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1st June - 30th June

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Hello Everyone

People are expecting miracles with the weather! It’s not yet June so please welcome the rain. Our Mairie has quite clearly stated that W A T E R is going to be made available —- but to whom? I’d like to hope that we will be able to top up our pool but I’m not banking on it. Our summer visitors will be disappointed – again. Those big ugly plastic water butts are looking more and more likely – a no brainer really. We need to be more water aware.

But isn’t everything green and lush. The other day we drove through Le Barcarès and Canet – there were lots of proudly upstanding bamboo hedges. The fields are full of wild flowers, purple mallow and thistles, and those red poppies with their paper thin petals are popping up everywhere. Tarmac or railway tracks – nature pushes past all the barriers. Drought – what drought? A joy to behold!

Speaking of which, the Olympic Torch passed through the P-O on its way to Paris – what? didn’t you know…oh well

At our CSF Spring Open Meeting on 7th May, we were able to have our pre lunch Sangria on the terrace at Le Restaurant Guy Molas.

We had a very interesting meeting in the morning. First we heard some CSF news from Jill and Penny and then Fred Browne talked about his work as a forensic psychiatrist in Northern Ireland.

Forensic psychiatry deals mainly with mentally disordered offenders who have come through the judicial system and who need assessment and treatment in order to be rehabilitated back into the community. He gave us lots of detail about the methods he used to probe the minds of these offenders, studying their biological backgrounds, listening and questioning and gathering information.

As you can imagine, there were lots of questions at the end of his talk and there were further questions over lunch, for those lucky enough to be on his table!

Monday 20 May was the Pentecôte Holiday and an occasion for the village of Oms to celebrate their 15th Fête du Printemps.

After a week or so of very welcome Spring showers, the sun was back for at least the morning. Around 160 people enjoyed a wide variety of activities and entertainments.

Outside there were guided hikes, a farmer’s market, plus games, face painting and donkey rides for the children.

Lunch was accompanied by music provided by an accordionist and a magician entertained and mystified.

Inside the spacious village hall was a varied exhibition with a theme of Le Canigou, the mystic mountain of Catalonia. There were local arts and crafts and our own Penny Parkinson manned the CSF information point.

Drop Ins

Wednesday 5 June, Pablo’s Bar, Céret, 10.30

Come along for coffee and chat.  There will also be books and Céret is a great place to meet up with friends.

Monday 17 June, Café des Artistes, Laroque des Albères, 10.15

Come and have a browse through our large selection of paperbacks. Any books you bring along for exchange will be gratefully received. We can’t take hardbacks or non-fiction books I’m afraid. Bring a friend and stay for coffee.

Wednesday 19 June, Villa Lafabrègue, Prades, 10.15

There will be coffee and cake at this lovely villa and this month Greg Jemison will give us a presentation about the Yemen.

Looking ahead

October Rose – Les Jeudis Roses de la Clinique 2024
4 Thursdays of talks, workshops and conferences about breast cancer
Oct 3, 10, 17 & 24 : 11am – 4pm

🎗 To support Pink October, the SOA (Soins d’Onco-Accompagnement) joins with PINK THURSDAYS in Perpignan at the Clinique St Pierre.
SOA 66, based in Perpignan, offers support to people with cancer throughout the Pyrénées-Orientales. It gives supportive care to patients being treated in Oncology and/or Hematology in the form of alternative, complementary care, as well as financial support. The objective is to inform patients, health professionals and visitors of the actions proposed by the association.

CSF will have a stand and we’ll be handing out leaflets and chatting mostly to medical people, letting them know what CSF is about and how we can help English speaking patients. (There will be no stands on 30 October.)

A detailed programme will be available later on in the year but for the moment
if anyone can do an hour or two in the morning or afternoon, we’d very much appreciate it. Please contact Phil O’Neill philomeneoneill@gmail.com

Saturday 5 October, Fête October Rose, 12pm

Our Autumn event this year will be a LUNCH AT THE DOMAINE MAS ALART. This vineyard, set in the heart of the Roussillon plain, has been there since 1897.

As you know, the Octobre Rose campaign makes it possible to raise awareness and inform and encourage screening in the fight against breast cancer.

As our event takes place at this particular time of year, we thought it would be appropriate to name it Fête October Rose.

The afternoon will begin with a fizzy apéro and continue with lunch and then dessert. Wine will be served of course and there will be music from our friends Zircon. Dancing will be encouraged. There will be prizes to be won – a tombola* and a surprise draw. Fun for everyone.

Entrance by ticket only and the cost is 20€. Watch this space for more details and please make a note of the date.

Our Tombola table is always a great way of raising a bit of money. And remember, the proceeds are shared equally with La Ligue.

Take a chance, buy a raffle ticket and win a prize – it could be a bottle of shampoo, it could be a bottle of champagne. It could be a gift box of perfume or soap, or a couple of ceramic bowls. All these are donated items and we are asking you, if you can, to please donate – bottles of wine or water, jam or beer, unwanted gifts or anything you think you yourself might like to win! Your donations will be gratefully received at any of our upcoming events, including Drop Ins, or just email me and I will arrange pick up. Thank you.

Please remember that if anyone is struggling or needing help, the CSF telephone and email helplines are always open.   We are there for everyone needing assistance at this time as well as for those affected by cancer. There is also lots of information on our website.
A  joyful Christmas and a happy and peaceful New Year to you all!

Diana Eastaff


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