY all you Sunshine Smile Crew  members this is for you !

Not a member ?  Then sign up and help infect the world with SMILES.

42 members - all tasked with every day making at least one person SMILE.

2.31am - I can't sleep - my head is buzzing - don't need to be in the radio studio for a couple of hours so let me write this page and take stock of our SMILES.

MEMBERS & SMILES: Ok our Facebook Group is
new - how long have we been operating -  2 weeks or is it  3 ?  42 members. Can I just check that ever member is making at least one person smile every day. 

If every member were to ask a Facebook friend to join the crew we would have 84. Could we target ourselves to get 100 members by this time next week ? We need 100,000 if we are to infect the world with smiles.

CRMK: Can I just explain that the five shows I broadcast each week on Radio CRMK are not part of The Sunshine Smile Crew - the radio is my hobby, my way of relaxing. 

But I do use my radio shows as part of my making people smile.

Every day there is a PODCAST of my show - please use these in your bid to make people smile.  I generally have the PODCAST on-line by 9.300am each day. As well as the links above you can always check the latest editions on the home page of our website: 

PLEASE CLICK HERE and check yesterday's podcast. You will hear how some amazing teenagers made me smile.

WOODSTOCK: This is our weekly circular e-mail to members of our local councils inviting them to share lovely things happening in their wards. The e-mail sent out today is only the second but so many members of MK Council and local parish councils are sharing their SMILES.  Last week I met with two members of MK Council, spent time in
Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Town Council's office and have engaged with many more on-line.  LOVELY !

FOOD BANK: Right now we are not doing enough to help Milton Keynes Foodbank make people smile.

For reasons of logistics the project we were going to have with Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Christmas
Lights Switch On is not going to happen. Sad but this is a wise decision on the part of the council.

I do have an idea to do something during Lent which I will share with you soon.

Above are some items collected at West Bletchley Community Centre. We set up a collection point there
but it merged into what a user group at the centre was doing - BRILLIANT !  We need to start pushing to set up more collection points.

On Monday 28th October I am planning to make my START THE WEEK show on CRMK Rocking With The Food Bank.

WINTER NIGHT SHELTER:  A few things happening here. Saturday 23rd November - Bletchley & Fenny Stratford Christmas Lights Switch On we have JUNCTION 14 LADIES CHOIR on the main stage. We
have a pop up stall - a car boot stall without a car ! - to raise a few quid. I am working on a Christmas Music Quiz to hand out. The beginning of November marks my 200th show on CRMK, my 69th birthday (DAMN !) and the start of the 2019/2020 season for MKWNS.  I
am planning an overnight radio disco party where supporters can sponsor tracks.  I hope to have this fully planned by the end of the coming week.

Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter is having a fun evening to which
we have, or will, be donating a couple of prizes for their silent auction. One of these is a copy of my book Peter's Magic Fountain Pen.

Through WoodstockMK we are building a good relationship with members of MK Council, I am engaging with the council's CEO who is a great guy. However, I can name FOUR people who the heartless systems within Milton Keynes Council have made homeless in the past month !

PIGGIE ALFIE: How come nobody has written a song about a pig ? For Piggie Alfie at Curly Tails
Rescue Centre in Newton Longville I had to play MUD GLORIOUS MUD on the radio and that was all about a hippopotamus ! 

When I was in the YMCA the other week I spoke about Piggie Alfie and residents were so keen to do something for Alfie and his friends. Sadly, staff at the YMCA have not answered my e-mail.  I think a kick up the backside is due.

HI HO SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY:  The Geriatric DJ NEVER broadcasts a single track without his Sheffield
Wednesday Scarf.  That scarf is a bit legendary and has been to some special places. Here it is tied to a cell door in Alcatraz !

I have a fun project where I sponsor the goals the boys score in every game. I sponsor them on a rota for Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter. I always write to thank
the team member who scores the goal and I always chat post-match to my friend Club Director Trevor.

I pay out to these causes for the goals scored at the end of each month. Currently I owe Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter £17.50 and MK Food Bank £5. Tomorrow's game away to Middlesborough
will be for Piggie Alfie.

We are trying to get other people to sponsor goals their team score for good causes close to their hearts. During a recent visit to Stadium MK I shared the idea with its community staff but the words Deaf and Ear come to mind. NOPE MK
Dons will never be Sheffield Wednesday !

WORKTREE: I am very new to Worktree, a fantastic organisation going into schools to have fun with teenagers and help them make career and life choices. I did a session at Leon School, at YMCA MK, at Hazley School and two at Oakgrove School. Here I am with the team at Oakgrove. 

OMG what an incredible place OAKKGROVE is !  Talk about smiles, the place is infected with them. What lovely teenagers. You know I bet they all went home and said to their parents: I met this silly old man at school today but he really made me laugh !

MAX ROBINSON: As the writer Max Robinson I am not writing anywhere near as much as I once was.
My head is full of books but just no time to write them.  My book Peter's Magic Fountain Pen is to be an item within a silent auction for Milton Keynes Winter Night Shelter.

I have started Book Of The Week on our website: where The Bridge House is currently featured. 

My show Tuesday Terrific Tunes on 7th October will be songs from my books.

TEENHEROMK: This is up in the air, I am juggling many things like crazy but once we have the steering group in oration this is going to be so big - MEGA
BIG ! The aim is to find enough teenagers 17+, you can become a blood donor on your 17th birthday, to repay the debt of our amazing, fantastic, incredible hospital
to NHS Blood and Organ donation.

We are running a bit behind my original schedule to make this happen, behind because there is so much interest but when it comes to SMILES this will be incredible.

NON BORING PEOPLE: Are you a boring, middle of
the road, average white person like me ? Even as an old man if I needed an organ transplant it would happen but if I were of Afro-Caribbean or Asian origin my chances of an organ would be 2%. The other 98% = death !

Last week the little team working to engage different non-white average people met with Milton Keynes Councillor Mohammed Khan. Watch this space because things are happening.  SMILES of life are about to shine.

DRUGWATCHMK: Things are not moving a fast as I would like but some VERY firm things are dropping
into place.  The last person you blame in this situation is the addict.

Criminal gangs are preying on the vulnerable, the average member of the public has no idea as to the extent of criminal activity in Milton Keynes.

When our SMILES get involved criminal drug dealers will be put out of business and the prison service will need to employ more staff !

COUNCILLOR DAVE ASHFORD: What do you think, should this happen ? On 22nd October West Bletchley Council will consider my taking on the vacant seat for Fairways Ward ? I am thinking that if I take this on I can take SMILES into my ward and invite people to join in the SUNSHINE SMILE CREW. What do you think ?

Ok..... 4.23am - OMG have I really been that long writing the page ?  Better head off to the radio studio I guess. 6am am to 8am - join me and SMILE.

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