News & Events
Report July 2019
Cumnor Festival of Performing Arts
The festival was back again on 15th June for the third year with another fabulous day of entertainment from top class bands, singers, dancers, actors and solo musicians, in the wonderful extensive gardens of Hurstcote Appleton Road. The amazing £2,000 raised for our group (to include donations to Oxenford House and Maggies Cancer Centre) will be extremely helpful in enabling us to continue meeting, paying for the venue, speakers, activities, refreshments etc. Apart from a little income from our monthly Pinky’s Tearoom, we have no other funding, so income from the festival is vital to our work.
Tips to Help Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
It is believed that approximately one in six women (and a considerably smaller proportion of men) will develop breast cancer at some time in their lives. Alarmingly, half the population of the UK will get cancer of some area of the body! Part of our role at Positively Pink Oxford is to share awareness of the things we can all do to reduce those statistics in favour of healthy, cancer free lives. Our bodies, largely through our immune systems, naturally do battle with cancer cells every day and the cells are generally rendered harmless, but we do need to give that system a boost and a fighting chance by adopting some simple lifestyle changes. The London Breast Cancer Clinic, a leading light globally in prevention and treatment of the condition, is based within the Princess Grace Hospital, Nottingham Place, W1U 5NY, and it has recently released some helpful hints and tips which we may all follow in an effort to keep well… I quote them below verbatim, but I strongly advise that before embarking on any new way of eating or exercising, it is very important that you consult your doctor.
- Adopt a Mediterranean diet
- Limit alcohol consumption to one glass of wine per day
- Optimise body weight and undertake regular exercise (20 minutes per day if possible)
- Minimise the intake of red meat, processed meat, eggs, pure animal fat, sugar and sweets. Use honey as a sweetener
- Expose your skin to 20 minutes of sunshine daily if possible
- Increase the intake of olive oil, garlic, onions, leafy vegetables and citrus fruits, especially mangos, cherries, berries, pomegranate and strawberries
- Try not to use hormone replacement therapy after the age of 55 years unless necessary
- Increase the intake of caffeinated coffee, black and green tea
- Vitamin D3 (1,000 international units daily). Optimal blood test level 75 – 150mmols/I
- Omega 3 (1-2 grams daily)
- Vitamins: B6 (10mg), Folate (400mcg) and Beta Carotene (10mg)
- Polyphenols and flavonoids (green tea, black tea and fruits)
- Quercitin (black grapes, red raspberries and nectarines)
- Spices: Curcumin (turmeric), chilli spice, black cumin and black pepper
- Sulforaphane, Indole3 carbinol and thiocyanate (cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, sprouts, broccoli, kale and cauliflower)
- Lactobacillus (Low fat natural live yoghurt)
- Mushrooms (to boost the immune system)
Suggestion: Blended drink of fresh orange juice, kale, blueberries and raspberries.
Chawley Grove Care Home, Cumnor Hill have very generously offered their luxurious new cinema room to the group for a private film showing of ‘A Star is Born’ - the new version staring Lady Gaga - plus refreshments on 17th July at 7.30pm.
Ten of us gathered for our May meeting, and we were delighted to welcome wellbeing and beauty consultant Carol Doherty from the international Charity ‘Look Good Feel Better’. Carol drove, very generously, all the way from Buckingham to tell us about the wonderful work of her charity, to demonstrate make-up techniques and show us how to make the most of our facial attributes whilst undergoing cancer treatments. We learnt so . We learnt so much from Carol and it was very clear that self care such as she demonstrated plays such an important beneficial role in building confidence and self esteem after cancer treatments.
Whether your encounter with cancer was years ago or just last week…perhaps it was not yours but a close friend or relative, you will be very welcome to join us at any of our gatherings. Why not bring along a friend on the 3rd Wednesday of the month? We usually meet at 7.30 pm at Cumnor Old School OX2 9PE or come along to -
Pinky’s Tearoom – Open to all (children welcome) – 1st Wednesday Every Month 11am-1pm (same venue).
We can whisk you up some delicious lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, mochas etc. We have a range of teas, scrumptious homemade cakes (including wickedly indulgent, gluten free and vegan varieties), scones, savouries and soups. Generous take-away cakes. Dairy, Soya and Oat milk is available and we do everything we can to use environmentally friendly and recyclable items. The next Pinky’s Tearoom openings will be Wednesday July 3rd, August 7th 11.00am – 1.00pm Cumnor Old School. Everyone is welcome.
For more information, or to express an interest in coming along to the group or helping, please call Jean on 07927 236961 or email: email@example.com See our website: www.positivelypinkoxford.org.uk
Extraordinary Tea Cosy Competition
Pinky’s Tearoom is in dire need of some creative and cheery tea cosies to adorn our pots of fabulous tea (see photo for just one unorthodox idea). The challenge is on to produce something wondrously extraordinary to fit either our whopping 24cm (hand to spout) x 17cm tall teapot, or our more dainty 18cm x 13cm variety. It would help if the jolly creation were able to be carefully hand washed. Entries may be as wacky as your imagination can allow, but nothing suggestive please… the café is very family friendly! The winner will have a photograph of their creation printed on Pinky’s advertising material, in this magazine (who knows if the national press may pick it up!) and will receive a coveted gift card entitling them to specialist coffee/tea and homemade cake at Pinky’s for four people on a day of their choice! A once in a lifetime opportunity? Please contact me (Jean) this month (May) to express your interest, details below. The winning cosy will be selected by a team of specialist cosy fanatics at Pinky’s Tearoom Cumnor Old School on Wednesday 5th June between 11.30am and 12 noon. Why not have some fun creating and support a good cause?
Whether your encounter with cancer was years ago or just last week…perhaps a friend or relative was affected, you will be very welcome to join us at any of our gatherings. Why not bring along a friend on the 3rd Wednesday of the month? We meet at 7.30 pm at Cumnor Old School OX2 9PE or come along to - Pinky’s Tearoom – Open to all (children welcome) – 1st Wednesday Every Month 11am-1pm (same venue). See our tea-cosy making competition page… We can whisk you up some delicious lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, mochas etc at the drop of a hat! So, together with our range of teas, scrumptious homemade cakes (including wickedly indulgent, gluten free and vegan varieties), scones, panini and soups, we can provide plenty of naughty and not so naughty treats for you to share with a friend or two, or more. Generous take-away cakes are available to satisfy friends and family who are not able to make it on the day. Dairy, Soya and Oat milk is available and we do everything we can to use environmentally friendly and recyclable items. The next Pinky’s Tearoom openings will be Weds 1st May, 5th June 11.00am – 1.00pm Cumnor Old School. For more information, or to express an interest in coming along to the group or helping, please call Jean on 07927 236961 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org See our website: www.positivelypinkoxford.org.uk
Carol Doherty - ‘Look Good Feel Better’. Wednesday 15th May. 7.30 – 9.15 pm. Cumnor Old School OX2 9PE
Carol, from this international cancer support charity, will demonstrate make-up techniques and show us how to show off our facial attributes to the full whilst undergoing treatments for any type of cancer.
There will also be make-up gifts for participants. Limited numbers, so booking before 8th May vital.
Dawn Akers – Holistic Ways to Live Healthily. Wednesday 19th June. 7.30 – 9.15 pm. Cumnor Old School OX2 9PE. Dawn, from the Cumnor Clinic, will talk about her own speciality and the various other complimentary therapies which can be helpful during recovery from conventional medical cancer treatments.
Last Month’s Meeting
At our April gathering, we were delighted to welcome reflexology practitioner Julia Medhurst from the Chipping Norton Physiotherapy Clinic to talk with us about how the therapy can play a beneficial role in rehabilitation after conventional cancer treatments. Julia, who trained at the London School of Reflexology and is a member of the Complimentary and Natural Healthcare Council, also brought her therapy chair to give some practical demonstrations of her work. We will have several visits from complimentary therapy practitioners over the coming months (see above). Such therapies are being recommended by many doctors, hospitals and the Macmillan and Maggie’s cancer centres for help with relaxation, sleep problems, some symptoms or side effects of treatment, emotional health and general well-being, but it is important to stress that these therapies should never be used instead of more conventional medicine or without the knowledge of the doctors in charge of your treatment. We at Positively Pink Oxford would only recommend ‘complimentary’ therapy by well trained, qualified and insured practitioners who have studied the special considerations required when treating cancer patients. Such practitioners aim to help alongside or after doctors’ treatments. This is quite different from ‘alternative’ therapy, which can often be offered instead of conventional medical treatments. We understand that there is no firm evidence that any complimentary or alternative therapies can alter the course of cancer, but the therapies researched by Macmillan and explored by Positively Pink were said to be safe, in the right hands, and most people who tried them found them very helpful and supportive. For more information about the research sources used in their excellent booklet ‘Cancer and Complimentary Therapies’, contact email@example.com If you would like a booklet or a conversation about therapies and cancer, please let me know.
Cumnor Festival of Performing Arts at Hurstcote– Sat 15th June
The festival is back again by popular request for our third year, raising money for the Maggies cancer centre and the Cumnor Positively Pink Oxford cancer support group, with another fabulous day of entertainment from top class bands, singers, dancers, actors and solo musicians, in the wonderful extensive gardens of Hurstcote Appleton Road Cumnor OX2 9QL (see photo). Once a ridiculously reasonably priced ticket (£10) is purchased, visitors are welcome to come and go as they please throughout the day 11.30 am - 8.00 pm. Children (under 16) entry will be free but they must be accompanied by an adult. There will be light lunches available and scrumptious afternoon teas with homemade cakes plus a bar tent for when your whistle needs wetting. If you would prefer to bring a picnic, by all means do so.
If you, or anyone you know, would like to offer a little background help with the festival (in exchange for a free ticket), please contact me. It would be good to have more help to serve afternoon teas and drinks and generally join everyone in having a great day. Kindly chefs have offered some fabulous cakes and scones, but we will need more, and good quality raffle prizes will be most welcome. Help will also be needed to move chairs around and put up tents etc. There are many ways in which you can have a great day and contribute in small or larger ways whilst helping to raise vital money for two important causes – please contact me and support us in any way you can.
Pinky’s Tearoom – Open to all
The Tearoom got off to a splendid start with a steady stream of coffee/tea and home-made cake lovers beating a path to our door (see photo). As hoped, there was a lovely mix of people both from Cumnor and other parts of Oxfordshire to sample our luscious homemade cakes, scones and savouries, freshly ground coffee and fine selection of teas. There were naughty and not-so-naughty treats (including gluten free) to indulge the most discerning cake fancier, also generous take-away samples were purchased to satisfy friends and family who were not able to make it on the day. At the next Pinky’s Tearoom opening, (the 1st Wednesday in March 20th 11.00am – 1.00pm Cumnor Old School Kitchen) to our lovely selection of cakes, we shall add cheese scones and other savouries, also some vegan choices.
Everyone is welcome to come along to enjoy Pinky’s, whether or not they have personal experience of some type of cancer, but particularly welcome are folks who are sympathetic to and keen to support the work of Positively Pink Oxford. For anyone who has been touched by breast cancer, someone will be on hand with experience of the condition with whom visitors can, if they wish, talk confidentially and share any concerns, helpful information or hints and tips on living well.
Big Band ‘Las Vegas’ Evening
Come and join us for this fabulous Velvet Tones 23 piece band event. Raffle on behalf of Positively Pink Oxford. Sat 2 March 2019. 7.30 pm. Kennington Village Centre. Bring your own drinks. Tickets £10 - On the door or book through Jean (below).
March 2019 Gathering – Lunches on the Go
Say goodbye to curling cheese and pickle butties and add a whole new repertoire of tasty, nutritious, easy to prepare and transport soups, pâtés, salads and sour dough creations to satisfy your appetite wherever you may roam. Wednesday 20t h March 7.30 – 9.15 pm. The Old School, High Street, Cumnor OX2 9PE (Parking behind the building or on the road). Please let me know you intend to come so that I can ensure there are plenty of goodies for you to try.
Whether your encounter with breast cancer was years ago or just last week…perhaps it was a close friend or relative, you will be very welcome to join us at any of our gatherings. On the 3rd Wednesday of the month a donation of around £3.50 each evening meeting (to cover hall and refreshment costs) will be most appreciated. You will be under no obligation or commitment other than to ‘dip your toe in the water’ and give the group a try.
Big Band Double Header!
Big Band Double Header! The Bob Cutting Big Band plus The Velvet Tones Big Band in one fell swoop! Yes, two fabulous bands for the price of one … but wait a minute… it's FREE ENTRY! These two bands have very generously agreed to play for the evening on behalf of Positively Pink Oxford… so donations on the night plus a raffle ticket please. Thursday Feb 21st 2019 8.00 pm Oxford Golf Club, Hill Top Road, Oxford OX4 1PF.
February 2019 - Mindfulness
We met for a the first of a series of three evenings devoted to the topic of Mindfulness… which, in a nutshell, is the practice of paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings in the here and now, and to developing a heightened awareness of the world around us. This particular session concentrated on how to gently acknowledge, accept and embrace those aspects of ourselves (often negative untruths adopted in the past) which can hinder our ability to love and celebrate our lives and which sometimes mar our relationships with others today. We looked at what we liked about ourselves as unique and special people and how we might begin to allow ourselves to love who we are... not in an egocentric way, but softly and generously enough to provide a warm unconditional space in which others can also be free to explore their own special worth. The other Mindfulness workshops will take place at various intervals throughout the year… they will all be focused in some way on how we can start to learn to gently free ourselves from those ill-formed opinions of ourselves from the past… we shall also look at how to handle those imaginings of the future that can paralyse our steps ahead… watch this space for more information.
Pinky's Tea Room Opening 6 February 2019
Invitation to Christmas Gathering 19th December 2018
Positively Pink Oxford our local (Cumnor) breast cancer support and activities group, plus High Jinks Ukulele Band, plus Creative Skill Share groups invite you to a Christmas gathering with drinks, light finger buffet and a little entertainment at
Cumnor Old School on Wednesday 19 December 7.30 - 9.30 pm.
Do join us and bring along a friend or partner… but no guinea pigs on this occasion thank you! RSVP so that we have an idea of numbers.
Jean - firstname.lastname@example.org 07927 236961
1940’s Big Band Swing Party – Sat 24th November 2018
1940’s Big Band Swing Party – Sat 24th November - In aid of Positively Pink Oxford – Not to be missed - book your tickets now!!!
October 2018 Gatherings
Social get-together - Wednesday 3rd October. 7.30 – 9.15 pm. The Old School, High Street, Cumnor OX2 9PE (Parking behind the building or on the road). Do come along and meet others who have travelled at various times and stages along the breast cancer path and help us all discover ways to build confidence, make new friends, live well and have a lot of fun along the way.
Sleep, and how to get your share of it – Wednesday 17th October. 7.30 – 9.15 pm. The Old School Cumnor (as above). Jean Pryce-Williams, who is qualified in various complementary medicines including stress management consultancy and has a particular interest in sleep, will talk about how we might best help ourselves to more and a better quality of this often illusive and mysterious commodity.
September 2018 Gathering
On Wednesday 19th September, 7.30 – 9.15 pm. The Old School, High Street, Cumnor OX2 9PE (Parking behind the building or on the road). Nutritionist Helen Money will share with us information about the nutrients and foods that can support treatment for breast cancer. She will inspire us with some simple meal and snack ideas and we will have plenty of time to get some helpful answers to our diet related questions. Helen will also treat us to tasty antioxidant packed treats to enjoy over a cup of tea. Helen has 9 years experience providing nutritional advice thorough private consultations, group talks and written articles. She holds a BSc in Human Nutrition and a PGC in Applied Sports Nutrition. We look forward to inviting her back soon to share, in her lovely warm and accessible way, more of her expertise.
We met for the first time on 7th September at Cumnor Old School and had a most enjoyable time, welcomed by the gentle and beautiful harp music from Anna Lockett. It was very good to have the opportunity to get to know each other, share some healthy and delicious food and discover something of what we would like to do together at future meetings. Amongst the choices expressed were: Talks/demonstrations on nutrition, exercise, skin/hair care, make-up etc. Also art workshops, singing, poetry, reading, cooking, crafts, photography, gardens, boating, walking, films, theatre, supper or lunch club… There was substantial interest shown in complimentary therapies, relaxation, stress management and counselling. I am sure that other topics will come into sight as we share ideas. We are fortunate in having, within our group, the knowledge and skills to offer many of these activities and topics already, but I am always keen to hear from anyone who knows of someone who can offer these or other helpful components to help us live well and enjoy life more fully.
The group plans to meet at Cumnor Old School every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7.30 pm – 9.15 pm. On the 1st Wednesday of the month, we may simply talk informally, enjoy each other’s company, share ideas, tips and experience concerning breast cancer. On the 3rd Wednesday we will concentrate on a specific topic or activity. There will also be opportunities to plan together outings and activities, as appropriate, at other times.
Whether your encounter with breast cancer was years ago or just last week, you will be very welcome to join us at any or all of our gatherings. You will be under no obligation or commitment other than to ‘dip your toe in the water’ and give the group a try. A donation of around £3.50 each meeting (to cover hall and refreshment costs) will be most appreciated. For more information, or to express an interest in coming along to the group or helping in any way, please call Jean on 07927 236961 or email: email@example.com
See our website: www.positivelypinkoxford.org.uk