All the money raised by JAYs goes to helping people who suffer with M.S.

Half we give to research and the rest towards helping local people with M.S.

Raising funds for multiple Sclerosis 

Supported by

Registered Charity 1139257/SC041990

Wishing you all a Happy New Year for 2014

A big thank you for everyones support throughout 2013.

We hope your dreams and wishes will come true in 2014.


If you have any unwanted Christmas gifts that we could use on our tombola, they would be gratefully recieved.



Christmas tombola.

Another tombola this week.

Jackie & Yvonne will be at Cofton Nursery this Saturday with a tombola.

The nursery will be open from 9am to 4pm Saturday 21st and 10am to 4pm Sunday 22nd.

The nursery will be selling Poinsettia, Cycalmens, Christmas trees, Wreaths and christmas gifts.

Lickey rd, Rednal, Birmingham, B45 8UR

0121 453 1044

Hope to see you there.


Christmas shopping.

If you are doing any Christmas shopping on-line, then please use our on-line shop

Just click on the estore spend & raise logo and find the store to shop at ( sometimes they have promotions)

It cost you nothing but JAYs will get a donation from the shops.

Happy shopping.


A new story in the happy page.


We had a lovely night drinking peaty malts at the Gardeners Arms.

Details in events.


Keep warm this winter.

The department of health's leaflet`Keep warm keep well` contains info on remaing healthy and heating your home effectively and safely.

There is also info on finding help with heating costs for older people and those on low income.

Keep warm info: click here

Goverment grants: click here

Energy saving tips: click here


The NHS is advising people with MS to get the annual flu jab.

To arrange your free vaccination contact your GP of practise nurse.


The MS trust has publications to help the effects MS has on a family.

Helping to explain what MS does and so to a better understanding. They include:

Talking to your kids about MS

The young person's guide to MS

The kids guide to MS

There are also many other publications dealing with issues of MS

click the logo for the link.


There are still tickets left for this saturdays malt whisky tasting.

Get your tickets from The Gardeners arms. Details in events.



Well the ball is rolling again for our next event.

Jackie and I have been around Driotwich today to put some posters to advertise our next event, which is;

A peated malt whisky tasting night but this time in Droitwich.

It's at the Gardeners Arms, Vines lane. Saturday 23rd November and starts at 8pm.

Five doubles are £25 or five singles are £15 a ticket to include tasting note and nibbles.

The Gardeners arms is a lovely pub and has won CAMRA pub of the season, so some lovely ales to try as well.

Tickets are on sale at the Gardeners arms. Please book as I have limited places and need to order the malts by the 17th November.


We're delighted to announce that the M.S Society won £10,000 in the Vote that Counts competition – a huge thank you to everyone who took time to vote and spread the word.

Thanks to you, we'll be able provide more life-changing equipment to people with MS. With £10,000 we can fund ten car adaptations, five powered wheelchairs, or three stairlifts.


Peated malts tasting went well. Details in past events.

I had a bottle of each malt left over, so I will have another talk at the Gardeners arms in Droitwich on the 23rd November. 8pm.

So if you missed the last one or would like to try them again, book now.

Details in future events.


Edingburgh University scientists have discovered that immune cells known as macrophages can release a compound called activin-A which activates production of more myelin - essential for myelin regeneration. This study was funded by the MS Society, the Wellcome Trust and the MS Society of Canada. The findings were published in Nature Neuroscience.


I have had to change the Longrow as it's unavailable, I was offered a very interesting corn whisky from Texas America.

See what you think in future events.


JAYs next malt tasting night is upon us.

Saturday 5th October 8pm. The Rousler Club, Victoria ground, Bromsgrove Sporting FC, Birmingham rd, Bromsgrove, B61 0DR.

This time I have gone Peated malts. Like Marmite, you love em or hate em but either way it`s still a great night and we may convert you!

Remember unlike a battery whisky does not have a negative side.

Unfortunately I have to put the price of the tickets up, the first time since we started 8 years ago. Tickets are £25 for five doubles of the malts or £15 for five singles.

There will also be tasting notes & nibbles to help you enjoy the malts.

Places are limited, so please book by the Sunday 29th September at the very latest as I have to order the malts for delivery.

Call Tony 07929791824. Or e-mail.


At lease three of these malts have won international awards, so you are in for a treat.


An interesting article about research into M.S in the Readers Digest.

To read it in a PDF file click on the links below.


Research 1

Research 2


Sadly Mike Clarke has retired as chairman of the Worcester M.S Branch. Always jovial, supportive and helpful.

JAYs would like to wish him well in his well deserved retirment and thank him for his support.


We had a fun day at the Blue cross fete, details in past events.


Another photo added to the JAYs photos. click on the button to see it.


Not much has been happening lately, sorry for lack of news, having a bit of a break.

But not for long!

Come and see us at the Blue cross fete this Saturday from 12 - 4pm

A great day out for the family, with tombolas, dog show for all dogs, food, demostrations, drink, bric-a-brac, craft stalls and more

Click here for more details.


A new photo added in jays photos


The duck race was won by duck number 72 and the winner was Tom Connor, who kindly donated his winnings back to JAYs. A big thank you to Tom.

Also thanks to everyone who took part in the race and to Gazbags for donating the prize fund.

More details in past events.


The rain kept some the good folk of Bromsgrove away from the Elizabethan market.

But we still made some money for M.S, details in past events.


RHS flower show at the N.E.C

We was allowed by the RHS to have our donation buckets at the flower show at the NEC.

A big thank you to the RHS for that and the kind people who donated to M.S

We made a fantastic £212.61


We collected £14.64 over the Bank holiday open weekend at Cofton Nursery, thanks to everyone who donated.


The malts have arrived

Look at the colours in those bottles, lots of flavour.

The next malt tasting night is the Speyside region on Saturday 8th June 8pm start.

The Rousler club
Victoria Ground
Bromsgrove Sporting FC,
Birmingham Rd,
Bromsgrove. B61 0DR

Tickets are £20 for five doubles or £12 for singles.

Tamdhu ten year old

Neil from the Royal mile whiskies shop rang today with an alternative malt for us to try. A new release from Tamdhu, only just released on the 3rd May, a very sherried malt from the new owners of Tamdhu.

More details in events.


We have a very nice and tasty cake break. more details in past events.



This week we have a open weekend at Cofton Nursery selling bedding plants, planted tubs and hanging baskets etc.

Because we will have extra staff this weekend I will have our cake break. Thanks to everyone who has said they will bake a cake or two for us.

So if you come along and fancy a nibble! just ask. I must say the cakes were excellent last year.

So far we are having.

Lemon drizzle, Carrot cake, Rock cakes, Cherry cake, Flapjacks, Chocolate crispies, a couple of loaf cakes, MMMmmmm



I`ve been away to the RHS Chelsea flower show with Birmingham city council, where I`m pleased to say we won gold.

The theme was the new Birminham libary. The design is divided into four segments.

The front was the new libary with it`s patterned front and the other three section divided by `page leafs` where brummie authors.

Now to get some events on the go.


Thanks today to Janet for the tombola prizes.


Well there is good news and bad news.

The RHS is 100 years old this year and have formed a charity to get young children interested in gardening, so we cannot have a bucket at the Chelsea flower show as they will be collecting for their cause.

The good news is, we can have a bucket at the RHS flower show at the NEC, which we did do a little better at.


I have asked the parks manager for Birmingham if we can have our charity bucket at Chelsea flower show again and he has agreed.

I have just got to confirm with the RHS if this is ok. Fingers crossed.


Cake break


The lads at work are getting excited already. We will have our cakebreak over the Cofton nursery open weekend when there is more staff about.

Just got to start asking people to do some baking.


I've set the date for the whisky talk, it's the 8th June and the speyside area.

Hope you can make it.


Well done Carl for spotting another `JAYs` picture.


We had a good time at the Catshill boot sale, we got some lovely cuddley toys for a give away on our tombolas and some other bits and bobs.


Sorry, I've neglected our web-site for a bit. Been a bit busy at work and other things going on.

I have been busy looking at events.

I've asked a friend of our to take us on a guided walk around Chaddley woods or Upton Warren lakes.

Jackie has sent off the form for the Bromsgrove Elizabethan market, so we will be there outside Claires/Red lion again.

I've been asked to do another whisky tasting night. I'm looking at June time and the malts from Speyside.


Unfortunately my auntie Sue died recently. She had a electric scooter that is in good condition, serviced and new batteries.

Do you know anyone who is need of a scooter? drop me a line with your phone number.

We are looking at around £200 O.N.O


jays nicky mullin

Local lady Nicky is doing the London marathon for the MS Trust.

2013 Virgin London Marathon

21 April 2013

The Virgin London Marathon is one of the great British sporting events, combining elite athletics, mass participation and record-breaking fundraising in one race.

The course is a gruelling 26 miles 385 yards long, passing through the streets of London from Blackheath to the famous finish line at The Mall.

To donate click here

Good luck Nicky.



An article in the Bromsgrove Standard this week about the NHS lottery postcode.

A sad case of a Bromsgrove woman that has to find thousands a year for a treatment that really helps in her in her daily life and yet if she lives just 15 miles down the road, Chris would have it for free. I`m sure there are lots more cases like this.

Read more here


rory jaysrory jays

Donate here


Cake break has been annouced, it`s on 3rd May.

For your information pack and more details.

Click here.


Details of the mystery malt night are now in past events.

mystery malt


MS Register has published their first report.

They have asked people with M.S. to complete a survey to get a overall picture of people suffering with M.S.

Click here for the interesting report


A lady with M.S called Kaz Aston has up-dated her web-site.

Interesting and some useful information on there.

Click here to view or go to the links button.


If you wish to look at some of our past musings, have a look in the Archive.


Jackie, Yvonne and I would like to wish everyone a very

Happy new year for 2013

Thanks for all your support throughout the year.


If you have any unwanted presents that we we could use on our tombola, we will gladly take them off your hands.



News from the Worcester MS branch.

Coffee mornings, Olive grove Davids Nurseries, Martin Hussingtree ~ 10:30am

Jan 8th & 22nd, Feb 5th & 19th, March 5th & 19th

Lloyds Bar, The Crown, Broad st, Crown passage, Worcester ~ 9:30am

Dec 18th, Jan 15th & 24th, Feb 12th & 26th, March 12th & 26th

Carers get together.

The Robin Hood, Wychbold, WR9 0BS

A relaxed social evening for a chat and a meal tuesdays 7pm

Jan 8th, Feb 12th, March 12th

contact 01684 592901

Physio / Exercise group

The Green Centre, Dines Green, Worcs.

Mondays 10am 01905 681660

Evangelical Church hall, Pickersleigh rd, Malvern.

Thursday 10:30am 01684 612655

Windmill Centre, Rye Grass lane, Windmill Drive, Redditch.

Thursdays 01527 458730


Beoley Village hall, Redditch.

Mondays 11:30 ~ 12:30 with Su Bough 07789 269637

Upton Snodsbury.

Every Tuesday. Kerry 01905 381597


The Branch was contacted by Worcester Uni. They presented a proposal for a project in which people with MS for the county would be invited to participate in a twelve week exercise classes. At the end of the course the findings would be assessed and a decision made for a full 3 year study on exercise, heath and wellbeing for those with MS.

The cost to the attendees is free and as with the branches own exercise classes there will be time for a chat and a cuppa. Contact the branch if you are interested.



I saw this taxi in Bromsgrove that caters for disabled / wheelchair users.

It only runs at the moment in the daytime

Jon Jons taxis

07951 232 470

07597 662 672

I have put it in the links page.


· An estimated 2,500,000 people in the world have multiple sclerosis - including 100,000 in the UK - it is more common in countries further away from the equator

· MS is the most common potentially disabling disease of the central nervous system affecting young adults in the Western world

· Every week around 50 people in the UK are diagnosed with MS

· Diagnosis is usually between 20 and 40 years of age - rarely under 12 or over 55

· Three women have MS for every two men

· Prognosis is uncertain - ranging from benign through 'coming and going' to severely disabling

· Common symptoms include pain, deadening fatigue, problems with sight, mobility and co-ordination

· MS is not hereditary - but there is a slightly higher chance of getting it if a relative has it - and it is not contagious

· There is no cure for MS but there are now drugs which can modify its course for some people and many symptoms can be successfully treated or managed

· MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is giving neurologists better understanding of MS, helping diagnosis and research into treatments


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