News Archive

MD have re-issued a manual Adaptations, which is likely to be helpful to anyone considering adapting a house for the use of a disabled person.

East of England Muscle Group meeting

will be held at the Officers' Club, St John's Green, Colchester CO2 7EZ, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on 13 April 2015; the theme of the meeting will be Access for the Disabled.

September 2014

Our new Regional Fundraising Officer is Kay Aslett, Midlands & Anglia Fundraising Group Facebook page.

October 2012

Disability4Sport are setting up a group in Colchester, and hope some of our members will be interested.

July 2012

If you are going abroad, Head Office have a factsheet with useful suggestions, including a list of insurance companies.

May 2012

Members are reminded that due to the generosity of the Colchester Children's Charity Appeal there are now funds available for gifts to children with MD, and we welcome applications.

March 2012

Essex County Council have set up a Carers Emergency Planning Service (see leaflet) to assist carers who are themselves temporarily incapacitated through accident or illness.

There is a new NHS care advisor for Essex: Carol Wood, 3rd Floor, Endeavour House, Coopers End Road, Stansted CM24 1SJ; tel. 07904 116965;

May 2006

Marion Salmon, a long-standing member of the branch and for many years a committee member, died on Saturday 13 May, a few hours after the birth of a granddaughter. The funeral was on 26 May in St Andrews Church, Forest Rd, Greenstead.

June 2005

At the CCVS Volunteers' Lunch on 1 June, Janet Saunders was awarded a certificate for her outstanding contribution to the branch.

Saturday, 1st May 2004

You can now see our April newsletter and the minutes from our March AGM. [Monday, 3rd May 2004: And our accounts for 2003.]

Sunday, 25th April 2004

Stan Angier, former chairman of Colchester branch, died 14th April; funeral 26th April, Colchester Crematorium.

Tuesday, 26th November 2003

Slightly fewer people came than last year - but we were competing against the rain and several other concerts on the same night. Nonetheless, we raised nearly 450. Thank you to everyone involved.

On the kefir front, Maria has now raised over 700 in this year alone!

Monday, 3rd November 2003

After the success of last year's concert we'll be doing it all over again! West Bergholt Concert Band are preforming on 22nd November. Please see our events page for more details.

Saturday, 29th March 2003

Thank you to everyone who came to our AGM two weeks ago. Lively discussion was followed by equally active socialising. We said goodbye to Geoff and gave thanks for his marvellous leadership over the past few years. Chris Jenkinson will be Acting Chairman until we can find a replacement.

The branch accounts for 2002 were given; we raised over eight thousand pounds, and were able to send nearly seven thousand to head office. We spent over two hundred pounds on helping sufferers locally.

Sunday, 19th January 2003

Happy new year to you all. 2003 has already brought a success for our branch, with Maria having taking the total proceeds of her kefir fundraising to over 1000.

Saturday, 14th December 2002

We've just raised 200 this morning from the carol singing (which is approximately one hundred pounds per hour!). Thanks are due to the Colchester Carol Singers and to everyone who donated. By all accounts it was a most enjoyable morning, especially for onlookers, many of whom enquired about the singers.

Saturday, 7th December 2002

We raised 551.01 and had an enjoyable evening two weeks ago at the concert given by the West Bergholt Concert Band. Thank you very much to everyone who came to watch, the band, and of course, all the people who helped to organise it.

Thanks to the initiative of Janet Bullard, we have another musical fundraising event next Saturday, with Colchester Carol Singers singing in Colchester town centre from 11 until 1.

Saturday, 16th November 2002

Our November newsletter is now available online

Tuesday, 22nd October 2002

I have now uploaded Geoff's resignation letter.

On a brighter note, Maria has now raised over 800 from selling kefir.

Thursday, 10th October 2002

Our branch chairman, Geoff Wiseman, has announced his resignation from this post. He will stay on until December of this year, to help with some fundraising events that he has organised. He has been our chairman for nearly four years.

I would like to use this space to thank Geoff, on behalf of our branch, for his tireless effort and energy in his role as chairman. Before he arrived we were in great danger of collapsing, but now, as a result of his hard work and the hard work of others, we have reached a relatively stable state.

Chris Jenkinson will remain vice chairman, so we are looking for a replacement for Geoff. If you know anyone who is interested, or you yourself are, please contact us.

Monday, 23rd September 2002

September the 17th was Muscular Dystrophy Day on the Internet, to promote global awareness of this disease. A link has been added.

Saturday, 14 September 2002

You can now see July 2002 newsletter. Please see all the events coming up. We need volunteers to help sell tickets for the musical concert.

Sunday, 14th April 2002

You can now see the April 2002 newsletter.

Saturday, 16th March 2002

We now have the summary of our 2002 Annual General Meeting, which was held last week.

Maria has now raised over 600 from selling kefir.

Monday, 18th February 2002

We have moved house, again. We are now at:

The move was to get an easier to remember address. This move should be permanent. A redirect will be kept up at the old site. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, 6th February 2002

The collection at Sainsbury's Tollgate realised a total of 850.43. This was made up from 637.18 from the collectors and 213.25 from the organ.

The January 2002 edition of our newsletter has been added.

Maria has now raised 492.02 from selling kefir.

Saturday, 19th January 2002

We now have all our planned events for 2002 on the events page.

There are still letters out requesting permission to hold collections and events, hopefully some, if not all, will be successful.

We are in desperate need of volunteers to help out at all of the above fund raising events. The monies raised will be used to aid research into treatments and cures for MD. It is in all our interests to do what we can to achieve those aims. PLEASE give us just a couple of hours of your time and help bring forward the day when muscular dystrophy, in all its forms will be beaten.

If you are able to help, please contact Geoff Wiseman.

Sunday, 23th December 2001

Maria Fremlin has now raised 368.02 supplying kefir grains.

And, of course, have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Saturday, 15th December 2001

Website given a face-lift. I am now using the template toolkit to generate these pages.

Added the October newsletter (sorry for the delay), updated the events page, and added a archive of old news

Tuesday, 2nd October 2001

We carried out a fund raising collection at Tesco store Copdock, Ipswich, over the 28th/29th September at which we raised the sum of 1,178.88. Our Chairman, Geoff Wiseman, offers his "grateful thanks to all who took part in this magnificent effort". We also raised 138.59 at the Greenstead Community fete two weeks ago.

Saturday, 22nd September 2001

We have migrated to a new site, Also another link has been added, Muscular Dystrophy Day on the Internet.

Saturday, 1st September 2001

We raised 230.96 at the Mersea Island Lions fete on August Bank Holiday Monday. Many thanks to everyone involved. An addition to our fund raising plans: we will be having a stall at the Greenstead Community fete on September 15th. See our events page for more details.

Wednesday, 8th August 2001

Following the resignation of Maria Fremlin, Chris Jenkinson has been temporarliy elected to Vice Chairman. This is a temporary measure until the next AGM when we will appoint on a permament basis. July 2001 newsletter added.

Saturday, 2nd June 2001

On May 26th we raised 438.11 at the store collection outside Fiveways superstore, Brightlingsea. Thanks to everyone who participated.