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    Tel: 01285 771137 Mob: 0797 3537706 E.mail:

    Friends of Cotswold Breakthrough Newsletter No. 4 June 2006

Congratulations! We have made it through our first year and things are going from strength to strength with our

    tentacles reaching throughout the Cotswolds (and even further afield!). We have now raised well over ?36,000

    which, according to Head Office is phenomenal for a new group. Well done to all of you for your continued

    support and generosity of time and money. It is all benefiting the research into a cure for this hideous disease.

Eira is taking a well-deserved rest at the moment, following a very eventful past year, hence this missive being

    penned by me. I am sure that you will all join me in sending Eira our love and best wishes for a full recovery very


What’s been happening…..?

    The Soroptimists, Tangent Club, Inner Wheel and Ladies Circle held a flower demonstration in March called ‘My World of Colour’ by Margaret Walker at Bingham Hall. They raised an amazing ?1,300 for Cotswold

    Breakthrough. Thank you.

Hardwick Shortmat Bowling Club raised ?508 for Cotswold Breakthrough during a fundraising evening.

     thThe VWH very kindly allowed us to take a stand at the Siddington Point-to-point on 25 March where we held a Whisky Raffle and book stall. Despite the horrendous weather conditions we made many new friends and raised

    ?47.80. We soon dried off and then Barn Danced to our hearts content at The Organic Farm Shop raising a

    further ?1,404.91 into the process. This is an event I am sure we will want to repeat next year.

The 20p Toy Sale held outside the Parish Church raised an incredible ?98.70 (I know that doesn’t add up but

    people were very generous with their pennies!) and we got rid of an awful lot of accumulated toys. Big thanks to

    the Borg’s for organising this.

    Our patron, Lady Apsley, kindly hosted a Spring Shopping Extravaganza at her showroom. Thanks to the generous contributions of members of the group, a fine selection of canapés were served, together

    with copious amounts of Lady Apsley’s fizz and great fun was had by all shoppers, raising ?300. A Tanner Krolle

    handbag (valued at over ?600!) was offered as a raffle prize to run throughout May.

    Pupils at Rendcomb College raised a humungous ?634.52 by holding a students Lords and Ladies Dinner, a Rock Concert and a Pink Day.

We had a presence at the Badminton Horse Trials, creating a general awareness campaign with the

    Breakthrough banner proudly displayed on the Countrywide trade stand, and leaflets distributed from within.

Following a gruelling three-month training programme, I took part in the Playtex Moonwalk (sadly Eira had to

    drop out). Thankfully the weather improved somewhat, following the torrential rains, as I joined 15,000 other

    walkers all dressed in decorated bras to power walk 26.2 miles around the streets of London at midnight. It was a

    very emotional occasion and I was overwhelmed by the camaraderie of the group, all bonded by the same cause,

    some having only recently undergone surgery themselves. I was relieved to eventually see the finish line at

    8 o’clock in the morning and soon forgot the pain as I received my medal. Huge thanks to all those who

    sponsored me, ?1,000 was raised! Big thanks to Polly Hooper too, who took time out of her exam revision at

    UCL to volunteer as a marshal on the finish line.


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    Sara Borg has kindly offered to run our stall at the South Cerney Street Fair on bank holiday Monday. She will be selling jams and chutneys, Guess the Name of the Breakthrough Bear and selling raffle tickets.

The sister of our treasurer, Sandy Price, is hosting a dinner on our behalf in her Gastro Pub in Staffordshire on the

    last Friday in May. See just how far our tentacles are spreading!

And things to come….?

     nd/3rd. An amazing 5 man team, led by Rob Caston of Cirencester, is to tackle the 3 Peaks Challenge on June 2The challenge entails climbing the 3 highest peaks in Britain (Ben Nevis, Sca Fell and Snowdon) within a 24 hour

    period. The team has already reached their target of raising ?10,000 for Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer in

    memory of Kathryn Davie, a close friend of all those taking part. Kathryn was only 37 when she died from breast

    cancer last year, leaving her husband Craig and 2 children aged 3 and 1. If you would like to add to this incredible

    sum and sponsor the team in their challenge, please contact or

    call Rob on 01285 644 054. They will update you on their progress. This is a truly amazing physical endurance

    test and a phenomenal way of remembering a dear friend. No amount of money raised can bring her back but

    funding Breakthrough’s research into prevention and cure can hopefully stop other families and friends having to

    go through this appalling heartbreak. Good luck guys!

    Nicolas Morrow Brown will be giving a ‘Four Centuries of Guitar Music’ Classical Guitar Recital for us at the thParish Centre (behind Dormez Bien) in Gosditch Street, Cirencester on Saturday 10 June. The programme will include works by Gaspar Sanz, Dowland, J .S. Bach, Fernando Sor, Villa -Lobos, Moreno-Torroba and others.

    Nicolas Morrow Brown has played the guitar since his early teens; he came to the classical guitar after hearing the

    recordings of Julian Bream and others. In recent years he has performed with the guitarist Raymond Burley in

    duo recitals; as a soloist contributor to concerts in support of the Holst Birthplace Trust concerts, and (with John

    Wilson, harpsichord) at the Cirencester Early Music Festival. His contribution to the Festival this year will include

    a guitar and harpsichord duo with Richard Lester; and he will also be presenting a further solo recital at Down

    Ampney Church in August. Tickets are ?7 to include the first glass of wine/juice (more will be available for a

    donation) from or telephone 01285 771137, or on the door.

     thWhy not celebrate Fathers Day (Sunday June 18) at Kemble Air Day? We have been offered a stall there to promote our group and raise funds. Do come and say hello if you go, and pray for good weather.

     thCirencester’s Charity Ball is being held on Saturday 24 June at the Football Club, Kings Hill. Champagne reception at 7.30 followed by a three course meal and music from the 60s - 90s with carriages at 1.30am. Tickets

    are limited (120) at ?35 each with proceeds going to local charities, including Cotswold Breakthrough. For

    further information please contact Adam on 01666 826594 or 0776 5124612.

     stTo celebrate our 1 Anniversary we will be holding the enjoyable Pimms and Plants Party again at the thCorinium Hotel in Gloucester Street, Cirencester on Thursday 29 June at 7.30pm. Tickets will be ?5 on the door, please also bring a plant to sell. We will have a special cake to celebrate the monies raised to date and in

    anticipation of future fun, fundraising activities yet to come.

The Cappella Singers are holding a concert of Choral Music for a Mid-Summer’s Evening, including extracts

    from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Richard Rodney Bennett’s Nonsense Songs at Rendcomb College on stSaturday 1 July, 7.30pm. Ticket are ?6 on the door, enquiries to 01452 813393. A retiring collection will be

    held for Cotswold Breakthrough.

Another great aviation opportunity has been offered to us in the form of a stall at this year’s Royal International thAir Tattoo at Fairford, 15-16 July. This event, which attracts 160,000 visitors from around the world, promises

    to be the Greatest Show above Earth! See for further details.

     nd -rdWill Chester-Master is holding the legendary Ragged Hedge Fair again on the weekend of 2 3 September at

    Abbey Home Farm, near Cirencester. We are fortunate to have been offered a stall there where we hope to do

    Organic Apple Bobbing, a penny raffle and maybe even an Organic Chocolate Fountain! Ragged Hedge is a

    festival of music, arts and the environment, with camping and much more in a beautiful local setting. Please come

    and help to make it a success as 50% of profits go to local charities. See for more



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    We have been contacted by Claire Manigrasso, a Belly Dancing teacher from Winchcombe who would love to raise funds for Cotswold Breakthrough in any way she can. She is hoping to perform at the Ragged Hedge Fair

    for us and has also suggested holding a ‘Hafla’(a Middle Eastern themed party) later on in the year or early new

    year in the Cheltenham area. For further details on her classes please visit

    This sounds like great fun to me and I am sure would be a real hit.

With fashion being the passion of many, we holding a Designer Fashion Show at Le Spa’s fabulous new facility th September, courtesy of This will be a at Stratton Place, Cirencester on Thursday 7glamorous evening with cocktails in the Tiger Bar and a chance to see some the greatest labels modelled in a

    unique setting. Tickets will be ?5 in advance.

Robina Sabourin and her ‘Four Season’s Quartet’ will be holding a concert in Ampney Crucis church on Friday th13 October, 7.30pm. Tickets ?10, to include a glass of wine. Please contact Robina on 01285 851515 for more


     thThe main event of the year to look forward to, is the BIG PURPLE’ Breakthrough Ball, on 9 of December.

    This is going to be tremendous fun and will take place at The Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. Thanks to

    Janet Thompson we have already secured her band ‘The Listening Device’ to play (they recently played live with

    Eric Clapton and Brian Ferry!) see for more details. Please start spreading the word now. Tickets are just ?50 each and we have 500 to sell. If you have any ideas, suggestions, requests or offers of

    help please do contact me. Carriages at Three (in the Woolmarket) have kindly offered to raffle a Ball Gown!

Jan North, a local distributor of Phoenix Cards, has generously offered 10% of her sales to Cotswold

    Breakthrough. They have a fantastic range of different cards and wrappings for all occasions at very reasonable

    prices. See, she can run home parties which can be great fun and a good way of raising funds. Jan has also been hiring out her chocolate fountain, such a tasty and innovative way of

    raising more money for Cotswold Breakthrough!

    There is still time to plan your own Everlasting Meal fundraiser - anything from Tea and Biscuits to a Medieval Feast, the possibilities are endless and should be fantastic fun. We have details and invitations and will give

    plenty of help and ideas. Contact or phone 01285 771137 for more information.

    Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer Support Group This is taking a break for the moment whilst Eira rests. If you have any queries or concerns please contact me.

    Russell Nurding of the fantastic hairdressers, The Cutting Room in Swan Yard has kindly offered to give advice on their hair to members of the Group going through breast cancer treatment.

    Susie Smith who has a wealth of experience with massage at hospices is brilliantly giving massage at the

    meetings it is a wonderful way of de-stressing.

The Next Generation

    This is the young person’s group that raises funds for Breakthrough for young people, initiated by Cotswold

    Breakthrough which will soon spread country wide. The group is for those up to the age of 18 and is led by

    Harriet Sharp. Plans are in hand for a Summer Prom I have details of contacts for this amazing group. It is fantastic to have such motivated teenagers on board.

If you receive this newsletter by post it means that I have not got your E.mail address. If you have E.mail please

    would you E.mail me so I can contact you via the internet in the future. That way we can save on postage and

    time. To help with our mailing costs why not buy an extra book of stamps for Breakthrough next time you are in

    the post office? Please check that we have you correct contact details and do pass this letter on to others who may

    be interested.

If you have any ideas for fundraising for Cotswold Breakthrough please do get in touch, the more diverse the

    better! If you do raise money for us, it is important that the cheques are written out to Cotswold Breakthrough

    Breast Cancer and come to us here. It is then easier for Head Office to calculate regionally how much money is



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     th at Corinium Hotel, Gloucester Street, Cirencester and is open to Our next Group meeting is on Tuesday, June 13 anyone interested.

Best wishes and many, many thanks for your continued support.

Amanda Homan-Green

    Events Organiser

    Cotswold Breakthrough Breast Cancer

    c/o The Main Event PR, Ewenfield Farm Cottage, Ewen, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6PZ

    Tel: 01285 771137 Mob: 0797 3537706 E.mail:

Dates for your diary:

We have a wealth of really exciting fundraising events for Cotswold Breakthrough. Please, please support as

    many as you can. The more people that buy tickets or come to events the more fun it is for everyone and of

    course the more money that is raised to find a cure for this hideous disease.

     ndrd2/3 June - Three Peaks Challenge

    th10 June Classical Guitar Recital

    th18 June Kemble Air Day

    th24 June Cirencester Charity Ball

    thst29 June Pimms & Plants 1 Anniversary Party

    st1 July - The Cappella Singers

    thth15/16 July Royal International Air Tattoo July Badger watching

    ndrd 2/3Sept. The Ragged Hedge Fair th7 September Designer Fashion Show TBA - Blues to Broadway musical extravaganza, The Sundial Theatre

    October Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    th13 October The Four Seasons Quartet, Ampney Crucis Church TBA Literary Evening with Katie Fford and other local authors

    November - Combined Charities Christmas Card Sale, Corn Hall

    th9 December BIG PURPLE’ Breakthrough Ball, Royal Agricultural College

    December - Christmas Bazaar

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