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About 3,000 people a day are visiting this website and they might well be looking at this page. These events may also be included in our ME Essential magazine. To have your event listed, please email Tony Britton or phone/text: 07516 656 537.

Saturday, October 25
Lammermuir Hall, St Cuthbert’s Church, 5 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, 2pm (doors open 1.30pm)

AGM and Open Meeting of Edinburgh ME Self-Help Group. The guest speaker will be Dr Peter Strigner, from Biggar, who has more than 38 years experience as a doctor in the NHS. Now practising independently, Dr Strigner specialises in Nutritional Medicine and CFS is something he has previously treated. Dr Strigner believes that there are strong nutritional contributors to CFS which can be identified specifically through specialised lab tests. He believes that thinking ‘out of the box’ and sometimes challenging accepted wisdom can bring positive results in cases where well-intentioned conventional methods, such as the inappropriate reliance on medical drugs, repeatedly fail or have little to offer. He practises Integrated Medicine, which selects from the worlds of both complementary and conventional medicine. Everyone welcome. Free talk. Refreshments, Wheelchair access. Car shares or help with transport available on request. For more information about the group, please phone 0845 625 2025 or email membership@edmesh.org.uk

Monday, October 27
Dublin

We have two runners taking part in the Dublin Marathon today – Jonny Hanson, who has obtained one of the two guaranteed places offered by the ME Association, and his friend Gareth Davidson, who will be running independently. Thank you very much, you two! If you would like to support either of them, Jonny’s fundraising page is at www.justgiving.com/jonnyhanson while Gareth’s page can be found at (details to come).

Tuesday, October 28
Rowberry’s Garden Centre, Lodgeford Hill, Lower Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, DY10 4QN, 12.30pm

Worcestershire ME Support Group group lunch, or just drop for for a cuppa and chat.For more information about this group, please email worcsmegroup@yahoo.co.uk

Saturday, November 1
Straight Road Community Centre, Straight Road, Colchester CO3 9EF, 2pm.

Colchester MESH meeting.Our speaker will be Jane Colby, executive director of The Young ME Sufferers Trust and the title of the talk will be ‘Consider the Evidence’. For more information, please contact Vivienne at viv.mills@colchester-mesh.org.uk

Monday, November 3
Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR, 10.30am-12pm

Tea, coffee and company at Neurosupport (welcome to all). Would you like to meet new people? Information and support in an informal social setting. Held on the first Monday of each month.

Tuesday, November 4
The Exmouth Arms 167 Bath Road, Cheltenham GL53 7LX, 10.30am

Cheltenham Fibro, ME/CFS Babes and Guys coffee morning – this will be held on the first Tuesday in every month at The Exmouth Arms. The pub has a ‘buy one hot drink get the second’ free offer. For more information about the group, contact Alice Reeve Alice Reeve, Tel: 0844 887 2483 or 07970 462092, Email: fibrobabes@gmail.com

Tuesday, November 4
Gosforth Civic Hall, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 3HD, 10.30 for 11am-3.30pm

Newcastle ME/CFS Research conference, co-sponsored by the ME Association and ME North. Speakers include: Professor Julia Newton, leader of the ME/CFS research group at Newcastle University), Zoe Gotts (sleep studies), Fai Ng (MRC Fatigue Biomarker Study), Professor Stephen Todryk (Northumbria University), study into the immune system response, especially to infections, of people with ME/CFS which the MEA is co-funding with Action for ME; Vicki Strassheim (new study into severe ME); Sarah Jayne Bolton (mitochondrial studies), Justin Durham (temperomandibular joint study in CFS), Andreas Kinklemeyer (update on MR studies in CFS), Stuart Watson (HPA axis function in CFS). Admission: £5.00 We will post more details as we receive them.

Wednesday, November 5
Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR, 1-4pm

Welfare Benefits Advice session. Appointments necessary. Reserve a slot for for a face-to-face consultation by phoning 0151 298 2999.

Wednesday,November 12
Henry Booth Lecture Theatre (Level 1), Mayo Building, Salford Royal Hospital, Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HD, 6.30pm

Meeting called by Dr Louise Barber, clinical psychologist with the Salford Royal Foundation NHS Trust, to confirm the setting up of an ME Support Group for Salford and Manchester Central. We are looking for FREE venues to that are warm, accessible/parking, quiet, in Salford (or City Centre). If you have any suggestions that would be brilliant. There’s also a questionnaire on our website to see what people expect from the group. http://manchestersalfordmegroup.wordpress.com/feedback/ For more information about the group, email Louise Barber at mmanchestersalfordmegroup@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 12
Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR, 1-4pm

Welfare Benefits Advice session. Appointments necessary. Reserve a slot for for a face-to-face consultation by phoning 0151 298 2999.

Wednesday, November 12
Landstingshuset, Hantverkargatan 45, Stockholm, Sweden, 1-5pm

The seminar is organised by the Swedish National Society for ME patients (Riksföreningen för ME-patienter, RME) in cooperation with RME local associations in Stockholm and Skåne. Most lectures are held in English and are followed by a brief question time. Coffee and light refreshments will be served in the break. Speakers: Dr Peter C Rowe, John Hopkins Children’s Center, Baltimore, USA: Orthostatic intolerance and pediatric ME/CFS; Dr. Nigel Speight, The University Hospital of North Durham, Great Britain (and paediatric medical adviser, The ME Association): Diagnosis and Management (and misdiagnosis leading to allegations of child abuse); Dr. Amolak S. Bansal, Department of Immunology, St Helier Hospital, England: The immune/virus/endocrine interface in ME/CFS; Natalie Gillberg, 14-years-old and suffering from ME/CFS and Camilla Gillberg, parent: Living with ME/CFS as a child. The seminar is free and aimed primarily at professionals in health care and schools. Seats are limited. General public may attend as far as space allows. Registration and information:www.rme.nu/seminarium-2014 Last date for registration: September 20, 2014. For questions about the seminar, please contact RME at info@rme.nu Website: www.rme.nu

Tuesday, November 18
Café, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP, 12.30pm

Regular, monthly social gathering in great surroundings of the Leeds ME Network. Join us for a chat and, if you like, a bite to eat.New members are very welcome! Look for the tables with the green LMETG signs. For more information about the Leeds ME Network, please visit http://leedsmenetwork.yolasite.com/meetings.php

Wednesday, November 19
Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR, 1-4pm

Welfare Benefits Advice session. Appointments necessary. Reserve a slot for for a face-to-face consultation by phoning 0151 298 2999.

Thursday, November 20
JOHN LEWIS 5th Floor Restaurant 300 Oxford St, W1A 1EX, 5pm

Meeting of the Central London ME Group. John Lewis have rearranged the seating within the 5th floor restaurant. We will be next to the Kuoni travel office which is within the restaurant at the front of the store overlooking Oxford St. Please ask a member of staff if you have any difficulty finding us. There will be a copy of the Canadian Guidelines on the table or ring the group’s mobile no 07771 238 199. Nearest tube : Oxford Circus and Bond Street. There is some disabled parking on Old Cavendish St between John Lewis and House of Fraser.

Saturday, November 22
Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic, Forsyth Business Centre, Tower Court, Oakdale Road, Clifton Moor, York YO30 3XL, 2-3pm

Followed by an hour-long drop-in session that is open to all.
Carers Event: This event is aimed at the partners, friends and family members of someone experiencing CFS/ME/Chronic Fatigue. The session will develop your understanding of fatigue, how to support someone with a fatigue disorder and how to look after your own needs too. £3 per person, payable on the day. Call the clinic on 01904 557 148 or email: sue@yorkshirefatigueclinic.co.uk

Monday, November 24
Cob House (Trip Advisor) – Cob House Fisheries, Worcester Road, Wichenford, Worcester, WR6 6YE, 12.30pm

Worcestershire ME Support Group group lunch, or just drop for for a cuppa and chat.For more information about this group, please email worcsmegroup@yahoo.co.uk

Wednesday, November 26
The Toby Carvery, 415 Brighton Road, South Croydon, Surrey CR2 6ES, 4pm

Meeting of the Croydon ME Support Group. We have met at the Toby Carvery for the last few years and it has worked well. Afternoons seem to be a good time for most and it is quiet in the restaurant at that time. Please put the date in your diary now and call nearer the time to let us know if you are able to come so we can get the right size table when I arrive. For more information about the group, please contact Danielle McCullough, tel: 07841 650 784, email: croydonme@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 26
Neurosupport, Norton Street, Liverpool L3 8LR, 1-4pm

Welfare Benefits Advice session. Appointments necessary. Reserve a slot for for a face-to-face consultation by phoning 0151 298 2999.

Wednesday, November 26
Venue to notified but either in Central Edinburgh or Glasgow, 1-3.30pm

Members’ open meeting called by the Neurological Alliance of Scotland. For more information, please contact Irene Cameron, NAoS, Mansfield Traquiar Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB, email: irene.cameron@scottishneurological.org.uk, Mobile: 07921 020258 (Tuesday to Thursday)
Web: www.scottishneurological.org.uk

Friday, December 5
St Catherine’s Church, Port Erin, Isle of Man, 7.30pm

Candlelit Christmas concert to raise money for ME Support Isle of Man featuring the popular Manx choir Caarjyn Cooidjagh. Admission is free and everyone is invited. For more information about ME Support IoM, please phone Celia Marshall on 621925 or Ada Watson on 816991, or email: mesupportiom@manx.net

Saturday, December 6
Tyesdale Community Centre, 32 Tyesdale, South Bretton, Peterborough, PE3 9XZ, 6.30pm

Peterborough ME Group Christmas Social. Entertainment by the Bell Ringers. For more information about the group, please phone Marian Dunham on 01733 203 480 or email pboromesg@ntlworld.com

Sunday, December 7
Balmoral Hotel, Blacks Road, Dunmurry, Belfast BT10 0NF, 2-6pm

Group Christmas dinner organised by ME Support Northern Ireland. Free to all MESNI members, while non-members are welcome but will pay £15. Antoinette Christie is organising the event through the group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/365117956886428/770083829723170/?notif_t=group_activity

Monday, December 8
Deacons restaurant, Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel, Abingdon Road, Oxford OX1 4PS, 12.30 for 1pm

OMEGA Christmas lunch. A three course menu and coffee costs £17 and with a tip this would be £19 (not including drinks); although we can offer a few places at £10.50 for anyone who wouldn’t be able to come otherwise. Please note: this is the Four Pillars Hotel in Oxford, not the one outside the ring-road where our support group meets every month. Please state your choice for each course of the meal, and send a cheque for £19 payable to David Polgreen at: Hillview, Mill Street, Stanton St. John, Oxford OX33 1HQ. Please book before 1st November. If you need information about the menu, or have specific dietary needs, please contact Emily Mears, Meetings and Events Coordinator Tel: 01865 324649.

December 9-10
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45), Main Auditorium, 45 Center Drive, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, 301–496–9966, USA

National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention workshop: Advancing the Research on Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. More information HERE.

Tuesday,December 16
Café, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UP, 12.30pm

Regular, monthly social gathering in great surroundings of the Leeds ME Network. Join us for a chat and, if you like, a bite to eat.New members are very welcome! Look for the tables with the green LMETG signs. For more information about the Leeds ME Network, please visit http://leedsmenetwork.yolasite.com/meetings.php

2015

Sunday, May 25
BUPA London 10k event, Central London

We have 13 guaranteed places on offer for people who would like to take part in this event while raising money for the ME Association, and they’re filling up fast.
So far, we have an entry from a seven-person team – Harriet Bannington, Michaela Ford, Carley Pease, Michael Gimenez-Alda, Mark Sturgess, Mel Drew and Chris Jacobs whose joint fundraising page is HERE. They’ve set themselves a target to raise £1,750 for the MEA – can you chip in some money to help them?

September
Ecuador

Ewan Ross will be climbing Mount Cotopaxi in Ecuador(19,300ft) to raise money for the ME Association. His wife, Jackie, has ME and he writes that he wants to do what he can to raise awareness of the difficulty in obtaining treatment for the illness. “The last doctor told her to take a multi-vitamin. I could not believe that so little is known about ME”. Ross is a veteran in the world of having challenges – he’s already been up to Everest Base Camp and has take part in both the Great North and the Great South Runs. If you would like to support Ewan’s fundraising for The MEA,please visit his online page at www.justgiving.com/ewanrosscotopaxi


About 3.000 people a day are visiting this website and they might well be looking at this page. These events may also be included in our ME Essential magazine. To have your event listed, please email Tony Britton or phone/text: 07516 656 537.