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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Esme's Umbrella is the Campaign Group for everyone working towards a greater awareness of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS).

The condition causes sufferers to see images which are not real.  These 'visual hallucinations' are caused by loss of sight - but not everyone with low vision develops the condition.

For those who do, CBS can be frightening and debilitating - not least because it may be confused mistakenly with the onset of dementia.  For this reason too many people suffer in silence.

The aims of Esme's Umbrella are:

To raise awareness and understanding of CBS among medical practitioners of all specialities

To give information about CBS itself and offer comfort, reassurance and practical advise to those who have developed the condition

To host results of an on-going research and share new medical discoveries

For more information go to

The image below is an indication of what some people with CBS may experience.



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Merton Sports and Social Club for the Blind (MSSC)

Themed social evening at MSSC on Tuesday 20th November 8.00 p.m. - 10.30 p.m.

Come along and give goalball a try or just join us for a drink and a chat.

What is Goalball?

  • a 3 a-side game designed specifically for partially sighted and blind people
  • all players must wear eyeshades, meaning anyone of any sight can play
  • the ball has bells in so players can hear the ball
  • the indoor court has tactile markings to help orientate players
  • players aim to score a goal by throwing the ball along the floor and use their bodies to defend their own goal.  

For more details information -

 Ideal clothing for Goalball - long sleeve top, jogging bottoms/leggings, trainers/gym shoes.

There will be no charge to attend but light snacks will be on sale at halftime.

 WHERE:  The Guardian Centre, 67 Clarendon Road, SW19 2DX 

For more information e-mail or phone Richard on 07500 913 223

Please let us know if you would like to be met at Colliers Wood Underground Station or at a local bus stop.






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VIP Diaries and Calendars

Now available from SV - large print diaries and calendars, for more information call 020 8409 7166 or e-mail



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Charles Bonnet Syndrome

London Vision are looking for someone to write a Blog on their experiences of CBS.  LV are publishing regular Blogs from blind and partially sighted people on their experiences of living with sight loss.  

Would you like to write about your experience, make people feel that they aren't alone and also help raise public awareness. Deadline for the Blog is the 13th November - anything from 400 - 800 words!

For more information please contact Kezia Coleman -

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Tate Britain Audio Description Tours

Tate Britain are hosting audio description tours in November and December 2018.

Please meet at the Manton Studion from 10.30 a.m. for tea, coffe and cake before the start of the exhibition at 11.00a.m.  Tours last until aout 12.15 p.m.

The recommended drop off point for taxis is Tate Britain, Atterbury Street, SW1P 4RQ.

No booking required for the audio description tours.

Monday 19th November at 11.00 a.m.

The Turner Prize 2018

Enjoy a description of the entries for this year's Turner Prize.  All four artists nominaed have chosen to submit video works so the exhibition layout is of a large lounge space with sofas from which doors lead into four separate dark screening rooms.  Visitor assistants and volunteers will be available to assist and support if required.  For further information please go to

Monday 17th December at 11.00 a.m.

Edward Burne-Jones

Join us for this beautiful exhibition of paintings, stained glass, tapestries and even a grand piano decorated by Edward Burne-Jones, a Victorian Pre-Raphaelite artist obsessed with the stories and beauty of  medieval history, Arthurian legends, fairy tales and the Annunciation and Nativity.  For further information please go to:

With best wishes

Marcus Dickey Horley