Sunday, 23 November

Oxfordshire Prostate Cancer Support Group


23rd. November 2014


Oxford Round Table kindly allowed OPCSG to be one of the two charities collecting at their annual firework display in South Park, Oxford, on 8 November, and the event went with a bang (sorry!).  OPCSG’s wonderful team of collectors battled through poor weather, which improved as the evening went on, and by the time most spectators were heading for home we had raised £1640 through donations in our buckets.  Many, many thanks for this excellent result to collectors Dave Beesley, Don Barker, Diana Bell, Roger Kendal, John and Janet Goldsmith, Basil Wales, Dave Hogg, Jutta Fiford, Hans Hahn, Dave and Jean Hawes, Chris Mason, John Varley, Brian Perry.  And of course to Oxford Round Table for allowing us to participate.

During September Gary Rees (friend of committee members Gwilym and Ruth Mason) and his friends walked a 15 mile route in the Peak District (which seems to have taken in a refreshing number of pubs on the way) and raised £155 as they went, which they have generously donated to OPCSG.  Thank you all!


Saturday 6 December at 7 pm: Skittles evening at the Ferryman Inn, Bablock Hythe.  Bablock Hythe is between Stanton Harcourt and Northmoor, west of Oxford.  Post code for sat nav: OX29 5AT.  We have a choice of menu as follows:  Chicken and chips/Fish and chips/Sausage and chips/a Vegetarian meal.  Christmas cards will be on sale on the evening – see below for details of cards.

The price for the evening is £8.50 a head to include food and Skittles.  To reserve places please contact John Goldsmith, 01865 580152.


We have received notification from Cancer Research UK of a day they are holding at The Churchill to involve patients with the work they do.  The details are in the flyer attached to this email and if you are interested you can apply directly as shown.  The event is on Wednesday 3 December from 11 am to 2.30 pm, lunch and travel expenses provided.


Maureen Beechey creates Christmas cards on the theme of ‘Oxford Lights’, based on photos of the city’s seasonal illuminations.  They are sold to support Prostate Cancer Research & Development, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds, in memory of her husband Pete.  Single cards cost £1, a pack of ten costs £6.  They will be on sale at the skittles evening.  If you would like to contact Maureen directly to arrange a purchase, please call her on her mobile 07821 511186.


Here’s one small thing that may help – a credit card sized card from PCUK which you can present at cafés, shops etc. if you are in urgent need.  We have got some copies from PCUK and will make them available at group meetings. If you need one now, get in touch and we will send it. Alternatively you can order them for free from PCUK via this link: Scroll down the list of publications to find it.  The wording on the card is: 'I have a medical condition that means I need to use a toilet quickly.  Please can you help?'


Group meetings 2015 - venue (except for river cruise and skittles): The Oxford Golf Club, Hill Top Road, Oxford, OX4 1PF

Monday 19 January – Prasanna Sooriakumaran (PS) will present his research project and ask for volunteers; Monday 9 March – AGM with Simon Brewster; Monday 20 April; Monday 15 June; Sunday 28 June - river cruise; Monday 14 September; Monday 19 October; Saturday 5 December - skittles evening, provisional.

Details of each meeting will be published in following Newsletters and on the website at - do keep looking there.

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Kind regards,                          

John Grundy                                                                Vice Chairman, OPCSG