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OCTOBER 2021 -  Autumn has arrived and brought some very mixed weather but it's beautiful outside on a bright sunny crisp day, just perfect to layer up the clothes and enjoy a refreshing walk. There is such a lot to see, even if you aren't able to go too far or for too long. Just walking locally I have noticed fallen conkers from the horse chestnut trees along with some huge leaves, beautiful berries on holly bushes and on cotoneaster shrubs - perfect food for the hungry birds during winter months. On a sunny day bees are still busy on the last of the autumn flowers. My Dad grows Dahlias and they have been particularly lovely into the autumn this year.

We are advised by Breast Cancer Care of the Benefits of exercise:

Regular physical activity can help maintain or improve your health during and after treatment. It can: 

  • help avoid or reduce some side effects of cancer treatment, such as fatigue, weight gain, osteoporosis and Lymphoedema.
  • improve your long-term health, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, and may reduce the risk of the cancer coming back 
  • help your mental wellbeing by reducing anxiety, stress, depression and improving your mood
  • prevent or reduce the loss of muscle tone and general fitness that can happen during and after treatment

So, get outside, make some time for you and go for a walk!

October is also pink ribbon month. The other day a donation bag dropped through our letter box and as I picked it up I wondered how the pink ribbon came about.. Here is what I found out:

The Pink Ribbon Story
A pink ribbon symbolises breast cancer awareness. The merging of ribbon and symbolism in the United States came about in two huge leaps. The first occurred in 1979 when a wife of a hostage who had been taken in Iran was inspired to tie yellow ribbons around the trees in her front yard, signaling her desire to see her husband come home again. Step two occurred 11 years later, when AIDS activists looked at the yellow ribbons that had been resurrected for soldiers fighting the Gulf War and turned the ribbon bright red, looped it, spruced it up and sent it onto the national stage during the Tony awards to represent those affected by AIDS.

The stage was set for the evolution of the breast cancer awareness ribbon. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has used the color pink since its inception in 1982. The first Komen Race for the Cure® logo design was an abstract female runner outlined with a pink ribbon and was used during the mid 1980s through early 1990s.

In 1990, the first breast cancer survivor program was launched at the Komen National Race for the Cure® in Washington, D.C. The survivors wore buttons that were printed in black and white. Later that year, the survivor program developed, and pink was used as the designated color for Komen to promote awareness and its programs. Pink visors were launched for survivor recognition.

In 1991, pink ribbons were distributed to all breast cancer survivors and participants of the Komen New York City Race for the Cure®. Then in 1992, Alexandra Penney, editor-in-chief of Self magazine, wanted to put the magazine's second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month issue over the top. She did this by creating a ribbon and enlisting the cosmetics giants to distribute them in New York City stores. And thus, the birth of the pink ribbon!

In 2007, twenty-five years after its inception, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation changed its name to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The name change was accompanied by a new brand image. The new logo included a pink “running ribbon” designed specifically for Komen for the Cure. This ribbon signifies the promise Komen Founder Nancy G. Brinker made to her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, to do what she could to end breast cancer.

Today, any generic pink ribbon can be used to represent breast cancer awareness while the Komen “running ribbon” is reserved solely for use by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

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And Most Importantly of all Remember
The best way to support pink ribbon month is to promote breast cancer awareness to friends and family and for them to regularly check their breasts… Don't forget the men - it's rare but they can get it too.

Have a wonderful October stay well and keep walking !!! 

JUNE 2021:
Knitting for charity - Wendy has brought her knitting needles out again and this time she is knitting Little red hearts for the Watford Schools Trust Charity. They are easy to do but stuffing and sewing up is a little time consuming …. she has until September … five down ..many more to go!!!

Collecting Used Stamps for Breast Cancer:-

How to donate used stamps:
Please cut the stamp off the envelope. When cutting, leave approximately 1cm of envelope bordering each stamp. The rest of the envelope can be discarded (which will make it cheaper to send).
Collected stamps should then be sent to:
Stamp Recycling Scheme
Against Breast Cancer
Leathem House
13 Napier Court
Barton Lane
Abingdon, OXON
OX14 3YT

APRIL 2021: You may remember that Michele signed up to take part in a charity Sky Dive Jump to help raise funds for The Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted. Here are the fantastic photos and her write up from her day:

“After being postponed 4 times due to bad weather & lockdowns, the Sky Dive went ahead on 18th April. In total I raised £2742.00 for Hospice of St. Francis. It was such an amazing experience, I am so proud to have completed the challenge.”

OCTOBER 2020: Thank You Helen.

Helen had been the Treasurer to our group for many years. Her plan was to emigrate to Australia to be closer to her family but unfortunately her plans have been put on hold due to the current COVID health issues.

Helen decided to stand down from her duties and although not the presentation that we would have liked, Ann managed to visit her during October with her gift from us all - a beautiful picture painted by Gundula.

MAY 2020: Gerry is hard at work on scrubs for GOSH and here is a little background of how it started:

“ It all started via our book club, I was just one of a team. It was very well organised. One of our book club members delivered the pattern and material to me. I just cut it all out, someone else collected all the pieces and it was taken off to a much more competent seamstress to sew up and then to another person for overlocking. I think I had a very easy job!

The staff at GOSH were very grateful I understand, but not as grateful as us for all the wonderful work they do!”

MAY 2020: We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and well and that you managed to enjoy your Bank Holiday and VE Day celebrations.

Our gardens have been keeping us amused and busy and here are a few photographs of what we've been up to.

Ann (Smith) has been busy working on her garden pond project and it's looking lovely!
There was a cheeky squirrel visiting Michele's garden - taking a quick drink from the water feature and Wendy has been busy in her garden preparing plug plants for summer planting.

12 May - 200th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

The legacy of the trail blazing nurse has never been so pertinent -
In 1859, Florence published a book called ‘Notes on Nursing' which is still in print today. She also founded the Nightingale School   and Home for Nurses at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Up until her death, Florence encouraged the development in nursing in Britain and abroad. The main reason we remember her is that she did a lot of work educating people about the importance of keeping hospitals clean and free from infections, and this work is carried on today in modern hospitals.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breast cancer information -
Information and support available from Breast Cancer Now.

We know lots of people are worried about coronavirus (Covid-19).
Information and support is available for people affected by breast cancer, including tips on self-isolation and social distancing.

All face to face services at the Lynda Jackson Centre have been suspended but their telephone help line is still in operation - 020 3826 2555 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm they will be happy to talk to you if you are feeling anxious or concerned. There are some interesting resources on their website including a relaxation recording.

We are sorry that our meeting on 20 May has been suspended in line with Government advice on social distancing and group gatherings. We were looking forward to welcoming Denise Gillies from DEMAND - a local charity based in Abbots Langley designing and manufacturing for disabilities. We will reschedule the meeting but in the meantime if you would like to learn more about the charity please head to their website:

It will be strange not to see everyone, but please stay in touch through our email address Please also feel free to send through any photos and news for sharing and publication next time.
Until then, stay well and stay safe..

APRIL 2020

Here are some photos of some of the crafty things we have been up to:

Painted Rainbows and Teddy Bears in Jayne ' s windows -
How lovely are these to say - Thank You NHS

Gundula has been winning prizes again with her beautiful encaustic art. Here's a picture from the Spring Art Exhibition held at Abbots Langley Village HUB. It won 3rd Place in the people's vote - Well done Gundula for bringing some cheer and beautiful flowers to the village notice board!


And here is a knitted bunny egg cosy ready for Easter, knitted by Wendy.


FEBRUARY: We were delighted to welcome and to meet Deepa Doshi at our February meeting. Deepa is our Macmillan area Partnership Quality Lead and she hosted a really enjoyable evening.

We learned so much about the Macmillan charity and we were all surprised, and none of us knew, or could correctly guess that Douglas Macmillan originally set up the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer, in 1911. He was determined to improve the experience of cancer after watching his father die. The charity went from strength to strength and we are lucky to have such excellent 24/7 support.

A few of us just managed to catch Deepa at the end of the meeting for a photo before saying goodbye.

Thank you Deepa, we look forward to welcoming you back.


SEPTEMBER: Some images from our interactive aromatherapy evening. Thank you Christine Hunter for a very relaxing evening.

MAY - Gundula had two pictures on display at the Spring Art Exhibition with The Watford & Bushey Art Society. The Exhibition was held in the INTU Centre and here is one of Gundula’s lovely floral Encaustic art creations - beautiful! Well done Gundula.


FEBRUARY - Very pleased to welcome back Kate MacNish and Chris Bromwich who last gave a talk to our group back in 2012 when they had just got involved with Bee Keeping…. Kate had freshly baked a honey cake which was enjoyed by all whilst listening to a fantastic presentation with slideshow. We had a fascinating insight into the wonderful world of Bees and their healing power this certainly proved to the group that Kate & Chris have certainly mastered their knowledge – simply ‘bee’autiful evening!


Stepping out of her comfort zone…… our Chairman, Ann Phillpot in January, registered for Peace Hospice Strictly Dance Competition, namely ‘Strictly Come Hospice 2018’. After dancing with her dad for many years, this would be a dream come true for Ann to dance again. With only 7 weeks of training plus music and outfit to source, the event was scheduled for 16th March at Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth. Not only did Ann dance to an audience of more than 500 people, she was awarded 9’s and received a standing ovation from the judges much to her surprise. Ann exceeded her £500.00 fundraising target, raising £545.00 for Peace Hospice Care. What a fantastic achievement. Well done Ann.

JUNE - Here are some photographs from our Social Evening held in June. We had a Knit, Natter Craft themed evening. There was much natter, a little knit and lots of Pom Pom making!!

JULY - Guide Dogs For The Blind
We were delighted to welcome Kevin & Julie Norris and Julie’s Guide Dog to our meeting. They spoke about this fantastic charity and the invaluable work of the dogs. We were pleased to raise a fantastic sum of £100.

AUGUST - Entertainment provided by three lovely ladies from Bushey Flutes. We were treated to a selection of popular music from the shows. Money raised from the evening was donated to Peace Hospice Care. We had a magical toe tapping evening!


JANUARY - What a great way to start the New Year! Our guest on 18th January was Rhys Ratcliffe from the ‘Move More Herts Programme’, which is based around getting us to become and stay active. We were advised that this programme has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and is for anyone that has been affected by cancer. Let’s hear what Rhys had to say about his visit to us……

”It was great to meet all of the ladies at the Trojan Group and since talking to the group about physical activity and promoting the Move More Herts service for those affected by cancer, 3 of the ladies have since come to us to begin some free light exercise and gain some advice about lifestyle changes post cancer treatment. We still hope to see more of the ladies take up our service”.

Rhys is more than happy to re-visit our group later in the year. Meanwhile, here is the email address if you want to get involved with the programme:

FEBRUARY – We were delighted to welcome back to our group on 15th February, Complimentary Therapist, Penny King who came to give us an insight into the physical, emotional and mental benefits of Tuning Fork Therapy. This was a hands on session and we were all able to experience using a Tuning Fork and experienced the benefits. As the evening came to an end, Penny kindly gave us all a CD entitled ‘Still Point Peace Process’ Suara Sound, so we could continue to dip into relaxation mode at our leisure!

MARCH – Our AGM took place on 15th March, this was our 16th AGM since members took over the running of the group. Trojans has now been in existence for 17 years. After the AGM, it was nice to have a social chat between ourselves to finish the evening off.

MAY - A photo taken of us in May 2017 joining in the celebrations of one of our members Michele, who celebrated a ‘milestone’ birthday on 22nd June!

After a successful tea party & auction held at our August 2017 meeting, we raised a fantastic sum of £146.24 which we presented to The Spring Centre, Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted as they were chosen for our fundraising donation. This hospice has given support to some of our members in the past. A lovely surprise for them, they were absolutely delighted!


Back in March 2016, one of our members, Michele, took part in a Swimathon, swimming 60 lengths in 45 minutes, 51 seconds and raising £700 for Sport Relief. She also did a ‘Guess my time Sweepstake’ which was won by another Trojan member, Jayne bagging the winnings of £32 for guessing the closest time of 47 minutes. Well done Michele & Jayne!

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Trojan meeting ….. Wendy

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We look forward to seeing you at Trojans very soon…
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