Welcome to the Spring and Summer Newsletter. With the warmer, longer days approaching, the committee has been working hard to organise a variety of events for this year. We very much hope you will be able to attend some of them. Remember the GO Group is your group and an opportunity to meet and speak to people who have had similar experiences in having surgery for oesophageal or stomach cancer in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. We are pleased that many friendships have developed within this lovely group. New members are always welcome.
Message from our Chairman, Terry Ingram:
Hi all – a big welcome to 2019.
It was good to see so many of you, old and new, at the AGM and to hear a talk by Mr Davies which was quite informative and showed a different side to the person who most of us know as a surgeon.
The committee – or should that be the
‘committed’? – have been working behind the scenes to organise our days out.
We have 7 days out planned to various places including a Sunday lunch, a boat trip, heavy horses, gardens and a motor museum so plenty of choice for everyone.
All trips will be £5 to everyone except the Xmas party which will £10 pp.
Can you please let Sue Sweeney, our outings organiser, know if you will be attending the trips – her details are to be found elsewhere in the newsletter.
We had some good fundraising last year but, as ever, we will need to raise funds as this subsidises the outings and keeps costs down so if any of you have any ideas please let a committee member know.
Let’s all hope for as good a summer as last year and I hope to see you all on the trips .
As you will see, one of our events is going to be at a National Trust property. It would be very helpful if when completing your booking form or e-mailing your bookings, you let us know if you are a National Trust member. If so, please remember to bring your membership card with you. This will help us to reduce our costs.
Booking for the Events
We are very grateful to Sue Sweeney who is a Macmillan support worker from Poole and one of our committee members and has kindly agreed to take on the role of Members’ Co-ordinator and Outings Co-ordinator and is organising the bookings so now all booking forms or e-mails need to be returned to her. Sue’s e-mail address is: Susan.Sweeney@poole.nhs.uk and her postal address is on the bookings form on the last page.
As usual, we need to try and have as accurate a list as possible of our members attending each outing. This is important in order to enable us to budget and avoid paying for places that are not filled. We appreciate that there will be occasions when there are unexpected reasons for not attending a booked place but if this happens, please try to let us know.
We have been made aware that there are some members who would like to attend some of the outings but are unable to because of lack of transport. If you would be prepared to offer a lift to any other members living in your area, please let us know via the booking form or your booking e-mail to Sue. She can then let you know of anyone needing a lift. Similarly if you need a lift to any of the events, please do let us know, again by contacting Sue.
As you may realise, the GO Group is not funded by the NHS but relies on fundraising and charitable donations. To help us keep the group running, we would be grateful to anyone who would like to do some fundraising – anything from a small coffee morning to running a marathon!
E-mail if Possible!
We hope that you enjoy receiving the twice- yearly newsletter. We now have around 200 members; about half of these have their newsletter by e-mail. We realise that many people do not have access to e-mail and are happy to post the newsletters to them but if you are able to receive by e-mail, this will help us to reduce our stationery and postage costs. If you can change to e-mailed newsletters, please send an e-mail to Sue Sweeney (details on back page booking form).
Specialist Nurse Contact Details
As always, a reminder that your Specialist Nurses are here for you to provide help and support and are always pleased to hear from you.
Sarah Trickett – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Emily Cowley – Clinical Nurse Specialist
(Treasurer & GO Group Website Manager)
Royal Bournemouth Hospital,
Castle Lane East,
Tel: 01202 704340
Emma Chester- Clinical Nurse Specialist
(GO Group Secretary)
Dorset Cancer Centre,
Poole Hospital NHS Trust,
Poole, BH15 2JB
Tel: 01202 448739
E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Wraight – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Caroline Langley – Associate Specialist Nurse,
Upper GI Office,
Dorset County Hospital,
Tel 01305 255710
Lynne Constable – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Paula Taylor – Clinical Nurse Specialist
Salisbury Upper GI CNS
Salisbury District Hospital,
Odstock Road, Salisbury
Wiltshire, SP2 8BJ
Tel: 01722 425194
E mail: email@example.com
All events will be priced at £5.00 per person except the Sunday lunch, when you can pay for your own meal, and the Christmas party which will be £10.00 per person. Remember to wear your GO Group badges to help you identify other group members! Let us know if you need a badge.
Friday 17th May: Haynes International Motor Museum , Sparkford BA22 7LH. Meeting at 11.00am in the foyer. Haynes Motor Museum opened in 1985 and is continually growing and developing. As well as the extensive collection of cars, there is a café offering freshly cooked food and snacks and a shop for souvenirs. https://www.haynesmotormuseum.com/
Thursday 6th June: Boat Trip, Wareham River Cruise – cruise departs from Poole Quay at 11 promptly so arrive at 10.30 to be on the safe side. The cruise out takes 1hr 15 minutes and we then have an hour on shore in Wareham, then 1hr 15 minutes back. There are lots of places to grab a bite to eat or a drink and there is a small café on board the boat. Parking is available in the multi-story car park just behind the quay (old town) and there are buses that run along the quay from the main bus depot in Poole – look for the Route One bus which will drop you actually on the quay front.
Sunday 30th June: Sunday Lunch, at the Hunter’s Moon, Middlemarsh, near Sherborne DT9 5QN. Meeting at 12-30 for lunch at 1.00pm. The Hunter’s Moon is a traditional mid-18th century former coaching inn. They are passionate about good, locally-sourced home-cooked food. It is easy to find on the A352, about 10 miles north of Dorchester and 5 miles south of Sherborne. http://www.hunters-moon.org.uk/
Tuesday 16th July: Blue Pool, Old Furzebrook Road, Wareham, BH20 5AR.
The Blue Pool in the heart of Purbeck is surrounded by 25 acres of heath and woodland. Dogs are welcome if kept on leads. There is also a museum and display of Wareham bears and tea-rooms. We will meet in car park at 11.30am then in tea rooms at 1.45 for a cream tea. http://www.bluepooltearooms.co.uk/
Friday 16th August: Stourhead Gardens near Mere, Wiltshire BA12 6QD. Stourhead is a National Trust garden. A tranquil walk around the lake with the fabulous collection of trees, flowers and shrubs and the temples and grottos adorning the way will make this a lovely afternoon. There is a café there and extensive car parking. We will meet at 12 noon in the car park. You may wish to bring a picnic to enjoy together. Dogs on leads are allowed in some but not all of the gardens. https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/2622/
Wednesday 11th September: Castle Gardens, Sherborne, New Road, Sherborne DT9 5NR. Meeting at 1.00pm. This lovely garden centre is home to thousands of plants all year round, some of which are grown on site. The Castle Gardens are situated in the original walled kitchen garden of Sherborne Castle estate. As well as the opportunity to look around the gardens, we will have a medical speaker: yet to be confirmed but likely to be a Dietitian.
Thursday 24th October: Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Edmondsham Road, Verwood BH21 5RJ. You may wish to make this an all-day visit as there is so much to see but we will be meeting at 1.30 outside Smokey Joe’s café. There is a variety of displays throughout the day. For anyone who wishes to spend more time exploring, there are the following displays: 10.30am stable yard tour, 11.15am harnessing display, 11.30am farm feeding tour, 12.00 try your tractor-driving skills, 1.00pm Romany display, 2.00 meet the heavy horses, 2.45pm tractor and trailer rides. https://www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk/
Wednesday 11th December: Christmas Party The Grove Hotel, 2 Grove Road, Bournemouth BH1 3AU from 6.30pm. We have been to The Grove Macmillan Hotel for a few years now and are always well looked after. This year, as well as the buffet and traditional raffle, we will be having a “GO Group’s Got Talent” for any budding poets and musicians – we would love to hear your talents! This event is always the highlight of our year and we very much hope that you will be able to join us. www.thegrovebournemouth.co.uk