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Newsletter No.21 – May 2020

We have now done 9 drop in’s via zoom and seem to be getting the hang of this new mode of communication. It is interesting chatting each week reflecting on our thoughts and pondering’s of lock down.
We are all looking forward to being able to have drop in’s at Lyme and Axminster again but may continue to do a zoom option as for some it may be preferred.
What the last few months has taught me is that the things I treasure the most are the simple things. After family and friends my garden, nature, the birds, cooking, sewing, knitting and doing puzzles all have given hours of joy. I have been having particular success with growing things from off cuts of our salad and vegetables…pictures here, fennel, celery, pak choi , garlic and ginger! I don’t think I am alone as the stories we are hearing are of lots of creativity, green fingers and generally slowing down.

Slowing down isn’t something that is easy without latest arrival…let me introduce Duke! He is 9 weeks old and an absolute delight, a mischief adventurer but a bundle of joy!

One aspect of our virtual drop ins has been to share creativity, poems, cooking ideas, art and photos. You can see a poem by Maggie below and a stunning photo by Nigel.

Beach Hut – Update

Here is the amazing sunrise that Nigel managed to capture 5am on one of his morning strolls down the seafront and this is going to be made into a postcard. If you would like to order a key ring, postcards or cards they will be available soon via the website .

With regards to the beach hut we are underway with purchasing items from one of the grants that have been secured. We do hope to be able to share this hut with you soon.

If you would like to book the beach hut when we are out of lockdown please follow the link below

Here we have a wonderful picture drawn by Danielle-Jade Wills which she submitted to the LymeOnline photo of the day. We have since approached her to see if we can use this as a post card and she has kindly given us approval. Do check our her work she is local to the area and clearly has a talent for art. We do appreciate your generosity.

Online Shop Open For Business

Our online shop is now open, you can buy our cards, key-rings, CD’s and we will soon be adding postcards to the collection. Then later in the year our very own recipe book.

We have special offers available like buy 10 get one free for cards and an offer of free deliver if you spend over £20.

Please click the link to browse our items.



Sidney the Snail by Maggie Stead

There’s a little snail called Sidney,
He lives under my Rosemary bush.
He’s clean and tidy round his house,
But he simply will not rush.

He likes to nibble my parsley
Which is growing quite nearby,
And in circumstances very dire
He’s been known to eat a fly!!!

One morning when Sidney woke up
He knew something was wrong
It wasn’t a soft green light he saw
But shades of red with shadows long.

With great deliberation Sidney climbed to see what was there
And lying limp and rather wet
Was something humans wear he wiggled on the funny thing
Enjoying slithering about
His silver trail looked rather pretty
Of that there was no doubt.

Then Sidney heard another sound
He saw the Mistletoe thrush
So Sidney proved to all the world, when needed he could rush!!

Cancer Care Map

Cancer Care Map is the only independent, not for profit and comprehensive directory of cancer care services in the UK which offers a clear choice of what is available to anyone – patients, carers and their families – living with cancer. For more information, please view this short video clip:-



Nordic Walking

As the restrictions are lifting Gillian is now able to offer 1-2-1 Nordic Walks and as you know we are passionate about Nordic Walking at Axminster’ and Lyme Cancer Support as so many have seen the benefit of the exercise. If you would like to try Nordic Walking for the first time or would like to resume waking with her as an experienced Nordic Walker now is an excellent time to start! Just contact us and we will forward confirmation. We are able to fund up to 6  1-2-1 walks. Open to anyone affected by any cancer.




We would like you to send us your favourite recipe with a photo and story as to why it is your favourite. It may be a recipe from childhood, a firm family ‘go to’ or something that has a lovely story behind it. We will print these up and aim for them to be available to buy in the autumn. We can do all this remotely so I do hope you can send in contributions!
Please send to  DEADLINE IS 31ST JULY 2020



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


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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.

Recommended Reading

This month, some light reading suggestion! This book is just a wonderful read and very uplifting.  “Simply, the world needs Charlie’s work right now” (Miranda Hart)

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.

Please email for more information on the roles available and an application form.
Dates for your diaryWeekly drop-in sessions
Our weekly drop-in sessions have currently halted but we have set up a virtual one on Mondays 2-3pm via Zoom. Please do message us for more information if you have not already joined in or information is posted via Facebook and the website.We swap top tips, exchange some positive stories and support where we can.Zoom is free to join, just download the app on any device. As with all of these platforms it is recommended to check the privacy settings and unsubscribe to advertising. This should be an option when you sign up if not at the bottom of the confirmation email.

Virtual Mobile Information and Support Service Whilst we can’t visit you at the moment we’ve launched a Virtual Mobile Information and Support Service so you can still access support from the regular MISS bus teams. You can send us questions by email, and we’ll offer you support and provide information about local services. Do drop us an email at – we’d love to hear from you.

Mindfulness – POSTPONED
Monday 22nd June
3-4pm Lyme Regis Football Club
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:
1st June – Kimchi – POSTPONED
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.

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