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A Fitting Finale of 2016

31st December 2016
The December FOPs Support Group Meeting was extremely well supported and at least 3 new members were made to feel welcome. The evening had an especially Christmas theme with songs led by Jim Spence and trusty guitar, excellent raffle and tasty nibbles provided by Gabrielle and her able team. Alvan Pope spoke in his usual entertaining yet most informative manner. Answering questions on a diverse range of medical matters. A fitting finale to a most successful 2016 series of FOPs Support Group M[...]

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Merry Christmas to One and All

24th December 2016
Merry Christmas to One and All photographOn behalf of 'The FOPS' we would like to wish all of our members and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holidays!

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Monstrous Movember 2016

4th December 2016
Monstrous Movember 2016 photographOver fifty souls were packed into Rootz Bistro in Main Parade Chorleywood for the annual Tiger Prostate Cancer Awareness Evening which was, as always, splendidly hosted by Phil and Cathy. The Friends of Prostate Sufferers Monstrous Movember as it was advertised this year, more than lived up to its name as Bobs Boys, all FOPS Singers, and Paul Jones’ Open Mikers entertained us regally as we ate delicious 'home made' watercress roulades, from the Chess, fresh tasty salads and pies and drank [...]

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An update about our next support group meeting - December 7th photographDear support group members, So where were you all on Wednesday evening? (Last support group meeting 42 of us, this month 17!)Either you have all made miraculous recoveries or you were too snug and cosy at home to venture out to deepest, darkest Chorleywood. On the night, we had Gayan (Guy) Chetiyawardana from Hillingdon/Mt Vernon, a Urology Advanced Practitioner, who gave a brilliant talk on radiotherapy which was of particular interest to one of our new members who was about to start treatmen[...]

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‘Curl A Mo’ for Movember - The Brilliant Song by the Mick Flinn Band photographWe are fortunate to be able to share this brilliant recording by Mick Flinn and his band ahead of Movember... The Mick Flynn Band - Curl a Mo The story behind this song starts back in Melbourne Australia in 1970. At the time, Mick Flinn was the lead singer/bass player of the pop group, The Mixtures. Although sceptical, Mick visited a clairvoyant by the name of Stevo for a reading and she quickly picked up strong feelings for bicycles. Unbeknown to her, Mick had recently been in the studio re[...]

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Coffee Morning for Macmillan at the Junction photographFrom Nine till Noon guitars played, first Ian Senior and then his friends Bob and Bob sang whilst coffee flowed and a host of Christ Church Parishioners and some FOPS (the Friends of Prostate Sufferers) ate delicious cakes as the sipped their Americanos and chatted away one to another as they guessed the number of decorative spots on the Macmillan cake... Later Dr Caroline, the world champion for the Triathlon, arrived and so did the lovely ladies from Sewell and Gardner.. twas then that the [...]

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New website now online!

16th September 2016
New website now online! photographWe are proud to announce the launch of the new FOPS website! Thank you to Derek, David and his team at DigitalFlare for producing a fantastic and functional looking website to help raise awareness and promote our support groups. We hope you enjoy the new look and look forward to updating the website with new content, useful information and details about upcoming events and fundraising events. Please if you have any comments about our website, do not hesitate to get in touch with us!

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Review of the 6th FOPS Prostate Roadshow at Christchurch 2016 photographThe Junction at Christ Church Chorleywood is administered by the remarkable Debbie Bloomfield and her team who believe in the FOPS and went the extra mile to ensure success. Come 5.30pm on a bright March Monday afternoon there were already many FOPS as well as Guys and Gals from our unique Support Group setting out tables and chairs, organising the cafeteria, and awaiting to meet and greet the 50 men who had signed up for a PSA test. So Brian, the first man who arrived at the Junction just befo[...]

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Report on our weekend at the Rickmansworth Canal Festival, May 2016 photographThanks to Joe, Brian, Ron, Dennis, Mike and Larry, the day before the Festival the gazebo and flags were standing proudly by 3pm. We were primed for our fourth two-day annual awareness campaign. The weather is always such a determining factor in our success at this event and thankfully we were blessed with two days of sunshine. It has been stated by The Waterways Trust that up to 25,000 pass through the gates of the Aquadrome over that weekend. We actually had a visit from the Chairman of Three[...]

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The Janet Siedel D-Day Concert at Christ Church, Chorleywood photographThe Janet Siedel D-Day Concert (Australia's first lady of jazz) at Christ Church, Chorleywood on Monday 6th June was a resounding success. Janet and the band performed as part of their 3 month programme of shows in the UK. It's the third time the trio of Australian top jazz musicians (Chuck plays the guitar (and ukelele) and brother Dave the double bass) have played a fund raising gig for FOPS (Friends of Prostate Sufferers). Further details about the event to follow...

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Jim's Story It was quite a shock to be diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2008. I had been to the Doctors with a waterworks problem as many men do. I got up a lot at night but had had this problem a long time. I had various tests but no improvement on my water works. So at 71 years of age I decided to h... Read more...

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