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Newsletter No.60 – August 2023

In true style I must start this newsletter by mentioning the weather! Every time the sun has shone this month it has felt special, but since when does August be a month of mainly cloud and grey! Thankfully we are blessed to live in this beautiful part of the world where late autumnal sunny days are hopefully just around the corner!

It is a very busy time for ALCS, we are seeing a huge increase in those being diagnosed and with the pressures within the NHS system it feels our support is needed more than ever. We are in a good position to offer support currently with over some amazing volunteers at drop in and many working behind the scenes offering help and support.

We will never be ‘full’ there will always be support for anyone affected by any cancer in our local area.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming you to our new premises, hopefully mid October and having a space where we can be accessible during the week will make a huge difference to many.

If you would like to chat through some support or know of someone who is struggling with the impact of cancer please do drop me a note.

Wishing you a wonderful September love Mary.

In this edition 

  1. Thank you 
  2. Fundraising
  3. New Therapist
  4. Creative Hub
  5. Men’s Events
  6. September Events
  7. Acupuncture Clinic
  8. ALCS Support Group
  9. Drop in Sessions
  10. Poem
  11. Online Shop
  12. Ways to support and connect with ALCS
  13. Beach Hut
  14. Recommended App
  15. 2023 Events

1. Thank you

Thank you to Nigel Ball who raised over £1200 for his birthday fundraiser.

Nigel said “This will go some way in supporting those who need it. I would just like to say a big thank you to the town band who played brilliantly. Fun was had by everyone. It shows the support we have as a charity. Thank you once for all who donated”.

1. Thank you

Thank you to the Pink Ribbon Foundation for their ongoing support of our charity and our clients affected by breast cancer.

2. Prospect House Open Garden

10 September @ 1:30 pm – 5:00 pm £6.00 entry. More information can be found via our website at

3. Jackson PT

About me.

When I was approaching 40, some 13 years ago, I decided it was time to ‘get a grip’  I had always been reasonably slim and fit but I noticed that I was starting to put on weight and live an unhealthy lifestyle. I started training with two amazing Personal Trainers as well as looking at what I ate.  Over a period of 8 months, I lost 1 ½ stone and completely changed my body profile.  I have trained consistently ever since and love it, at 53 years old I am in the best shape I’ve ever been in and more importantly, healthy and with a much better relationship to food.

If I can do it anyone can.

No diets, no shortcuts, no wasted gym memberships, just a complete change in my outlook that has become sustainable, easy in fact.

I decided to make another change, this time with my career Level 3 Personal Trainer with nutrition.

I’m a member of CIMPSA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity)

I concentrate on functional strength building, whether that’s being able to sit cross legged on the floor with your grand-children, taken on a fun run from scratch or rehabilitation after illness and injury.

I work with clients in their homes or if they wish any location of their choice, i.e the beach or a park.

I love helping others, live their best life by training to be stronger, fitter and with a healthy relationship around food, no trying to attain ‘Instagram ready bodies’ just small changes that make big differences.

In other words…. Getting into the shape of your life – for life.

My Mission

To help others reach the same conclusions

No wasted gym memberships

No more yo yo dieting

No more self-loathing

Better health and energy levels and a better body image.

It’s not about the perfect body it’s about being the best you.

I want to understand the individual, what makes them tick and what they hope to achieve.

M: 07771525087  E:   W:

If you wish to have any referrals please contact Mary to discuss:

4. 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: 14th September 9.30 – 12.30
Week 2 – The Dorset landscape: Exploring shades of green: 21st September 9.30 – 12.30
Week 3 – Acrylic patterns and abstraction, creating a series of mini paintings: 28th September 9.30 – 12.30
Week 4 – Seascapes: Creating texture and the colour of the sea: 5th October 9.30 – 12.30
Week 5 – Palette knife painting: A freeing way of painting without a paint brush: 12th October 9.30 – 12.30
Week 6 – Animals: Create a painting of an endangered species or your favourite animal. Bring your own image to work from if you prefer: 18th October 9.30 – 12.30

Location Wootton Fitzpaine Village Hall

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Click here to register your interest

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4. 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.

20th September 11am

11th October 11am

These are with Ninette Hartley

To register your interest please click here

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4.  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 Tuesday 26th September 1.00-3.30 Location TBC

Numbers are limited so please register your interest for one or both of these dates
To register your interest please click here.

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4. Next Steps with Sharon Thomas – Change of date
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 – Wednesday 10.00-12.00 11th/18th/25th October & 1st/8th & 15th November.

To register your interest please click here

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

The course will run on the following dates – Wednesday 1.00-3.30pm location TBC

Wednesday 18th, 25th October

Wednesday 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd November

To register your interest please click here

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4. “Create a Hand Painted Leather Keyring” with Jools Woodhouse. -19th October 9.30am -12.30pm – Location TBC

In this 3 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”

To register your interest please click here
Another is also organised for 9th November please click here for further information.

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

4. Creative Writing – 6 week Course

Each will run via zoom for about 1.5 hours, no experience necessary. Information will be sent out prior to the workshop.

Tuesdays 11am – 12.30pm

November 7th/14th/21st & 28th

December 5th & 12th

A Rough Guide to Six Weeks Creative Writing End of 2023

These are with Ninette Hartley

To register your interest please click here

Please note –  Information about the workshop/course will be sent out a week before the event.

Confirmation of the course will happen shortly after booking.

(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. Places are limited so please do book if you would like to attend.

Wednesday 13th September 6.30pm
Location: The Cobb Arms – Lyme Regis
Click here to register your interest

5. Blokes Brunch including breakfast

Saturday 23rd September
Location: The Wheelwright Inn – Colyton.

Please let us know if you wish to attend as pre-orders will be required for breakfast.
Bruce will be there to welcome you.
This event is fully funded but places are limited so please do book.
Click here to register your interest

6. ALCS display of our work in the community & AGM

Please come and see a display of our work in the community, meet some of our volunteers and trustees, enjoy some refreshments and then stay for our AGM will which be approximately 1 hour.

Any queries please contact

Door open to view displays and data 5.30pm

AGM 7pm

At Uplyme Village Hall

6. Nordic Walking Taster/Refresher Session

The next taster/refresher is Monday 11th September at either 10.00-11.30am or 6.00-7.30pm at Charmouth Recreation Field, Barr’s Lane.

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

Nordic Walking, recognised by ‘Public Health England’ as an ideal exercise as we age, provides numerous health benefits:

– a full body workout exercising both the upper and lower body
– the cardiovascular system is worked
– using the correct technique, 90% of the body’s muscles are activated
– burns up to 46% more calories than normal walking
– improves posture and strengthens back and abdominal muscles
– relieves neck and shoulder tension
– reduces the impact on the joints

It can be enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of fitness. If you would like further information on classes, please email Juliet or Mel via email

7. Acupuncture Clinic

Weekly acupuncture clinic on Mondays 4.00 – 5.00pm 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.

Monday 4th 
Monday 11th
Monday 18th
Monday 25th
Please click here to book

8. ALCS Support Group for those going through treatment – Guest Speaker Guy Sweetman Clinic Director, Sports Therapist Movement & Running Specialist. BSc Hons, MSST, CRTS

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 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 18th September If you would like to join us for a cuppa and a chat do please drop by.

If you wish to attend please do let us know on 07512 279663 or

More more information on Guy please click here

9. Drop-in sessions for SEPTEMBER

Monday 4th – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 
Monday 11th –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm
Monday 18th – Axminster Hospital Scott Rowe 2-4pm 
Monday 25th –  Lyme Regis Football Club 2-4pm

Axminster and Lyme Cancer Support logo10. Poem – By Tim’s Sister

Earthly Angels

My brother met some Angels

Not the sort with wings and dresses

They helped along the path he trod

And smoothed the strains and stresses

Helped at the meeting places when everything got tough

Sharing, listening, crying laughing, helping through the rough

Ordinary people bound by cancers vicious cord

The strong help the faltering, giving lots of hope

The Angels help each other with the tools to cope.

Some Angels do not make it, not because they do not try

Those angels will be remembered, it’s never a goodbye 

Thankyou all you Angels, continue helping others

But most of all I thank you for the help you gave  

My Brother 

11. 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.

12. 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
Instagram & Facebook

13. Beach Hut

Our thanks to Mr and Mrs N Ball and Mr and Mrs W Newberry for their kind donation for the new furniture.

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 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.

14. Recommended App –

The Oncio app is the first free app available to adults affected by cancer that empowers you to practically put integrative oncology tools and strategies into action. It is designed to be used by people at any point in their cancer care pathway – from diagnosis through active treatment and survivorship to living well with cancer – as well as their carers.

The app content and functionality has been and will continue to be co-developed with the community of people impacted by cancer through lived experience or a carer role. Our aim is to empower you with an evidence-informed toolkit that is practical and easy to use and cuts through the noise of conflicting information of variable quality and relevance to you.

Integrative oncology (IO) is a patient-centred, evidence-informed field of cancer care that utilises nutrition, lifestyle, psycho-emotional wellbeing and complementary medicine interventions alongside conventional cancer treatments to support better quality of life, improve resilience, minimise the side effects of treatment and improve outcomes. Find out more in our blog here.


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