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Jeanne Hambleton is planning a South of England Conference & Pamper Weekend at the Southdowns Holidays Village, Bracklesham Bay, from Friday to Monday, April 23-26, 2010, with surplus funds to research for FMS.
We are promised this will be a weekend to remember and will want to attend again. In the evening we are promised some laughs and lots of fun. They are even toying with the idea of having a fancy dress Folly Pogs Ball.
But seriously folks this is a chance to hear experts in the field of fibromyalgia - top men and women who do not think we are mad or imagining pains. Doctors, specialists and consultants who have researched, studied, diagnosed and treated FMS - folk who speak with authority about this rotten invisible disability. There are also a number of interesting workshops planned.
On the pamper scene we will apparently have the opportunity to sample a number of therapies which can be helpful when deciding what complementary treatment suits you best.
Fibromites are invited to take part in an exhibition of paintings, craft, photographs or whatever your hobby is along with several commercial companies offering products related to fibromyalgia, well being, and books.
The venue is close to the beach and wind surfing is a local sport. Bracklesham Bay is renowned for old fossils - no personal remarks please not even about fibro fossils thanks very much!.
Every night there will be a dance band in the ballroom, and entertainment - cabaret. The long weekend will include full board from Friday afternoon 3pm to Monday late morning. No worries about drinking and driving as long as you can find your way back to your bed or any other bed that happens to be vacant.....
Being conscious of the financial limitations the credit crunch has forced upon us, we have tried hard to make this an appealing but affordable package. So we are being asked to pay only for the food and accommodation. It is hoped that sponsors will be found to cover the cost of the educational part of the weekend so the cost to those attending will be kept to a minimum. It is believed the accommodation etc will be in the region of £125 per person (I believe this is a great price for a wonderful weekend of education and fun in a venue that receives great revues for its accommodation and food).
Firm commitments are needed for this weekend as if they do not reach the numbers it will mean the event will have to be cancelled and they do have a deadline for cancelling the event. Please tell your fibro friends and their friends. Make up a party and drive to the coast together. There will be lots to listen to and learn, with paperwork to take home to jog your memory and plenty of comfort breaks. No one will worry if you stand up and walk about &emdash; speaker will be warned - that is what fibromites do!.
It is important to point out this is a Holiday Village, not the new Butlins 25 star hotel. The chalets have all been refurbished to a good standard and all have en suite and heating. The centre has a good reputation for its food and we are planning on sole occupancy for the weekend. This means we are inviting 250 people - fibromites, fibromites and more fibromites plus partners, and husbands and their friends. Sorry no children or dogs - not even to make the numbers up.
Although it will involve more effort the organisers would consider five equal payments of £25 per person a month for September, October, November, January and February (£125 in all) if this will help. Failure to pay the full amount will I am afraid result in the loss of the deposit. The total amount of £125 per person must be paid before March 23rd.
To book your place and/or send your first monthly payment of £25 or a deposit please contact Jeanne to make the necessary arrangements . I am sure we can look forward to a fantastic weekend full of support, education and fun. Email Jeanne at Jeanne@fibropals.co.uk
Jeanne says "No I will not be wearing a red coat or even a blue coat...even though I was the Butlins Press Officer ‘Hi Di Hi’. Write soon. I am telling everybody".
Chichester is 7 miles inland from Bracklesham Bay, (behind the Isle of Wight) along the coast from Selsey Bill and the Lifeboat Station.. Chichester is a Cathedral City, with splendid Roman ‘ruins’, the famous Festival Theatre, a modern cinema, and the Victoria/Portsmouth railway connection. We are near Portsmouth, HMS Victory, the Submarine dockyard - all accessible along the A27. Chichester's Website Here
Bracklesham Bay is famous for it's fossil beds, as well as windsurfing, a very modern sport. In the village you can hire surf boards, and in nearby East Wittering village you can hire mobility scooters. The Southdowns Holiday Village is literally a few minutes walk to the beach &emdash; pebbly but sandy at low tide.
Bracklesham's own website
Discovering Fossils page on Bracklesham
Bracklesham Fossils Website
If you think this is a good idea and would like to be part of it - the opportunity to learn more about fibromyalgia - and to partake of some of the best medicine - laughter - please contact Jeanne and make a commitment. Write to Jeanne at Jeanne@fibropals.co.uk with your details and how many folk you hope to bring plus address, telephone number, and your full name and how many have fibromyalgia .
Also please let me know if you want to pay by instalment or pay a deposit of £65 per person - the balance being due in February. Cheques to be made out to FCPW (Fibromyalgia Conference & Pamper Weekend).
The conference needs your support just as much as we will learn more about fibromyalgia, spoil and pamper ourselves and have some fun. I think it will be a fantastic weekend with like minded people who understand each other and an excellent opportunity for our partners, family or carers to learn more, find support in each other and know that they are not alone in their caring and supporting roles, I really look forward to seeing you there.
Jeanne also says "Start planning that fancy dress costume or the re-dickie-lous dickie bow tie for the competition." Write soon: Jeanne@fibropals.co.uk and for those without email access you can call on 0845 345 2410/5814 (charged the same as local calls from a BT line)
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