Winchester Meeting 3rd July 2018 and Linda’s 50th birthday celebrations

Last night’s meeting in Winchester was a surprise celebration for our Group Leader Linda’s, 50th birthday, the week before.  How we all managed to keep this a secret from her we will never know, but I think we all deserve a pat on the back for doing so.  Email exchanges in the preceding weeks had co-ordinated foods and beverages being provided by our members.

We met in our usual venue in the Christ Church Hall in Winchester and we arrived early to put up some decorations and to lay out the huge amount of finger food that our members arrived with.  The food just kept on arriving and two long tables were stacked with an array of savoury and sweet foods, some soft drinks and a little fizz for those who weren’t driving.

Emma’s mum had made a Gluten Free chocolate Birthday cake which took pride of place alongside the presents.

Aly had offered to pick Linda up and we think her suspicions were raised, but still we managed to keep it a secret until she finally walked through the door to cheers from the group.

After the shock had subsided, Linda showed us photos that her husband had collated over the years, showing Linda from University through to current day.

Then we tucked in to the food…..

…… followed by the lighting and blowing out of the candles on the cake…..

…. and then we gave Linda her card and presents, courtesy of the generous contributions from the group members.

A “Rhodedendron Linda” which should look beautiful when in bloom next Spring, some Garden Centre Vouchers, a Gardeners notebook, a “framed 50” made up of the Group Members names and a “50th Birthday Survival kit”.

Everyone was full to bursting but there was a little room left for pudding ……. fruit kebabs, meringues with cream and fruit, chocolate profiteroles, cheesecake, and a gorgeous GF chocolate cake, to name a few.

Then all to soon it was over and time to clear away the remaining food and tidy up the hall.

Thank you to each and every one of the group members who helped with this celebration and/or contributed to the presents – I am sure Linda had an amazing evening that she will definitely remember.









Betsie Jane River Hamble Cruise 22nd June 2018

What a beautiful sunny afternoon we had on the River Hamble.  The River Hamble cruise was very kindly donated to our Winchester & Eastleigh Cancer Support group through fundraising by a charity called SAIL4CANCER, and then a local nomination from Fiona Coldron at her charity “SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO”.  The trip was provided to us by Blue Box Experiences in Hamble Marina aboard Betsie Jane.

“Built in 1938 in Cowes on the Isle of Wight by Saunders Roe, Betsie Jane has a rich history. Now fully restored she is a time capsule allowing you to take a glimpse back at life aboard a 1930s Gentleman’s Launch. From the lustre of the deep varnish to the smell of the teak, Betsie Jane offers you the chance to experience an authentic luxury classic motor boat experience.”

The day was made extra special as we also started the celebrations for our amazing, supportive group leader Linda’s, 50th birthday, which was the week after.

15 ladies arrived in Hamble Marina from mid-day on a very sunny June afternoon.  Blue Box Experiences had very kindly erected a gazebo over their decked terrace to shade us from the heat of the mid-day sun – we were so lucky with the weather.  After initial drinks in the cafe, half of the group made their way to Betsie Jane – a restored 1938 Classic Gentleman’s launch – where they departed with their refreshments on board.  They were treated to the full Afternoon Tea experience on board Betsie Jane, complete with 3 tiered cake stands and vintage tea cups and saucers.  The rest of the group tucked in to the same experience in the comfort of the sunny Blue Box Café.

The first group enjoyed 90 minutes sailing up the River Hamble to where the M27 crosses over the river, and then back again, with stunning views of the boats moored along the river, the Jolly Sailor Pub and the house owned by the boss of Car Phone Warehouse (apparently).

Then it was time to swap over, and the second group boarded Betsie Jane, to be served beautiful cakes and multiple cups of tea and coffee by the very attentive Crew along their River Hamble cruise, whilst group 1 were served their cakes in the Café.

The whole experience was an absolute pleasure, and in the words of one of our group members “the Betsie Jane outing was just glorious. It was wonderful from start to finish – a real treat and a great ‘getting away from it all’ day for me.  Huge thanks to you for organising it all and for all the behind the scenes work that went into making it such a super day.”

We would like to thank the charities who made the day possible for us :-



And our thanks also to Jono and Lisa at Blue Box Experiences in Hamble Marina who turned the donated trips into a day we will always remember –

Here’s some photos from the day


Blue Box Experiences














4 September 2018 – Alternative Pain Relief Presentation by Tasha Ault

We have the lovely Tasha Ault to introduce us to alternative pain relief therapies which include SCENAR Therapy, Cycloidal Massage Therapy and Indian Head Massage.

You are warmly invited to our Eastleigh Cancer Support Meeting in Chandlers Ford. This support group is open to anyone affected by cancer (doesn’t matter what type of cancer). Run by survivors for survivors, this group aims to offer a safe environment for men and women affected by cancer to get together over a cup of tea/ coffee and chat!  A similar set up has been running for nearly 30 years and many ladies have found it a positive experience. You are free to come and go as you wish.

Date: Tuesday 4 Sep 2018

Time: 19:30-21:00
Venue: Christ Church, Winchester, SO23 9SR
Cost: £1 donation
Tel: 01962 658170