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Newsletter No.53 – January 2023

Hello, Donna here! I hope your January has been kind to you, its been rather cold and frosty.  Sorry to hear so many people were ill over the festive period, myself included. In 2023 we are continuing our focus on health, fitness and wellbeing. We have our ongoing aqua classes, nordic walking, Tripudio, yoga, Pilates along with fermented food workshops, sleep, mindfulness and scanxiety discussions within drop-in. ALCS can also refer people to a qualified nutritionist who can help support changes in diet to improve health. If you are interested in any sessions or want further information please do discuss with any of our volunteers at drop-in, email or check out the website.

Over the last couple of years I have discovered podcasts, you can find so many different things to listen to, mine are mostly cricket related which will not surprise you with my love of sport. I recently found a podcast called The Diary of a CEO with Steve Bartlett (the man on Dragons Den) the episode on 2 January E209: Doctor Tim Spector: The shocking New Truth About Weight Loss, Calories & Diets was an interesting listen and talks a lot about the benefits of fermented food and about the gut microbiome. I thought some of you maybe interested, so have shared the information below. I talked to Mary about Tim Spector and we have purchased Tim Spector Food for Life – The New Science of Eating Well which will go into the library after I have had a look through it!

The information advertised about the podcast.

What if everything that you knew about health was wrong, if calories didn’t count and food labels lied? That is exactly what Tim Spector OBE says in his multiple books, innumerable articles and TV appearances. Following the ancient greek belief that food is medicine, Tim has made it his mission to let people know how central gut health is to overall health, affecting your immune system, energy and even mental health. In this essential conversation, Tim discusses everything you need to know for your health, from eating the rainbow to fasting, this episode will change the way that you look at food and diets forever. Click here for the You tube link or for information on where to listen to the podcast.


In this edition 

  • Bobsleigh Team
  • Meet the new therapists
  • Creative Hub
  • Creative Writing
  • Pie & Pint
  • Acupuncture Clinic
  • Active Treatment Drop-in
  • Drop in Sessions
  • February/March/April Events
  • Mobile Phones Request
  • Poem
  • Online Shop
  • Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  • Beach Hut
  • 2023 Events February – April

ALCS Bobsleigh Team

Cool Runnings – it’s all downhill from here!

You may have seen the origins of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team in the classic film staring the late, great John Candy, Cool Runnings.

On 4/3/23, a crack team of athletes from Devon, Dorset, and Somerset, will be testing their metal at the home of UK bobsleigh, in an attempt to write their own story.

Raising funds for Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support, the team of 12 hope to support the work of the charity which provides invaluable support for those affected by cancer.

Give us a push in the right direction by adding funds to our pages.
Click here to donate Dan Watts
Click here to donate Maisie Watts
Click here to donate Bruce Kahn
Click here to donate Kelsey Lawrence
Click here to donate Andrew Easton
Click here to donate Emma Franklin and Matt Palfrey
Click here to donate Duncan Hughes

We are delighted to welcome some new members of our Professional Partners team…if you would like a referral for support please contact Mary.

Patricia (Trish) Williams is a Tripudio Movement Systems (TMS) Instructor.
Patricia delivers classes in Lyme Regis and Charmouth.  Tripudio is movement with a focus on the fluid systems of the body, including the lymphatic system and the cardiovascular system.  Principles from manual lymphatic drainage massage are combined with fascia, (connective tissue) release techniques and are translated into movements.
Please click here to view the full bio on the website


Hannah Bartlett  – Mobile Hairdresser
I love all things hair and making every single one of my clients feel fabulous! My passion has been hair for my whole life, I’m here to help with post/during and pre op hair. Whether it be just a general tidy up,  a wash, or even braving the shave!

If meeting a hairdresser for the first time is something you find daunting, I am more than happy to pop to a drop in session before I come to your home to make your hair feel fabulous again!
Please click here to view the full bio on the website

Janemarie Cox – Hair loss Specialist, Salon on the Square.
From her award winning, Trustpilot rated excellent hair and beauty salon in Beaminster, Janemarie offers a private room (friends and family most welcome) where she provides advice and discreet service for hair loss issues.  Where appropriate she is able to offer high quality wigs and hair pieces, finding your perfect fit and maintaining your identity.
Please click here to view the full bio on the website


Jenny Lister – Hypnotherapy & EMDR
Jenny is a Diploma qualified & trauma informed therapist offering Hypnotherapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing), CBH (Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy), emotional shift techniques and coaching tools. I work both online and from my cosy & relaxing therapy room in Honiton.
Please click here to view the full bio on the website


Creative Hub at the Stanley Studio – Making A Mark Special with Christine Allison.

For all those who have participated in the Making A Mark course with Christine.

The special workshops will take place on Wednesday 1st February and Wednesday 28th June 10.00-12.00

Places are limited – to register your interest please click here

Acrylic Art Workshops  – With Trudi Ochiltree
Learn how to paint in acrylics and be inspired by a variety of subjects and techniques. Acrylics are a popular medium as they are versatile and forgiving. In each workshop we will paint a particular subject, working from a choice of images. Your tutor Trudi will offer demonstrations and help along the way. There are 6 workshops on offer you can sign up to one or all six.
Week 1 – Snowscapes: Working with a limited palette: 2nd March 2023 10-12noon
Week 2 – The Dorset landscape: Exploring shades of green: 9th March 10-12noon
Week 3 – Acrylic patterns and abstraction, creating a series of mini paintings: 16th March 10-12noon
Week 4 – Seascapes: Creating texture and the colour of the sea: 23rd March  10-12noon
Week 5 – Palette knife painting: A freeing way of painting without a paint brush: 30th March 10-12noon
Week 6 – Animals: Create a painting of an endangered species or your favourite animal. Bring your own image to work from if you prefer:  20th April 10-12noon.
To register your interest please click here

Metal Embossing with Elsa Grigg

Metal embossing is created using simple hand tools as if they were a pencil, pressing a design into a thin sheet of metal which can range from pewter and brass to copper and aluminium.

Different surface treatments can add to the depth, texture and or colour of the design.

Once the metal is embossed you can frame your work of art or apply it to a wide variety of surfaces.

It’s an incredibly relaxing craft that doesn’t take up too much space so you can easily continue it at home!

To register your interest please click here

Creative Writing – One off workshops

Each will run via zoom for about 2 hours, no experience necessary. Information will be sent out prior to the workshop.

8th March Easter/Spring Workshop 11 am

3rd May Early Summer Workshop 11 am

5th July Mid Summer Workshop. 11am

These are with Ninette Hartley

To register your interest please click here

(other food and drink available)
An opportunity to talk to other men affected by cancer and to ask any questions about the support we offer.

Wednesday 15th February
Location: The George Hotel – Axminster

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.
6th February
13th February
20th February
27th February
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 20th February – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 12.30-1.30pm

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

Drop-in sessions for FEBRUARY

Monday 6th February – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 

Monday 13th February –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Monday 20th February- Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 

Monday 27th February –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Nordic Walking Taster/Refresher Session

The next taster/refresher is Friday 10th February 9.30am -11.00am Charmouth Recreation Field, Barr’s Lane.

Lyme Bay Nordic Walking offers professional instruction and guided group walks in the Lyme Regis and Bridport area.

If you are interested in a referral please email Mary or register your interest online click here

Sourdough Fermented Food Workshop – Monday 13th February 11.30-1.30pm
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.
Numbers are limited so please register 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.

Please bring an apron to wear – This will be held at the Lyme Regis Football Club.

Click here to register your interest

ALCS Forum Meeting – Monday 27th February 11.30 – 1.30pm – OPEN TO ALL

We invite you to join our forum to discuss different aspects of the charity and future projects. Along with a light lunch provided

Forum meetings will be held two times a year, and we value feedback.

Book here

ALCS Let’s talk about cancer… Saturday 4th March 9.30am – 12.00pm – OPEN TO ALL

We’re bringing together a panel of professionals to talk about cancer in our community. This event is open to clients, volunteers, medical professionals & the general public.

Refreshments will be provided.

To register your interest please click here.

Spring Flower Workshop – Monday 27th March 11.30 – 1.30pm – Open To Book for all registered clients.

Ali from Busy Bee alongside a couple of our volunteers, will be running our Spring Flower Workshop on Monday 27th March at Lyme Regis Football Club 11.30am start. Please bring your own secateurs and any greenery/flowers you may wish to add to your creations. Numbers are limited and Volunteer spaces have been allocated. Please note the change of time to outside the drop-in which will run afterwards ar 2-4pm. You are welcome to bring your own lunch for between sessions if you wish to attend both.

To register your interest please click here

Making A Mark 6 week course with Christine Allison

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

Wednesday 19th & 26th April

Wednesday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th May

To register your interest please click here

Do you have an old mobile phone?

To keep us connected to those affected by cancer we need more mobile phones for our volunteers … do you have a mobile phone (iPhone 6 or later) you would be willing to donate?

Please contact us at


Never Trust A Mirror – Erin Hanson

Never trust a mirror,
For the mirror always lies,
It makes you think that all your worth,
Can be seen from the outside.

Never trust a mirror,
It only shows you skin deep,
You can’t see how your eyelids flutter,
When you’re drifting off to sleep,

It doesn’t show you what he sees,
When you’re only being you,
Or how your eyes just light up,
When you’re loving what you do,

It doesn’t capture when you’re smiling,
Where no one else can see,
And your reflection cannot tell you,
Everything you mean to me,

Never trust a mirror,
For it only shows your skin,
And if you think that it dictates your worth,
It’s time you looked within.

Our Online Shop & Event Bookings

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.

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 – Last Minute Dates

Do look out for beach hut last minute dates on Facebook and the ALCS WhatsApp group going forward. Please send a text or WhatsApp to 07512 279663 to be added if you are an existing client.

The new booking system has been designed to give priority to those going through treatment or recently finished. The aim is also to try and relieve some of the admin work that goes into managing the hut and the confirmation and information is sent within the Eventbrite ticket.

You can also manage your booking by cancelling any dates you are no longer able to use.



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