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Newsletter No.36 – August 2021

I have just put a jumper on to sit down and write this! It is such strange weather and one minute it seems a perfectly normal August day and the next, cold and wet. I am so grateful I am not camping this month.

Donna and I take it in turns to write the newsletter and when I look back on the last few weeks it has been such a busy time.


We were delighted with how the Open Day went and thankful for all those who took the time to be involved.

The summer flower arranging workshop was fun and it felt wonderful to be able to see people again and share a lot of laughter, tea and creativity.
More on both of those events below.

As we look towards the autumn I have decided to keep planting as who knows what weather we will get! I have harvested my onions, pickled some and plaited the others. I love this time of year when I get to restock my preserves cupboard.

In this edition – 

  • Open Day
  • Therapist Award
  • Thank you Nigel
  • Sculptures by the Lakes
  • Workshop
  • Online Shop
  • Poem
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Recommended Reading
  • Bereavement Group
  • Dates for your diary & future events
  • Therapist Support Meeting
  • WhatsApp
  • Beach Hut

Open Day

On Monday 26th July we held our first Open Day at Uplyme Village Hall. We wanted to showcase what we have been doing since we started 3 years ago and ask for feedback to help our plans going forward.

We were delighted to be able to welcome so many people through the doors and see some new faces as well friends . Thank-you to Emma from Jurassic Cottage Kitchen who provided us with nourishing, nurturing food.

We had a questionnaire, which was also available online and alongside the round table discussion in the afternoon we were able to get a lot of information. All this is being put together into a plan for our future. This will be presented to the Trustees at the AGM on 1st September  (to which all are welcome)

Congratulations Katherine Bolton of Pebblemoon 

One of our amazing therapists was nominated and won massage therapist of the year 2021/2022 for Devon.

For more information call 07834954993 visit or click here for more information from our website.

Thank you – Nigel Ball Head Shave Event

Thank you to Nigel who in July shaved his head again to raise money and awareness for cancer and our charity. All money raised will go direct to supporting our clients and beach hut which is much appreciated. Money is still coming in but so far Nigel has raised £387.04. This is an amazing amount and will make a real difference.


ALCS 3rd Year Anniversary Day Trip – Sculptures by the Lakes

In October 2021 we are celebrating 3 years since our first drop in.

To celebrate this we are organising a trip to Sculpture by the Lakes near Dorchester. This is a truly magical place to explore, stunning gardens and inspirational sculptures.

With thanks to a very generous person for donating the funds to cover this event.

We will provide transport and pick ups in Axminster and Lyme Regis will be available.
Lunch and snacks will be provided but do let us know any dietary requirements by emailing

First in-person workshop of 2021

Thank you to Ali from Busy Bee Floristry at Millers Farm Shop Kilmington for coming and showing some of us how to create a summer flower arrangement. It was so an afternoon spent creating some stunning displays. Many of the flowers were grown locally and Ali was able to teach us all to make an arrangement to take home and enjoy. We look forward to the autumn and Christmas workshops later in the year. For more information and how to book please see the future events tab.

Our Online Shop

If you are looking for individual cards, or a bespoke gift locally made  please do consider our online shop. Hopefully we have made it easier for you to purchase beautifully illustrated blank cards, recipe books, key rings and CDs – all the money raised goes directly to help our clients.
Just add your items to the basket and go to the checkout which is now using Stripe payments but Paypal is still an option. If you have any problems please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

A Friend by Gillian Jones

A person who will listen and not condemn
Someone on whom you can depend
They will not flee when bad times are here
Instead they will be there to lend an ear
They will think of ways to make you smile
So you can be happy for a while
When times are good and happy there after
They will be there to share the laughter
Do not forget your friends at all
For they pick you up when you fall

Do not expect to just take and hold
Give friendship back, it is pure gold.

Ways to support or connect with Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support

If you wish to donate online you can via a one off payment or a monthly donation. Just click the link below and follow the instructions.

How to get involved with fundraising via Easyfundraising, Amazon Smile, Co-op etc

Instagram & Facebook

Recommended Reading 

We have a comprehensive library which includes many books about lifestyle, diet, cancer care, creativity and more. We have two copies of this book and it always gets good reviews as it guides anyone impacted by cancer through different treatments and how diet may be helped by making small adjustments. Very much evidence based it is informative and family focused.

If you would like to borrow this or any other book please do get in touch we can either deliver or bring to drop in.

Weekly drop-in sessions 

Monday 6th September – drop-in Axminster 2.00- 4.00pm

Monday 13th September – drop-in Lyme Regis 2.00 – 4.00pm

Monday 20th September – drop-in Axminster 2.00- 4.00pm with Bereavement Group 12.30 – 1.30pm

Monday 27th September – drop-in Lyme Regis 2.00 – 4.00pm

Bereavement Support

If you have been affected by bereavement with regards to cancer and wish to join us please do. Our first session for 2021 is Monday 20th September 12.30pm – 1.30pm Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe Room.

We will be running these monthly initially and will be joined by trained professionals who have experience supporting people who are grieving. Any queries please let us know.

Future Events for 2021 – More details will follow for these events nearer the time and will be updated on the newsletter & website.

All our events can be viewed via the link below. We are aware of a booking issue on some devices. If you wish to book onto any event then please do contact us and we can manually enter it for you.

ALCS AGM – Uplyme Village Hall 7pm – Wednesday 1st September
This  is open to anyone who wishes to attend

Kilmington Fair – 11th September 1pm – 4pm held at the Village Hall
We have a stall at this event – please come down and support us.

Men Only! – Wednesday 15th September, 6.30pm
A relaxed, informal get together for men only. Please come along and enjoy a drink and super at The George, Axminster Wednesday 15th September, 6.30pm. The is no cost to those coming along. If you would let us know if you would like to come along please.

Hills are Alive walk 
Saturday 18th September

3rd Anniversary of ALCS
Sculptures by the Lakes 

Thursday 7th October 
Click here to book

Blokes’ Brunch – Axminster
Saturday 9th October 9.30-11am
Dr Nick Hodges, local GP and Chair of Trustees will be there to give an overview of male related cancers and will be able to answer any queries/questions you may have. All men welcome.
Tea/coffee and brunch will be available.

Flower Arranging  – Autumn Flowers
Monday 11th October
Click here to book

Men Only! Wednesday 20th October 6.30pm
Come along for an informal drink and supper and chat with other local men. Venue to be confirmed.

Auction of Promises 2021 – Friday 12th November – Uplyme Village Hall
We are getting some wonderful unique, money-cant-buy promises coming in and it will be a fun evening. Hosted by Graham Barton. Tickets will go on sale soon.

Flower Arranging  – Christmas Wreaths
Monday 6th December
Click here to book

Flower Arranging  – Christmas Wreaths
Monday 13th December
Click here to book

Christmas Lunch
Monday 20th December
Click here to book

Fortnightly Therapist Support Meetings.

Please find below some of the next few days confirmed

September 2nd 7.30pm       
September 23rd 7.00pm       October 13th 7.30pm           
November 4th 7.00pm         November 25th 7.30pm       
December 8th 7.00pm

WhatsApp Group

WhatsApp group where people can chat away from drop-in and discuss as a  group results, hospital appointments or just to check in with everyone. This has been set up on the Charity Mobile so please send a text or WhatsApp to be added to 07512 279663. So far it seems to be going well and its nice seeing people connecting.

Please do provide us with feedback….this really helps with our grants and to show everyone what we do.

“Thank you for your continued support and I am loving the WhatsApp group, it gives the feeling of inclusion”

Beach Hut 

What a busy summer we have had at the Beach Hut – its so wonderful to hear your stories and pictures whether you are alone enjoying some time with a book or with family and friends making memories.

If you know you have a date booked that you cannot make please let us know ASAP.

Please note if you book the beach hut you will get an email with the booking, the system also sends a reminder and a member of the team will email you with the booking code. If you do not get these the booking has not been completed correctly. If you have any issues or wish for us to check any bookings you think you may have please email

More information about the beach hut can be found via

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