Jackie Farrell who leads Worthing Shakers Tremor Support Group reflects on their first meeting in 18 months.

Worthing Shakers met up August Bank Holiday Monday for the first time in 18 months. We were delighted the Mayor and Mayoress of Worthing and the Town Crier joined us.

Apologies were given by 5 of the members who were unable to attend. However, we welcomed two new people and our regulars helped make them feel at home.

We met at Denton Gardens, Worthing with the idea of having an afternoon picnic in the park as part of the NTF Summer Tea Party campaign. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side, it was cold and windy, but we still made the most of meeting up and had a lovely time.

The Mayor of Worthing Lionel Harman and Mayoress Karen Harman along with the Town Crier Bob Smytherman happened to be at another event close by so it was arranged they would come along to meet us afterwards and support our Worthing Shakers group. The Mayor could relate to us having shaky hands as he too has hand shakes due to surgery for another condition. He shared how difficult it is for him as he has many official documents to sign.

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L–R: Bob Smytherman, Jackie Farrell, Karen Harmen, Lionel Harman

Our group was also very interested in the history of the Mayor’s Chain of Office which Lionel gladly shared with us. It was bought in 1891 – funded by public subscription. It weighs 32 oz is made of 24 carat gold worth approximately £250,000! On other occasions the Mayor wears the badge of office - this is made of 9 carat gold and enamel and is elaborately designed with scrolls, crossed mace and shields, rosettes and the figure of a lady thought to be Princess Amelia.

We also discussed March Essential Tremor Awareness month 2022 and the possibility of holding an Awareness day in Worthing which the Mayor offered to assist us with.

If anyone is interested in being part of Worthing Shakers Tremor support group, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are welcome to join us whether you live in Worthing or not.

Jackie Farrell
NTF Support Groups Coordinator

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