MED Diary






 Dates booked for Members’ Meetings in 



Saturday 13 January – New Year Fuddle

followed by local entertainer, musician and magician Dave Moylan

Please note the early start of 12.00 noon for this most enjoyable gathering

(Mickleover Methodist Church Centre will be open from 11.00 am)

If you’ve not been to one of these most enjoyable events before:

A fuddle is where everyone brings some food to contribute to the communal buffet lunch. It can be something savoury or something sweet – or both if you wish! Somehow, as if by magic, all the items that people bring seem to combine perfectly to create a lovely spread for everyone to enjoy. If you bring something that needs heating through, that is no problem as the kitchen will be open on the day and help will be on hand.


Saturday 17 February – ME/CFS Drop-in Session

AT LESLEY’S HUB & HIVE Cafe63 High Street, Chellaston, Derby DE73 6TB 

 Anytime between 11.00 am – 1.00pm

(Parking available at St Peter’s Church, opposite café)

If YOU are affected by ME/CFS 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?

 We will be there to listen and offer lots of useful information Just come along – we’ll be very pleased to see you.


Saturday 17 March –  Victoria Tice talks about the role of the clinical use of hypnotherapy and psychotherapy in healing

An Insight into Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy in Healing with Victoria Tice of Friargate Therapies, Derby

The aim of this session is to explain what hypnotherapy and psychotherapy are, how they work and their benefits. Hypnotherapy has come a long way in the last century, but still retains a sense of mystique. It is now becoming more widely recognised as an effective way to treat physical and psychological symptoms and conditions that greatly affect people’s daily lives. It is a largely untapped resource, but is benefitting millions of people worldwide. Do come along to this informal talk and find out more about the potential of these therapies. We hope to see you there.



Tuesday 15 May – Spring Afternoon Tea & Drop-In Session

At the Derwent Restaurant at Masson Mills Shopping Village, Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY

from 2.15 pm (more details later)




Saturday 9 JuneOur short Annual General Meeting (AGM), followed by an informal, relaxed afternoon to help mark our 30th Anniversary

We will have a rather different and informal theme, including:

An opportunity to raise a glass of non-alcoholic sparkly (or a cup of tea if you prefer)& enjoy a piece of a special celebration cake to mark the Group’s 30th anniversary this year. On display there will also be samples of the new MED logo and image to be introduced later this year

Then the real highlight:

from 3.00pm “Mixed Blessings”, a local choir will entertain us for about 45 minutes with a selection of delightful songs from their repertoire.



Tuesday 7 August  –  Canal Boat Trip from the recently extended Mercia Marina, Willington

This is a follow-up to the successful trip we arranged last summer. If you couldn’t make it last time or would like to enjoy another leisurely trip along the peaceful Trent & Mersey canal, booking details will be confirmed nearer the date.

Members only


Saturday 13 October –  Meeting at Mickleover

Theme to be confirmed


There will also be  several local drop-in sessions during the year (dates & venues later)


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)


Last year’s events

 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

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

Ticket prices £5.00. including tea, coffee or bottled water during the interval.

There will be a short interval after the screening and before the panel discussion plus Question and Answer session.

Panel Members:  

Lyndsey Dryden  (Unrest producer and panel host)

Christine Oliver  (East Midlands CFS/ME Network Co-ordinator, based at Royal Derby Hospital)

Kay Holt  (founder member of  ME Derbyshire and former Chair. Kay played a key part in the planning stage and  the setting up of the Southern Derbyshire CFS/ME clinic)

Diana Shapiro  (has been caring for her daughter who has had M.E. for 27 years)

This film helps to raise awareness amongst the general public and healthcare professionals of this fluctuating, debilitating and life-changing illness, which affects over 250,000 people in the UK alone. It is being shown at various locations around the country over the next few weeks and we are pleased that people in Derby and Derbyshire who are interested in, or affected by the illness will have an opportunity to see it.

This is a film that can’t be missed


Thursday 7th December  2017

Christmas Lunch 12.00 for 12.30 (sit down)

At The Harrington Arms, 4 Grove Close, Thulston, Derby DE72 3EY

  For members and their guests.

 Enjoy an early taste of Christmas in a traditional village restaurant not far from     Elvaston Castle. 

 £18.00 per person for members & their guests for a three course lunch         

  Coffee or tea with Mince Pie included.