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CSF NEWSLETTER: JULY 2018


2nd May - 23rd May

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Hello Everyone
 
 
At this time of year we are brought up short by the temporary introduction of our old friends Bollards & Bumps!  
I moan and groan about having to do a round trip instead of a quick right or left turn because of those ugly plastic yellow and white things in the middle of the road.  Bumps appear (literally overnight) where you least expect them and the 30 sign is never an early enough warning.  The antidote to my grouchiness was to dust off and pump up my bicycle which has lain unloved and unused for most of the year.  Early this morning I set off under one of those clear azure-blue skies that belong in children’s picture books and a sun which wasn’t hot enough to leave me begging for a breeze – I had that wonderful feeling of being the only person up and about at this hour of the morning.
 
 Two events which took place last month were a great success.  The weather was kind to us on Sunday the 10th at the Vide Grenier in St Cyprien and we sold lots of books and other items.
 
At the Spring Fair in Ornaisons on Saturday 16th nearly 200 came during the day.  The auction was a little disappointing as many people didn’t join in but there was a healthy CSF presence and it was a good opportunity to talk to different people.

A reminder about the EHIC  –  European Health Insurance Card

You must ensure that you have an EHIC from France or the UK (depending on your own circumstances) if you intend to travel outside the country.
 
(The EHIC guarantees direct access to the public health system in the country you are visiting, with no need for prior application to the local health authority. When you show your EHIC, you will receive the same health services as if you were insured in the country you are visiting.)
 
Apparently there has been an upsurge in problems with people getting reimbursed by the UK or French health system unless they have their EHIC with them at the time they need emergency or other treatment.  And, it is impossible to get any repayment unless you have an EHIC.
 

 The Drop Ins this month  

 
Wednesday 4 July  –    Céret    –    10.30-12
Pablo’s Bar in the Place Pablo Picasso.  Come and join us for coffee and browse through the books.
 
Monday 16 July  –    Laroque    –    10.30-12 
At the Café des Artistes there’s always a good turn-over of paperbacks, English and French.  Also CDs and DVDs.  You can buy a coffee and take two books.

Wednesday 18 July  –  Ille sur Têt  –   10-12
Lizzie’s Kitchen this month.  Do come along and join us. Coffee and cake as usual.

LOOKING AHEAD

Thursday 6 September   –   WALK FOR LIFE   –   Maureillas

As part of our fun day of activities for all, there will be two walks at this event, one short gentle walk of about 5kms through our lovely countryside and a longer walk of about 9-10kms.
 
This week a small group of members and helpers, guided by a kind Maureillas resident, are trying out the longer of the two walks so that we will be able to give you more details of what is on offer.
 
There’ll be activities, including pètanque, for everyone during the morning so bring friends or family and pack a picnic or some sausages for a BBQ.  
 
If you would like to join in, whether as a walker or helping with the bar, cake sale, BBQ etc, please send an email to Lynn (lynnrhall66@gmail.com) who will keep you informed.

Saturday 13 October   –  AUTUMN BALL    –   Bages.

This is always a very relaxed evening, sitting with friends, joining in the fun and winning some prizes.   There’s live music & dancing, an auction & a tombola stall, a tapas style meal with wine and a bar selling beer and soft drinks.  Please make a note in your diary.
Diana Eastaff

Are you interested in finding out more about what CSF does?  If so please email Penny (sud-president@cancersupportfrance.org)

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 deastaff@yahoo.co.uk or by phone 04 68 82 90 49.

And check out our website at csf-suddefrance.webs.com for all our future events

Dear Everyone

This year the CSF Cycle for Life, starting in Royan on the 19th May and ending in Agde on the 31st, will come through our CSF Sud area between the 26th and the 30th May.

More information is available through the dedicated website and the national website HERE:

csf cycle for lifeWe are looking for your help in a variety of ways, if you can become involved, do contact me.

Cyclists – The Cycle for Life is not a race, it is a fun event for people of all ages and experience and no-one is expected to cycle the whole route. You can join in for a day or multiple days and some people have indeed already signed up for the entire ride. If that does not appeal to you then please do consider saddling up for a day or two as the ride comes through the Sud area.

Registration – We need volunteers to check cyclists in when they arrive at the destination for the day (4 to 5pm) and also when they leave in the morning (9 – 10am). For us, that means ‘in’ to Castelnaudry on the 26th, ‘out’ of Castelnaudry on the 27th and ‘in’ to Carcassonne the same day. ‘Out’ of Carcassonne on the 29th and ‘in’ to Le Somail. And finally ‘out’ of Le Somail on the 30th.

Support vehicles – We are lucky enough this year to have two support vehicles starting with the group from Royan. However, we usually don’t know until very close to the start date, how many people will be looking for transport of luggage or transport to and from their hotel/campsite/B&B.

Join us for Fish and Chips in Carcassonne – The cyclists are having a rest day on the 28th. Chris and Claire of C&C Fish and Chips have arranged a fish and chip supper (with peas) at a rate of €9 for cyclists and €10 for others. This will be held at La Métairie, a lovely café in sight of the old Cité with a super terrace and heated conservatory. Have a look for further information and the address HERE.

It would be lovely if we had Sud members joining the cyclists to give them well deserved support, some will have been cycling for many days. Bookings do need to be made in advance, please contact Sasha on admin@cancersupportfrance.org

Or lunch at Homps – Chili and Spice who did a great lunch last year, have offered to do the same again, this time near Homps. A venue is yet to be finalised and a two course meal will be €15 which includes a donation to CSF.

General support – And do take the chance to support the cyclists along the route either at the start and end points (final details will be posted to the website nearer the time) or along the canals.

Sponsorship – If you are unable to help, then please do consider making a donation. There is an alvarum page (like Just Giving) here from which you will see that I am cycling the last day (if I stay upright!). And French tax payers will receive a reçu fiscal directly. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE

The aim is to raise awareness, as well as funds for CSF National specifically to support the Trainers’ Conference and two Train the Trainer days. These are already booked for November 2018 and will, of course, benefit all the CSF associations as our training is the cornerstone of the work done by our active listeners.

Very many thanks to you all for your continued support, I hope you have had an enjoyable Easter and are ready to spring into Spring.

Penny

 

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2nd May
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23rd May
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