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Newsletter No.18 – February 2020


I am currently writing this looking out of my kitchen window with a full sky of blue and sunshine…that hasn’t happened much this month! Have we ever know so much rain? It seems a turbulent start to the year in many ways. We have had a very busy time and are moving quickly towards launching our beach hut .

We also spent a happy morning making welcome bags which will be filled with lots of items to support our clients when they come to us for the first time. We are delighted that some local outlets will be supporting us with these bags and should have them ready and filled within the month. All our wonderful existing clients will each receive one. Thank-you to the team who came and sewed !

Beach Hut plans are moving forward and we should have a start date shortly. We are planning an exciting opening!

Ammonite the film is due to be released shortly and no doubt will be enjoyed by many local people, spotting their favourite landmarks.

Thank you Pebblemoon –  Next event is 11th March 

Thank you to Katherine Bolton who raised £44 at her latest well-being coffee morning and talk. This month  Holly from Holly Botanics, Colyton talked about natural ingredients that can be used in our lives. The next talk is 11th March  Please contact Katherine for further details.

Axminster & Lyme Cancer Support –
Client Questionnaire.

At Axminster & Lyme Cancer Support we would love your feedback to help us continue to help with everyone’s needs and requirements as much as possible.

If you could click the link or scan the QR code below and answer a few questions. This is open to everyone who follows and supports the charity. We will also have hard copies at drop-in each week for the next couple of months.

Your opinion matters to us and it also helps us with grants to know what people think about the services we provide.

Thank you in advance

Please help support us by shopping online.  Use easyfundraising to shop with over 3.600 retailers including Argos, John Lewis, ASOS,, eBay, Boden and M&S.

Every time you shop, you’ll raise a free donation for Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support – its that easy!
Start Easyfundraising today!.  

Co-op Local Community Fund
Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support has been chosen to benefit from the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.
The funding has started so please do register your loyalty card so 1p of each £1 is given to ALCS.

Not a member?  Join here.  No matter which Co-op you use, the funds will come to the charity.

Do you have an interest in Knitting or Crochet?
Have you seen or heard of knitted or aqua knockers? They are knitted or crochet prosthetic that can be made to any shape or size.

If we have enough interest we may have a go during a drop in session. The link below provides more information about how they are made.

Recommended Reading/Listening
I have been asked several times now about how to talk to children about cancer. It can be a scary time for families when dealing with a cancer diagnosis and children can over hear and misinterpret conversations. Playground chats can often be full of misinformation and it is important for children to feel safe to ask questions and to receive answers they can understand. This book, which is now in our library and can be borrowed free of charge may help to give some focus for discussions.

Would you like to volunteer with us?

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 our next volunteer training session on 25th March.

Please email for more information on the roles available and an application form.
Dates for your diary

Guided meditation
With Wendy Lowis Bates. Thursdays 11 – 12.30 in Charmouth.
£5.00 per session with fresh mint tea.

Weekly drop-in sessions
Our weekly drop-in sessions will continue – do please pop along for a cuppa and a chat. Sessions are held at the Scott Rowe room, Axminster Hospital and the Football Club, Lyme Regis. The next few sessions are:

Monday 2nd March – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm
Monday 9th March – Axminster, 2-4pm

Monday 16th March – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm
Monday 23rd March – Axminster, 2-4pm
Monday 30th March – Lyme Regis, 2-4pm
Monday 6th April – Axminster, 2-4pm

Fermented Food Workshops
We are delighted to be able to announce our fermented food workshops for 2020. Over the year we will be taught by Tiffany from Culture Love all about kefir (water and dairy), kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi and there will be an opportunity to have take home ideas.
Dates for 2020 are as follows:
2nd March – Kombucha fermented food – FULL
1st June – Kimchi
7th September – Kefir
November – Date and Workshop to be confirmed.

The benefits are well reported across the medical press now although this style of food has been used in many of cultures for 1000’s of years. More information can be seen on Tiffany’s website

Numbers are limited so please do let me know if you would like to attend
There is no cost to this event, as it is funded by the charity but donations are always appreciated.
They will be held at the Lyme Regis Football Club.


Mini Workshops
We are delighted to be able to welcome Ellie Sturrock back to do some mini workshops:

Sleep Workshop
Monday 18th May
3-4pm Lyme Regis Football Club

Monday 2nd March & Monday 22nd June
3-4pm Lyme Regis Football Club

Nordic Walking
We are delighted to have arranged with Gillian Butcher from Lyme Bay Nordic Walking to provide fortnightly Nordic Walks in the area.

Nordic Walking dates for 2020:
4th March
18th March
1st April

Lyme Regis May Fete Anning Road, Lyme Regis – Sunday 10th May 2020 1-4pm
We will be having a stall with information, selling local artist designed cards and art work
Uplyme Fete – King George V Playing Fields, Uplyme – Saturday 6th June 2-5pm

We will be having a stall with information, selling local artist designed cards and art work

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