News and Meetings Archive

Open Meeting - Bedford

19 January 2014.
Bedfordshire and Northants MS Therapy Centre,
Bradbury House,
155 Barkers Lane,
MK41 9RX.
Coffee etc from 10.30am, to start at 11am, finishing at 3pm.

Jan 2014

13th October 2013 - Guildford MSTC

MS Therapy Group (Guildford)
The Samson Centre
Waterside Centre
Start time: 11am, with coffee and registration from 10.30am.
End: 3pm.

Oct 2013

20th July 2013 - Perth - Open Meeting

Sandeman Room
AK Bell Library
York Street Perth

Jul 2013

28th April 2013 - Nottingham


Notts County Football Club (Wheelers Suite)
Meadow Lane

Apr 2013

27th January 2013 - Harrow MSTC

Jan 2013

MSNTC Open Meeting in Rotherham, 5/9/10

The latest MSNTC Open Meeting took place on Sunday 5th September 2010 at the South Yorkshire MS Therapy Centre in Rotherham. It was attended by 28 people representing 11 Therapy Centres. The prize for the longest journey to the meeting must undoubtedly be awarded to James Pratts from the Gibraltar MS Therapy Centre, which we are pleased to welcome as the newest member of MSNTC.

One of the highlights of an interesting and successful meeting was the discussion by Lynne Foster, Centre Manager of the Rotherham MS Therapy Centre, and Harry Smith, Vice-Chair of the Rotherham and Sheffield branch of the MS Society, on the ways that their organisations are working together to provide a 'One Stop Shop' for people in South Yorkshire who are affected by MS.

The new MSNTC database is now being piloted in four Centres. The initial feedback on the database from Jackie Wray (Swindon) and Martin Slade (Huntingdon) was very positive. Not only has the database been produced on time and on budget, it also seems to be successfully meeting the needs of the end users.

MSNTC would like to thank Lynne Foster, Judy Jones and Julia Conlan-Graves for making everyone welcome and all their hard work in hosting a successful meeting at the South Yorkshire Centre.

Sep 2010

MSNTC Annual General Meeting 2010

More than 50 people attended MSNTC's 2010 AGM & National Conference on 16 May 2010 at MK Snap, Milton Keynes. They included MSNTC's patron, Roger Jefcoate CBE and his wife Jean, and representatives from 19 member Centres. They were joined by delegates from the MS Society, the MS Resource Centre and the MS Trust and these organisations also had display stands at the meeting. Medicotech Ltd exhibited a range of exercise equipment designed for wheelchair users, including the THERA-Trainer and BALANCE-Trainer, which are suitable for professional and private use. MSNTC is grateful to Medicotech Ltd for providing funding for the delicious lunch enjoyed by the delegates.

The AGM was followed by two scientific presentations. Dr Glenys Bloomfield (MSNTC Trustee) gave a talk on 'Understanding Clinical Trials' and Dr George Gveric (Imperial College, London) discussed the work of the MS Tissue Bank. There was also a lively and productive discussion session which covered a number of topics raised by the attendees, including GiftAid and training for oxygen treatment.

The next MSNTC AGM & National Conference will be held on 15 May 2011 in Bristol.

May 2010

Open Meeting at Huntingdon, 18/10/09

An MSNTC Open Meeting (pictured) was held at the Huntingdon, Peterborough and Cambridge (HPC) MS Therapy Centre on 18 October 2009. Representatives from 12 Therapy Centres were joined by all of the MSNTC trustees, staff and National Trainers together with Stewart Long and Stuart Hornsby from the MS Society and Alistair Purser from MIND.

Oct 2009

MSNTC at the MS Therapy Centres (Scotland) AGM

Liz Armour (chair, MSTC Scotland) joining Dr Petra Kliempt and Neil KemsleyMSNTC was invited to join the MS Therapy Centres (Scotland) at their AGM in Perth on 27 September. The Chairman and Treasurer represented MSNTC and were delighted with the positive tone of the meeting. Neil Kemsley made a short presentation in which he emphasised the central purpose which brought the Centres across the UK together: helping people with MS and their carers to help themselves in symptom management. In subsequent discussion it was agreed that the two bodies would work together in future in a close and mutually supportive manner and a number of specific initiatives were identified for further action.

Our picture shows Liz Armour (chair, MSTC Scotland) joining Dr Petra Kliempt and Neil Kemsley in signing the agreement by which MSTC Scotland contributes to the cost of the technical and medical advisory services for Oxygen Treatment provided by David Downie and Dr Kliempt.

To learn more about the work of the Centres in Scotland, visit and watch these pages for more detail about the individual Centres in Scotland.

Sep 2009

An 'unforgettable' AGM

MS National Therapy Centres

Pictured: Vivian Smith, MSNTC Development Advisor and Roger Jefcoate CBE, Patron of MSNTC, with a member of the Hilton staff who came to our rescue

The 2009 MSNTC AGM, held in Milton Keynes on 28 June, will be remembered for a long time by those who attended.

'Self-help' and the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes save the day

Forty-five people arrived to find the gates of the venue for the AGM locked and bolted. Once it became obvious that there was no-one coming to open up the venue (which had been booked well in advance for the AGM), the members of MSNTC lived up to their motto of 'self-help is our way of action'. They quickly identified the Hilton Hotel at Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, as a possible alternative venue and David Wray, MSNTC's newest trustee, contacted the Hilton. The hotel sprang into action and provided a meeting room with disabled access, refreshments and even allowed the MSNTC members to use the outside dining area for their own picnic lunch.

"The AGM began only one hour late and it was a great success despite the problems at the start", said Neil Kemsley, Chairman of MSNTC. "We are extremely grateful to the Hilton Hotel for their help at such short notice, which allowed us to go ahead with this important annual event."

Representatives from 15 Member centres attended the AGM, together with Dr Petra Kliempt, our Medical Advisor, and Professor Philip James. Guests included our patron, Roger Jefcoate CBE and his wife Jean; Stewart Long from the MS Society; Pam Macfarlane and Nicola Russell from the MS Trust; and Abi Crawford from MS Resources. After the AGM, Professor Philip James gave a talk on Oxygen Treatment. Duncan Richardson, of JDI, led a lively brainstorming session after lunch on Transport Best Practice, Attracting New Members and Volunteers.

Pictures, clockwise from top-left:
» Dr Petra Kleimpt and Professor Philip James chatting to Neil Kemsley
» Duncan Richardson of JDI leading the brainstorming session after lunch
» The audience at the AGM

» Al fresco lunch

Jun 2009

Press Release - 'Self-help' and the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes save the day for MS Charity

When 45 members of the Multiple Sclerosis National Therapy Centres (MSNTC) charity found the gates of the venue for their AGM locked and bolted on Sunday 28 June, their own quick thinking and the Hilton Hotel, Milton Keynes saved the day. Once it became obvious that there was no-one coming to open up the venue in Milton Keynes (which had been booked well in advance for the AGM), the members of MSNTC lived up to their motto of ‘self-help is our way of action’. They quickly identified the Hilton Hotel at Timbold Drive, Kents Hill Park, as a possible alternative venue. The hotel sprang into action and laid on a meeting room with disabled access, refreshments and even allowed the MSNTC members to use the outside dining area for their own picnic lunch...

Jun 2009

Is this the most remarkable fundraiser ever?

Simon Barnes and Alastair HignellOn Saturday 12 September, personal fitness trainer Simon Barnes sets off from John O'Groats to run to Lands End. He aims to cover the 871 miles in just 16 days. That is the equivalent of 16 consecutive ultra-marathons.

He is running to support the work of the MS Resource Centre and to raise the profile of the issues faced by people with MS as highlighted by the MSRC Patron, the former rugby international and BBC commentator Alastair Hignell.

To help him on his way, Therapy Centres along the planned route will be turning out to encourage Simon and to provide physiotherapy when he needs it.

To find out more about the man and the plan, follow the following link to the MSRC website:

Jan 2009

Collaboration between MSNTC and the MS Society

The two largest societies in the field of MS are the MS Society (with approximately 40,000 members) and the Therapy Centres who are part of MSNTC (with approximately 12,000 members). Attendees at the Open Meeting heard about recent new collaborative developments between these two charities.

In October the MS Society and MSNTC issued a statement affirming their joint wish to work together at national, regional and local levels. You can find the full MSNTC/MS Society joint statement here.

Under this new initiative, the two charities will look at the ways in which a sample of local MS Therapy Centres and MS Society branches are already working together to improve the quality and range of services available to members of both organisations. It will identify not only the 'success factors' but also those obstacles that have hindered co-operation. The aim is to define a set of criteria which will help MS Therapy Centres and MS Society Branches to improve their working relationships and provide more coordinated help for the people that both organisations exist to serve.

Jan 2009

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