MS Study Day

Please find attached the flyer for the upcoming MS study day that Hobbs
Rehabilitation is holding at Oaksey House in Lambourn.
As the course is being held in association with the MS Trust, all
applications for the course need to go directly to the MS Trust, contact
details are on the flyer. MS study day

Physio appointments available on Tuesdays

Friday Physio Tricia will be offering physiotherapy on a Tuesday from 24th June at her usual time as well as Fridays. Please call the centre to make an appointment or to book an induction to use the gym (she needs 4 members to come in).



April 100 club

April 100 club winners are:

1st Prize: David Harsant
2nd Prize: Sue Doran
3rd Prize: Dave Webb

Open Week

Are there  any members who can hand out some A5 posters to advertise our open week next month please.

Supermarket Collections

Thank you to those who gave up their time at the Sainsbury’s Didcot Collection on Fri 18th April (Val Griggs, Dave Webb, Jill Hamblin, Jill Goodall, Petula Bollon, Roger Nichols and Gloria McLaughlin. Together they raised £492.20.

Next supermarket collection at Didcot Sainsbury’s is on Saturday 31st May, we are looking for cover for the 9-11 slot. We also have a collection at Abingdon Tesco Extra on Friday 25th July and have no volunteers at the moment, please help if you can.


What is the Heartbleed bug?

Good afternoon,

You may have heard in the press recently about a major security threat from the ‘Heartbleed’ virus. Here is some further information about the issue and what steps you can take to help protect yourself.

What is the Heartbleed bug?
Heartbleed is a flaw in OpenSSL, the encryption standard used by the majority of websites to give you a secure line when you’re sending an email or logging into social media websites. Encryption works by making it so that data being sent looks like nonsense to anyone but the intended recipient. Occasionally, one computer might want to check that there’s still a computer at the end of its secure connection, and it will send out what’s known as a heartbeat, a small packet of data that asks for a response. Because of a programming error in the implementation of OpenSSL, researchers found that it was possible to send a well-disguised packet of data that looked like one of these heartbeats to trick the computer at the other end into sending data stored in its memory.

How bad is it?
Web servers can keep a lot of information in their active memory, including usernames, passwords, and even the content that users have uploaded to a service and so this could all potentially be accessed by hackers.

Am I affected?
You are likely to be affected either directly or indirectly. Your popular social site, email site, commercial site, hobby site, and sites you install software from might be using vulnerable OpenSSL.

So what can I do to protect myself?
Since the vulnerability has been in OpenSSL for about two years and using it leaves no trace, assume that your accounts may be compromised. You should change your online passwords, especially for services where privacy and security are major concerns. However, it is likely that some sites haven’t yet upgraded to software without the bug, so immediately changing them still might not help. The researchers who discovered the flaw let the developers behind OpenSSL know several days before announcing the vulnerability, so it was fixed before word got out yesterday. Most major service providers should already be updating their sites, so the bug will be less prevalent over coming weeks.

You can read more on the BBC website here:

Remember always make your passwords hard to guess -include uppercase, lowercase, number and special characters (!”%^^&*) and avoid using a dictionary word. Ideally you should also have a different password for each website, although we know that can be hard to remember them all.

If you have any questions, please do get in touch

Best regards,

James Risk

Supermarket Collections

Still looking for people to help at supermarket collections:
Sainsbury’s Didcot on:
Good Friday 18th April
Saturday 31 May
A new collection: Tesco Extra Abingdon
Friday 25th July
Please let me know if you can spare 2 hours or even 1 hour to collect.
Many thanks