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Newsletter No. 8 – April 2019

Apologies for the newsletter being a little later than planned.  I have been away on holiday, a wonderful week walking and just ‘being’ with Bruce in Scotland.

I am thinking of starting a blog as I often am asked about subjects close to my heart which I have either researched a lot or experienced or both!  Topics so far on the list to write about are:

  • How does living in the Axminster and Lyme are compare to Blue Zones (more info to come!)
  • How to mourn in our busy world
  • Top tips on making small changes in the kitchen to see great results in your well- being.
  • How to find the balance in our lives, some ideas looking at what we have in our area.

So please keep an eye out as I will be sharing the blog in the next few weeks.

We have had a very busy time since the last newsletter with an amazing result of just over £4,300 raised at the Auction of Promises. Saying thank-you never feels enough but please do know to all those small local businesses who supported us we really appreciate it and your help really does make a difference. Of course a huge thank-you to everyone involved, the team behind the scenes, the people who bid for everything from a week in the highlands to a plate of chocolate brownies …it was a fun evening and we couldn’t have done it without Graham Barton encouraging us to spend our money with humour and a touch of cheek! Lyme Regis Golf Club was our venue and a big thank-you to their team especially Duncan.
We have been asked by HealthWatch Devon to help with provision of support by filling out a survey  Abby came to our drop in session on Monday and explained how this project will work. The closing date is 10th May and all your input would be much appreciated as they are looking at cancer support across the county. You can fill this out if you live in Dorset as you may access the support in Devon! The focus for this project is
-What worked for you and what didn’t?- with a focus on what could have been done differently.
Think about the topics below both with a current and future perspective:
Digital solutions: how they currently operate- good or bad, how they may play a role in the future? e.g. online appointment bookings and consultations
The role of the community: How local NHS can operate to support communities to play a bigger role in health and care- social prescribing, peer support, personal budgets etc.
Prevention: screening, early diagnosis, health checks, attending appointments, information available etc.

Blokes meet for Brunch
and advice!

Following the success of the Blokes Brunch in March which was held at Swim in Lyme we are now planning one in June in Axminster.
Details to follow.

Recommended Reading
We are currently building a library which is available to anyone attending our drop-in sessions. The library contains books on a variety of topics, all of which are aimed at helping people living with and beyond cancer. 
There has been a lot in the media about mindfulness and how it can help with many aspects of our lives. We will be having an introduction to mindfulness in the coming weeks at our drop in session with a view to a free 6 week programme starting in September .This months books is a light hearted approach with some interesting facts about mindfulness. Mindfulness is better than Chocolate by David Michie


Supporter of the month
A huge thank you this month goes to the staff and especially Duncan Driver at Lyme Regis Golf Club. The Golf Club provided the venue for our Auction of Promises and Duncan made the organising the event straight forward and easy. The staff are welcoming and friendly, the restaurant is open for non-golfers as well as those who play, there is a variety of membership options to choose from and the views around the course are amazing! If you can, please do support our local golf club.  Details are available on their website or just pop in.
We are looking to build a team of volunteers to help us in a variety of ways. If you would like to join us, or know anyone who could help us with administration, hosting our drop-in sessions, fundraising etc, please get in touch. We are holding a volunteer training session on 12th June. Please email for more information on the roles available and an application form.
Dates for your diary

CPD training for all therapists  – the next training will be at Lyme Regis Football Club on May 23rd, 9.30am to 3pm. Psychotherapist Nayna Kumari will be hosting this session and the topic will be Body Psychotherapy. All therapists are welcome. For more info see

Weekly drop-in sessions
Our weekly drop-in sessions will continue – do please pop along for a cuppa and a chat. We’re really enjoying our new Lyme Regis venue, the Football Club. The next few sessions are:
Monday 13th May – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm
Monday 20th May – Axminster, 2-4pm
Monday 3rd June – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm (Sleep workshop 3-4pm)
Monday 10th June – Axminster, 2-4pm
Monday 17th June – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm
Monday 24th June – Axminster, 2-4pm
Monday 1st July – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm (Mindfulness 3-4pm)

Mindfulness sessions – We are delighted to be able to work with Ellie Sturrock who is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, a trained nurse in mental health. Ellie works in the NHS across west Dorset and will be offering an introduction to mindfulness on Monday 3rd June 3-4pm at Lyme Regis Football Club (second half of our drop in session). This is a free session and available to all, please let me know if you would like to come along.

Sleep mini workshop
Ellie Sturrock will also be offering an hour mini workshop on top tips about sleep. We all know how very important sleep is to our well-being and general health and at different times in our lives we need to change or introduce a new habit to get good quality restorative sleep. This mini workshop will be on Monday 1st July 3-4pm second half of the drop in session at Lyme Regis Football Club.

Fermented Food Workshop
This is an introduction to how fermented food in our diets can help with keeping the good gut floral balanced, and the benefits of this. This will be on Monday 29th July from 12noon for 2 hours and will include an opportunity to try some fermented food and take some away. We are delighted that Tiffany  will be our guide through this fascinating and interesting topic. There will be more workshops throughout the year.   Details to follow but this is available to all and is free. Numbers are limited so please do let me know if you would like to attend

Also – do please put our next fundraisers in your diaries:
May Fete – Sunday 12th May 1-4pm, Rec Ground
Uplyme Village Fete – Saturday 8 June 2-5pm, Uplyme Playing Fields
AxeVale Show – Sat/Sun 22-23 June 9am-5pm, AxeVale Showground
Bottomless Afternoon tea party – Thursday 29th August 3-5pm
Jazz Supper – Friday 6th September 7pm Uplyme Village Hall.
Quiz Night Friday – 15th November 6.30pm Uplyme Scout Hut

Details to follow

We look forward to seeing you at one of our future events or drop-in sessions. Thanks again for your continued support.

Kind Regards

Mary Kahn


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