News 2024

Medications supply shortage – you can help

If you are experiencing problems with the supply of your Parkinson’s medications then you may be interested to know that Parkinson’s UK is attempting to persuade the Government to take action to resolve the issues. But your help is needed because Members of Parliament only respond to their constituents.

So you can help by writing to your MP to ask them to raise a question in Parliament about the shortage of Parkinson’s Medications. If you would like a quick and easy template of such a letter with sections for you to personalise as appropriate, then please download this document and personalise it as appropriate.

You can either contact your MP by post to:
your MP’s name
House of Commons
London SW1A 0AA

or via email:

Here are email addresses for a few local Surrey MPs:

Angela Richardson, MP

Surrey Heath
Rt Hon Michael Gove, MP

SW Surrey
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt, MP

If you aren’t sure who your MP is please see the following link to check.

If you hear back from your MP please would you let us know by email: ( ) so that we can keep Parkinson’s UK informed.

New activities for you

Seated Yoga

A 6 week trial of a Seated Yoga class is running from Wednesday 6 March through to mid April from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm. The classes will be led by Lindsey Brown who gave members a taster session at a Shalford Village Hall meeting last year.

The trial classes will be at the Conservative Club, 2nd Floor (there is a lift), 11 Wharf St, Godalming GU7 1NN.

The full cost per attendee will be £11.00, split £6.50 paid by member and Branch will subsidise by £4.50.

Members interested will sign up for 6 week trial so initial outlay from them will be £39.00 (6 x £6.50) payable directly to Lindsey. If you are interested please contact Lindsey at

Snooker sessions

Snooker is an activity that anyone can play and that makes you smile and keeps you fit. Whether you are a complete beginner or a more experienced player, come along for a free 2-hour session at Woking Snooker Centre, Kingfield Rd, Woking, GU22 9AA. The sessions are free, thanks to funding from Parkinson UK.

Choose from the following dates:

Thursday 9 May
Thursday 16 May
Thursday 23 May
Thursday 30 May

Contact WPBSA Snooker Coach Dave Harwood. Email:
Tel: 07824 365 083

For more details click here.

Qigong Ba Duan Jin (BDJ) sessions now available on Zoom

Last year Ruby Ho, a retired Occupational Therapist and qualified ‘Health Qigong Ba Duan Jin‘ (BDJ) Instructor, ran a seven-week course on Qigong Ba Duan Jin for branch members. It was so enjoyable that we invited Ruby to run another course. The next Online BDJ course will start on 3 April, this will be a 10-week course, giving us more time to work on the basics and difficult moves.

BDJ is a Traditional Chinese exercise with a long written history and is well known for its gentle, slow movements and associated health benefits. From her experience as a BDJ instructor, Ruby Ho believes that BDJ practice can help to reduce some of the problems faced by people living with Parkinson’s. For more information on BDJ and Parkinson’s please click here.

A reminder…

27 February 2024

The minutes of the 2024 Branch AGM, held at Shalford Village Hall on 27 February 2024, are available here.

Dates for your Diary