Acorn has received yet more wonderful support from the Freemasons. A cheque for £1500 was presented to Jan by Ged Dempsey on 26 November on behalf of Toseland Lodge. The amount arose from the proceedings of a race-night held at the Lodge on 8 April and other activities that followed. We say a huge thank you to all Brethren and their ladies at the Lodge for their kindness, thoughtfulness and very generous support to Acorn. We also thank Ged and Colin for their initiative in proposing and progressing the donation with Lodge members.


This year's visit to RAF Wyton charities Xmas dinner. 8 members attended and had a great time.

Excellent meal and entertainment which included the RAF Band playing, Carol singing im addition to a group of carol singers from alocal primary school.


I am pleased to say that following a bid to the Macmillan "Supporting You to Help Others" Fund, Acorn has been awarded a grant of £1050. The majority of the money is earmarked towards the cost of next month's Christmas Lunch, with the balance for floor standing indoor and outdoor banners to use with our table display and gazebo. We are very grateful to Sarah Macleay, the Macmillan Engagement Lead – Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, who suggested and supported our bid.


Simon, Colin, Jan and Gordon attended a presentation at a Masonic Lodge room in Peterborough and received the certificate for the £15,000 award from the Tercentenary Fund.

The Provincial Grand Master W Bro Max Bayes who made the presentation
is shown centre.


Saturday 14 October

A 40-strong Hemingford Ladies Choir provided a wonderful concert at the St Ives Free Church on Saturday 14 October singing a joyful and uplifting mix of spiritual and show music to a packed house.  We thank them all very much for giving their time in practice and performance, and for their generosity in agreeing that the net proceeds could come to Acorn.  Special thanks are also due to musical director, Lindsay Benson and his professional singer daughter Joanna who also provided a mix of solos and duets during the event.   In a short address during the interval Gordon said that the inclusion of “You will never walk alone” was particularly appropriate as it reflected the message that Acorn hoped that cancer patients and carers would receive through membership of Acorn. He invited the audience to be ambassadors for Acorn  - meaning that should they get to know of anyone or any family affected by cancer to invite them to join us.  The message to pass on to carer patients and carers is “There is no need to feel lonely or isolated – Acorn is here for you”.
Footnote: There were 3 unclaimed raffle prizes on the evening. If you are the owner of tickets Pink 166, Green 427 or Grey 267 then do get in touch. You will not be disappointed with your prize, but if we haven't heard by 5 November we shall retain them for inclusion in our next raffle.

lodge Fantastic News – Donation from Ailwyn Lodge, Ramsey

The immediate Past Master of the Ailwyn Lodge Ramsey, John Pilbeam, and the Lodge Charity Steward, David Perkins came to the recent Ramsey meeting to present a wonderful cheque to Acorn for £1200.  David revealed that half of the total had been raised by the Lodge Brethren which had then been doubled by the Provincial Charity Steward of Northamptonshire.

In accepting the cheque Simon Townend thanked all those involved in raising the funds at the Lodge and at Province.   He asked the guests to be Acorn ambassadors and to pass on an invitation to any Lodge member or anyone they knew affected by cancer in the local area to draw on the support we offer. They would be very welcome at the Ramsey group.

Huntingdon Carnival

Simon, Shirley, Jan, Gordon, Michael and with encouragement from Janet attended the Huntingdon Carnival on Saturday 12 August to staff the Acorn Gazebo.

Fortunately, the possible threat of rain did not materialise and a total of some £260 was raised for Acorn from the raffle, a name the Storm-trooper competition, Simon’s stewardship of the horse racing, along with the supplement from two donations. The Stormtrooper was won by our own Liz who successfully chose the correct name of Lithrakwhich was No. 57 on the list of names.

lodge Cheque from St. Ives

Acorn held its 2017 Spring Lunch at Slepe Hall on Thursday 25th May which was thoroughly enjoyed by all 71 who attended. It was also a chance to welcome and thank some notable guests – the new Mayor of St Ives, Cllr Philip Pope; the immediate past Mayor Cllr Debbie Townsend who also presented a cheque for £250; the new Deputy Mayor, and past Mayor of Huntingdon Bill Hensley; and of course our own former-Mayor of Huntingdon Colin Hyams, and Rhyse Plummer-Coles whose sponsorship completing the recent London Marathon raised the wonderful sum of £1700 for Acorn.

Film Club

Link to the latest movies planned for the Film Club and now see the trailers.

The Film Club is held at the Field Lodge Hotel, London Rd, St Ives, starting with light lunch at 1.30pm and film show at 2pm. Contact Gordon if interested – only 14 places available.


A Date for the Dairy

December 14th.
Xmas lunch Slepe Hall.


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