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Council offer cash comfort

Cash-strapped North Somerset Council is showing comfort and kindness to those in need by finding a pot of money to help.
Short-term financial help is available under its welfare provision scheme to help with gas, electricity, food, clothing, travel and more after the Cost of Living crisis continues to bite.
With the announcement this week that interest rates are increasing to 3.5 per cent, UK inflation is running at 10.7 per cent and costs are continuing to rise, many of us are struggling to make ends meet.
The Welfare Provision Scheme can give short-term financial help in a crisis. 
The amount of help will depend on circumstances, but is designed to help anyone unable to meet their short-term needs.
North Somerset Council deputy leader Mike Bell is the Lib Dem ward councillor for Weston central.
He said: “The Welfare Provision Scheme can give financial help for gas, electricity, oil and LRG fuels, minor repairs to white goods, food, clothing and travel as well as help to buy furniture, white goods and household equipment and much more. 
"If your situation isn’t mentioned above, it’s still worth getting in touch to see if you can apply for financial help. 
"The cost of living crisis is affecting us all so please get in touch if you need help.”
Applications for short-term financial help is available online at or by phoning 01934 888035 or 0800 138 5665, 10am-4pm Monday to Friday. 
The amount of help that can be given will depend on your circumstances. Loans will be repayable, but grants won’t be. Check online or phone the number above to check eligibility criteria.
North Somerset Council will contact you once a decision has been made and normally make awards in goods, services or vouchers which you will then need to collect.
For a round-up of advice and guidance about the cost-of-living crisis, visit It includes help with bills, childcare costs, housing support, and energy and heating advice.
There are also useful links to local food banks, a cost-of-living survival kit and support to help people travel to work.
As the cold weather continues, the Energy Saving Trust also has some quick tips on ways to save energy (
North Somerset community and voluntary groups are being encouraged to bid for thousands of pounds in public health funding when it becomes available in the New Year, as North Somerset Council continues its work to improve health and wellbeing, and tackle health inequalities across the area.
Voluntary organisations, community groups and settings will be able to apply for the funding to help them run local projects which improve health when applications open on Tuesday, January 3.
Before then, organisers and project leads are being encouraged to start preparing their applications for funding and consider projects that would be eligible to receive the money.

There will be different grants available:

  • Mental health community grant: to fund community programmes which improve overall wellbeing, reduce metal ill health and reduce social isolation and loneliness. A total of £45,000 in funding will be available, to be split between projects for children and adults. Organisations and groups will be able to apply for up to £10,000.

  • Social prescribing destination grant: to fund non-clinical projects and activities in North Somerset that address the needs of residents of all ages in holistic, community-centred ways. For services and activities that act as social prescribing destinations and aim to improve mental health and wellbeing and to reduce social isolation and loneliness. A total of £45,000 will be available. People can apply for up to £5,000. If the project has a significant nature-based element, they can apply for up £10,000. Projects leads will need to have discussed their application with the Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Green Social Prescribing (GSP) Programme by emailing

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Community food projects grant: to support existing and upcoming community food projects in North Somerset that encourage access to nutritious and affordable food, healthy eating, improved food knowledge and skills. Projects should also focus on the social, cultural, and dietary needs in the population that they aim to reach. Projects that have a dual aim of improving physical health and create wider social or climate benefits, such as improving community cohesion and reducing food waste, will also be considered. The total available funding is £30,000. Individual projects can apply for up to £10,000,

  • Together Fund – Sport England: Wesport is adding £25,000 to support organisations who have not accessed this funding previously. This fund supports projects that use movement, physical activity, or sport to engage priority audiences who have been impacted by the pandemic and the cost of living crisis. For more information about the Together Fund please email


Mr Bell added: “I’m delighted that we’re again able to offer this funding to voluntary organisations, community groups and settings across North Somerset. 
"We’re a council which empowers and cares about people. 
"We want to create good health and wellbeing throughout life, and also close the health inequalities that exist in our area.
“In 2022, more than £75,000 was awarded to a variety of local projects, all of which helped improve health and wellbeing and made a real difference to people’s lives.
“I’d urge all community focused groups to have a look at our website, get in touch for more information and start preparing their funding bids so they’re ready to get their applications in when they open next year!”
One of the many projects to benefit from grant funding this year was a cookery course run by Banwell Parish Council Youth Club and the funding of the new wellbeing officer for Nailsea based at No65.
Off The record, a mental health social movement, also received funding for their NatureWell project which invited young people to take part in a range of nature-based activities while receiving quality, informal and engaging mental health and wellbeing support.
More information about the different grants and the application process is available at
The council’s public health team can also be contacted: for mental health and social prescribing grants email and for community food projects funding email

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WARM WELCOME LIST: Did you know if you are feeling the chill and looking for somewhere warm to go there are 15 places locally offering free good cheer. Nailsea Town Council well-being officer Jess Brown has put together a printed sheet you can collect at 65 High Street as our version could send you to Specsavers! This is an updated list from the one we published on November front page


FESTIVE WELLBEING; Reiki is a completely safe, complementary health approach in which practitioners place their hands on or just above different parts of the body, and based on the belief that all living beings have energy fields that support their health and vitality. It can go alongside all other medical and therapeutic techniques and can be used for all mental/physical health conditions. Rowan Tree Reiki owner Jo Penney, has more than 15 years of experience working with the NHS community services and rehabilitation, and has recently set up her own business as a qualified Reiki and Crystal practitioner to share her knowledge and practice to help others. Contact Jo on 0796 808 9129, or @jorowantreereiki on Instagram / Facebook to take advantage of these festive offers

Welcome to wellbeing Nailsea person

Nailsea residents can now look forward to improved support services in a number of different areas, thanks to the appointment of a designated community wellbeing officer.

Nailsea Town Council has welcomed Jessica Brown to the newly created post, funded by North Somerset Council for a 24-month period.

Jess, aged 30, who lives in Nailsea, has a background in community mental health, both delivering clinical support and therapy, as well as enhancing awareness in the local community.

Town council chair, Mike Bird, said: “We are extremely excited to appoint Jess as Nailsea’s community wellbeing officer. She brings with her a wealth of experience and lots of new ideas that, without doubt, will benefit the people of Nailsea.”

Jess will be working out of 65 High Street, bringing in more social and health related services, making them easily accessible at the High Street hub. She will also be proactive out and about in the community.

She said: “I’m so excited and enthusiastic about this new role and how beneficial it will be in developing support and services available to members of the community. A large part of my role will be talking to the people of Nailsea, individuals plus community groups and organisations, to determine what areas need more development and support in our town and then helping to facilitate that. I sincerely hope residents will drop in to 65 High Street to talk to me and let me know what help they feel is needed.”

Jess is hoping to introduce more wellbeing related support groups and facilities to 65 High Street. She added: “As part of my role I am liaising with GP surgeries and other health related services with the aim to bring more support services into number 65 so that this can be easily accessed by the wider Nailsea community. I am also building upon the signposting database created by Nailsea Community Group, of local organisations, activities and support available for Nailsea residents.”

To find out more or to get in touch with Jess, email or pop in to 65 High Street, Monday to Thursday 9.30am-5pm or on Friday mornings.

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Nailsea District Leg Club November newsletter

It is more than 30 months since Nailsea District Leg Club were able to run its successful drop-in clinics.

A spokesman said: “Rest assured we are in constant and close communication with our nurses and Tyntesfield Medical Group plus associated care groups, to re-start these sessions.

“However there is still huge pressure on nurses and other NHS staff and thankfully those patients who do need care, are able to continue receiving this at their local surgery.

“Should you have concerns your local surgery is your first point of contact.

‘If you would like information about NDLC café and the support group that currently meets at Nailsea Tithe Barn on a Wednesday 10.30am–noon, then please contact Carole Brooke on 07954 302498.

‘There is more general information relating to aims and objectives on the Leg Club Foundation website,  

Back in September the first ‘handbag stall’ was set up by the Leg Club outside Waitrose, and what a wonderful morning it proved to be.

The weather was kind, there was lots of interest not just in the handbags, but also in Leg Club, the volunteers had some fun chatting, and most importantly more than £280 was raised for funds towards the running of the Leg Club Café.

So a terrific result all round and the date for the next stall is Saturday, May 20, next year.

Donations of handbags in pristine condition will be very welcome.

Recent sessions held on a Wednesday morning at the Tithe Barn have proved to be as popular as ever.

New members and volunteers are always welcome, as are members and volunteers/drivers of long standing who haven’t been for some time and would like to ‘come again’.

Invitations from Nailsea care home

Argentum Lodge is a  friendly and caring home for the elderly at 81 Silver Street, Nailsea, which welcomes the involvement of the community.

On Friday afternoon, December 2, they are hosting an Elf Day with festive food, music and entertainment to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association and would love people to pop in and/or contribute raffle prizes.

North Somerset MP Liam Fox will be doing just that from noon on Friday, December 16, for a similar Winter Celebration event. (this event was cancelled)

Emergency service personnel and business people would be very welcome too at well as Nailsea people.

But before then there is the Halloween Celebration on Monday, October 31 from 3pm.

For this spooky afternoon with great food and 'pumpkin' carving contest. The activities include a competition for the best dressed competition.

Activities coordinator Lisa Pletts asked anyone hoping to go along to any event or able to support;/help in any way to make contact.

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CHEERS DRIVE: This summer NDCT began a recruitment drive for more people to get behind the wheel of its mini-bus

Community drivers needed

We are Community Transport (NDCT) a charity which has been in operation for more than 27 years. Our purpose is to provide an affordable, accessible transport service within the northern part of North Somerset and through this, promote social inclusion, independence and a sense of community. We operate a range of transport services including shopping trips, outings, medical appointments, dial-a-ride and other social outings.

More volunteer drivers: The charity is looking for individuals who will change lives and get people out of social isolation and loneliness. Our volunteer drivers become part of a friendly team picking up and dropping off our clients in one of our mini buses


As a volunteer driver:

  • To be able to spare as little as a day a month (more would be great!)

  • To have a patient and friendly manner

  • Be relatively fit in order to assist passengers where required

  • Hold a UK driving licence with no more than 6 penalty point

  • To provide references

  • To agree to a DBS check

  • Ideally have a D1 entitlement on your licence (automatic prior to 1997)

We will put you through your MiDAS test to enable you to legally drive a minibus and if you are over 70, assist you in reapplying for a D1 on your licence if applicable.


LITTER PICKERS: Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club is just one of the many environmentally- friendly groups who join in the monthly litter pick. This used to be called Better Nailsea but is now known at Litter Heroes. It happens on the first Saturday of the month and the gear needed it stored at Nailsea Community Group shop at 26 Somerset Square. Those pictured helped start off the Nailsea Great Big Green Weeks with included films and stalls at the Tithe Barn. The next litter pick is from 10am on Saturday, November 5

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Your Cancer Café next meeting...

Your Cancer Cafe is meeting on Thursday, October 20, at No 65, High Street, Nailsea BS48 1AW from 2pm.

Join our friendly group of people who have been or are affected by cancer.

Chat, eat cake and enjoy meeting new people.

For more information email

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Nailsea training date

Ageing Well is looking for volunteers to be Flexercise instructors - with free training

Flexercise is a chair-based exercise session which uses fun props to get people moving in a relaxed, informal way.

The training is free and, once trained, volunteers will lead your own sessions close to your local area.

The next Nailsea training session is on Thursday, February 2.

If you’re passionate about improving the health of older people and can spare an hour a week to volunteer with Age UK Somerset then please get in touch on 01823 345626 or email

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Nailsea District Leg Club September newsletter

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Nailsea District Leg Club has taken over running the successful ‘handbag stall’ from Nailsea & Backwell Rotary Club, who have operated this for many years.

The first stall will open on Saturday morning, September 24, outside Waitrose and many thanks to the Rotarians, pictured, for the pitch.

If you’re on the lookout for a new handbag (or two), then come and take a look, there will be bargains to be bought, all in aid of a good cause!

While the drop-in clinic is not yet able to operate, we still need funds to support our Leg Club café, as there is a contribution towards use of the Tithe Barn to be found, and other things such as refreshments and drivers expenses.

The Leg Club café is proving to be an extremely effective support group for our members who all have at least one thing in common, and that is lower leg issues.

We’re always happy to welcome new members, and the café is there for anyone who has these problems, by providing refreshments and lots of chat, a lively atmosphere in a beautiful setting, and if you don’t have access to transport we could possibly arrange for a driver to collect you.

The proviso is that you are registered with Tyntesfield Medical Group and if you require a lift you can walk from your door to a car.

Guaranteed it will be a morning well spent if you have these problems.


END IN SIGHT: Construction work is nearly finished at Tower House Medical Centre as at the end of August 2022 the railings went up. North Somerset Council gave planning permission in November 2021 for the new frontage which faces the Stockway South car park belonging to the shopping centre. Part of Tyntesfield Medical Group which caters for 31,600 patients from Backwell, Long Ashton and Nailsea the project included the ‘removal of the existing single storey projecting oriel window at ground floor, erection of a single-storey glazed extension to form new entrance lobby, new steps and DDA-compliant ramp up to new entrance lobby and associated hard and soft landscaping. Internal reconfiguration of existing accommodation to create 8no. new consultation rooms, creation of climate-controlled archive store in basement / car parking area’.

Nailsea District Leg Club August newsletter

 The Leg Club Café is always pleased to welcome new members and if you or anyone you know has leg ulcers or related issues, and would like to come and join us on a Wednesday
morning 10.30am–noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn, then please do. 
The only proviso is that you must be registered with Tyntesfield Medical Group.
During the morning there are plenty of volunteers and other members to chat with, and enjoy refreshments on offer. 
If you’re able to walk to a car our drivers could even provide a lift to and from your home, if you don’t have access to transport. 
These mornings are guaranteed to be happy and uplifting, no harm in giving it a try.
Nurses at your surgery may have made you aware of what Leg Club is, but if you would like more information please call Carole Brooke on 0795 430 2498 for more information. 
In the fullness of time our drop-in clinic will be re-opening, but that date is yet to be confirmed.

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PICTORIAL PROGRESS: A slideshow of a July condition check at Tower House Medical Centre as work continues on alternations to the building including a new entrance for those with mobility issues although the ramp still looks a little steep for wheelchair users?

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Your Cancer Café next meeting...

The next Your Cancer Café is on Thursday, September 15,​ 2-5pm at 65 High Street, Nailsea.

As usual, there will be great company, refreshments and lots of cakes - and hopefully some fun socialising.

There will not be a cancer café in August.

We hope you are enjoying this lovely weather and are not too bothered by the heat.

For more information email

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GPs feeling stress and strain

Did anyone else get this text on Friday, July 9, we asked as patients at Brockway on the Nailsea People Facebook page?

We know they have staffing issues - see our jobs page HERE  and so far today we have heard of more than 20 new cases of Covid but surely this is strange and we can’t blame Boris can we?

The text said: ‘Due to staff shortages and unprecedented high demand we ask for your patience and understanding during this difficult period. Please be mindful when calling to make an appointment as we have limited slots available and please be aware that our reception staff will direct your problem to the most appropriate clinician which may not be a GP.  Many minor ailments can be treated through selfcare or speaking to your pharmacy and we ask that you explore these options first before contacting us. Thank you for your support during these challenging times, Tyntesfield Medical Group’.


Within 24hrs the post had reached 4,597 people and 82 left comments.

Here is a selection:

Melanie Ann: Yes, we got it and we're at Long Ashton surgery

Aim'ee Smithson: We got it five times as there are five of us

Marie Day: They sent it to my one year old via my phone 

Debra Britton: I received it too.

Derek Iles: Staff holiday season?

Adele Filer: Yep the dreaded Covid, sadly. Had a blood test at Backwell yesterday and the sign stated Covid

Andrew Snaden: Yes had it today

Sam Powell: Yes, I got it this morning

Elaine Edwards: Yeah got two texts

June Constable: Yes me and my husband got one and he needs a diabetic check!

Lynn Thompson: This is normal in many surgeries. We reach the point of overwhelm and cannot deal with any more requests. There are shortages of all levels of staff and people leave daily. Two of my GP colleagues have resigned in the last week. We can’t take it anymore. Be kind.

Emma Thomas: Yes, received this afternoon. However Tower House were fab this morning and still found me a face to face appointment within two hours

Clare Jordan: I did but I rang at 4pm answered straight away and got my nurses appointment booked

Joy Bryant: My daughter works in a GP surgery in Wales and she is the only GP in work today at her surgery, all of her partners are off sick. I’m afraid GPs are under enormous pressure at the present time. Don’t forget they catch Covid and have other health issues too

Kate Atwell: Pretty sure all patients would have got it! Loads of Covid around at the moment so not surprising though

urself. Sad sad situation

Lesley Westlake: Yes I did and there was only one receptionist on today so they are struggling

Gary Fudge: I got one too. Nothing to do with Boris, perhaps the media can continue to hang this and everything else on Brexit, or perhaps try the war in Iraq, remember when Blair kept saying they had weapons of mass destruction, he's the traitor

Lesley Faith Bowman: Yes we did. I’m also waiting for some hospital appointments that should have been a few months ago. I rang one and they say they’re all delayed due to Covid. I suppose it will get worse now it’s on the increase again

Thomas Morley: I know plenty of people across different surgeries who have received similar texts


Helen Shalders: Yes. This isn't the first time this has happened since the pandemic started.

Julia Adams: Yes, wouldn't want to be in their job

Samantha Hibbs: Yes - Clevedon Medical Centre. Currently me and my husband are ill with Covid. It’s horrible. Must be the new strain as I’ve avoided it until now. Thought my head was going to explode last night. As I work from home, I’d normally carry on working, but this isn’t just a heavy cold - there is no way I can get out of bed...

Angela Searle: Just pre-warning us that if you need a doctor you ain’t gonna get one!

Louise Tolson: Had it as well, all it means is that they (like everyone else) are hit by holiday, staff sickness and higher demand. It may be that you’re directed to the most appropriate professional eg. not necessarily a GP if someone else is able to meet the need. I’ve phoned yesterday and got my regular appointment with a nurse on Monday (only on Monday as I wasn’t free for the earlier offered one). All the way through the pandemic Backwell have ensured that when I needed a face to face appointment I was seen and when I didn’t I was still booked in for a telephone call instead

Debbie Jenkins: I had a text this morning, my father saw a doctor at Brockway today.

Mick Graham: Got text from Towerhouse, saw doctor today and follow up nurse appointments booked without problem. It's just about sensible use of services.

Tom Crossman: I heard Boris wrote out the message himself and asked Tyntesfield to send it on his behalf.

Penny Hill: I got one and I haven’t been to the doctors for a long time. Well I understand the reasons behind sending the text, I think it could put somebody not used to bothering the doctor off seeking help. Some people may see it as a barrier. So I don’t think it was a good idea.

Justine N Jones: I thought it was a scam

Cher Wilson: Yep, and what a joke

Jayne Mitchell: Maybe the lack of face to face contact with GPs caused illnesses to go undiagnosed/misdiagnosed so increasing illness? Maybe people who couldn’t get appointments are now desperately in need of attention? All adding to the number of I’ll people needing … See more

Steve Morten: Covid cases going up! I have never had a problem getting an appointment at Towerhouse! We are very lucky to have such a brilliant practice

Rosie Fox: Covid cases are shooting up with all the summer gatherings - festivals, holidays, people travelling etc. some doctors are having to self isolate, but often too late to stop it spreading to other staff in the practise.

Best will in the world and masks etc. but it’s still going to spread, and staff in medical centres need to remove masks to refresh them, have a drink or food etc. I work in the NHS and my department, whilst not patient facing, has had a struggle the last few weeks with staff coming down with Covid and it being spread round the department even when staff were mask wearing 99 per cent of the time

Charlie Williams: Yes but mine was personally address to me so I took it personally. Of course there are people who don't have any idea regarding the sensible use of services and will attend unnecessarily regardless. Can people get appointments? Difficult but yes. Do a majority of patients feeling unwell or with symptoms feel listened to during that appointment? Absolutely not. I recently used Medichecks for blood samples to diagnose my own under-active thyroid to present to my G.P. who is now treating me effectively following being dismissive. Sadly you now have to take your health into your own hands and advocate for yourself. Sad sad situation.

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Well-being young people group at Outdoor College

A well-being group for young people called Nature Well is at the Outdoor College at Brown Rock Woodland, Tickenham this summer..

This is for anyone aged 16-25 who wants to enjoy some time outside to boost their well-being over the summer, and to meet new people in a relaxed welcoming space.

We'll be learning about the ways that connecting with nature can improve our mental health, through doing a mixture of different practical activities, crafts and time to just enjoy being outdoors together.

The sessions will be in small groups and you can join in as much or as little as you like.

It will be in groups of six sessions over the summer holidays and into the autumn.

Link to website

Please see the flyer for more information, or head to

If you want to join the group, you can sign up for free on that webpage.

In addition, there will also be drop-in sessions where you can come and see the site and chat to the facilitators.

You'll have the chance to try out some different activities if you want to, or you can just come to relax and be outdoors.

You are welcome to bring a parent/carer, support worker or any other adult along with you if you want.

Please see the website for details about when these drop-ins will be happening.

There is no requirement to sign-up in advance.

It would be really lovely to have you join us for this project! 

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Nailsea District Leg Club July newsletter

On Wednesday, June 1, a very happy morning was spent celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, though it doesn’t take much to have a buzzing morning at Leg Club. Flags, bunting, delicious homemade cakes plus scones with jam and cream were enjoyed by members, volunteers and visitors. A wonderful array of photos spanning the 70 years of the Queen’s reign was on show, plus lots of books of specific royal events, and Chris Coppin played a selection of music from the ‘50s.


Established seven years ago Nailsea Leg Club, normally provides advice and treatment, but due to continued pressure of coronavirus and vaccination programmes, this is undertaken at local GP surgeries and in homes. The Leg Club café was therefore set up as a place for those with lower leg problems to come and enjoy some social interaction with others in a similar position.


An invitation is extended for anyone in this situation to join, you’ll find a warm welcome, enjoy tea/coffee and treats, in a very convivial atmosphere.  Guaranteed you’ll feel uplifted by the time you leave. The Café is every Wednesday 10.30am-noon at Nailsea Tithe Barn. Additionally transport can be arranged with one of our volunteer drivers, who may be able to collect and return you home.


If you’d like to come or need a more information, call Carole Brooke on 07954 302498.

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WEEKEND WORKOUT: Every Sunday throughout the summer from 9.30-10.30am Park Yoga Nailsea run free sessions at Millennium Park. For more information go to its Facebook page or online here Other classes and exercise forms are on our Healthy Peeps page HERE

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Ukrainian United

Nailsea Folk Club has teamed up with Holy Trinity Church to provide a meeting space and time for Ukrainian families being hosted locally.

Sunday, 2-4.30pm they will be providing a space to meet, refreshments and opportunities for children to play together in the beautiful Trinity Centre.

There is a lovely garden and a quiet church for those who want to spend time in reflection and prayer.

For more information email or call 0775 750 5551


Nailsea District Leg Club June newsletter

URGENT HELP PLEASE: We’re very short of volunteer drivers, who make such a difference to members who don’t have access to transport. Would you be willing to act as a chauffeur one or two Wednesday mornings a month, to pick up and bring members to Nailsea Tithe Barn, then take them home? The Leg Club Café is currently open from 10.30am-noon, and members live within the Tyntesfield Medical Group area. Expenses are paid and members must be able to walk from their home to the car. Don’t think about this twice please, give Sandy Riley a call 01275 853547 for more information. These mornings are guaranteed to be worthwhile and always happy, and those who need this service are incredibly grateful.

LEG CLUB CAFE: and hopefully not before too long the clinic) is available to anyone suffering lower leg issues, it’s an opportunity to meet with other people in a similar situation and talk over problems, there’s lots of empathy and support, plus tea/coffee and cake! When nurses are available, members coming to Leg Club for treatment free up valuable appointments at the surgery for more vulnerable patients, fingers crossed our clinic will re-open soon.