Gordon makes the front page

The latest issue of the Forum the Magazine of Cambridgeshire Community Foundation recognises Gordon for the remarkable work he has done.

Link to read the full story as a pdf

The Acorn Cancer Support Group calls out for votes to bag a share of Tesco’s bag fund

The Acorn Cancer Support Group is bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant. Acorn is one of the groups on the shortlist.

Acorn is celebrating 20 years of alleviating the physical and emotional distress of cancer patients and their carers in the local area. It does this through monthly support meetings which combine a warm, friendly atmosphere, the opportunity for mutual support with people who understand, free refreshments and free relaxation therapy. The social experience the meetings generate is complimented by free social outings. Altogether these provide an antidote to loneliness and isolation, and enhance quality of life.

Gordon Dyer, Secretary of Acorn, said the award of a grant from Tesco has our heartfelt appreciation. It will provide between 150 and 200 relaxation therapy treatments to our members. The therapies have proved very effective in reducing members’ anxieties and concerns as they face their cancer journey.

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £43 million to more than 10,000 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Alec Brown, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for March and April. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see these come to life in hundreds of communities.” Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between. “We’re looking forward to learning the results of the customer vote and then supporting each group to bring their project to life.”

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities. Anyone can nominate a project and organisations can apply online. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp.

Ramsey Rotarians Support Acorn

Carole Broom, President Elect of the Ramsey Rotary Club made a surprise visit to the Ramsey meeting on 5 Feb and presented a £250 Acorn donation cheque to Julia. Julia gave an immediate response but we take this opportunity now to thank all Ramsey Rotarians for their kindness and thoughtfulness in thinking of Acorn for a donation. The money will be used for social activities for members of the Ramsey group.


This looks very useful for many of our members.


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.


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.


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