Wednesday, 23 October

Chairman’s Report.

The group continues to be very positive and vibrant and David Cole and Jane Niederer were excellent speakers’ at our last Meeting.

Abacus Group is holding a charity Art Exhibition at the Blue Boar Witney (OX28 6BH) on the 14th November starting at 4.30 pm. 50% of the entry fee will be donated to OPCSG so please try and support it if you can. Opera Everywhere will also be performing (something not to miss!).

We are also going to enter the Oxfordshire Business Charity Awards 2014 as, although there is no monetary value, it will raise the profile of what we do in Oxfordshire.  If we were lucky enough to win the 2015 event would ensure the charity collection on that Awards Event would go to OPCSG.

Please remember that our helpline is open to any members and their families to call at any time. It is not just for new members – if you are undergoing or have received treatment and are would like to talk about how you are feeling, please call. As you know, we cannot give medical advice but you do not have to wait for the next meeting to talk to someone.                         

Dave Beesley.



Oxford United Football Club has agreed that we can have an awareness and fundraising event on Saturday November 2nd, when they will be hosting Bristol Rovers. We are urgently looking for as many volunteers as we can get to help at that event (handing out leaflets) so please let Bob Butler (01865 881366) or John Goldsmith (01865 580152)  know if you can help.


Secretary’s Report.

A slight correction to the last newsletter – I am not resigning as Hon. Secretary, but I am retiring.

The committee will be attending the Prostate Cancer Support Federation ‘Autumn Workshop’ at Birmingham University on 19th November. The Federation is going through a transition stage and we are anticipating being updated on how they perceive the future.  One thing they have changed is the Logo - it is now the word ‘Tackle’ in a rather convoluted style.

As I reported in the last newsletter, we are keen to get more members (male or female) to join the committee. So far there has been a very limited response, but members with fresh ideas are needed if we are to carry on as a group. I really am retiring (but will stay on the committee if elected). The proposal for the future is to share the secretarial duties to lighten the load. Once again, please consider this carefully and talk to a committee member now if you would like to come along to our next meeting as an observer.                  

We are hoping to have some positive news early next month from DUO regarding purchasing equipment for the Urology Ward and out-patients department at the Churchill.