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2nd May 2018 - 23rd May 2018


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Hello Everyone

The weather has perked up!  It means we can get the garden furniture out, scrape the remains of last year’s hamburgers off the barbecue and start to think about filling the freezer with ice cream.  By the way, birdsong is still preoccupying me and diverting me from all sorts of important jobs!   I could wish for nothing more than an app which could record the song and identify the singer….

The Cycle For Life Cycle Ride finished on 31st May after a 24km circuit of Agde to see the Canal du Midi entering the Etang du Thau.  6 people did the whole route across France from Royan on the Atlantic to Bordeaux, Agen, Toulouse, Carcassonne and Agde, over a period of 13 days.  A total of 32 cyclists took part, cycling one or more days.  
Representing our own area and cycling on the last day were Penny Parkinson, John McCullie, Lizzie Williams and Jack Smith.  They cycled 24 kms – phew!  well done you!
As a result we are close to achieving our goal of €10.000 in sponsorship.  This will fund the Trainers’ Conference and Train the Trainer programme in November thus  avoiding the need to ask CSF associations to sponsor these.
A very big thank you especially to those who cycled, to the organisers and also to those who supported us along the routes.

A Royal Invitation for CSF

Cancer Support France Attends a Royal Reception in Nice
It isn’t every day that we are contacted by the British Embassy in Paris with an invitation to attend a reception to be hosted by The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall……and that was only the start of the story….

The Drop Ins this month  

Wednesday 6 June  –    Céret    –    10.30-12
Pablo’s Bar in the Place Pablo Picasso.  Come and join us for coffee and browse through the books.
Monday 18 June  –    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 20 June  –  Ille sur Têt  –   10-12
Tom Martiin who has just returned from his trek in Nepal, will be talking about his great adventure at Lizzie’s Kitchen this month.  Do come along and join us. Coffee and cake as usual.

Sunday 10 June    –   VIDE GRENIER    –     St Cyprien Plage    –     9.30 – 5pm

Bad weather last month meant that the Vide Grenier had to be cancelled.  However, as you see, it has been re-scheduled.  
This large, all-day vide grenier is held every year and has over 400 stalls and is very well attended.  CSF have a couple of tables with books, DVDs and lots of other items. Please come along and support us.

Saturday 16 June     AUCTION & SPRING FAIR    –    Ornaisons   –   all day

If you have a look at the PDF attachment at the bottom of this newsletter, you’ll see that there’s a big day out planned for anyone who would like to come to this beautiful part of our region – the Corbières area.  If more is needed to lure you out, there is an Auction and Spring Fair in the picturesque village of Ornaisons.   It lies north-west of Narbonne and it is very close to the Abbaye de Fontfroide which is well worth a visit.
You will see that the Auction is being organised by our friend Little Fat Norm (LFN) and he asks that you let him know the item(s) you are bringing so that it (they) can be listed on a flyer to be distributed a few days before the event.
At the auction the auctioneer will be our own Ron Reid with Penny Parkinson acting as his assistant.
Bring your item for auction on the day.
We are looking for good quality or speciality items (such as china) which may be suitable for auction rather than vide grenier.   
You keep half the proceeds and the other half will be split between CSF and the British Legion.
Note:  The Fish and Chip lunch looks pretty good !
(If you have an item and really cannot come to our big day out then please let me know as soon as possible and we will try our best to organise a pick up.)


Thursday 6 September   –   WALK FOR LIFE   –   Maureillas

The arrangements for this year’s event are going well with a couple of great walks in mind.  The shorter walk, about 5kms, will be a gentle walk through our lovely countryside, with the longer walk, about 9-10kms, making an interesting challenge for others.  
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.  
There will be more details later but in the meantime 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.




2nd May 2018
23rd May 2018
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