Nov 27th

Health the best diet to become slimmer

By Debbie W

Have the aspiration to become healthy not slim, join me and buck the trend! I know it's coming up to Christmas and dieting goes out the window as excessive consumption moves in, but I am hoping to save you from a new years resolution which ends up in tears a month later!

The problem we have with our culture is that dieting by lowering the calories is pushed down our throats as being the most effective way of losing weight and becoming healthier, and I know from experience that it couldn't be further from the truth.

Most diets drive to push down the calories in each meal that we will be eating, no matter what that meal consists of whether it is confectionary, cake, sugary drinks, low fat processed food, or processed baked goods. They will have us do this each day, or week, and tell us that it really doesn't matter what we eat at each of those meals, but that it's just about the calories we are consuming. Well they aren't wrong in some respects we will lose weight on these diets that cut calories and portion sizes down, and change your daily behaviours. But when they are not bothered about the types of foods we are eating, it drives a vicious cycle within the body to be in continual search for more food to fulfil it's needs. Well let me rephrase that, it drives a continual search for nutrients that the body is still in need of, which is why so many of these low calorie diets drive bingeing because the body's continually asking for more food and in the end you can't say no to your body's requests.

So many diets often push diet processed foods, low calorie meals, low calorie confectionary, diet drinks or meal replacements as being good for us, these foods are far from healthy, and don't do anything but starve our body of the nutrients it needs, and drive ill health. Often full of sugars, or sweeteners to addict the palate in the short term, we wonder why will power alone isn't enough to stop the bingeing cycles that we end up having and feeling guilty over. Don't feel guilty the industry knows we are likely to fail eating these products hence why the dieting industry is worth billions, and so many of us are eating these products outside of when we are dieting! The thing that all these foods have in common that the companies are selling are that they are processed. They say that we can still have our cake and eat it, losing the weight we are desperate to shift, I promise you this may be the case in the short term, but in the long term these foods drive ill health, and more weight gain because your body isn't getting the nutrients it truly needs, and isn't able to function properly on them.

Ignore the media hype around the latest diet that's apparently working by cutting out major food groups, mother nature has a fantastic healthy diet just waiting for you and it's called eating fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains, oily fish, pulses, beans, nuts, seeds and a small amount of meat. You will be amazed at how quickly just by following a healthy diet you quickly gain the body you have always been after, the energy you had in youth, and the vitality of someone half your age! It doesn't have a points system, or portion control, because when your body has had enough nutrients it says that's enough, it doesn't have a calorie system because your hormones will work to tell your body that you are satisfied. This diet means you don't have to weigh your food, or yourself in the end!

Nov 22nd

DropBy members, it's your chance to become a STAR! Channel 4's SuperScrimpers is back and looking for new star Scrimpers!

By Mary B

Channel 4's SuperScrimpers is back and looking for new star Scrimpers!

Remarkable Television is making a second series of SuperScrimpers for Channel 4 and we're looking for new cash-clever stars to join our cast who can offer useful and easy to follow advice on how to save some money!

Are you fantastically thrifty?
Do you make do and mend?
Perhaps you're fabulously frugal with food?
Do you have lots of top tips on how to save money?

We're looking for people who don't waste anything and are willing to share their money saving tips and ideas. To find out more information, please call 0121 604 6900 and ask for Kerry on ext 225 or email 

Come on DropBy members, this is a great opportunity - become a star and help raise the profile of DropBy too! If they find someone from DropBy they will look into giving us a plug.

Nov 20th

Cats are Neat - by Ian Blake

By Mary B

Foss 1978-94 & Pangur 1978-1995
In affectionate memory

Cats are so neat
they make everything fit
whenever they sleep
wherever they sit
cleverly sheathing
new-moon claws
each time they clean
the velvet paws
they fold so neatly
when they crouch
and curl up tight
on cushion or couch.
Whatever their years
both adults and friskers
wash behind ears
polish their whiskers
tails pulled tidily
round their feet.

On the whole I think pussy-cat nature best
Edward Lear

Nov 18th

The Big Give - Twice The Impact

By Mary B

On 5–9 December, every pound you give online to Watts Gallery could be doubled.

Watts Gallery has been offered a unique opportunity to double donations given online to the Gallery online during the first week in December. The 2011 Big Give Christmas Challenge will match donations given online on 5-9 December.

We aim to raise £40,000 for the Art for All learning and outreach programmes. The founding vision of Watts Gallery was to provide Art for All. Your help will ensure thousands of school children, special needs groups and disadvantaged adults and young people have the chance to enjoy Watts Gallery and its collection.

How you can double your donation:

1. Donate online 5 – 9 December

Please leave your email address if you would like us to send a reminder when the online donation period opens.

2. Join us for The Big Give Breakfast on Thursday 8 December 9.30am and log your donation

We invite the public to enjoy breakfast, a tour of the Gallery and the chance to try a pottery workshop. Places on the workshops are limited and will be booked in half-hour slots upon arrival at 9.30am. An online donation of £10 will cover the costs of the morning, although we hope you may donate more.


3. Come to Watts Gallery in person during the week where volunteers and staff will be on hand to assist with the donation process

The sooner after 10am you generously donate during the Challenge week, the more likely your donation will be doubled by the match fund. Every donation can help:

• £10 buys a bag of clay
• £20 buys a canvas
• £50 buys an art pack of drawing materials
• £100 provides an artist to lead a workshop for 15 people
• £200 supports a full-day of artist led workshops for a school class of 30
• £500 sponsors a young person through a Bronze art award programme (like a GCSE)
• £1000 employs a Pottery Apprentice for a month

We aim to maximise the use of The Foyle Art for All Learning Studio to serve schools, families, community groups, special needs groups and life-long learners.

The funds raised will also help us extend The Big Issues outreach projects, working with prisoners, young offenders in the Crime Diversion Scheme, excluded pupils referred from Surrey Youth Justice, adults with mental health issues, reformed drug users and the homeless.

Research suggests that arts projects can reduce re-offending rates by up to 50 per cent. As well as the many social benefits, these projects lead to considerable savings in public money and a safer society. The finding reinforces our belief in the value of the work Watts Gallery does in the community and our role in making a difference.

Find out more about our learning programme and The Big Issues project.

For more information, email

Thank you for your support.

Nov 15th

An updated blog on Jack Phillips - well it is 100 years on

By Mary B


John George (Jack) Phillips, 1887 - 1912


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on the Titanic









Godalming Museum and Godalming Town Council Collection


This oil painting can be seen in the Museum, and was painted by Ellis Martin from a photograph taken by Jennie Stedman of Farncombe.


Early Life and Career


John George Phillips, known as “Jack” was born in Godalming, Surrey, on the 11th April 1887 at 11, Farncombe Street. He was
the son of George Alfred Phillips and his wife, Ann (née Sanders). They came from Trowbridge in Wiltshire, from a family of weavers. In 1881 the family lived in Deptford Lower Road, Rotherhithe, and George was listed as a draper, with this wife and twin daughters, Elsie and Ethel aged 7, born in Kent.


They moved to Godalming c.1883 when they are listed in the Godalming Directory living in Farncombe Street. His father was manager of Gammons, a draper’s shop owned by the Gammon brothers. The family lived above the shop, and Jack was born there in 1887. The house no longer remains. The 1911 census shows that there were five children born to George and Ann but only three survived. His twin sisters never married.

Jack attended a local private school in Hare Lane run by Fanny Stedman. He then went to the St John’s Street School next to the Parish Church of Farncombe, St John, now the Farncombe Day Centre. As a young boy Jack sang in the choir at the Parish Church where there is a brass memorial plaque.    

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Photograph courtesy of John Young



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   Photographs courtesy of Hugh Turrall-Clarke


Jack was later educated at the Godalming Grammar School, now the public bar of the Red Lion Public House under the headmaster Mr. Charles Elworthy; seen here on the left hand side of the pub.




In 1902 on leaving school he worked at the local Post Office (now the HSBC Bank) in the High Street, as a telegraphist. Here he learned Morse code under the postmaster, Mr Walter Richard Williams, until March 1906.   



In 1906 Jack joined the Marconi Company’s Wireless Telegraphy Training School at Seaforth Barracks in Liverpool. On completion of the course, he headed the list of successful candidates in the Postmaster General Examinations. In August after finishing his training he was posted as Junior Wireless Officer on the White Star Line vessel, Teutonic.


During the next three years he served on various liners, including the Lusitania, Mauritania, Campania, Oceanic, Corsican, Canada, Victoria, Danube, and Pretorian.


In 1908 Jack was transferred to the Marconi Transatlantic Station at Clifden, a high power transmitting station on the west coast of Ireland in County Galway. He spent three years at Clifden, working as an operator transmitting and receiving messages to and from the Marconi sister station at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.


In 1911 he left Clifden and returned to sea on the Adriatic. In March 1912 he was sent to Belfast to take up the post of Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the new White Star Liner, Titanic, then being fitted out at the Harland and Wolff shipyard. Lord Pirrie was Chairman of Harland and Wolff, and had bought Witley Park, near Godalming, in 1909.


RMS Titanic


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Jack was appointed Chief Wireless Telegraphist on the new, "unsinkable" luxury Titanic, with Harold Bride as his junior operator. The wireless equipment on board was the most modern and most powerful of any merchant ship then afloat.


  Godalming Museum Collection


It had a range of 250-400 miles in daytime and at night, when conditions for transmitting and receiving were more favourable, it occasionally spanned 2,000 miles. It is recorded that Jack had confided in a friend that while he was proud to be chosen to serve on the Titanic he would have preferred a smaller vessel. Jack expressed a dread of icebergs.


In the 24 hours preceding the fateful collision with an iceberg on the 14 April 1912, the two wireless operators had been busy repairing a fault in the transmitter. As a consequence, Jack had very little sleep before commencing his watch from 8.00pm to 2.00am. It was in the hours preceding the collision that the liner achieved its highest speed of 22.5 knots. Thus, on impact, the iceberg inflicted considerable damage to many of the watertight compartments, causing it to sink at the bow.


Jack was sending personal messages from the passengers to America - this was his job with Marconi - when he was first instructed by the captain to advise other vessels in the area of the collision with the berg. Due to the much publicised and widely believed claim that the Titanic was an unsinkable ship, almost all on board carried on as before and other ships receiving this message did not immediately prepare to head for the given position of the stricken liner. However it was soon realized that the Titanic was sinking and Jack was instructed by Captain Edward Smith to send out CQD messages requesting immediate assistance from all vessels in the area. Later Smith requested Jack to change the message to SOS.


From this time onwards Jack stayed at his post, sending out the distress calls, advising on the latest position of the Titanic, urging and convincing other ships to assist in the rescue of those taking to the boats. Jack stayed at the transmitter while Harold Bride put a lifejacket on him after the captain gave the instruction, "Every man for himself" and had personally thanked the two wireless operators for their perseverance. Bride was sent off by Phillips to save himself, while Jack continued transmitting. It was as a consequence of his total devotion to duty that Jack Phillips lost his life and has since become widely admired. It was this bravery and persistence which reduced the magnitude of the disaster in respect of lives lost. Jack's last message was picked up by the Virginia of the Allen Line at 2.17am, and the Titanic foundered at 2.20am. After this incident everyone adopted SOS as the primary distress call.



Phillips Memorial



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 Photographs courtesy of John Young


The Phillips Memorial Cloister, a garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll, with a magnificent brick cloister 80 feet square designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, was laid out, built and opened exactly two years to the day after the sinking. The memorial is situated between the River Wey and Godalming Parish Church in the Phillips Memorial Park.


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Within the cloister, the Wireless and Telegraph Company commissioned and had erected a memorial stone tablet to the perpetual honour of this brave man, who died four days after his 25th birthday, leaving behind a lasting example of putting lives of others before one's own.





   Godalming Museum Collection




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For the 90th anniversary of the loss of the Titanic, in April 2002, Godalming Town Council refurbished the Phillips family grave of Jack's father, George, and his mother, Ann, and twin sisters, Elsie and Ethel, in the Nightingale Cemetery, Nightingale Road. In the centre of a six foot square curb all in white marble, is an obelisk in the shape of an iceberg, a fitting memorial to Godalming hero Jack Phillips.        

Photograph courtesy of John Young




Godalming Museum Local Studies Library


Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm - 4pm or by prior arrangement


Ellis Martin's portrait of Jack Phillips, commissioned by Godalming Grammar School after the tragedy, is on display in the local history galleries.


At Godalming Museum Local Studies Library you can study publications on the Titanic, including a facsimile of the 1972 page report of the formal investigation of the sinking in 1912. The library collection includes images of, and information about, the Phillips Memorial in Godalming, which was designed by Hugh Thackeray Turner, with the gardens laid out by Gertrude Jekyll. The Post Office Telegraph messages sent to the Phillips family from the Marconi Company after Jack’s death can be seen.


You can learn about local people connected with Jack Phillips. You can read about two local people from Witley who were on board the Titanic. Lucy Snape, a stewardess, who lost her life, and Walter Henry Nichols, a steward who survived.


There will be an Exhibition in Godalming Museum from the 6th March 2011 until the 12th May 2012 marking the centenary of the loss of the Titanic, and Jack Phillips, the Chief Wireless Telegraphist who grew up in Farncombe.


School Loan Boxes about Titanic and Jack Phillips will be available.


Godalming will be marking the centenary with celebrations; please watch this space.


© Trustees of Godalming Museum 2011

Godalming Museum Local Studies Library - John Young


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Photography courtesty of John Young 


John Young is a volunteer working for the Museum with a considerable interest in Jack Phillips, and all aspects of Godalming History. He would be very glad to hear from you if you have any information relating to these subjects, or if you have any questions about the article. He is available for talks and slide shows.

Please e-mail

Links: The RMS Titanic Radio Page

Nov 12th

“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings” Hippocrates

By Debbie W

I watched Food Hospital this week, and was interested in how they were marketing dietary changes as a revolutionary way of healing the body, yes food being used as medicine is apparently revolutionary. It shouldn't surprise you that those saying it's revolutionary are those who have worked in the allopathic medicine arena with as we are told 40 years of experience between the 3 presenters. Apart from the dietician involved both of those medical doctors will have received only 4 hours of nutrition lectures as part of their original training, so it probably is revolutionary for them finding that food actually can create good health over the pills and surgery they tend to apply.

But food used as medicine dates back much further than the inception of the Food Hospital, Hippocrates (450BC) said 'our food should be our medicine, and our medicine should be our food', and Hippocratic medicine was based on "the healing power of nature and the doctrine believed that the body contains within it the power to re-balance and heal itself, at it's simplest it used rest which it considered important for healing, fresh air, cleanliness, balms, and diet all to heal. Not seeing the body as it's separate parts but as a whole was key for the diagnosis he would give, something only natural holistic therapists tend to do currently.

Hippocrates believed that everyone has a doctor in them, and that we just have to help it in it's work, and that the natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well. When we lose our way with our health often we turn to others for advice, yet prevention is ,you will agree better than cure, and Hippocrates was absolutely correct. Nutrition is key to preventing poor health, and often we ignore health issues until they are too late, allowing our health, vitality, energy, concentration, and performance to slowly dissipate away, until we need larger scale intervention, like surgery or medications that are needed for life.

Many of those on the Food Hospital became well within weeks, not years, but weeks, and in some cases came off their medications within that time. Simple food changes made a massive difference to their health and their lives, and this isn't unusual in my practise, often changes take place within the first 2 sessions with those who stick to their diet and make the changes necessary they change their lives to live in a way they previously couldn't of imagined.

Government and allopathic approaches to health are not working we see obesity, cancer and disease daily increasing. The government approved food pyramid which is highlighted as a healthy way of eating, is obviously influenced By manufacturers who want you to continue eating food that doesn't create long term good health. How do you take control, and change things for yourself?

Make some of these simple dietary changes today and see massive differences to your health:

  • remove additives from your diet

  • eat organic fresh fruit and vegetables

  • drink plenty of water keep your urine clear and transparent

  • get out in the fresh air and sunlight

  • drink fresh pressed vegetable juices every day

  • prepare your own food and remove takeaways and processed foods from your diet

  • eat at least half of your food uncooked

  • rest and relax getting a full nights sleep



Nov 11th

Calling all Carers - Introducing you to Carers World Radio

By Events Volunteer .

Carers World Radio have asked us to put you in touch with this recent live conference on the internet.

Members who are carers will find it interesting:

Nov 10th

Remembrance Day 2011

By Mary B
We will all have our various memories on this special day.

I always remember my grandfather who was killed on 14th September 1914 in France, leaving my father, at the age of six, to help his mother raise three younger siblings. His father had told him that if anything was to happen to him, my father, as the oldest, was to be the "man in the house" and that he should behave accordingly. I am sure this affected my father for the rest of his life.

War has such a terrible affect on so many people, in so many ways.

Jeremy Vine has been interviewing mothers of soldiers killed in recent fighting in a series called 'The Songs My Son Loved' -  on BBC Radio2

I am linking to this interview - 2. Lieutenant Mark Evison as we knew Mark  and want to support his mother and the Mark Evison Foundation.

DropBy will be respecting the two minute silence.
Nov 10th

1 in every 6 will suffer a stroke

By Events Volunteer .

The World Stroke Organisation (WSO) is calling for action to address the silent stroke epidemic in the second year of its ‘1 in 6’ campaign.

The ‘1 in 6’ theme was selected to highlight the fact that one in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime.

Action on Stroke month 2012

May 2012 is The Stroke Association’s first Action on Stroke month. There is hope for a better life after stroke but we need to reach out to many more stroke survivors and their carers to let them know that The Stroke Association is there for them. Everyone can help, whether it’s participating in an event or simply wearing a badge to raise awareness.

Sign up today and they will send you updates and news as things progress.

Call 0207 566 0300 or email

Information taken from Stroke News, Autumn 2011.

Nov 10th

Please support one of our DropBy members - Dial 2 Drive, West Kent

By Events Volunteer .

Dial 2 Drive has been shortlisted for the Heart of the Community, run by the Kent and Sussex Courier and Sevenoaks Chronicle.

The feature will appear in the papers on the 11th November along with the first voting coupon. Two further coupons will be printed in the 18th and 25th Nov papers.

Any votes for Dial 2 Drive would be greatly appreciated. You can send in your votes in one envelope, saving on the cost of postage, but they must reach the Courier by midday on 2nd Dec 2011. Please feel free to send/drop voting forms in to either office:

17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1LS

Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LE

Many thanks for your support of this Community Transport Scheme for people unable to access public transport due to older age, illness or disability in West Kent.

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