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ASNet Newsletter number 01, February to March 2021

1st March 2021

We are producing a newsletter with all the information for the week.
This should be better for you as you will have everything in advance.
Hope you enjoy it.
Please help by contributing your stories.

Have you had your vaccination?
Get the latest NHS information and advice on getting vaccinated by clicking on this link -Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine -NHS ( can also ring 119 to book both appointments at a vaccination centre near you.

Problem with your heating, does your boiler need replacing?

The latest Government scheme ‘The Green Homes Grant’ could be for you. Let Graham, a qualified consultant, do all the hard work for you and avoid the hassle of form-filling.
Graham Selby, GHG Consultant 07950 496481, e-mail at [email protected].
If you decide to contact Graham, please mention you were recommended by Diane Wynne-Fitzgerald at Arthritis Self-help Network. There could be a donation to our charity for the more people that ask for help. Below are two links to videos you can view for more information.

Green Homes Grant –
Solar Thermal panel Video-

Regent’s Park Singers
The Regent’s Park Singers are meeting monthly online on the first Monday of the month. Weekly meetings start from April 2021. Please book a place first by phoning Diana on 07572 884 861. Why not give it a try, you will be made to feel very welcome.

Here is a recipe you may like to try.
Briam (Greek Potato and Courgette Bake)
Preparation: 15 minutes /
Cooking: 1 hour and 30 minutes /
Ready in: 1 hour and 45 minutes.
• 1kg potatoes, peeled and sliced into 3mm rounds
• 4 large courgettes, sliced into 3mm rounds
• 4 small red onions, sliced into 3mm rounds
• 6 medium tomatoes, pureed • 125ml olive oil
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
• a generous amount of sea salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200 C / Fan 180 C / Gas 4. Find the largest baking dish or tin you have -22x33cm or preferably larger, as you do not want the veg to be layered too deep (use two baking dishes if necessary).
Place the potatoes, courgettes and red onions in the baking dish. Pour over the pureed tomatoes and olive oil, and sprinkle with parsley (if using). Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Toss the ingredients together so that the veg is evenly coated. • Bake in the preheated oven for 90 minutes, checking after 1 hour to stir the veg and adding a little bit of hot water only if the dish is too dry (there should be no water left in the end, however). At this point I also taste the veg and add more seasoning if needed. • Cool slightly before serving or serve at room temperature.

Our Bookings for this week
SATURDAY 27th February at 11.30 a.m.
Join us for a chat over a cup of tea or coffee in the comfort of your own living room. If you attend regularly please use your usual invitation from Phil. Newcomers, please e-mail Phil on [email protected] for a Zoom link.

TUESDAY 2 March –
A new session at 2 p.m. with Joan Faria
“Good Nutrition for Arthritis”.
REQUEST TO [email protected]

THURSDAY March 4th
Andy tailors these sessions to suit people with arthritis. Use your usual link or if you are joining for the first time please email Phil at [email protected] to get your Zoom link

We hope you enjoy our new newsletter. Let us have your feedback. Do you have a suggestion, recipe, joke or puzzle you would like to share? If so, we would love to print it. E-mail suggestions to the normal address, [email protected]