DEREK SCULLY Report for Tuesday 19/01/21

Kidderminster and Worcester Prostate Cancer Support Group
Membership Secretary & Lead for Support Contacts Report

We currently have 431 members and 30 Support Contacts that support all of our members and I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you all for your support over the years. Hopefully we will be holding a zoom meeting shortly for all the current Support Contacts and the link to the meeting will be posted in the Supporters Magazine and on the KWPCSG web site.
We do need additional people to put their name forward to become Support Contacts as hopefully our membership will increase this year. Training is provided for the role which is not an onerous one but very rewarding. It requires contacting the member twice a year to see how they are progressing and if they require any support, if so then the Support Contacts will have a copy of the Guidelines for Buddies and Support Contacts which will enable them to signpost members to the appropriate person or department.
So, if there are any volunteers then you can find my details in the Supporters Magazine or on the KWPCSG web site or join the Support Contact zoom meeting.
Thank you and stay safe.

Derek Scully 12th January 2021

Mens Shed Report 2021


The Men’s Shed Social Activity Group was formed in November 2018 and is now based at Leapgate Farm off Wilden Lane, Stourport. The aim is to offer members of the Kidderminster & Worcester Prostate Cancer Support Group an opportunity to met socially and engage in activities that are designed to reduce the issues of anxiety and stress that are sometimes associated with the diagnosis of prostate cancer. As with most activities this year, Covid 19 has put a damper on what we had planned. Apart from our monthly meetings we have previously arranged outings, to a local brewery, RAF Cosford and we were planning a coach trip to the National Memorial Arboretum prior to lockdown.

At the Farm we have the use of a fully equipped woodworking workshop, an allotment, a cafe, and a newly completed community centre building that we propose using for the Support Group’s committee meetings and events when the current restrictions are lifted.

We have now been offered a much larger allotment at the Farm just under a quarter of an acre. There is no heavy lifting work involved as the plot will be mechanically rotivated for us.

Any member wishing to join the current group whether just for a coffee and a chat at our monthly meetings or getting involved at the allotment, will be more than welcome. The venue is free to all members. For more information please contact:

Martin Harrington – Tel: 01562 636235 or
Paul Markall – 01562 751355
Paul Markall – January 2021

AGM 2021 Agenda

Reg. Charity 1100718


  1. Welcome and Opening Remarks
  2. Apologies
    3 Introductory Talk by Dave Sheppard from the Swindon PCSG
  3. Minutes of the last AGM – 20/01/2020
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chairman & Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. South Worcestershire Group’s Report
  8. Membership Secretary and Support Contact Co-ordinator Report
  9. Men’s Shed Report
  10. Election of Officers
  11. Promotional Flyer Review
  12. Any Other Business
  13. Chairman’s Closing Remarks

Kidderminster Town Hall Bookings
(All meetings to be confirmed – subject to Covid-19 Restrictions)
Tuesday 20th April 2020 – Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday 20th July 2020 – Quarterly Meeting
Tuesday 19th October 2020 – Quarterly Meeting
Where Town Hall meetings are not possible, Zoom talks will be arranged online (dates subject to confirmation). All Zoom talks are recorded and made available via the group’s website

South Worcestershire Prostate Cancer Support Group Report

Gordon Kingston – Chair.

Geographical Area: Based on postcodes Southwards from Worcester, but all members can attend meetings and events at Kidderminster, Pershore – or both.

Aims & Objectives: As Kidderminster & Worcs PCSG – full individual members of the Charity; We have assisted the main KWPCSG in reviewing our strategic Aims, Objectives, and Purposes.

Small Committee of 6: Gordon Kingston Chair; Peter Corbishley Sec; Stephen Branchett Treasurer: John Barrett, Peter Spencer & Sarah Lewis. Many others help in a normal year with events & meetings. Committee members contribute regularly to articles in the “Supporter” magazine. After one committee meeting at the end of January, it has only been possible to maintain contact via email and telephone.

Public Meetings: Regrettably all public meetings had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic. Unfortunately this included a meeting planned to spread PCa awareness across the south of the county in April. We have encouraged S.Worcs members to participate in all “Zoom” meetings.

Future Direction – We have maintained our efforts to work in partnership with other individuals and organisations and develop membership. The Mayor of Pershore continued to raise funds for our local Prostate Cancer Support Group until Lock-down. Efforts were made to identify suitable projects that might be supported with these funds and as 2020 drew to a close it appeared that a promising development in Pershore may be on the horizon.

Lockdown Activities. We have endeavoured to provide support to Mary Symons and attend the main committee meetings during what has been an extremely difficult year. We have initiated reviews of publicity material, and attended Zoom meetings throughout the year. A Draft of the revised “Flyer” has been prepared for consultation with the wider membership.
Our Secretary Peter Corbishley undertook a Review of the purposes and activities of half a dozen other Regional Prostate Cancer Support Groups resulting in articles and presentations to the committee and members. This has subsequently led to a survey of “Supporter” magazine readers and their preferences.

We would as ever, wish to pay tribute to the Kidderminster Group and members of the committee, for their help and encouragement over the past few years. In particular we add our own tributes to the enormous work done to develop the KWPCSG over many years by the Chairman Reverend Paul Brothwell who tragically died in the autumn. He will be greatly missed by all in the South Worcestershire Group where he had visited our meetings on a regular basis right from its inception.

2021 Acting Chair/Secretary Report

Acting Chair/Secretary.
Registered Charity No. 1100718

Acting Chair/Secretary Report
In our 19th year has a registered charity and 21 years of running this support group, we have now faced the most challenging year ever. The pandemic has affected the lifestyle, not only of our country, but most other countries are also suffering the affects of Covid19. An unknown virus was being discussed in January 2020, has now devastated the world and affected the future of many countries economies. At this moment in time, in our third lockdown, we cannot see life returning to normality for some time. Hopefully, with the roll out of the vaccines, we should be seeing some improvement but this could still take several months.
As an organisation which supports men with prostate cancer, it has now become difficult to keep in touch with our members and offer the same kind of support given at our open meetings. When we had new members attending our meetings we would introduce them to other men who had been treated and would be willing to be a buddie to them or who may have already been in contact by telephone as a Buddie. Our open meetings had to be cancelled from April 2020, and as a result, new members to our group have been very few.
With the help of Prostate Cancer U.K. and Dr. Steve Allen, we were persuaded to try Zoom talks for our members and these started in July 2020, and so far after four talks have been quite successful. The last talk by Di Fox, Physical Activity Co-ordinator from the University of Worcester, contained information about fitness classes that she would be starting every Monday morning at 10.30 a.m. from 4th January 2021, for our members. She presented these at various levels, so that everybody could do the exercises at whatever level they felt comfortable with. These will continue while we have support for them and Di can host them, and all will be saved like our talks on our website, for anyone who wants to try them.
I am aware that not everyone in our group has the use of technology, or do not like Zoom meetings, but if you have access to a tablet or lap top then you can still click on these items on our website without the Zoom app. I do apologise that we cannot reach everyone, but we do our best to ensure all members are called by a Support Contact. But, we will inform you all by Newsletter as soon as we know we can start open meetings again, and we can all get together some time this year.
In a county that regularly diagnoses over 600 men with prostate cancer every year, we have had our lowest level of new members. As a result of this, we have contacted our President Mr. A Makar and Patron Dr. Lisa Capaldi to arrange for myself and Gordon Kingston (Chairman for South Worcestershire) to meet up at some time to discuss the future of the group. However, with the latest Covid crisis, we understand that all medical workers are too busy for us to pursue them at this time.
Plans are being made for more Zoom talks to be arranged from February onwards please check on our website, and all information will go in the quarterly Newsletters, but, information about talks will always been sent to members who have provided us with an email address.
Our biggest loss this year is the death of our wonderful Chairman, Paul Brothwell in August 2020. Paul suffered a rampant illness which took him from us too quickly, leaving all of us shocked and bereft. He was not only a loss to our group but to every organisation that he had been or still was, involved with. A man who gave so much to his community and was still offering more, a man who cared so much for other people. We will never replace Paul, but out of respect for him, I am happy to continue as Acting Chair, until the right person steps forward to take on this important role. It has become difficult to get new committee members, not helped by no public meetings, but would be delighted if any members step forward with ideas on how we can improve the groups’ activities and are willing to help achieve this.
Derek Wood has been a very supportive member of our committee for some years, but feels that now is the time to step down. We thank Derek for all his help and wish him well, and hope that he still attends our meetings on Zoom or in Public when we finally can have them.
Gordon Kingston and Peter Corbishley have stepped forward in helping expand our groups’ role. Gordon and myself, have attending Zoom meetings with Health Watch for Worcestershire and Gordon has attended meetings with the CCG. Peter, has conducted research with several other support groups for prostate cancer to compare what they do for their members, and it was uplifting to find out that we were the only group to send out regular Newsletters. Peter is keeping in touch with the leaders of other groups so that they can recommend Speakers for us. He has offered to work with John Mills as Co-editor of the Supporter and has some very good ideas regarding future issues. One of things we do not do is produce enough photographs of our open meetings and events, and would be exceedingly grateful if anyone from South Worcestershire or the Wyre Forest area would be willing to attend our open meeting and take photographs for our Supporter it would be a great help to us.
Paul Markall, continues, and does a wonderful job as our Treasurer, and keeps us all on our toes. It is a crucial job and a lot of work involved with paperwork side of things is very challenging. Paul also started the Men’s Shed at Leapgate Farm, and will be talking about this, as it grows in every respect.
Val Markall, Paul’s wife is a stalwart of the group, who has stepped down as minutes secretary and this has been taken on by Mark Hall. She has many commitments for the group helping Paul with his clerical work, doing labels for Newsletters and helping to pack the envelopes and also along with Hilary Brothwell and Margaret Shakespeare produce the food at the Town Hall. She has, therefore, agreed to be on committee has a co-opted member.
Derek Scully, is in charge of the membership database and Support Contacts and does a very good job. We thank all Support Contacts for their support to our members throughout the past year, and hope we can arrange a meeting in 2021.
Dr. Dick Herbert, will continue on our committee offering help and medical advice to us all and supporting our work.
David Underhill is the link for Tackle, the organisation which covers all support groups for Prostate Cancer in the U.K.
Richard Langley has been our saviour in these difficult times, already helping as our P.R. man and website manager with Daniel Cook our website designer, but now he has managed all our committee meetings by Zoom, and talks, also fitness classes. The work they have achieved and the extra information being loaded on to our website is crucial to enable us to connect with our members. Nicky Langford has also contributed with the website and social media promoting the group on Facebook and Twitter.
Martin Harrington and Eddy Rudge, are co-opted members of our committee and have helped Paul with the Men’s Shed and informal gatherings and growing skills.
All these are willing to stand again as Trustees/Co-opted and Peter has been voted in by the committee as a new Trustee in view of the roles he has within the group.
All the best to all our members and families
We’ll meet again.

Mary Symons
19th January 2021.

Tributes to Paul Brothwell

A blog where our members can express their thoughts of a wonderful man and chairman of our group for twenty years.

This is a Paul Brothwell Tribute section where we ask members to offer their tributes to a wonderful chairman who affected all of us in so many positive ways.

Within our web site their is a donation link, which is on the left hand side of this page. If you wish to make a donation then you can do so in this way. The donations will come through to KWPCSG and will be passed on to Paul’s wife Hilary who can foward to Paul’s nominated charity.

Donations can also be made to the Prostate Cancer UK Memorial Link ” Tribute to Paul” :





            During these challenging times that we are experiencing with COVID-19. I hope that you, your family, and friends are managing to keep safe. This COVID-19 virus is such a silent, and unseen enemy, which is having a tremendous impact on our way of living, and our everyday lives. As we face this unprecedented situation, the Support Group is here to support all our members at this time. The committee is planning, how to face the future in a positive and caring manner. We are a Group of older people, and many of us, like me, are not all that good with modern technology. This time of ‘lock down’ has been a steep learning curve for me, as I try to grapple with all the modern jargon, ‘Zoom Time’, ‘Face Time’, ‘You Tube’, ‘What’s App. This is mind blowing to me. How are you feeling about, and understanding all this new technology and the jargon that goes with it?

            The Committee are aware, that many of our members do not communicate by e-mails, or other new forms. We are hoping to produce a letter to all our members, to ask you to let us have your up-to-date telephone numbers, (as some are out of date), your e-mails, etc., and how best to let you know what is happening with the Group. Any other ideas that you may suggest to keep in touch with all our members. Also how we may further and develop our ‘Support Contacts? They are doing a first class support work.

            I have read a recent account on how we managed loss. This is something that many of us in the caring professions, in our different and varied work over many years, have been involved with. The paper points out how many people in the community have not understood the different meanings of loss, and how this affects, people in so many different ways. The loss of a job, contacts, a colleague, and so on. Loss for them is something that does not have the same emotions, as the loss of a loved one, but is still a loss. What is knew, is that relatives and friends cannot attend the funeral of a loved one. This will cause difficulties in the future. Over the years, very many writers have written about loss, and all the emotions connected with it. I have found in my work, as a Parish Priest, Hospice, and Hospital Chaplain, how men have found it difficult to talk about loss. Loss is no respecter of persons, and it is an experience that we will all go through at some-time in our lives. How we each face loss will depend, on who we are, the different experiences of life, these will help us in this time of Covid 19.

Paul Brothwell. (Chairman).  01299 823495