Gardeners' World

Whilst many of us say we're not gardeners, either without interest or time or the space to have a garden, flowers and greenery are undeniably relaxing places to be. For my first 40 years I was never interested in gardening but that slowly changed, and now in my late 50's I blooming well love it!, moreover can't do without it. Like anything new, it can be hard to get started, but a few small steps here and there, a chilli plant on a window sill, a tough little cactus that bursts into flower, a hanging basket outside a window is maybe all it takes. The peace and calm, the colours and shapes are amazing therapy, a welcome escape from the turmoil that many of us have been through or may still face. It's a bit of an old cliche to say gardening, however humble, is good for the soul, but it certainly seems to be true.  

Tough News

Isn't it strange how sometimes it can rain through the sunshine. OOSO as a charity has had few ups and downs over its time, with the steady hand of Jackie, our founder and Patron, on the tiller, and Roger running the ship, and more recently our band of able Trustees keeping things buoyed up. But unfortunately we're heading into a rough patch and we might need a few extra hands on deck to help us through.  

Earlier this week, Roger broke some really tough news to us, letting us know his recent illness with mouth cancer has taken a turn for the worse. Frankly we are stunned and deeply anxious for both Roger and Jackie. Roger however, tells us not to worry - in his own words, " Please, no sadness. I've had a good innings and many, many enjoyable experiences."

As you probably know, Roger is our webmaster, maintains our records, fundraising pages and sends out these newsletters for us. So, besides our anxieties, we have to think about the future, and Roger agrees we need to act sooner rather than later. He and I are forming a plan, and thankfully have one experienced IT guru and former patient offering to help already. But I suspect we might need a little more support, so if you know about websites and so forth, or know someone that does, please drop me a line
here, we'd be very grateful. And watch this space for possible disruptions and changes.

In the meantime, our hearts and most positive thoughts are with both Roger and Jackie.

Café Lunches

We have two lunches coming up on the horizon, the first will be on Monday 10th July at Bicester Village Garden Centre, from 12:30, and the second, soon after on Wednesday 12th July at Dobbies Garden Centre, near to Swindon, again from 12:30.  If you would like to attend one or both, please drop me a line here, and we'll ensure we have tables reserved.

Zoom Ahead

Our next Zoom session will be Tuesday 25th July at 7pm, for one hour.

Provisionally we have the very eminent Lizzy Smyth joining us, a world leader in Oncology, one of the most progressive and innovative cancer specialists of our modern era, so we're just privileged that she's keen to join us for an hour. 

We'll let you know more about the session in due course.  

In the meantime, stay positive and enjoy the sunshine

Best wishes

Matt Carter
Chair of the Trustees
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