Butterflies Newsletter 15th June 2019

Published on: 16th June 2019
By Tracee Cossey

Saturday, 15th June 2019

We now meet every Wednesday at Dorchester Community Church, (next to the new Damers School), Liscombe Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 3DF: from 2-4pm.


Hello Everyone,


We have a great summer agenda ready now. Below there’s a ready reference for those who want to see what we are up to over the next few months.


Events booked include:

*Thursday, June 20th  Writing workshop Longmead Community Farm. 10am -3pm Lifts can be arranged.


*Please see information from Rosa about the workshop below:

Butterflies will be holding a FREE writing retreat with Sarah Cooper at Longmead Community Farm, Milborne St Andrew, DT110HU on June 20th from 10 am to 4pm. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Longmead Community Farm is set in acres of beautiful farmland. It has a relaxing farmhouse and lovely gardens where you can watch the animals or just find a quiet corner to sit and contemplate.

The writing workshop is open to keen or non writers. Sarah says “I firmly believe that writing is the most accessible therapeutic tool, the only resources needed being a pencil and paper. 80% of participants often say they can't write but I leave all workshops 100% of the time humbled by each unique voice that is found.”

The session will provide writing technique challenges for those wishing to develop their writing but it is primarily a day for people to get together in a quiet restorative place and just be.

Simple and fun writing exercises will be built around a theme to illustrate the variety of ways in which writing can allow you to take pleasure in the moment, be playful with words, take yourself to somewhere you feel safe or re-write difficult scenarios.

In a safe environment and amongst friends you can be anyone or anything, go anywhere, and find the unusual in the usual.

Participants are encouraged just to write from a stream of consciousness. Spell how you want. Scribble across the page, make up new words. Everything goes here!

There is no obligation to write, the space is lovely for a day retreat. 

All exercises are designed to allow participants to use them away from the session.

There are limited places so please contact me straight away to confirm a space:


07737 234056

If you have any dietary requirements please contact Sarah Cooper on 07470270094 or sa23cooper@gmail.com

I’m very excited to be able to offer this opportunity to you all and I’m looking forward to your responses.

Best wishes


Saturday, June 22nd Wool Carnival 11am start
Friday, June 28th Holme gardens 11am-3pm Lifts can be arranged.

Friday, July 19th Boat trip on MV Freedom at Weymouth 1.45pm start. Lifts can be arranged

Friday, August 2nd Boat trip on MV Freedom at Weymouth 1.45pm start. Lifts can be arranged
Friday, August 23rd Swanage steam train.  Leave Norden 12 noon return from Swanage 16.40 Lifts can be arranged

Thursday, September 5th Sculpture by the lakes

Potential new bookings are likely to also include: Hardy’s cottage and Thorncombe Woods in September/October

If you are interested in any of the following outings, please email Rosa at: butterfliesdorchester@outlook.com

Regards Tracee

07591 110672/  07766 576639 / 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 biscuits. 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.



  • Aromatherapy and Reflexology with Tracee – every Wednesday of the month.
  • Regular 1-1 consultations with Mary Tassell, herbalist

Julia and Roy from About Face regularly attend our meetings to support people with head and neck cancer.


Have a look at the books in our library, which are held on the tables in the Community Church, they will be put out for us every week to view. They are 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. If you’ve got a book you’d like to donate to our library then please feel free – we’d greatly appreciate it.


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.



Next Meeting:


Wednesday, 19th June 2019 – Mary Tassell, Herbalist

Herbalist Mary Tassell is coming again on the 19th June. We had a very successful visit from her last time and we learned about the help of marigolds. Several members wanted more detailed information, and Mary has offered to visit on a regular basis and to do 1:1 consultation for specific queries.

Mary has been working as a qualified herbalist for 23 years and is experienced in working with cancer patients.
For more information please visit Mary’s website at: http://www.tassell.net/



Successive Meetings:

Wednesday, 26th June 2019 -  Sarah Cooper, Creative Writing from 2:15pm

Wednesday, 3rd July 2019 – Sophie Stephenson, Tropics skincare

Sophie is a consultant for the Tropics skincare range. She sells and demonstrates Susie Ma cosmetic products which are freshly-made, cruelty free and natural. These are made in the UK using the most innovative, effective ingredients that nature has to offer. For more information see: http://www.tropicskincare.com/sophiestephenson


Do feel free to visit our website: www.butterfliescancersupport.co.uk


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

Thursday 4th July 2019

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: contact@about-face.info or you can text/ring her mobile on 07966 905595.


Information from Tracy Street at Macmillan
Macmillan’s mobile information team is visiting Dorset during June and August. Please see details below:





Seafront near Kings Statue


10.00 - 18.00





Pier Approach - near Aruba Café


11.00 - 18.00





Saxon Square

BH23 1QA

10.00 - 16.00





Pier Approach - near Aruba Café


11.00 - 18.00





Civic 'Town' Square - Near Debenhams


10.00 - 15.00





By the Jubilee Clock, Seafront


10.00 - 17.00




Dorchester Gazebo

 Outside Barclays


 10.00 – 16.00




Gillingham Show

Motcombe Turnpike Showground


08:30 - 18:30





The Square, Near the Kings Head Hotel

BH21 1JG

09.00 - 16.00




Melplash Show

West Bay, Bridport


08:30 –     18:00



If members of your group wish to spend some time with the team then please let Simon Leaper know as this will need to be booked in advance: sleaper@macmillan.org.uk please be aware that we might not be able to work with you this time but we will be visiting again soon.

Information from Suzie Moon at Brain Tumour Support

Brain Tumour Support are hosting a Health and Wellbeing Event on Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at  Miramar Hotel, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AL  from 9.30am until 12.30pm.  We would like to invite you to attend the event which is free of charge.


The aim is to give you and your family the support and confidence to move forward with this new life. Exhibitors include: Wessex Cancer Trust, Help & Care, Crisp Carers Support, Clarke Willmott Solicitors, Debt Relief Solutions, Robert Shaw & Co, Epilepsy Society, Macmillan Caring Locally, Macmillan Information Stall.   Your local Clinical Nurse Specialist will also be available for you to talk to.   Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided. There is parking at the venue. If you need information about public transport or assistance in getting to the venue, please contact us.


Everyone welcome, Patients, Carers, Family and Friends but to help us plan for catering, please contact us to confirm your interest by contacting me on the numbers below.

Suzie Moon
Support Service Quality Assurance Officer
Direct Dial: 01454 422707
E-mail:    suzie@braintumoursupport.co.uk
Website: www.braintumoursupport.co.uk

Cancer Festival in Surrey

This Cancer Festival is taking place in Dunsfold, Surrey, on the weekend of 5-7th July 2019. 
It is weekend of talks, workshops, music and play, which brings together world renowned health professionals, researchers, wellbeing experts and those living well with and beyond cancer all set on a beautiful farm in the Surrey countryside. Full details can be found on their website   www.trewfields.com.    

Information from Anna Lisa Castelino at C-Siders

Cancer courses via Macmillan

Butterflies members,and volunteers might be interested in attending one of the courses being run in the South West, if you need the prospectus please contact me (Tracee).  All courses are free, please enquire if you would be entitled to travel expenses.

The course titles are: Managing Difficult Conversations, Supporting Others Through Loss and Bereavement and Living Well, With and After Cancer. The dates commence from 28th March through to 22nd October

To apply for any of the courses please contact swmidslearning@macmillan.org.uk directly.

Information and events below from Emma Scott, Community Development Officer, Dorchester Town Council

Moonbury Rings – Friday 19, Saturday 20, Sunday 21 July at Maumbury Rings
3 events are being held to celebrate the first lunar landing in 1969 featuring Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

On Friday, Dorchester Arts are hosting Apollo - One Giant Leap! - a cantata for children's voices written by Dorchester-based musician and composer Geof Edge. It describes the dramatic events of the Apollo 11 space mission in July 1969, the climax of which was Neil Armstrong's first step on the moon's surface and his famous quote: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for Mankind”

On Saturday there will be a lunar inspired Open Air Cinema event running from 4pm-9pm.

And on Sunday there is a science event from noon – 4pm, for all the family where you can “Learn to be an Astronaut” with lots of hands on stalls, with experts of all sorts, as well as interactive talks where you can find out more about the moon – ‘our useful neighbour’ and what life on the International Space Station is like.

Dorchester Plastic Free Picnic – Saturday 27 July from 11am – 3pm at Borough Gardens

This free community event will feature stalls, activities and local businesses that are helping Dorchester to go plastic free!

Damers School have been leading the way with initiatives to help us all reduce our use of plastic. Come and join them, and Litter Free Dorset, for a fun day out and to learn what small changes you can make, to make a big difference.



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. www.scarscancersupport.co.uk Email: contact.scars@gmail.com 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. Rosa has stayed there a couple of times and loved it! www.thegrovebournemouth.co.uk


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. www.shinecancersupport.org


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.http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Health-and-social-care/Independent-living/Support-at-home


Live Better With Cancer is a very useful website with lots of products and ideas to make your life easier livebetterwith.com/


http://www.creativity4wellbeing.com 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

Email: macmillan@dorchester.cabnet.org.uk


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. https://www.pennybrohn.org.uk/


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 (SWFFL) 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.
A new SWFFL group has started - the Tolpuddle group who meet the 1st Thursday of the month at Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 7H. If you would like to go along and meet the group please contact Lead coach Sally-pizii@btinternet.com, Peter-mullinsp44@gmail.com, or ring Gillian 01398 371244

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 details:www.purbeckworkshop.org


C-Siders, 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:


The Anti-cancer Club: It’s about Life. – You can sign up to the weekly newsletter here (or for more info):


Dorset Cancer Care Foundation

Dick Foad, our Chair, has been speaking with Dorset Cancer Care Foundation (tel: 07593 890879, email info@dccf.co.uk) and would like to mention that if anyone is struggling financially due to cancer, they may be able to provide financial assistance.

Types of support DCCF provide include:

Transport and parking costs for treatment
Overnight accommodation during treatment
Household modifications (needed due to illness)
Days out for patients and their families
Domestic help (needed due to illness)
Respite holidays for patients
Specialist buggy or a child with cancer
Cost of child care whilst at appointments
Wigs and prosthetics
Other financial hardships.


DCCF also support Dorset-based cancer organisations for small research projects, local hospice meters and chairs, surgical bras for a hospice etc


For more details their website is http://www.dccf.co.uk



Tracee Cossey: 16th Jun 2019 01:34:00