MED Diary







   Dates booked for Members’ Meetings in


 Saturday 14 January 2017 - starting at the earlier time of 12.00 noon

 New Year Fuddle & after-lunch fun speaker  

After our lunch, we will be joined by Richard Papworth, a popular and amusing speaker for his talk: “Excuse me madam but…” based on his experience working as a store detective. Richard enjoyed a varied and most interesting career and will entertain us for about 45 minutes as we relax and digest our lunch. He is also a published author of the Dog Angels series of children’s books. The proceeds the sale of these goes to Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. He will be bringing some of his books to the fuddle and these will be available for anyone to buy.

We will also be welcoming Christine Oliver, the recently-appointed East Midlands CFS Network Co-ordinator, based at the Royal Derby Hospital.

AS ALWAYS THIS FUDDLE MEETING STARTS EARLIER THAN USUAL AT 12.00 noon and the Methodist Church will be opened from 11.00 am.


 Saturday 18 March 2017 – Chair Yoga with Fiona Adamson 

Chair Yoga has modified traditional yoga poses so that they can be done whilst sitting down and utilising the support of the chair.  More details will be included in the Spring newsletter.


Tuesday 9th May 2017 –  Spring  Informal Afternoon Tea    

         At Derby Garden Centre in Little Eaton DE21 5DB from 2.00pm.

 We hope you will be able to come along, as this promises to be another enjoyable occasion at this popular venue for tea, chat and a spot of light “retail therapy” if you wish.

No need to book – just come along and enjoy the company and stay for as long or as short a time as you like. We’ll be delighted to see you. Bring a friend or a family member if you wish. You can’t miss us!

Please note the slightly earlier start time of 2.00pm.


Saturday 10 June 2017        

This will be our short Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by Christine Oliver, East Midlands CFS Network Co-ordinator, based at the Royal Derby Hospital.




Saturday 24 June 

ME/CFS  Local Drop-in Session in Ashbourne

Anytime between 11.00 am – 1.00pm at The Cornerstone Coffee Shop 36 Church Street, Ashbourne DE6 1AE. We will be there to listen and offer lots of useful information. Just come along – we’ll be very pleased to see you.

If YOU are affected by ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)or you know someone who is, why not pop in for a friendly chat over a cuppa and find out about the support the ME Derbyshire Group can offer?


 Thursday 13 July 2017

Members only

We have booked for MED exclusive use the Mercia Swan canal boat for a pleasant trip along the picturesque Trent & Mersey canal from Mercia Marina, Willington DE65 6DW to Stenson. The return trip takes about two hours – including a short break for a leg stretch (and maybe a cuppa?) at Stenson.


Sunday 6 August 2017 –  Summer informal visit to Ken Sutton’s Open Gardens

Further to Ken’s excellent demonstration of planting in pots at a members’ meeting in 2016, we have the  opportunity for an informal visit to his gardens in Staffordshire on his NGS open day on Sunday 6 August between 1.30 – 5.00pm.

Further information to be announced later.



Saturday 14 October

Members’ Meeting at Mickleover starting 2.00 pm

Nutrition for ME with Paula Needham

Paula is a Derbyshire-based nutritionist who has a special interest in ME/CFS.

Her talk will cover appropriate nutrition for people with ME/CFS and will introduce us to some interesting recipe ideas. There will also be a Q&A session with plenty of time for discussion.

We will also have our usual prize draw, excellent value refreshments, time for a friendly chat with others and an opportunity to buy quality greetings cards at bargain prices in aid of MED funds. We hope you can be there for what promises to be a most interesting meeting.



Saturday 4th November 2017

Starting at 12.00 noon.

UNREST, the award winning film about life with ME is to be screened

at the Derby QUAD

Please put this date in your diary  

This is an event organised by the QUAD with support and some funding from ME Derbyshire 

Watch this space for more details, including ticket prices and booking arrangements.

This is a film that can’t be missed

Click on the link to preview trailer


December  2017 Christmas Lunch

For members and their guests. to be arranged.


All members’ meetings  apart from the informal gatherings will be held at

Mickleover Methodist Church Centre,

Station Road, Mickleover,

Derby DE3 9GH starting at 2.00pm

(except the January meeting – see above for start time)