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Monday 25 November 2019

Christmas Opening and 2020 price increase.

The practitioners at Chandos Clinic have organised their diaries so I can give you good advance warning of our opening hours over the festive period.

Mon 23rd Dec. Davina available.
24th to 26th Dec: Closed.
Fri 27th Dec: Davina available.
28th & 29th Dec: Closed.
Mon 30th Dec: Barbara & Davina available.
Tues 31st Dec: Davina & Violette available.
Weds 1st Jan: Closed.
Thurs 2nd Jan: Clinic resumes as usual.

Any answer machine messages or email enquiries will of course be returned when we are open on the above days.

For the time being, Giles is not adding any patients (new or existing) to his 2020 diary. Pat or Deb will take your details and we will contact you when his schedule has been confirmed. Existing Giles appointments remain unchanged unless we contact you to say otherwise.

Please be advised that in-line with inflation, a small fee increase of £1 will take place from Jan 1st 2020. For Giles new patients (only) the increase will be £2.

With best wishes from all at Chandos.

Tuesday 5 November 2019

A little bit of haven.

Many of you who chat with me in reception know I am often escaping to isolated little huts whenever possible. Yesterday a patient let me know about a beautiful space which is on our own doorstep. Tasha at The Cedar Shed offers various treatments in her lovely bespoke building, as well as making it available for other private gatherings. Do have a look at her excellent website; just scrolling through the pages helps everything melt away!


Monday 16 September 2019

Chandos Road Festival: Sunday 22nd September.

Just a week to go until our fifth Chandos Road Festival!  From 12 noon until 6 p.m. 22nd September, there will be a great array of street stalls (handicrafts, face-painting, henna, bric-a-brac and vintage maps and collectables among others). You will be able to sample delicious food from our pubs, cafes and restaurants. As for children's entertainments, our very own Chandos Atelier will be running fun creative activities, Louise will be here with her own stall for children and Mr Brown's Pig  puppeteer will be at the Festival with a brand new show featuring some familiar characters. Will the dragon be there too? Come and see for free! Not to mention the 2 stages with wonderful live music through the afternoon and our DJ slot, new this year. So tell your friends and come along and join in this great community event from 12 next Sunday.

The roads (Chandos, Collingwood, Cowper, Brighton and Lansdown) will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m.on Sunday 22nd September. We are now collecting bric-a-brac for our own CNA stall. This is a big money-raiser for us and helps to fund events and the floral baskets in Chandos Road. Please bring any saleable items to 47, Chandos Rd this week for sorting and pricing.

Tuesday 3 September 2019

Community Toilet Scheme

The link below gives a city-wide list and map of cafes & pubs that are participating in providing publicly available toilet facilities from their premises.

Thanks to the Clifton & Hotwells Improvement Society (CHIS) for this!

Tuesday 20 August 2019

The Bristol Family Cycling Centre

Once again a patient has brought a remarkable Bristol endeavour to our attention: The Bristol Family Cycling Centre. With accessibility to all manner of wheeled wonders, whether you're looking to try something completely different, be it tandem, tricycle, reclining bike, or some amalgam of all three. Or if you're a complete beginner... child, adult, pensioner, then this is the place to go!


Thursday 20 June 2019


Tomorrow, June 21st, is International Yoga Day.


Events are happening across the country, and in Bristol it's at Castle Park.


Wherever you practise, we wish you

"Clear and loving thoughts" (hands in prayer to your forehead)
"Clear and loving communications" (hands in prayer to your mouth)
"Clear and loving intentions" (hands in prayer to your heart space)


Monday 17 June 2019

Problems with poo!

Most of you know that Barbara is passionate about her allotment. You may even have seen the proud photos of her newly erected polytunnel! Sadly and seriously, her peas, beans and potatoes have been severely blighted, and on investigation, it transpires it is almost certainly from a herbicide added to straw fed to livestock, which provided the horse / cow manure she added to her soil. If you have suffered the same to your own vegetables, this may well be the cause. Securing your manure from an organic accredited source would be wise. Barbara is trying to get more information from DOW, but in the meantime, would be grateful for any signatures to the petition below.
I just signed the petition "Dow Chemical: Ban DOW Chemical AMINOPYRALID herbicides in UK" and wanted to see if you could help by adding your name.

Our goal is to reach 1,500 signatures and we need more support. You can read more and sign the petition here:


South Bristol Community Hospital

Over the weekend, a friend was buffeted between her GP and the BRI A&E department, both of them unable or unwilling to help her. Desperate, and in search of alternative care, she found the South Bristol Community Hospital. She said their standard of care was exemplary and she couldn't praise them more highly.
To my shame, I didn't even know it existed, so this is to spread the word. Hopefully you will never need hospital assistance, but if you do, this is certainly a place of calm and efficiency in the storm.


Tuesday 11 June 2019

Feed Bristol


Clifton Suspension Bridge closed all this week.

Dear Patients
If you normally visit us by using the Clifton Suspension Bridge, please be aware it is closed for routine maintenance all this week.
Safe (alternative) travels!


Saturday 1 June 2019

The new kid on the block (around the corner)

We frequently have patients coming through our door who are a wealth of local reveals and inspiration. Therefore I would like to give a huge hurrah and plug to the recently opened Max Minerva's bookshop on North View in Henleaze. Being a Cliftonwooder, I rarely venture that far, but bookshops everywhere should be applauded so do give them your custom and look out for their live events.


Thursday 30 May 2019

Special offer Massage: 

Maria, our massage therapist, is again offering her treatments at a reduced rate until September. She practices here on Fridays. Ring the clinic to book in to see her. 0117 9745084.
Special offer prices: £20 £40 £60 for 30/60/90 mins respectively.

Local heroes!

Well bravo to local coffee chain The Boston Tea Party! Even though it substantially affected their sales, they've made a stand on single use plastic, not only cups but all their milk cartons too.
With 5 branches in Bristol, and their reach spreading to other towns, it's a very good reason to patronise them over the other great behemoth chains.
Re-usable cups are now readily available (if you're in Clifton Village, support Smaller Footprints on Regent Street) and most drinks outlets will give you a standard 25p off your drink of choice if you present one. My bamboo one travels with me everywhere so I never get caught out.

Here at Chandos Clinic we have been using cardboard water cups for over a year now. We then recycle them, although Barbara has been using them to grow seedlings in her polytunnel!

Wednesday 8 May 2019


The benefits of fermented foods on our gut flora are becoming increasingly evident. If you want to know more, and also support a wonderful local venue: The Forge in Colston Yard, do look at this link, and mark your diaries for Thurs May 23rd.


Monday 8 April 2019

Osteopathic Healthcare Week, 14 – 20 April

Barbara has flagged up this useful link:

Spring is in full throttle and the blossom tree over at No Man's Grace (soon to be revamped as a pizza and wine joint we hear) has been glorious. Other changes on Chandos Rd include our new next-door neighbour www.cookingit.co.uk and Pearly King Cake still tantalises us with delicious smells drifting through the door. Normally baking for other retailers, weekends are an opportune time for you and I to buy a slice of something exquisite. Diagonally opposite at no 16, Gina's Beauty has opened and although we are a clinic of many talents, I had to turn away 2 ladies who visited us to get their eyebrows done!

We are now running a full and busy ship with our five osteopaths. Pat and Deb are front of house for all enquiries; even at very short notice we can often provide an appointment. Early morning and mid evening appointments are available throughout the week and Davina continues to work some Saturday mornings. Giles has added another day to his clinic practise and so from May he will work here on Tues and Thurs afternoons; that said, he continues to be very booked up in advance. He always has a waiting list, so if you know you cannot make or no longer need an appointment, please let us know as soon as possible. No shows will be charged the full fee. 

Gosia continues to offer homeopathy, kinesiology and reflexology, and Maria practices massage here on Fridays.

As always, we wish all our patients good and full health, but when that ever alludes you, please contact us; we are always here to help.

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.


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!


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.