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Upcoming and Christmas meal

posted 14 Sep 2019, 02:47 by Gemma Richards

Good morning, 

I hope you are keeping well especially now that the cold season is upon us, (our household has been hit already). We have a few things upcoming. 

Tuesday 17th September - Coffee afternoon at my house from 13.30 till 15.30ish. Please do come along if you can and email me if you need the address. 

Sunday 22nd September  - BBQ from  Noon till 4pm(ish) - BBQ at my house, I will supply the BBQs, Burgers, Sausages, Bread (Vege options can be purchased just let me know). 

Tuesday 1st October - Monthly meeting at St Johns from 13.30 till 15.30. 

Also I have booked our Christmas meal (sorry for early use of the C word). Our Christmas meal will be on Tuesday 17th December at The Mermaid Pub from 12.30. At this time please let me know if you are interested. I will bring menus with me at the October meeting and email them out soon. I will need a £10 deposit and you menu choice by the 10th November to confirm our booking. The earlier the better please. 

G x

Tuesday 3rd September Meeting Cancelled!

posted 31 Aug 2019, 03:07 by Gemma Richards


I am so sorry but unfortunately there is a lot of illness and poor health in terms of conditions amongst the team and I have to work on Tuesday so I am having to cancel the meeting this Tuesday. If you know of anyone planning to attend please can you let them know and please accept my sincere apologies

We do however have a few things lined up in September listed below and the October meeting on the 1st will go ahead as I will be back to my normal working days.

Events lined up:

CFU Coffee afternoon on Tuesday 17th September from 13.30 till 15.30 at Gemmas House).

CFU BBQ on Sunday 22nd September from noon at Gemmas House.

Once again I am so sorry.

Coffee Morning Photos

posted 24 Aug 2019, 04:50 by Gemma Richards   [ updated 24 Aug 2019, 04:51 ]

On Tuesday 20th August a few of us got together and enjoyed the sunshine and each others company, with coffee and cake and cheese straws. What we lacked in number we made up for in conversation and games, even forming our own football team. Thank you to those who joined us and a massive appreciation for Bryan and Shirley for hosting.  



BBQ Postponed, coffee morning and next meeting

posted 23 Aug 2019, 08:19 by Gemma Richards

Hi all, 

Hope you are keeping well?

After discussion with the team I have begrudgingly decided to postpone the BBQ due to the Ed Sheeran concert and the roads around mine is a nightmare. The new proposed date is 22nd September, from noon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

Our coffee morning on Wednesday 28th August is still going ahead from 10.30am at mine, so I hope you can join us then, 

Our next meeting is coming up on Tuesday 3rd September 13.30 - 15.30. Hope to see you there. 

Kind regards, best wishes and gentle hugs

Come and say hi at the Ardleigh Car Boot

posted 27 Jul 2019, 05:33 by Gemma Richards

Sunday 28th July - Ardeigh Car Boot
Ardleigh Car Boot Sale - 7am - around noon - weather dependent.
Come and say hi to us whilst we attend the car boot to sell things and raise money for the group. We will have our posters up. 

What a hot but wonderful beach hut day

posted 25 Jul 2019, 01:13 by Gemma Richards

On Tuesday 23rd July, 17 Chronic Fatiguers and their family had a lovely day at a beach hut on Felixstowe beach not too far from the pier. 

It was a fantastic day full of drinks (tea and coffee), food (yummy cake), chatting, laughter and sun sun sun.

Some of our attendees even became page 3 models without a mankini in sight (pictured right). Thank you to everyone who came along and made the day even more wonderful and a massive thank you to Bryan for organising the hut. We look forward to next year. 


More photos can be found on our Facebook page. 

Beach Hut day

posted 20 Jul 2019, 02:19 by Gemma Richards

Tuesday 23rd July - Beach Hut day
Felixstowe Sea Front - 10.30 - 3.30pm.
Come join us by the sea for a relaxing social. With a beach hut to sit by, tea and coffee on tap (well camping stove kettle) and the pier not far away, a relaxing day by the sea is just what we have ordered. Who knows a sun dance may bring the sun as well. For those attending the beach hut is about 10 in from the pier to the left of the pier it is on the end of about 10 beach huts and is blue and white in colour. I will be there from 10.15am ish so call me if you cannot find us. Also I think we will be putting up a flag. 

Information and upcoming

posted 14 Jun 2019, 05:04 by Gemma Richards   [ updated 14 Jun 2019, 05:05 ]

Good afternoon dear CFUniters, 

I hope this week finds you well as well as can be expected. After some weeks of not feeling my old self today appears to be a brighter day so fingers crossed I have turned a corner. 

A few things to share with you.

1. Upcoming - as those of you who were at the meeting I was unable to share upcoming dates due to an immense brain fog well fear not here it is. 

Tuesday 2nd July is our next meeting at St John's Church Hall. 13.30 till 15.30. Refreshments available.  

Tuesday 23rd July - is our beach hut day. Join us on the waterfront of Felixstowe for a day by the sea with our very own beach hut to use with mugs and tea making facilities.. I have scheduled times in from 10.30 till 3.30 ad to give you an idea it is very close to the pier so not too far to walk to the toilets or if youfancy some fish and chips/donuts. I will supply tea/coffee/ milk etc.... but please bring snacks if you are hungry. 

Sunday 25th August - I have scheduled in  our almost annual CFU BBQ at my house. from noon till 16/17ish. We will supply burgers, sausages and bread including veggie options, you bring the rest. There are some chairs but will possibly request more. Please be aware I have a dog who is very friendly. You are more than welcome to bring your families and any dog friendly pets if you wish. 

Also in our September meeting Lisa has kindly organised a guest speaker called Natalie who is joining us as she is a hypnotherapist and mindset coach. 

Other things to share: 

Tomorrow Saturday 15th June - I am hosting a dementia cupcake day at Galaxsea Divers from 11am till 4pm to raise money for the Alzheimer Association. If you are free and fancy some cake come along and say hi. I am currently baking some carrot cake and g/free dairy free banana muffins. Plus there will be lots more. 

Saturday 15th and 22nd June
 - Lisa's group the Springfield follies have their show called Thank you for the music (information attached) , please if you can contact Lisa and book your tickets, It is always a good show. 

Finally, I am interested in hearing from people for 2 things, 

1. Do you wear mouth guard at night, if so would you be able to tell me what for, what kind and any benefits or problems you have found with them?  I have been talking to people about my constant clenching which is causing headaches as well as jaw aches. I have recently purchased a cheap mouth guard to try but would love to hear feedback and recommendations. 

2. Are you a pacer to conserve energy? If so can you share an example of your day and whether you find it beneficial or not. I have a member really struggling to pace but as a result she is boom or busting daily. Any advice given would really be appreciated.

All information given will be anonymous and I hope to share more information soon. 

That is it for now. Hope to hear or see you soon. 

G x

A restful meeting

posted 5 Jun 2019, 07:44 by Gemma Richards

Yesterday we were joined by @lindseyjanemarsh ( who talked to us about her journey with ME, and yoga. A massive thank you for sharing her story and providing a short session on yoga and breathing techniques. Lindsey has kindly agreed to send us some information which i will share I once receive it.

Finally thanks to those who attended who persevered with my immense brain fog (thanks Lisa for taking over) and for putting up with Rebecca running about. I did have some things to share but will put it on the blog and share when my brain is functioning. G x


posted 6 Mar 2019, 05:58 by Gemma Richards

Unfortunately yesterday the 5th March we had to cancel our monthly meeting. This is not something we decide lightly. I did try to get hold of everyone I can by posting on Facebook, Twitter, text and I sent 2 emails, unfortunately I cannot make individual phonecalls. On Monday night it came to my attention that my first email had not been received by some people so I sent it out using my personal CFS Unite email instead of the info one and it has still not worked. I am looking into this at the moment and if anyone has any ideas please let me know.

If you turned up on Tuesday, please accept my sincere apologies that I endeavoured to get into contact with everyone as soon as it became apparent it was going to be cancelled. All I can now ask is please check the website the morning of our meeting date and if there are any changes I will endeavour to have it on the homepage of the website by 9am. I hope this is a one off situation but please accept my sincerest apologies.

Gemma x 

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