Hello from us
Jane Scarfe - Chair
I'm a journalist by trade, a bridge player by choice - might even get the hang of the game one day - and live with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Life, as the man said, is what happens when you have Other Plans.
I am extremely proud to have helped set up THE RiNG in 2008 and we all work hard to make the group informative, supportive and fun for others like us with inflammatory arthritis.
I am also Lead Governor of the NNUH, representing the community in South Norfolk, so, if you have any issues you wish to raise concerning the N&N or Cromer Hospitals, do get in touch via THE RiNG website.
Viv Hawes - Vice Chair and Secretary
I have had RA for 20 years and it forced me to give up agency work as a carer and curtailed my pleasures - gardening, walking and working with children.
I am now on one of the wonderful new Biologic drugs and have got my life back as a parish councillor, volunteer for the RA charity NRAS and am involved in patient research through PPIRes, NNUH and the UEA.
It was a privilege to be involved in establishing THE RiNG and I hope to convinue helping those who may feel alone with their RA.
Steve Ranns - Treasurer
II was a carpenter in the construction industry for almost 40 years until I developed RA in 2004 and had to give up work. It was a terrible wrench and I still miss it, although I enjoy my garden and spending time with my grandchildren.
Getting involved with THE RiNG has helped me come to terms with my RA and I like to think that working with the group is enabling me to help others.
Val Thornhill - Committee
I have had Rheumatoid Arthritis for overy 40 years - which was very frustrating with a young family and having had to cut down on my working hours in the early years.
I am now retired and find being a member of THE RiNG is good because we can all talk about our problems with RA which helps very much. Do come and join us as you will find it all very therapeutic, interesting and helpful.
Jean Nightingale - Committee
I suffer from Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis and have had a record-breaking four hip operations - or five if you count the time I had surgery on both hips at once as two!
My husband John and I have been members of THE RiNG for several years. I have five grown up children, one step-son and 10 grandchildren - three of whom John and I are bringing up. They come to the meetings after school - love the home-made cake - and enjoy the summer outings.
I enjoy drawing, painting, reading and going to the theatre.
Judith Virgo - Committee
I was diagnosed with vasculitis, a type of Rheumatoid Arthritis, in 2006 and a three-month hospital stay followed. Joining THE RiNG has been beneficial for me, especially as many problems are common to all of us with RA.
Iam a retired senior City College, Norwich lecturer and former Norfolk County Councillor. Membership of local and national societies enables me to keep up with my main interests of history, theatre and the arts, not forgetting travel at home and further afield. For some years I have also been a volunteer for the Norwich friends of EACH (East Anglia's Children's Hospices).
Do come along to our meetings - you'll find good company, interesting talks and, not least, tea and home-backed cakes.
Annamarie Jennings - Committee
I was diagnosed with RA in May 2017 & joined THE RiNG in March 2018 for support and advice on living with RA. I joined the commitee in September 2018 and hope to gain experience in living with RA so I can advise others in the future. I work full time for a delivery company in Norfolk.
For me THE RiNG is for Recipe ideas, Information, New friendships and Guidance as well as supporting each other and welcoming new members to our "family" .
I like nature & wildlife, cycling & walking and love to help others. And I enjoy raising money for charities.
Maggie Murrell - Committee
Maggie is the leading light of so many groups and organisations that she still hasn't got round to writing a few paragraphs for this page!
Probably because she's too busy baking wonderful cakes and savoury goodies for our meetings.