Trojan News

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Christmas Party



MAY 2020: We hope that everyone continues to stay safe and well and that you managed to enjoy your Bank Holiday and VE Day celebrations.

Our gardens have been keeping us amused and busy and here are a few photographs of what we've been up to.

Ann (Smith) has been busy working on her garden pond project and it's looking lovely!
There was a cheeky squirrel visiting Michele's garden - taking a quick drink from the water feature and Wendy has been busy in her garden preparing plug plants for summer planting.

12 May - 200th Anniversary of Florence Nightingale's birth.

The legacy of the trail blazing nurse has never been so pertinent -
In 1859, Florence published a book called ‘Notes on Nursing' which is still in print today. She also founded the Nightingale School   and Home for Nurses at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Up until her death, Florence encouraged the development in nursing in Britain and abroad. The main reason we remember her is that she did a lot of work educating people about the importance of keeping hospitals clean and free from infections, and this work is carried on today in modern hospitals.

Coronavirus (Covid-19) and breast cancer information -
Information and support available from Breast Cancer Now.

We know lots of people are worried about coronavirus (Covid-19).
Information and support is available for people affected by breast cancer, including tips on self-isolation and social distancing.

All face to face services at the Lynda Jackson Centre have been suspended but their telephone help line is still in operation - 020 3826 2555 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.30pm they will be happy to talk to you if you are feeling anxious or concerned. There are some interesting resources on their website including a relaxation recording.

We are sorry that our meeting on 20 May has been suspended in line with Government advice on social distancing and group gatherings. We were looking forward to welcoming Denise Gillies from DEMAND - a local charity based in Abbots Langley designing and manufacturing for disabilities. We will reschedule the meeting but in the meantime if you would like to learn more about the charity please head to their website:

It will be strange not to see everyone, but please stay in touch through our email address Please also feel free to send through any photos and news for sharing and publication next time.
Until then, stay well and stay safe..

APRIL 2020

Here are some photos of some of the crafty things we have been up to:

Painted Rainbows and Teddy Bears in Jayne ' s windows -
How lovely are these to say - Thank You NHS

Gundula has been winning prizes again with her beautiful encaustic art. Here's a picture from the Spring Art Exhibition held at Abbots Langley Village HUB. It won 3rd Place in the people's vote - Well done Gundula for bringing some cheer and beautiful flowers to the village notice board!


And here is a knitted bunny egg cosy ready for Easter, knitted by Wendy.


FEBRUARY: We were delighted to welcome and to meet Deepa Doshi at our February meeting. Deepa is our Macmillan area Partnership Quality Lead and she hosted a really enjoyable evening.

We learned so much about the Macmillan charity and we were all surprised, and none of us knew, or could correctly guess that Douglas Macmillan originally set up the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer, in 1911. He was determined to improve the experience of cancer after watching his father die. The charity went from strength to strength and we are lucky to have such excellent 24/7 support.

A few of us just managed to catch Deepa at the end of the meeting for a photo before saying goodbye.

Thank you Deepa, we look forward to welcoming you back.


SEPTEMBER: Some images from our interactive aromatherapy evening. Thank you Christine Hunter for a very relaxing evening.

MAY - Gundula had two pictures on display at the Spring Art Exhibition with The Watford & Bushey Art Society. The Exhibition was held in the INTU Centre and here is one of Gundula’s lovely floral Encaustic art creations - beautiful! Well done Gundula.


FEBRUARY - Very pleased to welcome back Kate MacNish and Chris Bromwich who last gave a talk to our group back in 2012 when they had just got involved with Bee Keeping…. Kate had freshly baked a honey cake which was enjoyed by all whilst listening to a fantastic presentation with slideshow. We had a fascinating insight into the wonderful world of Bees and their healing power this certainly proved to the group that Kate & Chris have certainly mastered their knowledge – simply ‘bee’autiful evening!


Stepping out of her comfort zone…… our Chairman, Ann Phillpot in January, registered for Peace Hospice Strictly Dance Competition, namely ‘Strictly Come Hospice 2018’. After dancing with her dad for many years, this would be a dream come true for Ann to dance again. With only 7 weeks of training plus music and outfit to source, the event was scheduled for 16th March at Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth. Not only did Ann dance to an audience of more than 500 people, she was awarded 9’s and received a standing ovation from the judges much to her surprise. Ann exceeded her £500.00 fundraising target, raising £545.00 for Peace Hospice Care. What a fantastic achievement. Well done Ann.

JUNE - Here are some photographs from our Social Evening held in June. We had a Knit, Natter Craft themed evening. There was much natter, a little knit and lots of Pom Pom making!!

JULY - Guide Dogs For The Blind
We were delighted to welcome Kevin & Julie Norris and Julie’s Guide Dog to our meeting. They spoke about this fantastic charity and the invaluable work of the dogs. We were pleased to raise a fantastic sum of £100.

AUGUST - Entertainment provided by three lovely ladies from Bushey Flutes. We were treated to a selection of popular music from the shows. Money raised from the evening was donated to Peace Hospice Care. We had a magical toe tapping evening!


JANUARY - What a great way to start the New Year! Our guest on 18th January was Rhys Ratcliffe from the ‘Move More Herts Programme’, which is based around getting us to become and stay active. We were advised that this programme has been funded by Macmillan Cancer Support and is for anyone that has been affected by cancer. Let’s hear what Rhys had to say about his visit to us……

”It was great to meet all of the ladies at the Trojan Group and since talking to the group about physical activity and promoting the Move More Herts service for those affected by cancer, 3 of the ladies have since come to us to begin some free light exercise and gain some advice about lifestyle changes post cancer treatment. We still hope to see more of the ladies take up our service”.

Rhys is more than happy to re-visit our group later in the year. Meanwhile, here is the email address if you want to get involved with the programme:

FEBRUARY – We were delighted to welcome back to our group on 15th February, Complimentary Therapist, Penny King who came to give us an insight into the physical, emotional and mental benefits of Tuning Fork Therapy. This was a hands on session and we were all able to experience using a Tuning Fork and experienced the benefits. As the evening came to an end, Penny kindly gave us all a CD entitled ‘Still Point Peace Process’ Suara Sound, so we could continue to dip into relaxation mode at our leisure!

MARCH – Our AGM took place on 15th March, this was our 16th AGM since members took over the running of the group. Trojans has now been in existence for 17 years. After the AGM, it was nice to have a social chat between ourselves to finish the evening off.

MAY - A photo taken of us in May 2017 joining in the celebrations of one of our members Michele, who celebrated a ‘milestone’ birthday on 22nd June!

After a successful tea party & auction held at our August 2017 meeting, we raised a fantastic sum of £146.24 which we presented to The Spring Centre, Hospice of St. Francis in Berkhamsted as they were chosen for our fundraising donation. This hospice has given support to some of our members in the past. A lovely surprise for them, they were absolutely delighted!


Back in March 2016, one of our members, Michele, took part in a Swimathon, swimming 60 lengths in 45 minutes, 51 seconds and raising £700 for Sport Relief. She also did a ‘Guess my time Sweepstake’ which was won by another Trojan member, Jayne bagging the winnings of £32 for guessing the closest time of 47 minutes. Well done Michele & Jayne!

We look forward to welcoming you to our next Trojan meeting ….. Wendy

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Strawberry Tea

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We look forward to seeing you at Trojans very soon…
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