Archived Events – Multiple Sclerosis Therapy and Support in Surrey
Sat 13 Jan – collection inside Sainsbury’s in Guildford High Street. All hourly slots are taken up so many thanks to those of you who have offered your time for this collection.
Sun 14 Jan – collection at Sainsbury’s, Water Lane, Farnham. 2 slots left to fill – between 10 and 11am. Please offer your time if you possibly can
Please note that our last day of opening for physio, gym and classes is Tues 19 Dec. We are then closed from Wed 20 Dec – Tues 2 Jan inclusive for all physio, gym and classes. All therapies re-start on Wed 3 Jan.
Oxygen therapy continues but NOT on 25, 26, 27 or 28 Dec nor Mon 1 Jan.
Donating all or part of a ‘Winter Fuel Allowance’.
Thank you Joe for your idea and for also donating your
‘Winter Fuel Allowance’ to the Samson Centre for MS..
If anyone would like to join Joe, please do let me know and I will keep a running total of ‘Winter Fuel Allowance’ monies raised.
Fri 15 Dec
In store collection at Sainsbury’s in Guildford High Street. Please offer an hour of your time if you can.
Sat 16 Dec
In store collection at Sainsbury’s in Guildford High Street. Please offer an hour of your time if you can
This year we will be taking a different approach and instead of holding our Xmas Fair over in Milford, we will be having a mini Xmas Fair at the Centre on 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Dec from 10am – 12:30pm.
We hope that by doing it this way, many more of our members and carers will be able to buy some lovely goodies at the Centre. We will be focusing on the following stalls – cake stall to also include chocolates, chutneys, jams etc, bottle tombola, plants, good quality gifts and there will also be a raffle. A great opportunity to get involved in this while you are at the Centre w/c 4 Dec.
For those of you who like to make jams and chutneys, please reserve some for us to sell at the Xmas Fair. Also, please start putting aside bottles only for our tombola – we will need lots of them! Alcoholic and non alcoholic bottles all very welcome.
Please note that the Shalford Christmas Fair takes place on Sat 18 Nov 2017.
We are lucky enough to be one of the charities that is being supported by this Fair as we were last year.
Do go along and support the Fair if you can.
It is renowned in this area for being a very good Christmas Fair.
Having submitted an application, our ‘Standing On Our Own Two Feet’ project has made it through to the Aviva Community Fund voting stage.
Now we need your help. We need votes and lots and lots and lots of them to stand a chance of winning one of forty amounts of £5,000 that are up for grabs. It will be tough, as we are small and we are regional but where there is a will there is a way.
Please tell your friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours to cast their 10 votes for Samson Centre for MS and our ‘Standing On Our Own Two Feet’ project, within the Health and well being category.
Votes need to be placed by midday on the 21st November 2017. To register and cast your 10 votes simply click the link. If anyone has any difficulty please email or phone me and I will try to make sure you can cast a vote or 10 for Samson.
Mon 23 Oct – 23 Oct is half term week. Centre closure for all physio, gym and classes. Oxygen therapy continues this week.
Fri 13 October –
Quiz night at the Clockhouse in Milford from 7.30pm.
A really good evening for all you quizzers!
Bring your own food and drink.
Tables of up to 8 people.
Only £7.50 per person.
Proceeds split between the Samson Centre for MS and St John’s Milford.
Cheques made payable to St John’s Milford please
On Thursday, 5th October an evening of supper, suspense and drama will be kindly hosted by Compton Little Theatre in aid of the Samson Centre for MS.
The performance is the Agatha Christie mystery ‘Afternoon at the Seaside’ and a fish and chip supper and dessert will be served.
This promises to be a fabulous evening and the Samson Centre for MS are delighted to be chosen for the second year to benefit from the proceeds of the Compton Little Theatre’s drama and dinner.
All tickets, priced at £20 for this special performance to be purchased direct with Compton Little Theatre. Telephone 07964 515103 or by email:
Sat 12 Aug – street collection at Waitrose in Goldsworth Park, Woking. Please offer an hour or two of your time to help.
Is it simply luck or down to pure genius …..that is the big question and now who has the right answer?
Right answers, wrong answers it all adds to the fun and a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.
Taking part is what matters as ‘Quiz Nights’ arranged on behalf of the Samson Centre for MS help us to raise the valuable funds that we need to
‘Make Samson Stronger’.
On that note we have some Quiz Nights coming up in the Autumn but the first is a special Summer one and takes place on Friday 18th August, kindly hosted by the Godalming and Villages Lions Club in Godalming in aid of the Samson Centre.
Check out their flyer (Click Image) for full details. If anyone would like to take part but hasn’t got a table of six just give me a ring or drop me an email and I can put you on a table.
It promises to be an excellent evening as well as raising valuable funds.
Take part if you can.
Denice. ‘Making Samson Stronger’
Sat 8 July – street collection in Cranleigh. Please offer an hour or two of your time to help.
Sun 9 July – street collection at Sainsburys in Godalming. Please offer an hour or your time to help.
We have one brave cyclist taking part in the Pru Ride 100 – Dean Hemmings. A huge challenge to take on. We wish him very good luck for his 100 mile bike ride from London and through the Surrey Hills
Please note that our next cake sale at the Centre will be on Wed 26 July from 10.30am – 12.30pm. Please make a note of the date in your diary and bring along money on the day to buy some lovely homemade goodies. There will also be a raffle and cards/wrapping paper for sale.
A great acoustic music festival is taking place at the Guildford Tup pub in Chertsey Street on Sun 16 July.
Half the proceeds from the event are very kindly being donated to the Samson Centre for MS. Thanks so much to Gavin Thomas for making contact with the Centre about this and offering to raise funds for us.
We really need runners!
Do you know anyone who is up for a 10k run challenge on Sun 9 July in London as part of the British 10k race?
We have lots of places still to fill in this race.
We ask that you raise a minimum of £200 for the Centre.
Please read the leaflet for further info and “share” if you have friends who might be interested.
please get in touch.
Located between Sunbury on Thames and Staines upon Thames, Join us for a day of golf while helping us to raise funds for a local charity commited to helping people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Surrey and surrounding areas
We have a wonderful event to enjoy, to share with friends and which will raise valuable funds for our Centre the ‘Summer Marquee Buffet Luncheon’. Complete with guest speaker David Ford, Art & Antiques Valuer and of Dickinson’s Real Deal and Secret Dealers, who will give an interesting talk and also undertake some valuations. It promises to be a fun and interesting occasion, all served up with a delicious buffet and some wine (or non alcoholic refreshment if preferred).
There will be reserved parking close to the marquee for wheelchair users or those unable to walk too far. The marquee itself will be on a grassed area which could be uneven, but there are no actual slopes to contend with. If it has been wet the grass could prove more difficult for access for people using heavy, motorised wheelchairs but we do hope for a flaming June! We will have a strong and willing volunteer on hand to assist, if this is the case.
If you would like to purchase tickets they are available from the Tourist Information Centre by phone, online and drop-in, or alternatively from Jackie in the office at the Centre.
I would ask everyone to assist in promoting this event if you can by distributing the flyer to friends and family who you think could be interested either by forwarding this email or by handing out hard copies, which will available week beginning 15th May, at the Centre.
Please note that as the marquee is in the grounds of a private home there will unfortunately be no disabled toilet facilities available on this occasion.
If anyone has any questions or would like more details about this event please contact Denice by email or by phone on 07751 667645.
The Music Festival is taking place on Sat 24th June in Tongham and showcasing some of the local and surrounding area’s top talents.
Over 20 acts perform an array of different music, covers and originals with an Arts & Crafts festival market which leads impressively to their international funfair which frames the site in the wonderful Surrey Hills.
Sat 13 May – Collection inside Sainsburys Guildford High Street store. Please offer an hour of your time to help with this
Mon 15 May – Golf Day at Puttenham Golf Club
Fri 19 May – street collection in Dorking. Please offer an hour or two of your time to help.
Mon 29 May– w/c 29 May is half term week and Centre closure for physio, gym and classes. Oxygen therapy to continue this week.
Most of us know and love John Hambly and appreciate what he has achieved in helping to make the Samson Centre for MS what it is today. Some of those people are his beloved Rugby friends who themselves have raised many tens of thousands of pounds for the Centre.
You will probably remember a few years back their famous ‘Thames River Challenge’. Well, they are up to their old tricks again and ready for a new challenge. This time they are taking on 80 miles of the Caledonian Canal in Scotland. Joking aside, they do give up many hours to train and put much effort into fundraising and I am sure the challenge itself doesn’t come easily either.
To show how much we appreciate their efforts we are aiming to join them along their way by running the Samson Caledonian Canoe Challenge at the Samson Centre which Sara has kindly agreed to support. To this end we are hoping to encourage members, staff and volunteers to take part in our own event to assist in the fundraising. Whilst the ‘16 Idiots’, as they like to be known, will be facing both calm and rough, open waters, our own Samson Caledonian Challenge will take place safely on dry land and take the normal format of cycling, rowing or walking etc – unless anyone would like to opt to go out onto the river!
On a serious note, the ‘16 Idiots’ have a goal of raising £20,000 for the Samson Centre in May, and I think that they would really appreciate any help that we can offer in promoting their venture. Please pick up a few Caledonian Challenge “business cards” when you are next at the Centre to spread the word about how to support their fundraising efforts.
They care, we care and we all work together to support the efforts of the Samson Centre to make a difference to so many lives.
If you are interested (or any friends or family) in taking part in the active Samson Centre Caledonian Challenge, I will have details available shortly. If anyone would like help on how to promote this event to friends and family please just ask me.
In the meantime, if you would like support the team or just visit the Just Giving page to see how the campaign is progressing – simply Click on this Link
Please join us for a day of golf while helping us to raise funds for a local charity commited to helping people living with Multiple Sclerosis in Surrey and surrounding areas
The use of a private Hospitality Box for 12 people, for the England V Barbarians match at Twickenham on Sunday 28th May has been donated to the Samson Centre for MS. The day includes tickets and all beer, wine and non alcoholic refreshments – a memorable experience for any group of rugby enthusiasts! It is also a wonderful opportunity for the Samson Centre for MS to raise a good deal of money from the sale.
The Reserve Bid that I have placed on this Box is £2,000 and every penny of that £2,000 will come directly to the Samson Centre. Maybe will even get more than the reserve.
I have to receive any bids by email at:
by midnight on Sunday 14th May.
In the meantime if anyone has any queries or requires more information don’t hesitate to contact me.
Denice Logan Rose
Samson Centre for MS
Easter Closure Dates for the Centre for all physio, gym and classes are:-
Mon 3 April, Thurs 6 & Fri 7 April,
Plus w/c 10 April and Easter Monday 17 th
Note:- We will be open however for some classes, physio and gym activity on Tues 4 and Wed 5 April.
Please contact the office if you are interested in coming in on 4th or 5th April as we have a schedule of planned activities. First come, first served.
Oxygen Therapy will continue over the Easter period but not on Good Friday 14 April or Easter Monday 17th.
Thurs 6 April – street collection at Tesco in Guildford (near Royal Surrey hospital). Please offer an hour or two of your time to help with this.
Fri 7 April – street collection at Tesco in Guildford
Sat 22 April – street collection at Farnham. Please offer an hour or two of your time to help.
Sun 23 April – London Marathon
Please Sponsor Them
This year, I will be running the London Marathon for a local and worthy charity ‘The Samson Centre for MS’.
The Samson Centre supports people and family members who have been affected by Multiple Sclerosis, including my husband, Adam and my father in law, Keith.
Thurs 27th April – Nicholas Owen fundfaising event in the Great Hall of Loseley House. Nicholas Owen, journalist, presenter and former Royal Correspondent for the BBC has agreed to be our speaker for the evening.
Michael More-Molyneux has kindly invited the Samson Centre for MS to host a fundraising event in the Great Hall of his home, Loseley House.
I am also delighted to announce that the well-respected Nicholas Owen, journalist, BBC presenter and former Royal Correspondent for ITV has agreed to be our speaker for the evening. He will entertain with highlights from his notable career, and talk about his life both in front of and off camera. Nicholas will also be taking questions from the audience.
Michael More-Molyneux will also be giving a short introductory address about the history of Loseley Park.
Two interesting men, one historic and magnificent venue, for one night only.
Tickets are priced at £20 to include wine and canapes. Tickets are available from Guildford Tourist Information Centre on 01483 444334 or book direct by following the link tickets.visitguildford.
Tickets will also be available from Jackie in the Samson Centre office.
Finally I would remind all that this event is open to everyone and tickets will be on sale to the general public. Feel free to share this link with friends and family members but remember we have a maximum audience of 90 people and so it might be a good idea to book early to save disappointment.
Dates for collections, centre closures and other events of interest this month.
The Official UK No.1 tribute to the best selling boy band since the Beatles, Take That LIVE are proud to be endorsed as ‘fantastic’ by Nigel Martin-Smith, the man who created and managed Take That.
‘I’m jealous’ says James Corden, ‘You guys rock’ says Denise Van Outen and Sharon Osbourne believes ‘Gary will love you’. These guys are truly amazing and guarantee to give you a night that you won’t forget in a hurry.
They were honoured at the National Tribute Awards where they were recognised as the best Take That tribute band in the UK. They have featured on ITV, BBC3 and in a documentary on E4, and they now they are coming to Guildford to offer a live tour experience as if you were at a real Take That Concert.
Complete with computer controlled lighting rig and special effects and playing the Take That music you love and know they are going to provide the ultimate Take That tribute experience.
Be prepared for the ‘Best of Take That’ and to ‘Never Forget’ that this will be an amazing 2017 fundraising event for the Samson Centre for MS.
Dates for collections, centre closures and other events of interest this month.
Come along to our lovely Xmas Fair at the Clockhouse in Milford on Sat 3 December from 10am – 2pm.
Many stalls of goodies including raffle, tombola, books, gifts, cakes, jewellery, scarves, Phoenix cards, cards & wrapping paper, bird boxes and bee houses to name but a few!
Refreshments also available.
The AGM will be held at 12noon on Wed 30 November at the Centre. Please come along and have your say as well as hear how your Centre has been doing.
We also have Matthew Craner, Consultant Neurologist from Frimley Park Hospital coming along to talk from 12.45pm to our members, carers, staff, trustees and volunteers about ‘Horizons in MS’. Matthew is a very engaging speaker and he will also be able to take your questions after his talk.
It is really important that we have a good turnout for 30 November so please let Jackie or Carol know in the office that you are able to attend both the short AGM and Matthew Craner’s talk.
Please note that the Centre will be closed during half term week w/c 24 Oct APART FROM WED 26 OCTOBER when we will have 2 of our Gym Instructors here so there will be gym based activity and classes. More details to follow as we want to make that a nice full gym and class day.
Another successful quiz night will be held on Fri 21 October at the Clockhouse in Milford from 7.30pm.
Do gather your friends and family together for this fun evening.
Bring your own food and drink. Raffle during the evening.
Half the proceeds to come to the Centre and the other half to go to St John’s Church, Milford.
Moore Stephens (accountancy firm in Guildford) are very kindly hosting this lovely Quiz night at the Albany pub in Guildford from 6.30pm and money raised will come to the Centre.
We hope to have two tables of people booked onto this evening.
Many thanks to Moore Stephens for supporting us via this quiz again this year.
Following the huge success of last year’s Mother and Daughter Disco at the Centre, Marion Hambly and friends will be hosting another of these great events.
Last year event raised over £1000 for the Samson Centre and everyone had a great time
Do put the date in your diary.
Compton Little Theatre are kindly putting on two short plays and a meal during the evening of Thurs 6 October. All in aid of the Samson Centre for MS. Do put the date in your diary. Will be a lovely evening. Doors open from 7.30pm. Raffle and cash bar available from 7.30pm. Hot meal before first play, then dessert in the interval and then the second play. Venue is Compton Village hall, The Street, Compton GU3 1EG.
The two short plays are by David Tristram. The first one, ‘Joining the Club’ is a bittersweet play that tells the story of a successful career woman who becomes unexpectedly pregnant. The second play, ‘Last Tango in Onslow Village’ is a hilarious tale of an am-dram company in trouble.
Tickets are £20 which covers both the plays and the delicious hot supper. Tickets available from the end of August from the Box Office on 07964 515103 or by post from CLT Box Office, 49 The Oval, Godalming GU7 3JZ, enclosing a cheque payable to Compton Little Theatre and an SAE. There are no on-line bookings for this production.
Please note that the Centre will be closed for all therapies on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August.
New York magician Chris Dugdale is in the UK and ahead of his tour he is performing for ‘one night only’ as they say for the Samson Centre for MS on Monday 25th July at Kokomo Cocktail Bar in Guildford.
With 12 Royal Performances under his belt the evening promises to be a fabulous event with cocktails, live music and Chris Dugdale’s close up magic.
Chris has global acclaim from stars of stage and screen. His magic is incredible.
Angelina Jolie says ‘You’re amazing’
Watching Chris perform is an experience you will never forget. There is no other, and I mean no other magician like this man’ – Gary Rhodes
One of the finest magicians I have ever seen’ – Sir Roger Moore
‘The guy is amazing’ – Simon Cowell
‘The best I’ve seen, brilliant’ – Sir Richard Branson
and if you visit Chris’s website at http://www.moremagicandmischief.com/ there are even recommendations from our own royal family.
Why not come and see for yourself. Tickets priced £12.50 and will shortly be available at the Samson Centre or alternatively tickets may be purchased through the Tourist Information Centre or Kokomo Cocktail Bar as per the details on the attached poster.
Book early to avoid disappointment. Anyone wishing to reserve tables to ensure your party can sit together on the
evening, or if you require any further information about this event please contact Denice Logan Rose, event organiser on 07751 667645.
Please support one of our runners in the Vitality British 10k. They are all giving up their time to run to support the Samson Centre for MS to provide physiotherapy, fitness training and oxygen therapy to people affected by MS. The following people are running for us and when we know there fundraising page you can click on their name to link directly to it.
OUR MILITARY ASSAULT COURSE CHALLENGE.
Following the success of the assault course challenge we ran in 2015 , We are running another one in 2016.
This is your chance……. are you up for the challenge?
Do it for
The Samson Centre!
More details on the leaflet.
Click Image to Enlarge Leaflet!
The world renowned opera singer is hosting a one night only concert on Thursday 23rd June 2016 at King Edward’s School near Godalming in aid of the Samson Centre for MS. This promises to be a most enchanting and rousing concert as Dame Ann is joined by acclaimed pianist Timothy Arden as well as distinguished flautist Susannah Walsh and musicians and dancers from King Edwards.
Dame Ann’s distinguished career sees her performing on the stages of some of the finest opera houses in the world where her presence continues to be celebrated. Dame Ann has worked hard to put together an entertaining programme that will suit a wide audience who all like her, enjoy live performance at its very best.
The Concession rate of £10 will apply to all members of the Samson Centre for MS, and carers are admitted by ticket but free of charge.
Guildford Chamber Choir will be performing a concert on our behalf at St Peter’s Church in Old Woking.
Click on the picture to get more details.
Please can you make a note in your diary. May half term week is the week commencing 30th May 2016. There will be no physio, gym or classes that week.
Will continue that week but NOT on Monday 30th May
as this is a Bank Holiday Monday.
Local rock band ‘Fake ID’ will be rocking for the Samson Centre for MS on the evening of Friday 27th May when they will be playing live at the Star Inn, Quarry Lane, Guildford. Entry is be voluntary donation and all proceeds including raffle monies will be donated to the Samson Centre for MS, their nominated charity. A big thanks to ‘Fake ID’ for what promises to be a great evening of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.
Our next cake sale at the Centre will take place on Wed 25 May from 10.30am – 12.30pm, courtesy of Heather Ashton and friends! There will also be a lovely range of Phoenix cards and wrapping paper for sale and a raffle. Please bring your money and come and buy some lovely goodies.
We are pleased to announce that by popular demand 22 Teams of four will be teeing up for our annual Samson Golf Day on Monday May 16th at Puttenham Golf Club, one of Surrey’s finest courses. See the programme
This event is perfectly suited to some great sponsorship opportunities and there are very many ways that local companies can get involved – in a small way or in a larger one. We have ideas of our own and can offer Hole Sponsorships, Team Prize Sponsorships, or accept actual prize donations such as driver experience days, dinner for two, theatre tickets, gift vouchers and the list goes on. Dare we say it, but an entire Event Sponsor would be absolutely incredible and also allow a company the opportunity to be introduced to a new audience both at the Golf Day itself and also by way of our Samson Centre users too as you can be sure that everyone will get to hear about it. But enough of our ideas we welcome your thoughts and suggestions. If you are interested in promoting your business at this successful event we would love to hear from you. For further information contact Sonja Freebody on 07884 185090 or email her at
With 88 players signed up the course is now full but if you would like to place your name or Team on our reserve list then please contact Mike Collings, our Golf Event Organiser on 01483 449551/07887 855992 or email him at
Quiz night at the Centre on Fri 13 May
£10 per person.
Tables of up to 8.
Bring your own snacks.