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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Davina's return and 2 Bristol life-lines.


We do hope you all survived the snow last week, short-lived as it was. Happily we managed to remain open on Friday and see all the patients who were able to reach us.

Davina has now returned from Australia and is back at the clinic. She looks forward to greeting all her patients. Sadly we have had to say farewell to her exceptional locum, Kerry. It was a pleasure having her at our practise.

Barbara has brought The Harbour, an admirable Bristol-based charity to my attention, who in turn was told about it from one of her patients, who said what an incredible source of support it had been during her bereavement.

https://www.the-harbour.org.uk

My local tip is Smaller Footprints, a recent addition to Regent St on the edge of Clifton Village. It's a green packaging-free independent shop run by Grant and Hazel. I can vouch that all the produce is incredibly fresh and significantly cheaper than supermarket prices. The dried goods range is vast and being added to all the time; Grant is always happy to try and source requests if there's something they do not stock. All toiletries and cleaning products are available. Likewise oils, vinegars, make-your-own peanut butter, local Bristol honey, and maple syrup. I like the fact that customers are constantly arriving with a whole inventory of there own containers to re-fill. My favourite was a gentleman re-using a glass gin bottle for washing-up liquid!

https://www.smallerfootprints.co.uk


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Happy New Year! 

Hello and a happy healthy new 2019 to all our patients.

We are now running a full ship after the festive break, with appointments offered early morning, evening, and some Saturday mornings, so hopefully we can accomodate all those of you with work or school constraints. Pat and Deb on reception are available to make your booking as easy and efficient as possible, and if you contact us outside of opening hours, we will always get back to you promptly.

A reminder that we are once again offering massage sessions, on a Friday with Maria, prices generously discounted until the beginning of March, so do ring us to find out more 0117 9745084.

We look forward to welcoming you all through our door, existing patients and new, teeny weeny and vintage alike.

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Christmas Holiday Openings, and Practitioner Updates.


The Chandos Clinic before will close for the Christmas holidays on Friday 21st Dec, re-opening on Weds 2nd Jan.
Although there will be no osteopathic cover, Deb & Pat will be coming in regularly throughout the holidays to check phone messages, emails, and return calls. So please get in touch and your enquiry will be dealt with swiftly and efficiently!

Davina will be away the whole of January, returning to work Tuesday 5th Feb. While she is away, we will have her wonderful locum Kerry, who will have access to Davina's notes and so there will complete continuity of care. Kerry and Davina trained together so their skill-sets and approach compliment each other well.

We are pleased to announce that Violette, who covered Giles's sabbatical, is staying on with us permanently after the new year. Her working days, currently Mondays and Fridays, will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, with extended hours.

Giles will be returning to us from mid January, Tuesdays only for the time being. He is taking on new patients again.

Also in the new year we can offer massage treatments, holistic, sports and remedial, with our new practitioner, Maria. She will work here on Fridays, and as an introductory offer, her prices are discounted until March 1st. Ring Deb or Pat on reception (0117 9745084) for availability and prices.

Gosia continues to work here, primarily on Thursday afternoons, offering kinesiology and homeopathy.

From Jan 1st, any prices that were . 50p will be rounded up to the nearest pound.

Thank you to all our wonderful patients who have given or sent us Christmas cards; the reception area looks especially festive and we have been very touched by your thoughtfulness.

All of us here would like to wish you a warm, healthy and peace-filled Christmas time, and we look forward to welcoming you through our door in 2019.

Happy Christmas All!

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Recycling your packaging!

Back when I was a child, there was a short lived fad of baking empty crisp packets in the oven, where they shrunk to the size of dolls house furniture!
Much more useful is the new scheme from Walkers where they've teamed up with TerraCycle, so you can now recycle their crisps packets, making the end product a useful viable building material.
I've looked up the Bristol drop-off centre and it's 36 Birch Rd, Bedminster BS3 1PF.
All this information and more is available on the links below.

https://www.walkers.co.uk/recycle
https://www.terracycle.co.uk/en-GB/

Tuesday, 23 October 2018


The Reader. Bringing People Together and Books to Life.


Once again, chatting with a patient waiting in our reception area, has helped me discover another Bristol gem which I knew nothing about. "Shared Reading" is different from a normal book group, enabling those who are more isolated in our communities and over 50 to come together. Bristol has 30 groups in various venues, including most of our libraries. The organisations Well Aware and Bristol Ageing Better both have excellent information pages, below.

https://www.wellaware.org.uk/organisation/bristol-shared-reading/

http://bristolageingbetter.org.uk/shared-reading-groups/

Monday, 17 September 2018

Chandos Road Festival 2018.
Just one week to go before this year's Chandos Road Festival! (Check out our Facebook Page for up to date information Chandos Road Festival 2018). This year we have full line-ups of music and spoken word on 3 stages. We have 16 market stalls selling lovely hand-made crafts, vintage clothing, hats, collectables and soft furnishings. An early start to the Christmas shopping maybe? There will also be local information stalls, yoga and great children's entertainments, our brilliant face-painters and the ice-cream caravan. Our cafes and bars will be serving up delicious food and drinks all along the road. So pass the word on to friends and family, come and enjoy all the fun of the Festival between 12 and 6 this Sunday, 23rd September. 

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Life Drawing!

Many of you have noticed my picture on the "Join the RWA Friends" flyer, as I always try and put the latest art brochures by the door. When I'm not wearing my clinic receptionist's hat, I work as a life model, and have been doing this for 22+ years.
Bristol is rich with life drawing classes and you would be hard pressed not to find a class at any time, on any day, in most BS postcodes!
This fascinating article from yesterday's "iNews" (which a patient left on a chair) takes a different and revealing (no pun intended) look at the benefits of life drawing on our mental health; most especially for young people who may be struggling with complicated body image issues.
If you ever want to find out where the best life drawing sessions are in the area, be they courses, workshops, or drop-in classes, do just ask me when you're next at the clinic.

https://inews.co.uk/inews-lifestyle/wellbeing/worried-about-your-appearance-then-take-up-life-drawing/

In the words of Anthony Gormley "A day without drawing, is a day lost!"