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1st March 2021 - 31st March 2021


Hello Everyone

There’re all sorts of activity going on outside.  Judging by the full car parks at local DIY stores and garden centres, people are still finding things to build, repair, paint and plant.

Cycling past campsites, I’m pleased to see gates open and massive diggers in operation.  Down at the beach there are signs of life at some of the restaurants and bars – even the dodgem cars are getting a spit and polish.

Rattling along past fields and gardens, there’s a lovely smell of newly mown grass and I spotted daisies and buttercups and random clumps of daffodils.  Surely someone has planted those – I’d like to ask them how they do it.  No matter how hard I try, mine always end up looking as if they are obeying the social distancing rules!

You will see I have attached CSF Languedoc’s Newsletter just to give you an idea of what’s happening further afield.  As well as CSF-L activity, there is interesting news about advances in cancer care and cancer research.


Unfortunately, yet another month with no Drop Ins but I know that a few people are meeting up in small groups and there are also one or two Zoom meetings going on.

I wonder if anyone would like to suggest meeting up in a small group of no more than 6, in order to stay in line with government guidelines.  It could be book swopping or DVD swopping or just linking up with friends for coffee and a chat.

The weather is becoming a little more conducive to meeting outside and, although we’d have to stick to the 6 people limit, I think, in fact that would certainly be the ideal situation.

This really is just a fishing expedition at the moment but if anyone is interested in joining or hosting, then I’m more than happy to organise the groups.  All suggestions and comments are most welcome!

Read the national CSF newsletter by clicking the image below

Looking ahead

Thursday 9 September   Activity for Life  –  Maureillas

Our Walk for Life is definitely going ahead.  The date has been fixed and we are starting to organise the sponsored walks.

There will be more details in my next Newsletter but we can certainly look forward to getting together at the end of the summer.  As in previous years, there will be games, stalls and music.  Everyone is welcome to come along and join in and bring their own picnic lunch.

Wednesday 13       CSF Sud  –  Autumn Open Meeting – Perpignan

With things as they stand at the moment we thought it wise to postpone our April Open Meeting and as there will be no Autumn Ball this year, why not look at October 13th as a possible replacement date.

Let’s be positive and put this in the diary!

There will be no changes to the arrangements that were in place for April.  We start with coffee, then a brief update on all the CSF news.  We are very happy to say that our proposed speaker, Charles Van Oudenhove, is able to be with us.  (If you need a reminder, he’s a doctor in the Palliative Care Mobile team in Perpignan Hospital where he has been working for the last twenty years.  He and his team go wherever they are called in the Pyrénées Orientales – hospitals, clinics, retirement homes or to people’s homes – helping doctors and nurses give the best palliative care possible.)

I really hope that by October we will all feel safe enough to venture out and start seeing our friends.  This seems to be the perfect opportunity to meet up again after so long.

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.

Diana Eastaff


1st March 2021
31st March 2021
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