Friday 30 October 2015

Oops a mistake, our apologies

We are sorry but we appear to have given the incorrect telephone number to contact in our previous post. Please accept our apologies. The correct number is as follows;

01278 456240

We do hope this has not deterred you and look forward to an enjoyable meal with you all.

Tuesday 27 October 2015

Christmas lunch

We are delighted to tell you about our Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 2nd December 2015. If you would like to join us for some festive enjoyment, then please call us on 01278 456240. We have included the menu for your perusal.

                                                  Christmas Party Lunch Menu
                                                            £16.50 Per Person

                                            Somerset Bowel Cancer Support Group
                                                           December 2nd 2015
                                                               Meet at 12:30

 Traditional Roast Turkey with Leek & Chestnut Stuffing and Bacon wrapped Sausage(GF*)
 Slow Roasted Somerset Pork Loin with Roasted Apple and a Brandy Cream Sauce (GF)
                  Slow Braised Brisket with Wild Mushroom, Red Wine & Thyme Sauce(GF)
                                Baked Cod Loin on Baby Spinach with Parsley Sauce(GF)
                    Cashew, Brazil Nut & Goat’s Cheese Nut Roast with Creamy Tomato Sauce(V)

                       All served with roasted and mashed potatoes & freshly cooked vegetables
                           Cottage Made Christmas Pudding(GF*) Served with brandy sauce
                     Warm Chocolate & Hazlenut Brownie(GF*) Served with vanilla ice cream
                             Raspberry & Lemon Cheesecake Served with clotted cream
                                          Blackmore Farm Vanilla Ice Cream(GF*)
                                       Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee & Warm Mince Pie
                   The Cottage Inn, Keenthorne, Nether Stowey, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA5 1HZ
                                  Tel: 01278 732355  Email:
                                    (Served from 23rd November – 9th January inclusive**)

We really hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there. Please don't forget to ring on the number at the top of the page to book your place.

Sunday 18 October 2015

Fundraising update - London Marathon entry

Yesterday, whilst attending our Autumn Event, one of our professional colleagues told us that she has been successful in gaining a place in the London Marathon - a great feat in itself, let alone running the marathon.  She kindly informed us that she intended running for the support group!! We cannot tell you how grateful we are and are truly excited by this. A "just giving"page will be set up by our colleague if people wish to sponsor her and we will keep you up to date with her preparations in the run up to the event. We are expecting a very successful outcome as our colleague is a seasoned runner and competes every year in our own local Taunton Marathon with good times, hence the entry to the "Big One" in London.

As we get more details, we will post them here so keep coming back to see how things are progressing and hopefully we will be able to upload photos after the event.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Oh my.......

Well, what can we say other than a huge "thank you" to all of you who came today. There was well over a hundred attendees and we cannot tell you how lovely it was to see you.

We had some really exceptional speakers today who talked about travelling with a stoma, plus an update on the latest techniques in surgery, both of which were extremely interesting and informative talks. As always, their was a question and answer session with professionals made up from our local colorectal cancer team, which was again a lively session with some lovely ad-libbing from our very own chairman of the support group.

We also are delighted to tell you about the premiere of a DVD for newly diagnosed patients which has been made by the Trust in conjunction with Clinton Rogers (yes, the man on the telly) to help as you are diagnosed and need to know what is happening; it features real patients who have been there too, who kindly agreed to help in the making of such a thing possible; thank you.This was very well received and, indeed, we were able to introduce some of the stars of the DVD who attended today. Hollywood beckons!

Thank you also to Mr Colin Drummond, Chairman of Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust who has once again attended the event and stayed for the day with us, for the second year running. This really is very generous of you and is truly appreciated. Thank you also to our local Conservative MP, Rebecca Pow, for popping in to see us.

We enjoyed a very nice lunch provided by the Somerset Cricket Ground which allowed plenty of opportunity for us to mingle and catch up with you all, such a delightful part of the day.

We would like to take the time too, to say, a HUGE thank you to the couple who raised in excess of £1000 to donate to the group from the combined celebration for their respective milestone birthdays (both 21 again, of course!). This was a very generous gesture to make and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We also received an update on the Smarty Pants tubes that were introduced at last year's event. These have raised in excess of £700 pounds over the year, thank you. Once again there was a plentiful supply of tubes to be emptied of their original contents, to take away to continue this excellent idea for fundraising.

As we get to grips with technology we are hoping to be able to add presentations etc to the blog and the website, our sister presence on the net, so please keep visiting to be updated.

Thursday 15 October 2015

Looking forward to seeing you......

Well, we are really looking forward to seeing well over one hundred of you on Saturday and we are very excited. We do hope that you will like the programme we have put together. We are well supported with the local clinical teams/members of staff from our local Hospital. The support group will have a stand so please come up and say hello, or if you are interested in becoming more active in the group, we would love to hear from you. Once again we will have a raffle with some very fine offerings should you wish to try your luck with a ticket. 

We look forward to seeing you all there. Please can we just remind you to use the entrance on the Priory Bridge Road.