Our bookstall fundraiser at Bridport Hat Festival last month.
Living Tree News 39
Dear Living Tree members and friends,

Roz’s book stall on September 4th was a great success! It was a lovely sunny morning, and wonderful atmosphere in Bucky Doo Square with many hat-wearing townsfolk celebrating another Hat Festival. We were entertained by live music prompting Roz & Alison to hit the dance floor; & Roz once again donated proceeds of books sold to Living Tree & Stepping Out – so a huge thank you to Roz Copson.

On Saturday 25th September we held another Living Tree stall in Bridport Arts Centre, as part of the Charter Fair. Thank you to everyone who helped on the day – it was great to be part of another community event celebrating the town’s heritage.

From 15th October our weekly meetings will resume their base at the Friends Meeting House on South Street. Mindfulness sessions with Sue Howse and yoga with Nadiya Wynn will take place on alternate Fridays at 2.30pm. There are still a few free spaces so please email thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join – you will need to bring your own drink & mat). Please check the dates below. Amanda Jones will be with us on the last Friday of each month, to offer light touch massage in Church House Hall – for 4 people (15 mins each between 2.45 to 3.45). First come, first served.

Splash Club now has now restarted and takes place weekly at 8pm on a Thursday evening at Highland’s End, Eype. See the What’s On section of this newsletter for more info. See the What’s On section of this newsletter for more info.

Inspired by our growing and eating together at the Living Tree allotment we kick off our Healthy Eating ideas this month with a Rainbow Risotto recipe.

Have you visited our website?
You’ll find latest news, featured posts, the Library booklist and more.

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

Living Tree Meetings

Please Note
Kitchens at both venues are now in use, but we ask that people bring their own snacks, & if possible their own drinks container –  we can offer drinks but will limit number of people in kitchen at any one time so will ask the volunteers to make drinks & bring them out. The Trustees are looking for kind volunteers to help with cleaning, preparation and tidying of Church House and the Friends’ both before and after meetings (to meet the Covid requirements of venue hire). If you would like to help please email us at thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com.Here are the details of our Living Tree meetings this month.

Friday 1st October 2-4pm
at Church House Hall

Art with Libby

Libby Jukes will lead us in an art session. Materials will be supplied.
Everyone is welcome to join in or do just join us anyway for a catch-up.

Friday 1st October 2.30pm
at Friends Meeting House

Yoga with Nadiya WynnEmail thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday 8th October 2-4pm
at Church House Hall

The real ‘Allo ‘Allo

John Pittwood is joining us remotely to talk about his father’s escape through occupied France after being shot down during WW2.

Friday 8th October 2.30pm
at Friends Meeting House

Mindfulness with Sue HowseEmail thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday 15th October 2-4pm
at Friends Meeting House

So you want to write a novel…

…your life story or biography.

Musician, novelist & screen & TV writer Graham Sclater is coming to talk to us & share his writing process.

Friday 15th October 2.30pm
at Friends Meeting House

Yoga with Nadiya WynnEmail thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday 22nd October 2-4pm
at Friends Meeting House

Mary Tassell, Medical Herbalist

Mary Tassell, Medical Herbalist, joins us to talk about herbal remedies – especially those that help with insomnia.

Friday 22nd October 2.30pm
at Friends Meeting House

Mindfulness with Sue HowseEmail thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join

Friday 29th October 2-4pm
at Friends Meeting House

Art with Libby

Libby Jukes will lead us in an art session. Materials will be supplied.
Everyone is welcome to join in or do just join us anyway for a catch-up.

Friday 29th October 2.30pm
at Friends Meeting House

Yoga with Nadiya WynnEmail thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com if you would like to join

NEW! Healthy Eating

As promised I agreed to start summarising some of the many different recommendations about how to improve your diet. We will drop in the occasional healthy recipe too.

It can become confusing contradictory and quite frankly overwhelming when reading up about how to improve your diet. There are, however, some useful tips that are common to much of the literature on the subject.

One is to take small steps to improve what you eat so that it isn’t too much and that you can sustain the changes. It is important to keep in mind a balance between enjoying food as well as providing the required nutrients to help you feel healthy and energetic. Quite often diets focus on what you should limit yourself to but this can lead you to feel you are depriving yourself.

Instead If there was only one thing to take away or change it would be to increase the number of different vegetables and fruits you have over the course of a week. The ultimate aim would be to have 35 different plant foods a week.

For some this will be a big change to gradually work towards. Just tracking how many different ones you have each day and trying to add a few more, nourishing rather than depriving yourself is a great way of starting.

If anyone would like to share tips, advice or healthy recipes please send them to alison.boyland@csruk.com

Alison Boyland


A recipe that is so easy to put lots of portions of various colourful veg in is a risotto . Many people think making a risotto is tricky but it’s not you just need a bit of patience.  If you have low levels of energy what I like is that you can chop up the veg ahead of time and then sit and stir the risotto for 25 mins when you are ready to eat.

The best stock in my mind is either a roast chicken carcass boiled over a couple of hours and which I will have frozen and defrost when required  or simply a large teaspoon of miso and the added spices ( I use a large teaspoon of spices like smoked hot paprika and recently I have added a teaspoon of creole spices (Barts do a tin of ready mixed creole spices, both give a lovely meaty flavour) in about a  litre of boiling water .

Then I would chop any veg in, season that I like and try and add different colours.

Basically you add 2-3 ounces of risotto rice per person into a large frying pan and then ladle in the stock gradually until all the veg is soft and the rice has gradually absorbed the stock . It has to be gradually done and stirred whilst maybe holding a small tipple of something in the other hand! … for about 25 minutes.

Suggested ingredients

2-3 ounces of risotto rice per person.
A handful of each veg chopped into small cubes/slices
Butternut squash
Frozen corn/ peas

I might then add a small portion of halloumi cheese or chicken.

This is so easy we did it at the allotment on small gas rings!

Our Allotment

We had an incredibly informative session with David Loders who is an expert horticulturalist. There wasn’t a signal question we asked that he couldn’t give us a detailed answer to. He’s so enthusiastic it is very difficult not to be equally enthusiastic about how to take the allotment forward. We have decided to continue through the winter with winter salad squashes chard as well as attending to our current harvesting.

Just to remind everyone we welcome anyone who fancies meeting us outside at the allotment whether you know nothing or lots about gardening it is very informal, sometimes with tea and cake. There is no need to book, just turn up. Everyone is welcome and we are very mindful to keep everyone safe.

We meet at our allotment opposite St Catherine’s School every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. All welcome.

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.

What’s On


Living Tree Splash Club has restarted at Highland’s End, Eype.

It will occur weekly on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm. All are welcome.

For further details please contact the organiser, Rose Thorpe: rose.thorpe620@outlook.com

TABLE TENNISLiving Tree Table Tennis restarting at Salway Ash Village Hall from Monday 6th September. The weekly sessions will last from 10-11.30am.

Please bring your own bat, but we do have some available if you don’t have one; balls are provided. Please bring your own drink too.

The hall is well ventilated and we still carry out cleaning before and after the session and use clean balls for each game.

If you would like to attend, please contact Rose Thorpe from September 1st onwards via email rose.thorpe620@outlook.com and I will get back to you, as numbers are limited due to hall capacity.


Amblers walks continue to be as socially distanced as is practicable. Generally we’ll be bringing our own refreshments for now to reduce contact with as many people as possible, occasionally we may have refreshments outside at a cafe. The walks will be weather-dependent and will vary in length and level of  difficulty. If you are interested in joining us or would like more information, please contact Rita by email rita.bech.lt@gmail.com or telephone the Living Tree mobile 07341 916976 to leave a message and Rita will get back to you.


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

  • Dianne Dowling: coaching for living and working with cancer. Reflexology-massage-counselling. Contact: 01460 220587 or diannedowling@btinternet.com
  • Sue Howse: 1-1 and group mindfulness, fortnightly at FMH. Mindfulness focused support. Contact: 07741 018530 or email howsesp@yahoo.co.uk
  • Louise Wender: 1:1 counselling & group Worry-Busting Zooms. Email louise@louisewender.co.uk
  • Amanda Jones: Tripudio – reflexology-aromatherapy-holistic massage including M technique. Able to do once a month at FMH (last Friday of month).
  • Julia Williams: Tripudio- reflexology-massage including M technique.
  • Katherine Bolton: 1-1 and group  meditation- Yin yoga-aromatherapy massage-life coaching.
  • Karen Forester-Jones: Tripudio-M technique massage-mindfulness therapy. Can do home visits.

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: lttherapistpartnership@gmail.com.  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.

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:


Macmillan Telephone Buddy Scheme

Now the restrictions are easing, Macmillan would like to bring you an update on their Telephone Buddy Scheme, which they’ve been running throughout the COVID pandemic:

We’ve recently reopened for referrals again, having cleared a large waiting list and have volunteers available. There is a poster and flyer attached with more info for you and your patients. We’ve had some team changes too, so it is myself and my colleague, Ruth Somerset, who coordinate the service in the South West.

We’re accept self-referrals, we just need the below details and you can send them directly to myself or Ruth via the VSWales&SouthWest@macmillan.org.uk mailbox. Alternatively you, or a patient or carer can go to the main Macmillan page and it will find its way to us:


Our support is for 8-10 sessions, with support generally being weekly and always by telephone. All volunteers have been through our award winning training and are offering a listening ear, low level emotional support and signposting to other services if required. Ruth and I manage the volunteers, supported by our team of wonderful lead volunteers. We work together to make suitable matches and monitor the whole the service.

Required Referral Information:

  • First Name:
  • Last Name:
  • Email:
  • Phone :
  • Town :
  • Cancer Status/comments:
  • Date of Referral:

With many thanks,

Piers Cardiff, Volunteering Services Coordinator – Wales and Southwest pcardiff@macmillan.org.uk

Ruth Somerset, Volunteering Services Coordinator – Wales and Southwest RSomerset@macmillan.org.uk

Additional sources of emotional support

for those affected by cancer

The 1:1 BUPA counselling can be accessed via our Support Line Service (mentioned above), simply call 0808 808 00 00 free between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week, and ask for BUPA counselling service.

Sylvia Carpenter at Dorchester County Hospital also welcomes you to join the workshops she runs for Dorset residents covering fatigue, sleep, anxiety etc – anyone can email Sylvia at Sylvia.Carpenter@dchft.nhs.uk to apply to join a workshop. Here are the leaflets in electronic form:

Online Psychological Support
Online Therapeutic Support

With Jane Silver-Corren. Jane holds a session in person in Borough Gardens most Fridays at 11am. The sessions last one hour and are fun and light-hearted. Donations welcome. For exact date please contact Jane and request to join the mailing list: janesilvercorren@gmail.com

Are you a carer of someone who has mental health issues?

Join us for our new confidential monthly support group that aims to focus on you and your own emotional wellbeing in comfortable and safe surroundings.Date: Every third Tuesday of the month.
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Venue: The Assembly Rooms, Gundry Lane, Bridport, DT6 3RL
For more information contact: harmonyinfo@harmonydropin.org.uk or telephone Caroline on 07918 486126. Website: harmonydropin.org.uk
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 forresterjones.k@gmail.com 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 j.perfect@bridportleisure.com 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: https://membership.coop.co.uk/causes/43838

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

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 with your phone number at thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com
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: GOV.uk/coronavirus  and for health information NHS.uk/coronavirus.
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.

The Living Tree holds a Library resources 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:

The Library is available to browse and borrow from on a Friday.

If you have concerns about medical issues concerning your cancer or treatment Macmillan has a number of useful resources and virtual support https://www.macmillan.org.uk/coronavirus.  Please note that any urgent issues should still be referred to your Clinical Nurse Specialist.The Penny Brohn UK Centre www.pennybrohn.org.uk 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 bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk.
  • 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.

I would like to thank everyone for buying my masks in the last year and to Ali at Busy Bee Florists’ for selling them. I’m pleased to say that Donating £1 from each to the Weldmar Hospice, has now raised £300. If anyone needs new masks I still have some stock and will continue to donate.

Below are a few of the more recent fabrics, but other fabrics  are still available too, plus plain colours. For those who may not be aware masks cost £5 with £1 from each being donated. They come in S/M, L and now XL. If you would like to see more or place an order feel free to email Chris: chris.edwalt@gmail.com


Photo courtesy of Sue Howse
Dear All

I was hanging out the washing on one of the very damp misty mornings that we have experienced this month, and bemoaning yet another grey sky, then I noticed the intricate designs of cobwebs attached to the line. Later  on a walk with my dog, I saw that every bush was covered with bejewelled cobwebs.

Seeing clearly is a key element of mindfulness.  Shining the torch-beam of awareness when noticing the little things,can we begin where we are.

– noticing things as they are rather than putting a negative judging spin on an experience; Bringing a flavour of curiosity of where we are

– noticing how we bring our attention is it leading towards or away from stress

– noticing how we interact with, or influence, our experience whether pleasant, unpleasant or neutral

– noticing when we are ‘sleep-walking though life’ and are not really there in our bodies in the present moment.

– bringing a different lens of appreciation?What would it be like to bring an edge of warmth ,warm attention kindness to our experience .

Using the mirror as a metaphor – a mirror needs to be still to see in it clearly. If it is cracked, dusty or smudged then we see things distorted, as we do if we hold it too tightly or hate and cringe at what we see.  Can we hold the mirror gently so it reflects what is there?

In tough times, our attention is easily hijacked, caught up in a big worry blob. What if we come underneath the worry blob, notice what is going on: emotions, thoughts, physical sensations?

Bringing curiosity to what I was seeing took me to a different place, getting under the worry and anxiety and exploring what was really there underneath. Paying attention to the spider’s web and its beauty took me past my automatic reaction and nipped the unskillful  reactions in the bud.

So, as an invitation this month, try noticing the little things, bringing curiosity to ‘what is going on here’, and being aware of what is happening externally and internally.

Monday evening Zoom Mindfulness & Self-Compassion sessions start again on September 6th. 7.30 – 8.30 p.m. Donations of £5/session

Dear Judging Mind

Dear judging mind.

How dare you find

Fault in others.

How dare you lay blame,

Secretive aggression under cover.

Criminal at large.

Dear judging mind.

How dare you find

Fault in me.

How dare you point out

All the flawed things you see.

An uncomfortable barrage.


Dear judging mind.

How dare you find

Fault in yourself.

Target and arrow, your chances of escape

Are narrow.

Judge, jury and executioner,

You are guilty as charged.


I’ve decided,

All that being said.

(Against my Lawyer’s advice,

I hasten to add.)

That the next time I notice

That you’re in my head.

I’m not going to attack you.

I’m going to smile instead.


I know we’ve had our differences.

I know you can be a pain.

But if we keep on like this

It’s to nobody’s gain.


So, let’s make a pact!

I’ll be civil when I spot you,

Peter Morgan


Warm Wishes,

Tel 07341 916976. Contact thelivingtreedorset@gmail.com with any mailing list enquires/changes of address, ideas for events or items you would like to include in the next newsletter or on the website.  Our newsletter is sent out at the end of each month. The deadline for submissions is one full week before the end of the month.