Cancer Support France – Sud de France


 February 2015 Newsletter


CSF Pyrenees Orientales

Hello Everyone

January always feels like a very long month and it’s also the time when local restaurant owners, boutiques and even our favourite boulangeries, decide to take their two week break!

There’s been a change of temperature but the cold, blustery weather should not discourage us from going out for a short walk around the village or up in the hills.  If can raise the spirits and remind us why we have chosen to live all year round in this wonderful part of France.

Our AGM took place in Carcassonne on Friday 23rd January.
At the meeting, the Tarn was officially incorporated into the CSF Sud area. Our President Hazel Turner and our Treasurer Judith Bourne,  who have both been with CSF Sud from the beginning, announced they were standing down this year.  Our own Penny Parkinson is now President and Brian Thomas is the new Treasurer, with Maggie Longworth continuing as the Dept Rep for the P-O.  Also, Rob  Houghton gave a thought provoking and at times amusing talk on Mindfulness, despite having to battle with the sounds of the French Armée de la Terre who called in for lunch by helicopter!   At lunch there was a chance for people from across the wide CSF Sud area, from Albi to Perpignan, to meet and chat.

There are currently 193 events planned for this day.
This is a global event taking place under the tagline “Not beyond us”.  Do have a look at their website to find out more about it.

There are three Drop-In dates for your diaries this month:

Wednesday 4 February    –     Céret    –    10.30-12
Pablo’s Bar is the venue for the first Drop-In of the month.  Come and join us, have a coffee and exchange your books.

Monday 16 February    –    Laroque    –    10.30-12
We’ll be at the Café des Artistes with books and DVDs and a warm welcome for anyone who would like to come and chat.

Wednesday 18 February     –    Ille-sur-Têt    –    10-12
Take a break and come to Lizzie’s kitchen for coffee and cakes.  


Tuesday 31 March        Annual Open Meeting   “L’Auberge St Vincent” Perpignan

You are warmly invited to our Annual Open Meeting for members and supporters of CSF and all others who are interested in finding out more about what we do. The meeting will start at 10.30 with refreshments available from 10 o’clock.  This is an ideal opportunity to get together in an informal setting and to hear about what is happening with CSF, both nationally and locally.
Also, as we continue to remember the events of the Great War, LFN will be talking about the “Scouser and the Poppy”.

The restaurant is offering a 3-course lunch:  buffet starter, a choice of two main dishes and the dessert of the day for €16 which includes wine.
Do stay and join us and bring your partners, friends and neighbours.

Please let Penny know ( / phone 04 68 38 81 28)  if you will be coming to the meeting and whether you will be joining us for lunch as she needs to let the restaurant know in advance.    Click HERE for directions
If you would like any further information, please don’t hesitate to contact Penny.

Thursday 25 & Friday 26 June         Bages
For those of you who would like to become an Active Volunteer for CSF, we are running an Initial Training Course on these two days in June.
If you feel you would like to be involved in directly supporting clients, please let Penny know.  (More details on this will follow later.)

Sunday 6th September             “At Home” at Caixas
Penny and Frank will be welcoming people into their home for the annual CSF Sud get-together.  Put the date in  your diaries.

With best wishes to you all

Diana Eastaff

Please pass this on to anyone you know who may be interested in any of these events and for further information please contact me by e-mail on or by phone 04 68 82 90 49.

And check out our website at for all our future events.

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