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Newsletter No.50 – October 2022

So much happening in our work this month, I have felt blessed to able to have such a bountiful harvest of apples to keep me busy. I have enjoyed trying new recipes and the old favourites.

It is a busy time with us behind the scenes as we look to 2023 and how we can continue to support anyone affected by any cancer. Less than 10% of people we are currently supporting come to drop in. Our new creative workshops are popular as well as the fermented food ones. We are increasing the number of visiting professionals coming to talk at our active treatment support group also to allow time to access information and ask questions.

Feedback and ideas are always welcome so please do let us know if you like or don’t like something we are doing, or if you have any ideas as to support we could be offering.

One new aspect of support is a mobile hairdresser who will be able to come to your home after surgery to help with a hair wash and blow dry.

If you know anyone who you feel may benefit from support please do pass on our details .

In this edition 

  • The Movement for Good Awards
  • Thank you
  • Tesco Community Grants
  • Meet the therapist
  • Art Exhibition
  • Nordic Walking Taster
  • Stanley Studios
  • Christmas Events 2022
  • Acupuncture Clinic
  • Active Treatment Drop-in
  • Drop in Sessions 
  • Poem
  • Recommended Website/Blog
  • Online Shop
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Beach Hut
  • Dates for your diary and future events

The 2022 Movement for Good Awards

The Movement for Good Awards is an annual platform for giving, set up by all the businesses that make up the Benefact Group. It’s our opportunity to make a tangible difference to the lives of the people and communities we serve, by supporting the charities, not-for-profit organisations, and community interest projects that mean something to you.

This year we are donating more than £1 million, and we can’t do it without you!

Please do nominate us here with the below information

Thank you to Uplyme Ladies group  

Mary was invited along to talk about ALCS on Monday 17th October.

Mary said “It was great to meet the ladies who are part of this group and have an opportunity talk about what we do to support local people affected by cancer”.

Thank you to Uplyme Ladies group for their very kind donation of £300.

if you are interested in joining for monthly meetings, social events and friendship please contact

Tesco – Community Grants

Our Tesco community grants collection is now live, you can donate your blue tokens when visiting Axminster or Lyme stores towards ALCS.

Meet the Therapist – Emma Finch

Emma runs a nature healing retreat on the Blackdown Hills in Somerset providing a medley of offerings including intuitive reflexology, helping people make transformations emotionally and physically, leaving them better able to process life.

By massaging specific reflex areas on the feet, or hands, this non-invasive complementary therapy helps relieve stress and tension, aids sleep, improves mood and circulation, helps unblock nerve impulses, enhances general well-being and encourages restoration of our body’s natural balance. When everything works at its best, we are better placed to heal and repair, helping us to ‘wellness’.

Reflexology affects everyone differently. It’s a ‘holistic’ practice, meaning it’s not just the treatment that counts. Other elements like stress levels, fluid intake, diet and exercise etc. should be considered, all important factors that contribute to who we are. It is good thing to allow ourselves time and space to receive treatments as well as taking time afterwards to assimilate what has gone on, which can often be quite deep.


 ‘Fantastic firm confident pressure, energising & relaxing at the same time.’ Julia

 ‘This is my first ever reflexology session. It was the most deep and mindful experience I have had for years. Emma has the most reassuring & therapeutic manner.’ Tony

Do call or email for more information:

Emma Finch

m: 07957 161748



Art Exhibition
We look forward to welcoming you to our first Art Exhibition on Saturday 12th November 10.00 – 12.00 at Uplyme Village Hall. 

Showcasing & selling art from talented local people. 


Nordic Walking
We have another taster session on Friday 11th November with Lyme Bay Nordic Walking. If you are interested in a referral for a taster session please register below.

To register your interest please click here


Stanley Studios Events

Thank you to Lyme Regis  & Axminster Rotary Clubs for their donations towards Creative Hub activities.


“Understanding Spices” with Mina Fountain. – Wednesday 9th November 10.00-12.00.

In this 2 hour workshop, Mina will talk to you about different spices to improve your knowledge and understanding.

To register your interest please click here

“Create a Hand Painted Leather Keyring” with Jools Woodhouse. – Wednesday 16th November 10.00-12.00.

In this 2 hour workshop, Jools will give a brief demo of how she creates a colourful beach hut keyring as sold on the ALCS shop.

Using acrylic paints and a small leather square, you will create your own to take home.

Once the design is applied, we will punch a hole and add a stainless steel keychain- your Keyring is ready to go!

If time allows, a spare kit will be available for you to create a custom design!

No experience is necessary and all materials are provided

Click here to register your interest

A  six week course for clients, Making A Mark with Christine Allison

The course will run on the following dates – Wednesday 10.00-12.00 23rd & 30th November, 7th & 14th December and 4th & 11th January.

To register your interest please click here


A journalling six week course for clients, working through a beautiful creative handbook with Sharon Thomas click here to view her website

The course will run on the following dates – Thursday 10.00-12.00  12th,19th,26th January 2nd,9th and 16th February.

To register your interest please click here

Christmas Events 2022

We are delighted to be able to offer Christmas Wreath Workshop with Ali from Busy Bee 

Please join us on Monday 5th December 2-4pm

Please click here to book

Christmas Lunch 12.30 – 1.30pm
Monday 19th December
Lyme Regis Football Club

Please click here to book


Acupuncture Clinic

Weekly acupuncture clinic on Mondays 4.00 – 5.30pm at Scott Rowe Room within Axminster Hospital.. This will be a group session and involve auricular acupuncture (around the outer ear). Hilary Sharp will be providing the acupuncture. 

Particular benefits include helping to alleviate hot flushes, anxiety, dry mouth, and fatigue. Further information can be obtained from Hilary.

This support will be offered free of charge to registered clients. We do have have a max of 15 at each session which must be booked in advance. Please bring your own water. (Drinks will not be able to be supplied) Do contact us to be added to a waiting list should the online booking system show full.

7th November
14th November
21st November
28th November

Please click here to book

Active Treatment Drop-in Sessions

We hold monthly support group sessions for those about to start treatment, going through treatment or finished within the last 6 months. These will be run by Mary and Isabel to help support those going through cancer and make connections. Each month we plan will have a different theme or speaker and if you have any suggestions please let us know.

Monday 28th November – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm with Sharon Thomas  discussing her ‘Next Steps’ course 

If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat do please drop by.

Drop-in sessions for NOVEMBER

Monday 7th November – Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm 

Monday 14th November – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm

Monday 21st November –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Monday 28th November – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

By Dr John McCrae, 1915

Recommended website – How can yoga therapy support cancer care

A blog on how yoga can support cancer care – an insert is below.

Yoga and Cancer

It’s important for us to be clear that there is no evidence that yoga, or any related holistic practice, can cure or prevent cancer. However, there is a growing body of evidence that yoga and yoga therapy can support patients in managing the symptoms of their illness, combatting side-effects of their treatments, and supporting their physical and emotional wellbeing as their illness progresses or as they recover in remission.

Recommended website – Macmillan for financial queries and advice

The link above has lots of information regarding finance queries and advice via Macmillan.


The South West Macmillan Engagement team are exploring access to dentists for patients who have had an experience and treatment for Head & Neck cancer.  To support this work we have developed an online survey.  There are 8 questions, please do not be concerned if you are not able to answer every one, your feedback is important however much or little you wish to share.

The link to the survey is here:

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey by the 30th November 2022, the results will help to inform future plans and projects.

Our Online Shop & Event Bookings

If you are looking for individual cards, or a bespoke gift locally made please do consider our online shop. 

It is not to soon to order your Christmas cards!
New Winter Card available.

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.

Cards can be purchased at drop-in and local events or collection arranged.

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 or scan the QR code.

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

Instagram & Facebook

Beach Hut Update 

The Beach Hut will open shortly for December bookings. Do also keep an eye out on dates becoming available via WhatsApp and Facebook/Instagram.

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

Future Events for 2022 – More details will follow for these events nearer the time and will be updated on the newsletter and website.

Fermented Food Sourdough Workshop 11.30 – 1.30pm

Monday 7th November
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

Understanding Spices 10.00 – 12.00pm
Wednesday 9th November
Stanley Studios Kilmington
Click here to book

Art  Exhibition for ALCS
More information to follow – Uplyme Village Hall
Saturday 12th November 9.30-12.30pm 

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 15th November
Location TBC
Click here to book

Create a Keyring 10.00 – 12.00pm
Wednesday 16th November
Stanley Studios Kilmington
Click here to book

ALCS Forum Meeting 11.30-1.30pm
Monday 21st November
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

Sleep Workshop 2.30 – 3.30pm
Monday 21st November
Lyme Regis Football Club

Making A Mark 6 week Workshop 10-12pm
Starting Wednesday 23rd November
Stanley Studios Kilmington
Click here to book

Christmas Wreath Workshop 2-4pm
Monday 5th December
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

Pie & Pint 6.30 – 8.30pm
Tuesday 6th December
Location TBC
Click here to book

Christmas Lunch 12.30 – 1.30pm
Monday 19th December
Lyme Regis Football Club
Click here to book

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