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Invitation to Join Dorest Poetry Walks Workshops

All Stepping into Nature events are free (you have to fill out a brief registration form and evaluation form but these do not take long) and provided through Stepping into Nature, Dorset AONB – a project set up to get older people and anyone living with dementia enjoying/reflecting on nature in Dorset, but everyone is welcome and anyone of any age and ability can come. Last year there was a real mix of both ages and abilities. These events all promote well-being in nature and encourage creativity outdoors and indoors. For the walks we are outdoors but the pace is slow and there are rest stops for readings/ discussion and brief stimulating and fun writing exercises: workshops in Nothe Fort in Weymouth 10am-12 noon on 19th June and 11th Sept. creative writing walks at Sandsfoot Gardens Park in Weymouth 10am-11.30am, 30th April, 30th May and 25th June. workshops in Dorchester 10am-12pm 2nd May, 11th June and 18th Sept walks in Portland 22nd May and 3rd Sept Numbers are important to the project, and it’s more fun and creative for everyone (including me) if there is a group, so I’d be very glad to see some friendly Living Tree folk there. Tickets are available by emailing me here (if there is a group of you you can email if easier), or book through Eventbrite:...

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Living Tree Newsletter, 19 March 2019

Thanks to Rose Thorpe (meetings secretary), Jennifer Gould (events) and Claire Briden (publicity) for volunteering for new roles to support The Living Tree.  Living Tree Book of Words is now available for sale at 4 local bookshops: Good Books, Gundry Lane, Bridport; The Book Shop, South Street, Bridport; Serendipity book shop, Lyme Regis; and Archway Book shop, Axminster.  THURSDAY 21MARCH AT 7.00pm in the Ostler Room at The Bull Hotel, talk by Colin Bentley, Jurassic Coast artist in residence, about the therapeutic value of the arts. We have started a series of sessions exploring MINDFULNESS AND COMPASSION practices with Susan Howse (accredited mindfulness teacher & psychotherapist) for a trial period before Living Tree meetings every other Friday from 1 – 2pm next one on 29 MARCH, then 12 & 26 APRIL. All welcome. SATURDAY 23 MARCH WEST DORSET COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA COFFEE MORNING Bridport United Church Hall 10am to 12noon with a Living Tree stall. SUNDAY 7 APRIL – TOMBOLA/RAFFLE Roz Copson will be holding a bottle tombola at the Ropemakers (West St) from 5.30pm. Proceeds to Living Tree and Stepping Out. She is looking for donations of anything in a bottle and would appreciate help selling the raffle tickets. Roz is also looking for bric-a-brac items to sell on her stall in Buckydoo Square on Saturday 3 August (proceeds to LT & SO). Contact Roz 01308 422650. SATURDAY 27...

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Trew Fields festival – UK’s First Holistic Health & Cancer Awareness

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...

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‘A Book of Words’ by The Living Tree

  ‘A Book of Words’ is a collection of writing and artwork produced by members of The Living Tree cancer support group, Bridport. This book is a colourful collaboration of work that explores personal experiences of living with cancer, reflections, memories and the beautiful Dorset landscape. ‘We’ve always endeavoured to offer art and creative workshops to our members as fundamental to their health and wellbeing. This book is testament to all we’ve achieved and share as a group’. The Book of Words is available to buy at the price of £12.00 during our Friday afternoon meetings at the Friends Meeting House and in 4 local book shops: Good Books, Gundry Lane, Bridport. The Book Shop, South St, Bridport. Serendipity Book Shop, Lyme Regis. Archway Book Shop, Axminster. All proceeds go to the Living Tree to help fund future...

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Stained Glass Workshop at the Salt House

Stained Glass Workshop There are still a few places left for this event. It is open to LT members and their friends. Jackie Hunt will be running a stained glass workshop for LIVING TREE on Tuesday 5th March (10am-4pm) at The Salt House in West Bay. The last two workshops were very popular so we are pleased to have booked her again. There are only 8 places and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis by contacting Chris Edwards or sending an email to the Living Tree’s Gmail account (see contact details). She will let you know if you are successful....

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Donations / raising money for the Living Tree

Making a donation to the Living Tree The Living Tree frequently gets approached by members of the public who would like to know how to make donations to the Living Tree. At the moment, please contact the Living Tree via thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com, and a committee member will come back to you with the details of how to donate. We are in the process of applying for charitable status. Once that status has been achieved, we will add a donation facility to the...

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Other events

TRIPUDIO CLASSES If any Living Tree members are looking to take up some gentle effective exercise in the Bridport area then these 1 hour Tripudio classes could be for you. All exercises are done seated or standing to music, to address your needs. Every Wednesday in Bridport 10am to 11 am with Julia at the Garden Studios, just off St.Swithins Road, DT6 5FD call Julia on  07734511287 or 01308 538112. Every Friday in Bradpole 9.30am-10.30am with Karen at Bradpole Village Hall Higher Street DT6 3JA. call Karen on 07572543781. GUIDED MEDITATION Thursdays 11 – 12.30 in Charmouth With Wendy Lowis Bates £5.00 per session with fresh mint tea. Contact wendylowisbates@gmail.com SING & STROLL Tuesdays at 1.30pm Walking and singing in the great outdoors. Free of charge and open to all.  For information or to reserve a space contact Peter on 07817 397331 or...

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From the latest Newsletter, 2 2019

VOLUNTEERS Living Tree will have an outreach stall at the Bridport Community Fair on Saturday 2 February from 9 am – 2pm in the Town Hall. We will be holding outreach stands at many community events throughout the coming year and we shall be needing volunteers to help at these events. The events give us the opportunity to promote the LT and reach out to local people affected by cancer, a chance to network with other organisations within the town and to enjoy a few hours meeting new people with fellow LT members. If anyone is interested in helping at these events please contact 07341 916976 or thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com. RECYCLE YOUR BRAS If anybody has any new (or good as new) mastectomy bras, or ordinary bras that they do not need, Rose Thorpe will be collecting bras and sending them to two charities which help women in South East Europe and Nigeria who otherwise would not have access to post–mastectomy wear. The ordinary bras will be sent to another organisation called Smalls For All, that sends bras and pants to help women in African countries who do not have access to what for them can be luxuries. Rose will be collecting bras on Fridays at Living Tree meetings or Mondays at 1.00pm Stepping Out. TOMBOLA/RAFFLE Roz Copson will be holding a bottle tom-bola at the Ropemakers, (West St) on Sunday 7...

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Friday Events, February 2019

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY The Living Tree Weekly Meeting. 2.00pm Tripudio. 2.15pm Lucy Chant will be showing us some of her appliqué work and giving us an opportunity to have a go at this creative work ourselves. This is also the Macmillan Filming Day. 3.15 – 4.15 Therapy session – worry busting with Louise Wender. Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. FRIDAY 8 FEBRUARY The Living Tree Weekly Meeting. 2.00pm Tripudio. 2.15pm speaker Mary Tassell will talk about the use of herbs for minor complaints and simple remedies.  If you have questions in advance for her please let us know beforehand or on the day.  2.15 – 4.00pm Therapy sessions: Peter Cove offering Swedish massage for hands and feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street, Bridport DT6 3NZ. FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY 1.00pm Singing with Jane. The Living Tree Weekly Meeting. 2.00pm Tripudio.  2.15pm Living Tree member Robert Hansowitz will be giving a talk about his collection of fossils. 2.15 – 4.00pm Therapy session. Peter Cove offering Swedish massage for hands and feet (please check beforehand if you have Lymphoedema or lymph nodes removed). Drop in any time between 2pm and 4.30pm at Friends Meeting House, 95 South Street,...

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