National Citizen Service Family Fun Day

Local youngsters who have signed up to the National Citizen Service (NCS) held a Family Fun day on Monday the 31 July as part of their efforts to raise funds for the group.  They have also taken part in a fun run, cycle ride and other fund raising events.

L-R: Erin Squibb, Lucy Tyror-Taylor, Tina Tansley and Mike Coombs
L-R: Erin Squibb, Lucy Tyror-Taylor, Tina Tansley and Mike Coombs

At our August meeting Lucy Tyror-Taylor, Erin Squibb and Tina Taylor presented the Group with a cheque for £1050.00 which was gratefully accepted by Mike Coombs, Group Chair.  They wished the money to be used to help local young people with diabetes and to this end the Committee are talking to the Paediatric Diabetes Unit at Gloucester Royal to identify any youngsters that can be helped. Continue reading National Citizen Service Family Fun Day

June 17 Meeting – Ian Elphick – Robinswood Hill Country Park

For the June meeting Ian Elphick, a Senior Countryside Ranger from the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust,

Beacon & trig point on Robinswood Hill
Beacon & trig point on Robinswood Hill

based at the Robinswood Hill Country  Park in Gloucester,  gave a very interesting talk on the work of the Wildlife Trust in its efforts to preserve as much of the flora and fauna of Gloucestershire as possible, including details of what to see at many of its nature reserve site in the county. Continue reading June 17 Meeting – Ian Elphick – Robinswood Hill Country Park

Diabetes Awareness Events

This year again the Group helped out at the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups Diabetes Awareness Events in Gloucester (12 Jun), Cheltenham (15 Jun) and Newent  (19 Jun).

Mike, Geoff, Lucy & John.
Mike, Geoff, Lucy & John.

The Group members helping out were Mike Broome (Gloucester & Newent), John Gould (Gloucester) and Bob Watford (Cheltenham).   Geoff Davis from the Forest of Dean Group was also at Gloucester & Newent.    Various NHS staff were also present including Lucy Gozzard from the Retinal Screening  team at Gloucester Royal Hospital.


Continue reading Diabetes Awareness Events

Health & Wellness Expo

On Staurday 15 April the Group was invited to set up a stall at the Health & Wellness Expo being held at St Aldates Church Gloucester and organised by the Seventh Day Adventist Community Group.

Mike Coombs manning the stall.
Mike Coombs manning the stall.

Mike Coombs, Jay McCaffery and Mike Broome attended and duly set up our stall along with other groups and organisations covering such issues as dental health, dementia, Prostate Cancer and organ donor awareness and others. Continue reading Health & Wellness Expo

April 17 Meeting – Dr Alison Evans – Consultant Physician, Diabetes & Endocrinology

Martin presenting cheque to Mike.
Martin presenting cheque to Mike.

For our April meeting we were pleased to welcome Dr Alison Evans, a Consultant Physician, Diabetes & Endocrinology at Cheltenham General Hospital to the Group to give a talk.  Also Martin Reeves, who organised a dance in February which raised funds for the Group, came along to present a cheque for £75.00, which was gratefully accepted by Mike Coombs our new Chair. Continue reading April 17 Meeting – Dr Alison Evans – Consultant Physician, Diabetes & Endocrinology

Dance Night

On Saturday 25th February, Martin Reeves organised a dance at the Wotton Hall Club in Gloucester, from which the proceeds from the raffle were to be donated to the Group.

Dancing the night away.
Dancing the night away.

Martin regularly organises dances at Wotton Hall and this one was to feature music from the 1960s & 70s with some Motown thrown in as well.  Mike & Chris Coombs and myself and Jane attended the dance and had a very enjoyable evening with some lively music ensuring the dance floor was in constant use.

I would like to thank Marting for organising the dance and donating the raffle proceeds to the Group.

Martin has now let me know that £75.00 was raised which will help us carry on supporting those in Gloucester with diabetes and the donation is much appreciated.


February 17 Meeting – Kate Dembenski – Diabetes Clinical Nurse

After the AGM (see “News” item: AGM Feb 17) we had a talk by Kate Dembenski, a Diabetes Clinical Nurse in the Paediatric Diabetes Unit at the Gloucester Royal Hospital.

Kate explained about how Type 1 diabetes can affect young children and that increasingly Type 1 is being diagnosed in adults, an extreme case being a lady of 90!!  She also gave a brief explanation of how the hospital treat youngsters when they are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Continue reading February 17 Meeting – Kate Dembenski – Diabetes Clinical Nurse

Annual General Meeting – 8 Feb 17

The Groups  Annual General Meeting was held during the February Meeting, of which the minutes, including the Chair’s & Treasure’s reports, will be sent to all members.

Elections took place for the Group Committee.  Mike Broome (Chair & Secretary) and Graham Terrett (member) stood own from the Committee.  Jay McCaffery and Vivienne Gay  volunteered to join the Committee and both were voted on by a unanimous vote of those present.  There were no other volunteers to join the committee.  The remaining existing Committee members put themselves up for re-election, and were again accepted by a unanimous vote.   The Committee comprises of:

  • Chair
    • TBA
  • Secretary
    • TBA
  • Treasurer
    • Bob Watford
  • Vice Chair
    • Mike Coombs
  • Members
    • Jay McCaffery
    • Kevin Powell
    • Margaret Skinner
    • Viv Gay

The positions of Chair and Secretary will be confirmed by the new Committee by the end of February.  Under the Group rules Mike Broome will remain as Chair & Secretary until 28 Feb to effect the handover to the new incumbents.

Update:  Mike Coombs has been confirmed as the new Chair wef 1 Mar 17 and Jay McCaffery as the new Secretary wef 1 Jun 17

Important Notice – Chair & Secretary Posts

Mike Broome announced in October to the Group members that he would be standing down as Chair & Secretary at the Annual General Meeting on 8 February 2017, and asked if anyone would be interested in taking over the roles.  To date no one has expressed a willingness to take on either of these positions.

Mike is standing down for several reasons, one being he has been Chair and Secretary for a few years now and feels that its time for new blood to take over and bring fresh ideas to the Group.  Mike has enjoyed his time at the head of the Group and in some ways will miss this involvement, however he will be remaining a member and will support it from the “back benches”

If a new Chair and Secretary cannot be found, then the viability of the Group is at risk, as these positions must be filled to comply with Diabetes UK policy on the constitution of the voluntary groups.

Ideally the posts should be filled by two different people, so if anyone, whether a current Group member or not, feels they would like to take on the role of either Chair or Secretary, please let Mike know as soon as possible.

It would be a great shame if the Group had to close and more importantly a loss to those who may need its support now or in the future.