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NRAS Group Meetings Next Week

Dear All

Please find details below of the NRAS group meetings taking place next week:

NRAS Group Meetings—Week Commencing 7th November 2016

Mid Somerset NRAS Group

Meetings are held at the Taunton Rugby Club, Hyde Lane, Bathpool, Taunton TA2 8BU.

Tuesday 8th November - 7pm - Guest speaker: Dr. Stone will present 'RA and lung involvement'. There will be free entry into this meeting and mince pies!

Oxford NRAS Group

Meetings are held in the Lecture Theatre at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Windmill Road, Oxford OX3 7LD on Tuesdays every other month from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

8th November - Guest speaker: Dr. Stephanie Dakin will present: Shouldering the Burden of Tendinopathy

Great Yarmouth NRAS Group

The Great Yarmouth & Waveney NRAS Group meet in the ‘Buzz Room’ of the Louise Hamilton Centre, James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 6LA from 5:30pm-7:00pm on the second Tuesday of each month.

8th November - Guest speaker: Jan, company director from BeActive Mobility is coming to show us some products suitable for people with RA and to answer questions

Heart of England (Solihull) NRAS Group

This NRAS group meets on a Wednesday every other month and have a NEW meeting venue, now to be held at: Solihull Women’s Institute (meeting room on the ground floor), 745 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3DG (car park entrance on Union Road) from 6:45pm for prompt start at 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

9th November - Christmas social with festive food and raffle

Worcester NRAS Group

Bi-monthly meetings take place on Wednesdays between 6.45pm to 8.30pm at the Lyppard Hub in Ankerage Green, Warndon Villages, Worcester WR4 0DZ.

9th November - Kirsty Edwards, Rheumatology Nurse Specialist will present 'Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis'

South Lakeland and District NRAS Group

The next meeting of the South Lakeland NRAS Group will be held on: Wednesday 9th November

Taking place at: South Lakes Foyer, Prince Charlie's House, 95 Stricklandgate, Kendal, LA9 4RA.

Guest speaker: Jenny Stockdale, Physiotherapist at Westmorland General Hospital will present: 'Exercise for RA'

North Essex (Colchester) NRAS Group

This group meet on the second Thursday of every other month at the St. John's Church Community Centre, St. John's Close, Colchester CO4 0HP (parking available on site) from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

10th November - 'Yoga taster session' by Fern, local yoga instructor

Isle of Wight NRAS Group

Bi-monthly meetings are held at Laidlaw Day Hospital, St Mary's Hospital Campus, Dodnor Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight on a Thursday from 7:00pm - 9:00pm.

10th November – Guest speaker: Phyllis Goodwin (Local Author of 'Dog Tales and Other Gems') - Shall we write a book?

Gwent NRAS Group

All future meetings of the Gwent NRAS group will be held on the second Saturday of alternate months at Caerphilly Library, The Tywn, Caerphilly, CF83 1JL from 9:30am.

12th November - Guest speaker: Siân Harris, Valleys Nordic Walking Instructor, experienced in using this method of walking to help with pain

You, your family, friends and healthcare professionals are all very welcome to attend and you don’t have to be a member of NRAS to attend a group meeting!

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Please can you confirm next date for Oxford for me many thanks


Hi Tinkerbell

The next Oxford group meeting is on Tuesday 8th November. All the details are here:

Best wishes




I've never realised that I had a support group this close to my home before reading this(Colchester) and I can't believe none of my support group have never pointed it out for me. Please can you advise if this is something I can just freely turn up for,and are family members welcome(just thinking of a lift as I'm not sure I'm fit to drive at min,the cold is definitely playing havoc with my symptoms!) also,could you please explain the usual type of things that go on at these get togethers - like I said,completely new to this,but looking forward to meeting similar people in my position.




Hi, I went along for the first time last session. It's all very friendly and interesting being able to talk with others in the same boat and to see differences in both disease and reactions. People do bring along partners / help - they are affected by the disease too.

I'm sure there will be someone else from the group who can fill in other details.

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Thanks so much for the advice - if I'm up for it,I think I'll definitely give it a go,as it'll be nice to meet like minded people instead of friends who just disappear over time because they don't understand what I'm going through.


Hi there

The meetings are all free to attend and you are more than welcome to bring someone along with you. They are a lovely group run by Sandra, Sue, Billie and Caroline who all live with RA themselves and they will make you very welcome.

At most meetings there will be a guest speaker for the first half of the meeting on a topic relating to RA with a Q&A then there will be time for mingling, chatting with other members of the group and refreshments of course.

We can update you directly of these meetings by email if you send your details to, then you will get reminders sent to you.

I hope you are able to make the next meeting and enjoy it if you do.

Best wishes


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That's great - many thanks for the info Kim. I just have one problem now,looks like my ongoing cold has started a flare up,as I've woken this morning with what I can only describe as bread cobs where my knees were last night!! I'll drop a seperate email to the address you linked earlier so that I can hopefully make the next one instead - as ever,one step forward and two steps back whenever you think you're free enough to make it out the door with this lovely condition!

Kindest regards



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