Table Tennis at Bridport Leisure Centre.
Living Tree News 40

Dear Living Tree members and friends,

It has been another busy month, with the important change in Friday afternoon location back to Friends Meeting House. We would like to thank Church House Hall for accommodating us over the summer – the space allowed us to meet safely indoors for our initial 3 months of returning to face-to-face meetings. Our Friday afternoon numbers are growing again & we have continued to enjoy a variety of speaker topics, plus creative sessions. We remain grateful to all of our regular volunteers, & would still love to hear from anyone who might have the time to help on a Friday afternoon at Friends Meeting House.

The allotment has remained a great alternative outdoor meeting space, with plenty of veg to harvest, & Splash Club & Table tennis are also popular. As winter approaches, we are beginning to plan our entry for the Christmas Tree Festival. And don’t forget Roz’s fundraising auction at The Ropemakers this Sunday 7th November – a chance to buy some fabulous gifts & support Weldmar at the same time.

If you shop at Amazon and would like to support the Living Tree, please follow this link to find out more: 

The Trustees have been busy behind the scenes, preparing our first Trustees Annual Report for the Charity Commission. 

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
The kitchen 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  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

Here are the details of our Living Tree meetings at The Friends’ Meeting House this month.

Friday 5th November


Stepping Out: The Programme

Either Jo or Richard are joining us to tell us about the Stepping Out programme which aims to help members with their recovery, during & after their cancer diagnosis, by the provision of group exercise & wellbeing sessions. 


Mindfulness with Sue Howse

Email if you would like to join

Friday 12th November


Christmas Craft 1

Chris Edwards is leading the first of two craft sessions preparing the Living Tree entry to the Bridport Christmas Tree Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Close Knit Community’. Chris asks that we collect brightly coloured gloves in all sizes which will be decorated with shiny braids, buttons & beads.


Yoga with Nadiya Wynn

Email if you would like to join

Friday 19th November


Christmas Craft 2

Chris Edwards is leading the second of two craft sessions preparing the Living Tree entry to the Bridport Christmas Tree Festival. This year’s theme is ‘Close Knit Community’. Chris asks that we collect brightly coloured gloves in all sizes which will be decorated with shiny braids, buttons & beads. 


Mindfulness with Sue Howse

Email if you would like to join

Friday 26th November



Ian Bark, Mayor of Bridport

The Mayor of Bridport,Ian Bark, joins us with a talk entitled:- ‘How did I end up here’, telling us about his career so far. The Mayor is making Living Tree + Stepping Out one of his charities of the year.


Yoga with Nadiya Wynn

Email if you would like to join

Fundraising This Month


Sunday 7th November

Roz’s fundraising auction at The Ropemakers is a chance to buy some fabulous gifts & support Weldmar at the same time. Bidding starts at 6.45pm with viewing immediately prior to the sale. Bids can be left at the bar or with Roz.


Only 15 places available and free to Living Tree members.
Jane Saunders, the talented classical musician, will be hosting another Soundbath on Sunday November 21st at 10.30am at St. Mary’s Church Hall Bridport. Please bring mat, pillow and blanket. Arrive 10.15 – 10.20am. No entry after 10.30am. Contact Maria by email at or 07483838008 to reserve a space. Chairs available if you find it uncomfortable to lie down for the 50 minutes Soundbath.

Our Allotment

We passed our first anniversary of taking on our lovely living tree allotment, a good opportunity to look back at the progress and the fun we have had and how much we have learned. We have had such an amazing harvest this year, let’s hope it’s not just beginners luck! 

This month we were very fortunate to have a visit from Nick, a fungi expert from Chideock Champignons. We hadn’t noticed many of the fungi growing at the allotment. He talked about the many medicinal benefits that fungi can give including some of the edible bolete family and oyster and shiitake mushrooms which can lower cholesterol and reduce inflammation in the family. 

Some have been used to heal wounds, create art, as well as being key to the decomposition of wood and help improve the health of forests. Hopefully he will be back to help us grow beds of some Turkey Tail mushrooms, plus others useful in composting. 

We finally finished and took down our runner and french beans, but continue to harvest courgettes, spinach, salad, herbs, and nurture our squashes and celery.  We also continue to weed, chat, eat, drink tea, sharing ideas and nutritional advice.

A big thank you to John Johnson for coming to sing whilst we worked, and played to us whilst we had tea and banana cake this week. It was such a pleasure to have such lovely melodies in the background. I do hope we get to enjoy that again.

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

Healthy Eating

As we are moving into shorter colder days I thought I would repeat Tamara the nutritionalist’s  advice which is to ensure you have sufficient vitamin D. In the summer months you can usually get sufficient supplies from exposure of skin to the sun for 30 mins per day . In the UK, however, most people will need supplements. (1 -2 000 IU per day)

Mushrooms are the only good plant  source of vitamin D, and honestly, I know this seems far- fetched, but if you leave your mushrooms outside in the sun light for 10 to 15 minutes mushrooms will absorb more vitamin D and can then retain it whilst kept in the fridge.

So the recipe this month had to contain mushrooms!

If anyone would like to share tips, advice or healthy recipes please send them to

Alison Boyland

Mushroom Bolognese


  • dried porcini mushrooms 30g
  • olive oil 2 tbsp
  • chestnut mushrooms 500g, finely diced
  • onions 2, chopped
  • garlic 4 cloves, crushed
  • carrots 2, grated
  • celery 2 stalks, finely diced
  • thyme leaves chopped to make 1 tsp
  • rosemary leaves chopped to make 1 tsp
  • celery salt 1 tsp
  • star anise 1
  • tomato purée 2 tbsp
  • chopped tomatoes 2 x 400g tins
  • basil ½ a small bunch, torn
  • tagliatelle 400g



Put the porcini in a bowl and pour over 200ml boiling water. Leave to soak while you start the sauce.


Heat a large non-stick pan until hot and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the chestnut mushrooms and a pinch of salt, and fry, stirring, until they start to soften and give out liquid. Keep frying until all the moisture has disappeared and the mushrooms have coloured to a dark golden brown. Don’t skimp on this bit as this will ensure you get maximum flavour in the finished sauce. Scoop out the mushrooms then add the onions, garlic, carrots and celery to the same pan with another tbsp of olive oil and stir well. 

Put on a lid and cook for 10 minutes, stirring now and again, or until the veg has softened. Add the herbs, celery salt, star anise and tomato purée. Drain the porcini mushrooms, keeping the liquid. Chop the porcini well and add to the sauce, along with the strained liquid. Tip the cooked chestnut mushrooms back in.


Cook, stirring, for a minute then tip in the chopped tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Cook for 30 minutes until the sauce is rich and thick, and stir through the basil just before serving. Cook the tagliatelle following pack instructions, then drain and toss with the sauce before serving.

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, Cilla & Camilla in Bridport 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


Salway Ash Village Hall
Living 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 and I will get back to you, as numbers are limited due to hall capacity.

Bridport Leisure Centre
We also play social table tennis at Bridport Leisure Centre in the Main Hall from 10:30-12 noon every Friday. All are welcome, bats and balls supplied, just bring your enthusiasm. People of all abilities are welcome.

For more details contact the organiser Rose via


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:


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 or telephone the Living Tree mobile 07341 916976 to leave a message and Rita will get back to you.


 Richard and Jo are back running exercise classes and activity taster sessions at Bridport Leisure Centre Pavilion on Monday and Thursday mornings. 

By raising the awareness of the importance of cancer rehab, Stepping Out hopes it can help more people in the Bridport area who have a cancer diagnosis to live more active lives, to improve their knowledge about exercise, diet and mental health, make new friends and empower participants to take an active role in their own recovery and future health.

There is no charge for participating in Stepping Out, but you will need a referral from your GP or Clinical Nurse Specialist, but in the first instance please contact Jo Perfect, as detailed below.

If you are interested in the Scheme and would like to know more about how Stepping Out can help you, please contact the Programme Manager, Jo Perfect, or see us in action at

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.


Offers mindfulness, counselling, coaching for living & working with cancer, reflexology & massage, aromatherapy, M technique, Tripudio, lymphatic drainage massage, meditation & hypnotherapy. Please contact Carol Banks via the for more information if you are interested in any of these.

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& 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

Ruth Somerset, Volunteering Services Coordinator – Wales and Southwest

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 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:

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: or telephone Caroline on 07918 486126. Website:

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.

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 

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

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  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.


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:


Photo courtesy of Sue Howse

Dear All,

As we move into autumn, it seems we are already being encouraged to look towards Christmas. So this month’s newsletter is a reflection on the journey of the present moment and not the destination.  When we’re always striving to get somewhere and something else, we never fully arrive where we are.  We forget to live…….


There is a more passionate and joyful way to live and love and that is to give up the mindset of waiting to live. Non-waiting instead can be.  A way of being. living each day and each moment as if it really mattered,  It is an invitation to step fully into life.   To not miss this day or this moment while waiting for the next one to arrive.

    The energy of waiting can have us caught up in our heads hooked on the wishes we want to be fulfilled, the plans we want to execute  and the dreams we believe we need to come true  E.g. when my knee is better and when my husband is fitter.

    Non-waiting doesn’t mean giving up our dreams, but rather to bring our primary focus to how we meet the unfolding moment.  We engage fully in the journey instead of waiting to arrive at our destination.  E.g. ‘Once this is finished, then I will live.’


The present moment could be described as the flow of life. It is the space in which your entire life unfolds. Your true home.  When we stop leaning into the next experience- wanting and waiting for a particular outcome, we are finally free to know and experience life and this moment fully.

    Non-waiting involves a relaxed, warm and welcoming awareness, instead of clinging, it lets things be.  It doesn’t deny or push anything away.  It allows the flow life to come towards and we respond to it moment by moment.  We dance with the flow life.  In this way we develop a skilful and loving connection with reality.

   Listen, human life is always a bit messy.  There’ll always be another problem to solve, goal to reach, mess to clean up. wound to heal.  If you get it all together, something usually falls apart in  the next moment.  If you get what you want, another desire will soon arise.  It’s just the way of being human.

    You may feel you cannot live fully till you get it all together, fix it or work it all out – but you can.  It’s just a choice…not to wait.  To just rise to the occasion of it all with the best of who you are. To live into the beautiful, messy, mysterious wild beauty of it all.

    Non-waiting allows us to show up and participate fully in the unfolding of our precious lives while we have them to live.  When the sun sets this afternoon that will be one more day of you life gone.  Don’t get stuck in waiting for something else or something more in the future.  Don’t let it slip by only half lived.  Don’t wait. Be present.  This is it.

Warm Wishes,

I am now running monthly half-day Mindfulness and Self Compassion retreats at Othona’s new art studio –  a lovely open space. The next one is Tuesday 16th November 10am to 12.30pm (£20). Do let me know if you are interested. Also the weekly Zoom Monday Mindfulness hour sessions continue at 7.30pm (£5 per session).

Tel 07341 916976. Contact 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.

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