Living Tree News 32
MARCH 2021
Dear Living Tree members and friends,

A warm welcome to our March Newsletter!

Spring is on the way and we’re delighted to share some of your photos from the past few weeks below. Don’t forget to send us your photos for the April newsletter.

We have now appointed a new Trustee, but we are still looking for 2 more new Trustees. Please scroll down for more details.

And finally, you should this week have received an email invitation to apply to become a Registered Member of the Living Tree.  You will be able to vote on resolutions at the Annual General Meeting, at any General Meeting of the Members and on the selection of the Living Tree Trustees. You may also be able to influence the decisions made by the trustees on your behalf when planning for the future of the Living Tree.

The Living Tree remains the same group, and will continue to offer the everyday support and activities we are known for.  You do not need to become a Registered Member to continue enjoying and supporting The Living Tree’s activities.  If you are not a Registered Member, you are still welcome to attend the charity’s meetings as an observer.

Whether you become a Registered Member or not, you can always change your mind at any time in the future and either withdraw from the Membership or apply to join it.

Would you like to apply to become a Registered Member of The Living Tree, but have not received the email? Please email us at in that case.

Please email us at to let us know if you would like to join any of the Living Tree Zoom Drop-In sessions this month, and we will email you the link and password to enable you to participate. We will only send you the link if you request it.

Here are the details of our Living Tree meetings this month.

Zoom Meetings

Friday 5th March 2-4pm

Churchill’s Underground Secret Army

Tea & Chat this week will feature an Illustrated Talk about  Churchill’s Underground Secret Army given by Living Tree member Martyn Allen. This will be a very unusual but interesting afternoon of local and national history with the opportunity to ask questions at the end as well as the chance to catch up with each other. Not to be missed!

Friday 19th March 2-4pm

Spring Colour & Collage with Chris Edwards

Please could you collect and bring to the zoom meeting the following:

  • A few magazines
  • Any Colour Papers, wrapping papers etc
  • A4 Sketch book or A3 paper
  • Scissors,
  • If you have a cutting mat then you could use a scalpel or Stanley knife.
  • Pencil,
  • Tweezers
  • PVA glue
  • Fine paint brush for the glue

Looking forward to a fun afternoon.

Appointment of New Trustee and New Trustees Required

The  Living Tree Trustees are still hoping to recruit 2 more volunteers to join our Board, to continue overseeing the work of The Living Tree. It would be useful if potential applicants had relevant experience of a previous administrative role, or skills in supporting anyone going through a crisis or illness.

If you think you can offer your time, empathy & organisational skills, we would be keen to hear from you – either by personally approaching any of the Trustees, or email us on

The Board will consider each potential applicant confidentially with an informal initial conversation, followed by a more formal “interview”.

It would be as much a chance for us to find new enthusiastic people, as for you to check whether you would enjoy being part of our dedicated team!

From The Living Tree Board of Trustees:

Jo Millar (Chair), Rita Bechervaise (Deputy Chair), Vince O’Farrell (Treasurer), Mecki Testroet, Peter Green, Sherry Porter, Alison Boyland 

Your Photos

Beautiful landscapes and signs of  spring emerging. Images taken last month by Chris Thorpe, Ann Sydney and Chris Edwards. Send your photos to the Editor for next month’s newsletter.
Have you visited our website?
You’ll find latest news, featured posts, the Library booklist and more.

Sherry is posting daily on The Living Tree Facebook page, with useful information and uplifting responses to the current situation.

Our Allotment

Our most exciting development at the allotment was the arrival and revealing of our first piece of art work at the allotment. David Craner has used the lockdown so productively and has discovered he has a new skill for creating mosaics.

He has gifted this to The Living Tree and it is now on our shed to greet new visitors. Please feel free to come and see what we are doing opposite St Catherine’s School . We also have five raised beds which we are going to fill with topsoil and compost if we ever manage to get a delivery that won’t sink in the wet grass!

Thank you again everyone who has been a part of this fun journey.

Alison Boyland

A Book of Words

This beautiful collection of writing and artwork (excerpt above) produced by members of The Living Tree is now over 50% off. It is available to buy for just £5 at Good Books on Gundry Lane, The Book Shop on South Street, and also the Tourist Information Centre in Bridport. Also available at Serendipity Book Shop, Lyme Regis and Archway Book Shop, Axminster. All proceeds go to the Living Tree.

Art with Libby

Thank you Libby for a most enjoyable art afternoon on zoom, at the end of January. Here are some of our efforts to understand negative space. As always Friday zoom is also a lovely place to catch up, just chat and see some old faces.

Chris Edwards


Friday 12th March 2pm

Friday 26th March 2pm

Mindfulness sessions will run on Zoom.
Please email for the Zoom links. A message about loving kindness and self-compassion – from our regular mindfulness teacher Sue Howse – is included in full at the end of this newsletter.

What’s On

Friday meetings always start with Tripudio, a daily 15 minute lymphatic and cardiovascular exercise regime which can be done in your home, patio or the smallest garden. Karen Forrester-Jones is also offering online 30 minute Tripudio Flow sessions via Zoom. If Living Tree members are interested contact Karen at for timings and links to the sessions.
It has been great to see so many of you at Stepping Out classes. Richard and Jo are running classes on Zoom on Monday and Friday mornings for Stepping Out participants.  Please contact Jo on if you usually attend Stepping Out and haven’t already received the information about joining the classes.

Stepping Out has been the lucky choice of Bridport Co-op as one of their Community Fund recipients. Read more on the Co-op fund raising page for Stepping Out and find out how much money has already been raised:

We realise there are many worthy causes to donate to, however if you shop in the Co-op but don’t have a Co-op card, please do consider applying for one and nominating Stepping Out as your choice.

New digital support group for bowel cancer patients

Chat Together is a free online support group for people living with and beyond bowel cancer.  It’s a welcoming place to talk to other with bowel cancer and to meet new people.  It’s a chance to share experiences in a safe, supportive and informal environment.

Chat Together is a chance for you to virtually get together and support each other from the comfort of your own homes at this time of isolation.  You just need a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection and somewhere quiet to sit.

Click to get more information – Chat Together

In these long days of lock down Macmillan would like to remind you of the support they can provide to anyone affected by cancer, please share with your contacts and groups:


The trustees would like to extend the Telephone Support Service to include one to one, face to face contacts for anyone who feels they would like some company occasionally, especially those who may just be coming out of isolation/quarantine or who may be new to LT. These ‘meet ups’ would be socially distanced and outside for now to make them as safe as possible. If you would like to volunteer to be such a contact or would like to meet up with somebody from Living Tree, please email Rosemary with your phone number at or phone and leave a message on 07341 916976 with your name and phone number and we will get back to you.
A new advice line has been established because we are all relying much more on online technology to keep in touch (like ZOOM).  It is available to provide support for people with IT and digital problems of all kinds. Some of their most popular topics are how to set up video to stay in contact with friends and family and how to get online for beginners.  Telephone 01305 221000 (option 2).NATIONAL, REGIONAL and LOCAL RESOURCES
The most up to date national information on COVID-19 is:  and for health information

I have a selection of books from the Living Tree Library that are available to loan to members.

They cover topics such as nutrition, cookery, complementary therapies and cancer specific books. Click here to view the latest list:

If you would like to borrow any Living Tree books, please contact me, Rose Thorpe, on

and I will get back to you with some suggestions and details of how to borrow them.

The three therapists in Partnership with The Living Tree listed below are able to offer their services by telephone, email or Zoom:

If you feel you would like to use these therapists during this period via the Therapist Partnership please leave a message for Rita on the Living Tree phone 07341 916976 or email:  If you would prefer to see these therapists privately and are able to self-fund your therapy then please contact them directly using the contact details above.

Hopeful Hampers & Good Neighbours Transport. Good Neighbours are offering transport for LT members to Dorset County Hospital for essential appointments. Phone and leave a message on the Good Books answerphone 01308 420483 and someone will call you back.
With Jane Silver-Corren. Jane holds a session each Friday on Zoom at 5.00pm. The sessions last one hour and are fun and light-hearted. Donations welcome. If you are interested please email: and she will send you the Zoom link.
If you have concerns about medical issues concerning your cancer or treatment Macmillan has a number of useful resources and virtual support  Please note that any urgent issues should still be referred to your Clinical Nurse Specialist.The Penny Brohn UK Centre provides online resources, including a series of free online classes from international leaders in health, wellbeing, psychology and lifestyle.  They are also running a Helpline 0303 300 0118 and some 1:1 services.  Contact
  • AXMINSTER AND LYME CANCER SUPPORT have a beach hut at Lyme.
Please contact these groups directly to find out about other kinds of support available.


At the Arts Centre, in aid of Harmony and the Bridport Food Bank. Tickets will be available from the TIC and the music shop. Date to be confirmed.

At The Ropemakers, In aid of the Weldmar Hospice. Viewing, followed by Auction and Raffle. Date to be confirmed. Thank you, Roz Copson.
Donations to Roz (01308 422650) or Nigel (01308 281203).


Hi all,  Please see below the updated selection of fabrics for my masks. Masks are still £5 each and come in 2 sizes: S/M and L. I will still be donating £1 from each to The Weldmar Hospice. Most fabrics are 100% cotton but one or two are polycotton. As well as the patterned fabrics, I have plains in black, grey, light blue, mid blue, pale pink, mid pink, red. Please email me with your order at Payment by BACS or cash. Thank you for your support. Love Chris.


Dear All,

I have often used the following quotation on courses:

“Mr Duffy lived a short distance from his body” while remembering also how Jon Kabat-Zinn stressed the importance of a daily body-scan practice at the start of the day.

Our bodies are always available to us if we can anchor our awareness to them. Coming home to our bodies is like tuning in to an instrument: it takes practice.  Turning inwards, the body is a source of wisdom.

How do we experience in the body,  perhaps meeting someone we love, or saying ‘Goodbye’ in a Zoom session,  –  a joy, sadness, anger or fear – really tuning into the experience? What is the body telling us we need?

This is known as protective mindfulness.  I like the metaphor of a phone battery charge level, that tells us when the phone needs recharging.

Our body is the equivalent of the phone’s indicator, tuning in to assess whether we are in need of replenishing the energy in ourselves by, for example, taking a walk, a warm bath, or watching a TV film.

I love the next quotation too:

“Your body will tell you things that your mind will talk you out of”

Trust what your body is telling you.  Use mindfulness as a wise gatekeeper, not feeding that which does not serve us. We don’t have to feed the habits of the mind.

Do please let me know if you are interested in coming to the Monday

Mindfulness evenings, weekly from 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. 

You are most welcome to join any of the Monday sessions

Warm wishes to you all.


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