Living Tree News 28
November 2020
Dear Living Tree members and friends,

Welcome to our November Newsletter!  Autumn is in full swing, and the harvest is being brought in.


It’s therefore a great time to share that we’re delighted our new allotment is READY TO GO!  It has been rotavated by the Council and we’re looking forward to getting stuck in to planting it up ready for our own harvests next year.

So, if you are interested in joining our latest endeavour, can you help? We are looking for:

  • people to landscape/create a plan for the space
  • people to come and help with sowing and growing
  • donations of useful tools & materials to build beds

If you’d like to get involved please drop us a line:


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.

For those who might like to have the opportunity to talk in a smaller group or even on a one to one basis, especially if you would like a private chat with someone, we do have the means to create break out rooms which you can join and return to the main meeting when you wish, just at the press of a button! If you ask the Zoom host, usually Vince, he can arrange that for you.

Here are the details of our Living Tree meetings this month and advance notice of a special December session:

Friday 13th November 2-4pm

Tracey West

Tracey and Simon West have been speakers to the Living Tree before, talking about the Charity they have created that plants trees in Kenya and the UK called The Word Forest. Today they will be talking about how the pandemic has affected the tree planting women in Kenya.  The webpage is full of interesting films and information please visit them on and also view their film #Trees are the Key with narration by Kate Winslet should you have missed it when shown to the LT members one afternoon.
Find them on Facebook as The Word Forest Organisation.

Friday 27th November 2-4pm

Eve Appleton
Eve is a Singer Songwriter based in Bridport and Bristol/Bath in term time where I study Song writing. I perform original songs in the folk tradition informed by my experiences of growing up in our seaside town, and the music and poetry I have discovered. I also write poetry and am working on performing these pieces too.

Friday 11th December 2-4pm

Chris Edwards

Chris will be showing you how to make a very effective Christmas wreath with just paper and card. This is a really gentle activity which will allow us all to chat and share some special Christmas memories into the afternoon activity. Please collect and have ready:

  • A piece of cardboard approx 8” x8”
  • Newspaper, white paper and or an old ruined book ( we will be Using the pages out of it)
  • Any paper you particularly like/have
  • Scissors, ruler, Rubber, pencil
  • Pritt stick and or PVA glue
  • Cellotape.
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.

Would you be interested in joining a Zoom LYLAC workshop? The workshop will be aimed at helping those affected by cancer to have a supported life coaching discussion on how they are coping – particularly during the Covid pandemic – with a view to helping develop personal goals & strategies. The Living Tree are running this with the expertise of LYLAC:  Dates in either January or February still to be confirmed, please register your interest


Last year, The Living Tree decided to arrange for a bench in memory of The Living Tree co-founder Jo O’Farrell (who died in July 2018) to be placed near Highlands End overlooking Eype, a spot she loved to visit and sit to take in the view. Earlier this year, the Trustees invited donations from Living Tree members to help with the cost of the bench. The total cost is expected to be around £1,080 – this includes the design and construction cost and the engraving of an inscription by a local wood-worker. Above is the initial sketch of the inscription to be engraved on the backrest of the bench.

So far, £880 of donations have been received so we are still looking to raise a further £200.  If you wish to make a donation, please put your cheque made payable to The Living Tree or cash in an envelope marked “The Living Tree – Jo’s bench” and hand to any Living Tree Trustee or one of the staff in the Good Books shop in Gundry Lane which is open each weekday morning. Alternatively, phone or email The Living Tree Treasurer Vince O’Farrell on 01308 427851, 07754 270370, or for details of how to donate directly using bank transfer.

Mindfulness sessions on Zoom will run on the 6th and 20th of November at 2.p.m. 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.
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).

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.

Stepping Out member Liz Hollingworth has published a beautifully illustrated story, written during her radiotherapy treatment.

Pedro, Blanco & Little Mouse costs £7.99 and is available to purchase from Rose Thorpe: All sale proceeds will go directly to The Living Tree.

This beautiful collection of writing and artwork (excerpt below) 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.
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.  From September these classes may be live with social distancing measures in place.
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.

A message from Louise Wender. There will be no Worry Busting session in November or December – if you feel that you would like some support you may contact me through the Therapist’s Partnership (above) in confidence. I hope we will resume Worry Busting in January. Warm regards, be well… Louise.
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 is running 3 singing sessions a week on Zoom on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3.00pm. The sessions last one hour and are fun and light-hearted. 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.

15 NOVEMBER CHARITY AUCTION – POSTPONEDIn view of the current pandemic situation, it is with much regret that Roz has decided to postpone her charity auction until April 11th next year. She will however still be  holding the raffle in aid of the Weldmar Hospice which will include a large Christmas hamper. Tickets for the raffle can be bought from Roz, (01308 422650), or Nigel, (01308 281203), at any time or over the weekend of Saturday November 14th, 10am-8pm and Sunday November 15th, 12pm-7pm at the Ropemakers. The draw will take place on the Sunday evening after 7pm.

Donations for the hamper can be given to either Roz or Nigel by contacting them on the numbers above.


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
Meditation is like going into an old attic room and turning on the light. We then

see everything; the beautiful treasures we are grateful to have unearthed , and the

dusty corners that inspire us to say to ourselves ‘I had better clear that up’.

and relics of the past that we thought we had got rid of years ago.

We acknowledge them all with an open, spacious  loving awareness.


Remember that it’s never too late to turn on that light.  Your ability to break an

unhealthy habit or turn off an old tape doesn’t depend on ho long it’s been running

A shift in perspective doesn’t depend on how long you have held the old view.


When you decide to turn on the switch in the attic, it doesn’t matter whether it has

been dark in there for ten minutes, ten years, or decades.  The light still illuminates

the room and banishes the murkiness, letting you see things that you couldn’t see before.
So practising Mindfulness – also called ‘Wise Attention’ – is making the choice to

step into the quiet shade instead of running away from difficult thoughts and feelings.

It’s knowing when to take your foot off the pedal –  that you are going too fast.

That drivenness to get somewhere a constant need for stimulation or distraction.


Instead of being swept away by our usual conditioned reactions be curious:

notice how it feels in the body when we are fully present with what is – touching it deeply, being touched by it.


Notice, also, how many times you perform an action without really being there.

Try slowing down an everyday activity, such as making a cup of tea or brushing your teeth.
Notice your emotions, thoughts and feelings, whatever they are, and meet them with

a gentle awareness, acknowledging ‘This is happening right now, and its perfectly ok’

Or “This is a moment of suffering “, speaking to yourself with kindness as you would to a dear friend .

I wish you all well.  I am hoping to try and run a half-day Mindfulness session in

the coming weeks.  If you are interested in this, please let me know.

As things are at present this will take some planning.  Zoom sessions may be

my next challenge – again, let me know if this interests you.


With Love, Warmth and Kindness


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