Sat - February 10, 2007

Breast Cancer Haven announce series of talks and workshops

Breast Cancer Haven runs a variety of talks, seminars and workshops throughout the year which are open to all, not just those affected by breast cancer. Diary dates at the moment are:

Thursday 22 February 10am – 1.00pm. Creative Collage Workshop with Sharon Pullen
Wednesday 21 March 2pm – 4pm. Music & Imagination Workshop with Anthony Hall
Wednesday 28 March 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop with Clare Cox
Friday 27 April 2pm – 5.30pm. The Art of Letting Go & Self Healing with Gosia Gorna

Click on 'Read More' for full details of the courses or go to their website at

Thursday 22 February 10am – 1.00pm. Creative Collage Workshop with Sharon Pullen 
£5.00 Donation. Personal journeys – creating landscapes using collage. Although materials are supplied you may wish to bring additional resources. A creative experience which can be both rewarding and therapeutic through the telling and sharing of your own particular stories.
Sharon is a practising artist and state registered psychotherapist.  In addition to her work at the Haven she works for the NHS within a rehabilitation unit, and for a women’s forensic service.

Wednesday 21 March 2pm – 4pm. Music & Imagination Workshop with Anthony Hall 
£5.00 Donation. This practical, fascinating and supportive group workshop will focus on using guided relaxation, carefully selected music and your imagination in a healing capacity.  This workshop is based on the principles of Guided Imagery and Music (GIM) – a powerful creative arts therapy which has been widely used in Demark and other Scandinavian countries for supporting people living with cancer (or those who are cancer survivors).
This unique combination of being in a relaxed state and listening to specially selected music can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels utilise our own coping mechanisms and help to discover our inner resources.
Anthony Hall is a qualified Music Psychotherapist registered with the Health Professionals Council, London.  Anthony runs a private practice based in Cardiff and is passionate about the benefits of creative art therapies.  His other interests include yoga, tai chi, meditation and walking in nature.

Wednesday 28 March 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop with Clare Cox 
For those who have had surgery or radiotherapy to the armpit / axilla but who do not have Lymphoedema
Wednesday 18 April 2pm – 4pm 
Plant Medicine with Christine Steward 
£5.00 Donation. Christine qualified as a medical herbalist in 1987 and was on the Council of the National Institute from 1989 until 1998. During this time she worked as a Press and Information Officer for the Institute writing many articles on herbal medicine and contributing to and editing a number of books

Friday 27 April 2pm – 5.30pm. The Art of Letting Go & Self Healing with Gosia Gorna 
£5.00 Donation. Gosia’s work is based on the idea that our emotions and thoughts have a powerful effect on our physical body and general well-being and it is important to take them into consideration in a process of change and healing.
More details can be found on their website at

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Fri - September 1, 2006

European Shiatsu Week - 18-24 September

A Europe-wide week of events to raise awareness of this powerful oriental ‘massage-type’ therapy. Find out more about Shiatsu in Herefordshire.
Local Events:
18-24 September — Exhibition, Leominster Library. Information & pictures about Shiatsu, case histories of different clinical situations – and how to find a practitioner .
Wednesday 20 September — Free Talk Hereford, The Friends’ Meeting House, off King Street. Local practitioners Susan Crawshaw and Wendy Gilhespy will talk about Shiatsu, demonstrate techniques and answer questions. Start time is 7.15pm and ‘taster’ treatments available at the end. Spaces limited, booking essential. Telephone Susan Crawshaw on 01432 357859.
Friday 22 September — Shiatsu Awareness Day – Holland & Barrett, High Town, Hereford. Local practitioners Susan Crawshaw & Wendy Gilhespy will be in-store to talk to customers and give short, free ‘taster’ treatments.
Saturday 23 September — Launch of 'Drop-in’ Clinic Café Green, St Owen Street, Hereford. Susan Crawshaw will launch a new regular ‘drop-in’ service for ‘first-aid’ pain relief or relaxation. All proceeds from the treatments on this day will be donated to St Michael’s Hospice in Bartestree, Hereford. Anyone who wants a quick relaxing treatment or who has a nagging ache or pain, can drop-in and receive a short Shiatsu — typically 15 or 30 minutes. Treatments will be on a special, very comfortable and supportive massage chair within the café or garden area. Shiatsu is always carried out through clothing. Prices will be just £5.00 for 15 minutes and £10.00 for 30 minutes.
For further information about Shiatsu, details of above events, or to book appointments, contact Susan Crawshaw on 01432 357859, email (appts. Hereford & Abergavenny), or Wendy Gilhespy on 01981 550031 email (appts. Hereford).

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Sat - April 22, 2006

Explore the Oriental Way to Health & Well-Being

A new class is starting in Hereford to teach ancient oriental non-strenuous, self-healing exercises to improve and maintain health. Both Chinese and Japanese cultures emphasise taking responsibility for one’s own health, and over the centuries hundreds of techniques for improving and maintaining health and well-being have developed. This new class aims to help local people learn and benefit from just some of these gentle, but very powerful ways to help revitalise and rebalance the body’s energy. They are great for improving flexibility, circulation, immunity to ailments and for calming and soothing the mind and emotions. The content will include:
• Do-in - forms of self-massage, invigorating or gentle.
• Makka-Ho - stretches to open up energy pathways and improve flexibility.
• Chi Gong - if you’ve ever seen pictures of people in China exercising in the parks, it may well be Chi Gong that they’re doing! There are innumerable ‘forms’, but all involve using posture, movement, breath and meditation to generate energy (Chi) to promote health and well-being. Some simple and safe Chi Gong exercises will be taught which can be practised at home. The class will be run by Susan Crawshaw, a Hereford-based Shiatsu practitioner. It will initially run for 6 weeks, on Thursdays 7.30-8.30 pm (commencing 4 May 2006) at ‘The Art of Living’, 39-43 St Owen Street, Hereford. Each class will cost £3.00 and content will be suitable for anyone, but the room is up a flight of stairs. For information or to book (not essential), please contact Susan on 01432 357859 or email

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Mon - December 5, 2005

Winter Walking Festival in Herefordshire - 27 - 31 December

Are you looking for something to do between Christmas and New Year? Herefordshire Council have arranged the 3rd Winter Walking Festival in Herefordshire that will take place between Christmas and New Year. During the 5 day Festival they are offering 12 walks ranging from about 3 miles to 8 miles with something for the whole family. Many of the walks include a lunch in a local inn or farm house and one even includes an evening walk with a home cooked meal on your return! If you are interested in booking a walk please contact Queenswood Tourist Information Centre on 01568 797842, or or download the brochure (136k): WinterWalking.pdf

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Sat - December 3, 2005

Don’t get around much any more?

Community transport offers an affordable door-to-door solution for anyone who is unable to use public transport, and is an essential service. As Annie Lane, a community transport user, points out:, “I would be confined to my house without it.”

If you cannot use buses or taxis and don’t have access to a vehicle, then you can use community transport. Your local scheme will arrange a driver to pick you up from your home, take you to your destination, and return you home again. Your driver will be a volunteer, usually using their own car, who gives up their own time to enable people to get around who couldn’t otherwise do so. Herefordshire’s community transport schemes cover the whole county. If you want to find out more about using the service, please contact your local scheme – read more for details ...

Scheme Phone number
Bromyard Community Transport 01885 488452
Community Wheels (North Herefordshire) 01568 615785
Dore Community Transport (Golden Valley) 0845 2020144
Hay-on-Wye Dial-a-Ride 01497 821616
Lifeline (Hereford area) 01432 277622
Hereford Dial-a-Ride 01432 341302
Ross Country Cars 01989 765595
Ledbury Ring & Ride 01531 635503

GOOD DRIVER? Try this Quick Quiz

- Do you think it’s wrong if people are confined to their homes through disability, illness or age?
- Do you believe that social isolation and/or exclusion is unacceptable in this day and age?
- Do you believe communities should look after one another?
- Do you drive?
If you answered “yes” to all four questions, then you are a potential volunteer driver.

Volunteer drivers control when they volunteer and how much they do. They receive expenses for every mile they drive (currently 36.2 pence per mile).

Volunteer drivers are the lifeblood of the county’s community transport schemes. The schemes provide transport for those who are without transport or access to public transport, enabling them to get to doctors, hospitals, social events, learning facilities – the list is endless.

Some volunteer drivers use their own cars, and are paid a mileage rate to cover the petrol and running costs of their vehicle. Others drive scheme-owned minibuses and wheelchair-accessible vehicles, for which full training is given.

It will only cost you a phone call to find out more – no obligation, no pressure.
Please call Mike at Herefordshire Voluntary Action now on 01432 343932

Captions for photographs:
Volunteer driver Jim Lynch and community transport user Annie Lane
Volunteer driver Chris with community transport user Nancy Peacock

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Sat - September 17, 2005

Health - National Wellness by Beatrix Veal, Park Street

Steve Weir flew 5000 miles round the world to the south pacific island of Fuji, and as he sat in a jacuzzi with some Australians, English and Americans they lamented that they had to travel so far to find out about eating, drinking and living right. Why was it not taught to every one everywhere? Back in England he and Jenny Edwards set up a charity to answer this question. Read more ... 

National Wellness started in 2003, and after lots of work now has a beautiful light venue open to the public at 39-43 St Owens Street. Steve hopes that it will be used as a community resource, a space in which workshops and classes can run for all ages, promoting physical, emotional and spritual wellbeing.
While I was there chatting, Jo Song arrived to arrange a singing group for mothers and babies called Thula Mama. This will be held on Wednesdays at 10am. Other plans include classes on meditation, yoga and body awareness.
Their vision is to have an organic café as well as the community space, and a crèche. There are plans to take information and services out to local schools and other venues to expand awareness on healthy eating and drinking, and the bad effects of not drinking enough water (If you look at red blood cells under the microscope you can tell if you are dehydrated among other things). If you would like to help National Wellness develop their vision or have ideas of your own, or if you just want to find out more information then do contact Steve Weir on 01432 267550.

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