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Covid 19 Information from ME Association

posted 3 Apr 2020, 13:01 by Gemma Richards

Hi all, 

A few people have been emailing me questioning if they should have a letter to shelter for 12 weeks. According to Me association anyone with a CFS condition is deemed in the vulnerable group so should shelter for 12 weeks. Link is here.…/me-association-full-gui…/.

As per normal, even the government are confused by CFS conditions and whether we are vulnerable or not.

Letters from GP are actually issued by government and as yet we have not received one even for Rebecca's asthma. I was informed if i need a letter for my employer to contact GP but if not just follow the shelter guidelines for 12 weeks then review. Hope this helps.

Please take care and see you soon I hope. 

G x

Covid 19 - Meetings cancelled

posted 23 Mar 2020, 07:15 by Gemma Richards

Hi all, 

In this strange times I am really hoping you are all looking after yourself. 

In light of the horrible Covid 19 and the government requirements of social distancing and the closure of gatherings at the church, I am having to make the hard decision to cancel our meetings and any social events for the foreseeable future. 

As an alternative, if you want a telephone call around the time of our monthly meeting, please let me know and I will schedule a call to you. Whilst I hope this is a temporary measure I will keep you posted. 

I am so sorry as I know so many including myself really benefit from these meetings but your safety comes first. 

Take care and keep safe.. 

Lots of love and virtual hugs
Gemma x 

Coffee Morning and Chums

posted 18 Feb 2020, 03:00 by Gemma Richards

Hi all, 

The coffee morning on the calendar is going ahead tomorrow. It will run from 13,30 - 15.30pm at the Community Room at Morrisons, Sproughton Road, Ipswich IP1 5AQ. There will be cake and coffee and of course Rebecca and me. Come along for a chat and a hug as well as good company. Hope to see you there. 

Also over the past 2 days I have been finalising chums details, if you missed the previous email and wish to join then it is never to late. The chums is where you will receive a chum to write to, email or text another member. If interested I will need your address, email, phone number and birthday please. I will then send you your allocated chums details. 

Finally our next meeting is Tuesday 3rd March at St Johns Church Hall, Cauldwell Hall Road, 13.30-15.30pm. 

Kind regards, best wishes and gentle hugs

The CFU Team

Christmas Meeting

posted 14 Dec 2019, 06:41 by Gemma Richards

On Tuesday 3rd December we joined together for our last meeting of 2019. We had a Christmas raffle and buffet and a very relaxed meeting to just chat, take some time out and enjoy one anthers company, plus we sported some lovely festive jumpers and hats as you can see below. 


We look forward to our Christmas meal on Tuesday 17th December, just wait for our photos. 

In the meantime, our next meeting is now on Tuesday 4th February 2020, where we hope you can join us to celebrate our amazing 9th Birthday. 

I would love to wish you all a very lovely Merry Christmas and a Happy New year from all of us at CFS Unite. 


Chums relaunch

posted 18 Nov 2019, 04:41 by Gemma Richards

After lots of requests, previous success and my own personal wish I am going to relaunch the Chums scheme in January 2020 which is where you can be linked to another member and become pen friends, text buddies or email buddies as a more personal way of providing support.

If you wish to join this scheme and get a chum please email with the heading chums and let me know the following:

Contact Number
Birthday date
If you prefer contact via post, email, text or if not bothered reply all. 

Once I have numbers I will pair you up and in the new year will send you out a chum to pair up with to keep that communication going.  Please be aware if you say you prefer post I will only provide your address, or if you reply email only your email address etc....

Gemma x

Upcoming and 2020

posted 16 Nov 2019, 03:51 by Gemma Richards

Good morning, 

I hope you are as well as possible and have avoided the winter bugs better than I have. 

Our last meeting of the year is fast approaching on Tuesday 3rd December at 13.30 till 15.30. Please join us for the festivities as we are hosting a festive raffle and nibbles plus if you can join us wearing your favourite Christmas outfit or jumper that would be great. 

Our Christmas meal is upcoming on Tuesday 17th November at The Mermaid from 12.30. Currently I have 15 of us booked on with 2 people joining us at the end for a rink. If you fancy joining us please let me know by the end of this weekend and the deposit and food choice must be with me by the end of Monday. 

Finally, the dates for next years meetings, a coffee morning, BBQ and Christmas meal 2020 is up on the website so get these saved in the diary. Please check this page from time to time as I will add dates throughout the year. The link is 

Wishing you all the best. 

October Meeting 2019

posted 28 Sep 2019, 03:54 by Gemma Richards

Good morning, 

I hope you are all keeping as well as possible. Thank you all for your kind messages regarding the recent germ fairy, we are all a lot better although still getting over the bugs and colds. These things take time. 

Our meeting is on Tuesday 1st October - how can it be nearly October already? In light of missing our September meeting  we wish to hold a Halloween theme social with nibbles, raffle and get together. The meeting runs from 13.30 - 15.30 at St John's Church Hall, Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich and I hope you can join us. 

I will also be asking for the £10 deposits for our Christmas meal soon please and will bring menus with me at our next 2 meetings, however I have attached a copy with this email so you can see prices and menu choices.  The Christmas meal is Tuesday 17th December at The Mermaid Pub from 12.30 and I need confirmation and all deposits to be paid by the 10th November. 

Hope to see you Tuesday. 

Love and hugs G x

Coffee Afternoon Success

posted 28 Sep 2019, 03:29 by Gemma Richards   [ updated 28 Sep 2019, 03:41 ]


On Tuesday 17th September the sun was out and so were you. I held a coffee afternoon at mine from 13.30 until 15.30 (well it lasted till nearly 5 but 15.30 was the plan).  11 people plus Rebecca, me and 2 dogs joined together to drink cuppas, eat and chat. It was a lovely afternoon and I am so grateful to be supported and surrounded by some many wonderful people who support the group and me personally. Thank you.

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.

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