Newletter 27th August 2018

Published on: 28th August 2018
By Tracee Cossey


Hello Everyone

Butterflies tomorrow (today, by the time you are reading this) on Tuesday, 28th August 2008 will be run by Rosa and I shall be bringing cake. Sorry for the lateness of this newsletter but I was away all the bank holiday weekend having way too much fun in Bedfordshire. The wedding in East London was amazing too – my friend looked super beautiful in her Indian dress (I confess to not knowing what it was called, but I guess a Sari of sorts). We ended up having curry for breakfast, dinner and tea. I mused that if you only attend one Indian wedding in your life, you really should try one in East London! The décor and vibe was quite amazing.

This Butterflies meeting will be attended by myself doing massage and reflexology. Our thanks go to Julia and Roy from About Face who have been helping out in running meetings.

I’d just like to mention our new website too, I’m currently populating it with information but please do have a look – it’s – from now on all news and events will be put on the website as well as in the newsletter.

Regards Tracee

07591 110672/ 01305 753478

Our Meetings

At each meeting we always start with a good old chat and catch-up, along with tea/coffee and some lovely cake. At most of our meetings we either have one or two speakers (on a whole range of subjects, not always cancer related) or an activity of some sort such as Creative Writing.


  • Guided Relaxation with Hypnotherapist Corinne – 2nd Tuesday of the month. Corinne will hold a group relaxation at the start of the meeting for those that are interested. If you’d rather not join in you can stay in the main room and continue to chat. She will be available for one-to-one during the rest of the meeting.
  • Aromatherapy and Reflexology with Tracee – 4th Tuesday of the month

Julia and Roy from About Face take it in turns to come to our meetings to support people with head and neck cancer.

Have a look at the books in our library, which is in the middle room by the door to the garden, free for anyone to borrow but please let me know so I can mark it as out on loan. We aim to provide as many books as possible covering the wide spectrum of cancer, from Macmillan information booklets, self-help books and nutrition, to “my story” etc etc. If you’ve got a book you’d like to donate to our library then please do.

Remember, as always, you're welcome to come and go as you wish and you don't have to join in any of the activities if they don't interest you. You may just want to come for a chat or one of our therapies. You may want to bring a friend or member of the family with you.

Free Therapies:         Guided relaxation with hypnotherapist Corinne.

Tomorrow – 28th August 2018  - This will be a general chit-chat and catch up session. Come and try a slice of cake and have a tea or coffee or try a therapy.

THIS MONTH’S COFFEE MORNING IS SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29th, 11-1, HENDOVER’S CAFÉ, WEYMOUTH ROAD, DORCHESTER (The café with the green chairs outside on the way to Brewery Square, near the Chemist’s), our Chair, Dick Foad will be running this coffee morning, so do come along and support him!

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Other News

Butterflies’ Pamper Night, 19th September

Melanie Whatley, who is one of the founding members of Butterflies, is organising a Pamper Night for Butterflies members at Goulds Department Store, Café 11 on Wednesday, 19th September.  There will be two tables set up and four makeup girls giving advise in the café.  There will be mini treatments and refreshments for all who come, and the space can accommodate about 30 people. Do please email if you’d like to come so I can keep a tally of numbers attending. I’ve attached a flyer with this newsletter with more information.

A message from The Living Tree

Dear all,

Shortly before she died, Jo O'Farrell had arranged for Dr. Helen Kingston, (GP in Frome,Somerset),to come & talk to us about her pioneering social prescribing project - (as featured in the Guardian on the BBC World Service, & TV news )

At the Living Tree we are still very conscious of the sad loss of Jo but feel sure that she would want the presentation to go ahead

Please find details for Tuesday, 11th September on the attached Flyer.

Everyone is welcome to attend-it would be lovely if some C'Siders and Butterflies were able to come along.

Best Wishes & Kind Regards,

Diane Stanley (on behalf of the Living Tree)

Emma Scott, Community Engagement Officer at Dorchester Town Council has sent through a list of community information and opportunities. They are all listed below:


  • Dorchester’s Future – receive an update and have your chance to ask questions about the Dorchester Town Centre masterplan.

3 chances to see the presentation at West Dorset District Council, South Walks House - Weds 22nd Aug 6pm and Thursday 23rd Aug 4.30pm or 6pm.

  • Have your say on the Joint Local Plan Review

West Dorset District Council and Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s ‘Preferred Options’ document of their Joint Local Plan Review is now live Follow the link for more information. Open until 8th October

Or go along to their roadshow – West Dorset District Council, South Walks House Friday 31st Aug from 10am-7pm


  • Are you a young person? Or do you know a young person who would like advice and information over the holidays?

Pop upstairs in Costa Coffee (South Street) on Weds 22nd Aug or Weds 29th Aug between 2pm-4pm for a helpful chat (see attached poster)

  • 3 FREE August Bank Holiday weekend events at Maumbury Rings including
    • Saturday 25th - Anonymous Festival 10th birthday! – friendly family festival – lots of music and activities - gates open at 11am (see attached poster)
    • Sunday 26th  - Dorchester Love Parade – from noon – go to
    • Monday 27th – Maumbury Rings Music Day – live bands, bar and food on site – starts at 1.30pm (see attached poster) 
  • Picnic in the Park

Saturday 8th September 11am – 3pm (free)

Relax in Borough Gardens with a picnic, music and fun for all ages.

There will be a chance to join in with free children and adult taster sessions such as woodland craft, bicycle smoothie making, yoga, Nordic walking, art activities and so much more. These all are about using nature and outdoors to enjoy life, meet new people and learn new skills.
Pop along for an hour or 2 or spend all day soaking up the great atmosphere.
Plus this is a dementia friendly event.
This event is free and is being delivered by Stepping into Nature, Dorchester Town Council, Clinical Commissioning Group and Live Well.

Check out the event on Facebook -

  • Inside Out Dorset

Returning from 14 - 22 September, with a packed programme of mainly free, outdoor events for the whole family. This year the Festival features circus, theatre and installations from acclaimed international companies, as well as a very special event at Maiden Castle. 

Find out more at 

  • The F word

Friday 14th Sept from 6pm-7.30pm at St Peter’s Church.

Official opening of this acclaimed exhibition exploring the nature of forgiveness through stories and pictures of victims and perpetrators from across the world (see attached email for further information)

  • World War 1 – Centenary Activities

A range of events are taking place across Dorchester this year to commemorate the end of WW1. For more information see the attached leaflet – or contact me for details.


  • Autumn Fair

The Rotary Club of Dorchester would like to invite all local community and voluntary organisations to have a stall at their Autumn Fair on Saturday the 3rd November from 9.30pm-12.30pm.

For further information, including how to book a space, please see attached.

About Face run a monthly support group. Their next meeting will be held on:

Thursday 6th September 2018

At 7pm until 9pm

(arriving from 6.45 onwards)

In the downstairs sitting room

“The support group meetings will be held on the FIRST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH at the About Face house. Initially the group will be led by Muriel Hall, Ann Copland and Shaun Wright. We want to use the downstairs lounge and kitchen as we are aware the stairs can be problematic for some.

Please can you let Jane know if you are likely to attend by return email or phone. Email Jane: or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595




Carers’ lead at RMHC (Royal Manor Health Care), Portland A new carers’ lead for cancer support is available at RMHC Portland. The lead, Sheri Smith, is introduced to carers who are caring for relatives/loved ones. They do not have to live with them but if they are caring for their needs on a regular basis, they can register with Royal Manor Health Care, so they can receive support. Also, they can be given a signed consent to access medical records if necessary. RMHC then registers them with Social Services if they have no online facility.

Social Services contact carers to assess their needs and requirements. They are then offered support to both carer and patient, and give advice on other services available, including a local Carers group that meet once a month. This is not something carers HAVE to take up but its just nice to know it’s there if they need it. There are also Carer Packs at both RMHC’s surgeries with the information if referred to Sheri. She will then make contact and introduce herself.

SCARS - Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support meets last Friday of the month 2-4pm at The Hub, Station Road, Stalbridge. Email: Tracy White 01963 548342. They also operate a Closed Facebook Page called SCARS. Tracy says that if anyone wishes to join they would be welcome. It is a confidential, member’s only group and she will authorise you to be added.

The Grove Hotel in Bournemouth If you, or anyone you know, would like a break in a safe environment with medical staff on hand and near the sea then please tell them about this brilliant hotel. I’ve stayed there a couple of times and loved it!

Shine – cancer support for younger adults

Shine exists exclusively to support adults in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have experienced a cancer diagnosis. There is never a good time to have cancer, but we know that younger adults face different issues than their older or younger counterparts - and that many of these are not dealt with by traditional cancer support charities and services.

There is a new way to contact the emergency services, in addition to calling them. It is now possible to send a text message to 999 in case of an emergency. This service can be particularly useful for when mobile signal is too poor to support a phone call or if the situation means you're unable to speak to an operator. However, in order to be able to use this service you need to register your mobile phone. To do this online, go to:

OR you can register using SMS

To register using SMS text messages you must:

1. Send the word 'register' in an SMS message to 999

2. You will then receive SMS messages about the service

3. When you have read these SMS messages reply by sending 'yes' in an SMS message to 999

4. You will receive a SMS message telling you that your mobile phone is registered or if there is a problem with your registration

Red Cross SUPPORT AT HOME service

Have you heard of this? They provide help for people coming out of hospital which could well be one of us or someone we know.

Live Better With Cancer is a very useful website with lots of products and ideas to make your life easier is a free art resource site “to encourage creativity in the community and purposeful activity for health and wellbeing”.

The Macmillan Citizens Advice Service provides advice on Welfare Benefit, Debt, Housing & Employment issues for people in Dorset affected by cancer. They offer advice for people affected by Cancer in Dorset. The service can provide a home visiting service and has part time advisers based in the Citizens Advice Bureaux in Dorchester, Sherborne, Weymouth & Wimborne. They also hold a drop in outreach service at Dorset County Hospital Williams Avenue Dorchester DT1 2JY on a Wednesday morning between 10 -12.

Telephone Mags on 08454 9000 42 Mon-Fri 10 – 3


Penny Brohn UK run a range of courses, groups and individual therapies designed to help you feel better and live better with cancer, its treatments and side effects.

Whether it’s learning about healthy food, coping with treatment side effects, or getting to grips with the emotional impact of cancer, we can help you find what you need right now.

BLEEPS AT FORTUNESWELL OUTPATIENTS DCH. Did you know that bleeps are now available to borrow at reception if you have to wait for test results, meds etc so you can go and have a break, relax at the coffee bar or restaurant? Do ask if this would help you and your family.

Something different: SOUTH WEST FISHING FOR LIFE is an organisation which provides fly fishing sessions for women with breast cancer. The Dorset group meets at The Wrackleford Estate fishery Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9SN by kind permission of Mr and Mrs Pope. If you would like to go along for a chat and to see what they have to offer ring Gillian, secretary, 01398 371244 or Lead coach Clive 01202 699864.

Other local cross-cancer support groups with whom we have close links:

Purbeck Workshop – FREE creative escapes for those touched by cancer – meets most weekdays in Wool. Lots of different creative activities to try with new ones added each month. To sign up for their monthly newsletter or for further, Weymouth & Portland cancer support group, meets on 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 7.30-9pm at the Wyke Smugglers Pub, Portland Road, Weymouth. Have a look on their website for a list of activities. Contact: Peter Meacham

The Living Tree meets every Friday at the Friends House in Bridport at 2pm. They have far too many FREE activities for me to list, so please see their website:

Tessa Murphy from Brain Tumour Support has sent through some useful information regarding disabled passes. (The first one looks good for not always having to carry proof of benefits receipt to confirm disability).

  • National Disabled Identification Card:

  • Merlin Pass – Disabled persons

  • And finally, a similar idea for cinemas:







Tracee Cossey: 28th Aug 2018 04:50:00