Stress management

In today’s fast-paced world, stress is an ongoing challenge that can significantly impact our daily lives. Whether it’s due to work pressures, relationship strains, or other demanding circumstances, stress can manifest in various forms, affecting our mental and physical health.

However, there are effective strategies to address and manage stress. One such approach is to cultivate practices that promote relaxation and inner peace. By investing in these techniques, individuals can empower themselves to combat the negative effects of stress and enhance their overall well-being.

Among these practices, meditation emerges as a powerful tool. Through meditation, individuals can quiet their minds, alleviate stress levels, and improve mental clarity. Additionally, decluttering one’s physical environment can contribute to a sense of order and calm amidst life’s chaos, further reducing stress and fostering a peaceful state of mind.

Embracing these practices is crucial for those seeking to alleviate stress and enhance their quality of life. By incorporating meditation and decluttering into their daily routines, individuals can take proactive steps toward achieving greater mental and emotional well-being.

Below is a list of my courses I currently have on offer. Whether you’re a beginner seeking to explore meditation or a complete beginner to exercise I have a wealth of offerings available to support you on your journey towards greater peace and serenity.

Free courses which have no charge if you live, work or have a Doctors Surgery in BANES : 

Introduction to Exercise Tuesday 10.30am
Chair Yoga Tuesdays 1.30pm
Complete Beginners Pilates Monday 4.30pm
Declutter your home – Fridays 9.30am

Classes with a fee: 

Pilates Monday 5.45pm, Tuesday 9.30am and Wednesday 9.30am
Complete Beginners Yoga – Tuesday 1030am & Thursday 4.30pm
Chakra & Sound relaxation – Friday 19th April 6.30 – 8.30pm
Sound Gong relaxation – Friday 5th April 6.30 – 7.30pm

Complete this form below if you would like to chat to me about any of these or would like me to send you more information on how to sign up. 

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International Women’s day

Today is International Women’s Day which is a vibrant celebration of the incredible achievements and resilience of women worldwide. It’s a day to honour their contributions across all spheres of life and to champion the ongoing pursuit of gender equality.

When we reflect on women’s wellbeing and health, there’s much to celebrate too. Progress has been made in ensuring better access to healthcare services, empowering women to make informed choices about their bodies, and fostering supportive environments for mental health.

By continuing to prioritise women’s health and wellbeing, we create a brighter, more inclusive future where every woman can thrive. On this International Women’s Day, let’s celebrate the strides we’ve made and reaffirm our commitment to building a world where every woman can lead a healthy, fulfilling life.

I have partnered with some wonderful ladies to bring you the above resources.

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Wellness calendar

Wellness Advent Calendar

  • Do you frequently wind up feeling drained, swollen, and depleted by the arrival of Christmas?
  • Does the Holiday season leave you feeling mentally and physically exhausted?
  • Do you find yourself struggling to maintain a sense of calm and balance amidst the flurry of holiday activities and obligations?

Well we have you covered! Discover your December serenity with our complimentary Advent Calendar!

Tips, advice and recipes every day from 4 wellness experts

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Sandhya in garden

Affirmation meditation

Affirmation meditation is a mindfulness practice that combines traditional meditation techniques with positive affirmations. Positive affirmations are short, positive statements that you repeat to yourself in order to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging or negative thoughts.

The goal of affirmation meditation is to cultivate a positive mindset and promote self-growth and well-being.

Here are some tips to try out your Affirmation Meditation:

  1. Find a Quiet Space: Choose a quiet and comfortable place where you can sit or lie down without distractions.
  2. Set an Intention: Begin by setting an intention for your meditation session. Decide on a specific aspect of your life that you want to focus on improving or a particular quality you wish to cultivate.
  3. Choose Affirmations: Select positive affirmations that are related to your intention. These affirmations should be in present tense and phrased positively. For example, if your intention is to boost your self-confidence, your affirmation might be, “I am confident and capable.”
  4. Relaxation: Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths to relax your body and mind.
  5. Repeat Affirmations: Start repeating your chosen affirmations silently or out loud. Focus on the words and let them resonate with you. You can repeat each affirmation several times.
  6. Stay Present: If your mind starts to wander or negative thoughts arise, gently bring your focus back to the affirmations and your breath.
  7. Practice Regularly: Consistency is key. Aim to practice affirmation meditation daily or as often as you can to reinforce the positive mindset you’re cultivating.

Affirmation meditation can be a powerful tool for shifting your thought patterns, improving self-esteem, reducing stress, and fostering a more optimistic outlook on life. However, it’s important to note that while positive affirmations can be beneficial, they are most effective when supported by genuine effort, action, and self-awareness. Simply repeating affirmations without taking meaningful steps toward your goals may not yield significant results.

Are you ready to try a 10 minute affirmation meditation? I have many free meditations on Insight Timer.

Affirmation Meditation

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Finding Peace

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, it’s all too easy to put off taking care of ourselves. We often find ourselves saying, “I’ll do it later” or “I’ll start tomorrow,” especially when it comes to practices like meditation and prioritising our own well-being. But here’s the thing – tomorrow never truly arrives.

Days turn into weeks, and weeks into months, and before we know it, we realise that we’ve been neglecting ourselves for far too long. We’ve become experts at pushing aside the things that truly matter, like finding moments of peace and tranquility. So, let me ask you again: When was the last time you genuinely carved out time for yourself? When was the last time you allowed yourself to unwind, to let go of the stress and worries that weigh you down, and to focus solely on your mental health?

Imagine waking up in the morning with the intention to prioritise yourself and your well-being. Picture yourself setting aside just five minutes, at the start of your day, to indulge in a rejuvenating Heart Meditation – a brief yet powerful experience that can bring remarkable clarity and calmness to your mind. It’s time to break free from the cycle of procrastination and self-neglect. Embrace the fact that you are worthy of those moments of self-care and peace.

It’s not just about setting aside time; it’s about giving yourself permission to be the best version of yourself. So, let’s make a commitment together, right now, to prioritise YOU.

Let’s make it a habit to honour our mental health, to embrace the tranquility of meditation, and to cherish the moments we truly deserve. The journey to self-discovery and well-being begins with a single step, and we invite you to take that step today. Embrace the beauty of finding peace within yourself, and allow it to radiate into all aspects of your life. Don’t let another day slip away with empty promises to yourself. Take the first step towards a happier, more centered you with this 5-minute Finding Peace meditation

You may also wish to look at these exciting events lined up.

Sound Bath & relaxation Friday 1st Sept 6.30pm click here for early bird prices

Beginners Yoga – Thursdays 7-7.45pm (classes running over the summer holidays)

Mini Relaxation retreat early bird ticket – Sunday 17th September 10-2pm

Introduction to self care 4 week course – Wednesdays 1-2pm

Introduction to Meditation 4 week course 10.50-11.50am (starting Wed 6th Sept) – please email or text for more details as i’ve not added this as yet.

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Keynsham toddler & baby groups

Baby, Toddler and Children’s activities in Keynsham and Beyond!

This Facebook Page was set up by me more than 10 years ago in the hope that people do not suffer with loneliness like I did and terrible postnatal depression. Please feel free to share this page, Please note that I run this group as a volunteer and will try to keep it updated with your help.

 Keynsham FB Keynsham Toddler and baby groups

(Keynsham and closeby)


9.30-11am (Term time only) Elim playgroup, Balmoral road, Keynsham. £1.50 per adult and up to 2 children, 50p per person thereafter.This price includes drinks and biscuits. No need to book, just turn up 

Baby Sensory Bristol South, Masonic Hall, 99 Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 1SR Various times from 10.00am – 1.45pm, Birth – 13 months 

10.00-10.45am Pre-school ballet, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street 

1.45pm – 2.45pm New Moon Mum & Baby Yoga,St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, BS31 2PW. Midwife led mum & baby yoga classes with Emily. The class offers an opportunity to move your changing body, ease common postnatal ailments and aid sleep. We will also cover postnatal and baby topics with an opportunity to discuss if desired. 

6.50pm- 7.50pm Pregnancy Pilates with B Well Pilates & Wellbeing, Wellsway school, Lansdown hall, Keynsham Specialist Pregnancy Pilates sessions with Beth. Weekly sessions where you can work on your pelvic floor, core strength, whole body strength and conditioning for functional movement. Beth also runs postnatal mum and baby Pilates classes for when baby’s here. 

7.30pm – 8.30pm New Moon Pregnancy Yoga, St. Francis Church hall,Warwick Rd, Keynsham. Midwife led pregnancy yoga and birth preparation classes with Emily.The class offers an opportunity to move your changing body, ease common pregnancy ailments and aid sleep. We will also cover pregnancy and birth topics with an opportunity to discuss if desired. 


9.30am or 11am Story Stars at Keynsham Scout Hut. Lots of sensory and messy play based around a different story each week. 0-18 months.

9.30-11am (Term time only) Elim playgroup, Balmoral road, Keynsham £1.50 per adult and up to 2 children, 50p per person thereafter.This price includes drinks and biscuits.No need to book, just turn up. 

10 – 10.30am and 11 – 11.30am Baby Bounce and Rhyme, Keynsham library Free 

2.00 – 2.45pm/2.45 – 3.30pm Pre-School Ballet & Tap, St. John’s Church Hall, Keynsham High Street Suitable for 3&4 year olds 

6:00 – 7:30pm LushTums Pregnancy Yoga Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street, Jubilee Lounge 


9.15-10.45am (Term time only) St. Francis Baby and Toddler group, St Francis Hall, Warwick Road, BS31 2PW £1.50   No need to book. This price includes tea/coffee and snack time (toast/fruit) for children.

9.40-11.20am  (Term time only) Baby and Toddler Playgroup, St John’s Church Hall, Keynsham High street. Play, craft, snacks, parachute games. £1.50 per child, additional 50p per child if more than one per adult. 

9:45 – 10:30am (under 1s), 10:45 – 11:30am (under 5s) Curious Babies, The Annex, The Crown Inn, 63 Bath Road, Keynsham, BS31 2WA Environmentally conscious and fun class heavily influenced by The Curiosity Approach and Loose Parts Play. Each week exploring natural/ recycled or household objects in a playful, musical way, including parachute, sensory lights and of course… Bubbles!

10.00-11.00am Postnatal mum and baby Pilates B Well Pilates, Scout Hut, Keynsham. Booking essential. Diastasis recti check, work on your pelvic floor, safely strengthen your core and whole body strengthening & functional movement. Ease postnatal aches and niggles and meet other new mums locally. Fun, relaxed and friendly

Rock Out Baby – Music sessions for mini Rock and Rollers, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street

10 – 10.35am – Mixed age range 10.50 – 11.20am – Under 1s class or or 

1:15 -2.30pm LushTums Mum and Baby Yoga, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street, Jubilee Lounge. For babies 6/8 weeks to crawling 


Phonics with Robot Reg classes for toddlers (9.30am) and pre-school children (10.30am), Keynsham Masonic Hall. Termly bookings £7 per session book via 

Music with Mummy, Saltford Hall,BS31 3BY Jolly Babies – Birth – 16 months (9.45am and 11.15am), Music with Mummy 16 months – 3.5 year approx (10.30am) New theme each term – singing, dancing, bouncing, instruments, bubbles and fun, sensory props for babies. 

11 – 11.30am Storytime, Keynsham Library Free

10 – 11.00am Fourth Trimester Trainer Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street Postnatal return to exercise class for mum and baby 

3.00pm – Pre-school ballet, Fear Hall, Keynsham High Street 


9.15am Wellbeing walk (Buggies welcome). Contact Sandhya to book 07565 976 129

9.30 -11.00am (Term time only) Baby Comes Too, Key centre, Charlton Road, Keynsham No need to book. £1.50 for first child 50p for additional children. Toys, crafts, singing, ride-ons. Drinks and biscuits (sometimes homemade cake!), plus snack time (fruit) for children 

9.30 – 11am and 1 – 2.30pm Tea & Tots at Keynsham Baptist Church. Soft play & singing for under 5’s. £1 per child. Pre-booking required.This group is currently over-subscribed but please contact Ros with any enquiries: 0117 239 8669/ 

9.40-10.10am Hiit pilates fusion exercise class – PHIIT, Keynsham Scout Hut HQ, Ashton Way Buggies, babies, toddlers welcome! Higher and lower impact options given, music, relaxed atmosphere. Super fun class, we usually go for coffee after. Booking essential

10-11.30am (Term time only) Outdoor Play, and Explore Together, Keynsham Childrens Centre, 65 West View Road, Keynsham, BS31 2UE 0-5 year olds. Free (donations welcome). Outdoor play, singing and snack. 

10 – 10.40am Mini Musical Time Travellers, St. Francis Church Hall,Warwick Rd, Ke  no ynsham. £4 (one adult and up to two children). A fun and interactive musical adventure for 0 to 4 year olds. 


10 – 11.30am (Every 4th Saturday of the month) Who Let the Dads Out St Francis Church Hall, Warwick Road, Keynsham Chance for children and dads to play together, along with bacon butties for dads and toast for children. For more info contact 


9.30 Messy Church breakfast club (3rd or 4th Sunday of every month) Keynsham Baptist Church, High Street Keynsham, BS31 1DS. Aimed at primary school aged children but younger siblings are welcome. Craft and activities/Christian family gathered time to finish. 

Football school, Broadlands Playing fields. Coaching from 18months – 6 years old 

Parks/Farms in Keynsham and nearby (within 1 hour or less)

Places to go within 1 hour

Soft Play/Trampolining

Play Cafes


Dance/Drama clubs

Kid’s Hairdressers


Pre-schools and Nurseries



  • Becky 07872 353053


  • Molly Hale 07305 163 766
  • Vicky Burford 07827 958342

Health and Wellbeing

Places in wider Bristol/Bath particularly good in the summer! 

Some amazing supermum on Facebook created this list of places below as ideas for summer holidays. Thank you supermum! 

Key – cafe: ☕️, sand: 🏜, water:💧, toilets: 💩, car park: 🚗, 

paid entry £,  play park 🌷 


  • Bath City Farm ☕️🏜💩 🚗 🌷
  • St Werbergs ☕️💩
  • Windmill Hill ☕️💩 🌷
  • Laurence Weston ☕️💩 🚗 
  • Grimsbury ☕️💩 🚗 🌷
  • Court Farm Country Park £££💩☕️🏜🌷 🚗 
  • Walnut Tree Farm Park ☕️💩🏜🌷 🚗 £
  • Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm nr Salisbury 🌷☕️💩 🚗 ££
  • Animal Adventure Farm, Brean £££🚗 


  • Victoria Park, Bath 💩☕️🏜 🚗 🌷
  • Sandpits Park, Bath 💩🏜💧🌷
  • Keynsham Park 💩 🚗 🌷
  • Alice Park, Bath ☕️🌷🏜 🛴💩
  • St Andrews Park, Bristol ☕️🏜💧🌷
  • Page Park, Bristol ☕️💩🌷
  • Kingsgate Park, Yate 🏜💧🌷
  • Blaise Castle, Bristol 🏜☕️💩💧 🚗 🌷
  • Vassels Park, Bristol 🏜💧☕️💩 🚗 🌷
  • Hengrove Park, Bristol 🏜💧☕️💩 🚗 🌷
  • Sydney Gardens, Bath 🏜💧💩🌷
  • Pittville Park, Chippenham🏜💧🌷💩☕️ 🚗 
  • Skate Park, Midsomer Norton ??
  • Skate Park Keynsham ☕️💩 🚗 🌷
  • Corston Fields 💧🌷
  • Emerson Green Skate Park??
  • Lyde Green Parks 🌷??
  • Little Stoke Park ☕️🌷
  • Brislington 🌷🏜
  • Redcatch Park, Bristol ☕️🏜💩 🚗 
  • Elm Park, Filton, Bristol 🌷☕️🏜💩 🚗 
  • Lydiard Park 🌷
  • St George’s Park and Skate Park ☕️🏜💩🌷🛴 🚗 
  • Alexandra Park, Bath 🌷💩 (very limited parking, cafe down the road at Bear Flat.


  • Weston Super Mare 🏜💩☕️ 🚗 
  • Clevedon 🏜💩☕️ 🚗 
  • Portishead 
  • Ogmore 🏜
  • Brean 🏜☕️💩
  • Porthcawl 💩💧☕️ 🚗 
  • Barry Island 💩💧☕️ 🚗 
  • Penarth 💩💧☕️ 🚗 
  • Severn Beach 💩☕️🌷 🚗 


  • Willsbridge Mill 💧☕️💩 🚗 
  • Cheddar (over the Gorge) ☕️💩 🚗 
  • Bath Soft Cheese Cafe ☕️💩🌷 🚗 
  • Bitteswell Lake 🌷 
  • The Wave (walking around it) 💩☕️🛴🏜💧🌷 🚗 
  • Whitchurch Cycle Path 🛴
  • Northern Slopes, Bristol
  • Ashton Court 💩☕️ 🚗
  • Bath Skyline  
  • Two tunnels cycle path 🛴
  • Shearwater Lake ☕️🛴 (very limited car parking, do not park elsewhere)


  • Willsbridge Mill, Longwell Green 💧☕️💩 🚗 
  • Greyfield Woods, Higher Littleton 💧
  • Oldbury Court Estate 💧💩 🚗 (toilets and cafe at Vassels Park if you walk to it)
  • Leigh Woods
  • Rainbow Woods 🌷 🚗 (plenty but on the road) has a fairy door trail.


  • Avon Valley Farm Park ☕️💩🏜💧£££ 🚗 🌷
  • Chew Valley Farm Park ☕️💩£🚗 🌷
  • Cheddar Caves ☕️💩££ 🚗 
  • Bristol Aquarium ☕️💩💧£££🚗 
  • Wild Place Project ☕️💩£££🚗 🌷
  • Old Down Country Park ☕️💩🌷££ 🚗 
  • Hope Nature Centre, Trowbridge 💩☕️🌷££🚗 
  • American Museum 💩☕️££🌷 🚗 
  • Dyrham Park NT 💩☕️🌷£££ 🚗 (expensive if you’re not a member)
  • Tyntesfield NT 💩☕️🌷£££ 🚗  ( expensive if you’re not a member)
  • Prior Park Gardens £££(check website for cafe opening times)
  • Stourhead NT £££
  • Noahs Ark Zoo Farm ££🚗 
  • Cattle Country ££🏜☕️💩🌷 🚗 
  • Puxton Park ££🏜💧☕️💩🌷 🚗 
  • Bowood House and Gardens ££🚗 
  • Studley Grange Butterfly and Farm Park, nr Swindon 💩☕️££ 🚗 
  • Roves Farm, nr Swindon 🌷☕️💩 🚗 ££
  • Coate Water Country Park 💧🌷☕️💩 🚗 
  • Slimbridge Wetlands Centre 💧🌷☕️💩££ 🚗 
  • Newport Wetlands Centre 💩☕️🌷££🚗 
  • Congo Adventure Golf, Keynsham ☕️💩£ 🚗 
  • Pirate Bay Adventure Golf, Bristol ☕️💩£🚗 
  • Bath Crazy Golf


*  for details on the ones starred

  • Millenium Square fountains, Bristol 💧🏜  🚗 (sand in the summer; cafe and toilets if you eat in one of the restaurants!)
  • Warleigh Weir 💧
  • Nightingale Valley, Bristol 💧
  • *Bathampton Weir 💧
  • *Bradford on Avon Tithe Barn 💧
  • *Box Park and Stream 🌷💧
  • *Chippenham Splash Pad 💧🌷☕️ 🚗 
  • *Horsecombe Brook Woods , Midford💧
  • *Melksham Splash Pad 💧🌷☕️ 🚗 
  • *Sandpits Park, Bath 💧🌷💩
  • *Oldbury Court Estate 💧🛴🌷 🚗 
  • *Warminster Splash Pad 💧🌷☕️ 🚗 
  • Munday Playing Fields and Splash Pad, Thornbury 💩💧🌷 🚗  


  • Marshfield Farm Ice Cream Parlour ☕️ 🚗
  • Chew Moos 💩☕️🌷 🚗
  • Somerset Lavender

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Should you do Pilates if you have sciatica?

What exactly is sciatica?

Sciatica, also referred to as nerve root or radicular pain, is a prevalent condition. It is characterised by pain experienced in the leg and reaches all the way to the foot. Sciatica is typically originating from the lower back.

When it comes to sciatica, it is beneficial to consider Pilates as an option. Pilates can help alleviate sciatica pain and is a great rehabilitation tool. To witness the transformative power of Pilates, I recommend watching this video featuring Dave’s inspiring story. Discover how he managed to reduce his back pain and eliminated the need for back surgery.

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Embracing Stillness: The Power of Taking a Breath in a Hectic World.

Life can be busy and chaotic and we get caught up in the chaos of life, charging forward without a clear direction. But in those very moments, we have the power to choose differently.

We can choose to pause, to take a conscious breath, and to simply be. We can choose to walk slowly into the mystery of life, embracing the unknown with open arms. Each time we forget and find ourselves swept up in the frenzy, we have the opportunity to bring ourselves back to this choice. We can return to the practice of stillness and presence, finding solace in the unfolding of each moment.

So, let us remember the power of the breath, the significance of being still, and the profound impact it can have on our lives. May we cultivate the habit of slowing down, of cherishing the journey rather than fixating on the destination. For it is in these mindful pauses that we discover the richness and beauty that life has to offer.

Sometimes all we need is a gentle reminder to breathe, to take a pause and find stillness within ourselves.
In those moments, something shifts inside of us. We begin to soften, to create space for imperfection.
The once loud and critical voice of judgment fades into a mere whisper.
And in that whisper, we remember the truth: life is not a relentless relay race.
It is a journey we all embark on, and eventually, we will each reach the finish line.

We have the choice to remind ourselves that the purpose of our existence is not to rush through life, but to awaken to it.

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Yoga or Pilates? Which one is best for me?

If you’re looking for a low-impact way to improve your strength, flexibility, and overall health, you may wonder whether yoga or Pilates is right for you. Both practices offer a variety of benefits, but they differ in their focus and approach. In the video below, you’ll hear a brief answer regarding which exercise may be more suitable for you.

So again, what’s the difference between the two?

While both yoga and Pilates offer a variety of benefits, there are some key differences between the two practices. Here are a few factors to consider when deciding which practice is best for you:

  1. Focus: Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection and improving overall well-being, while Pilates focuses on strengthening the core muscles and improving posture.
  2. Breathing: While both practices incorporate breathing exercises, yoga places more emphasis on deep, rhythmic breathing, while Pilates focuses on lateral breathing to engage the core muscles.
  3. Equipment: While yoga can be practiced with just a mat, Pilates often uses specialized equipment like a reformer or simple equipment such as bands, light weights or Pilates balls to enhance the exercises.

Ultimately, the decision between yoga and Pilates comes down to your personal goals and preferences.

If you’re still unsure which practice is better for you, consider trying both and seeing which one you enjoy more. Message me if you have more questions!

Are you new to exercise? I offer different levels so you can choose what’s best for you. Check out the available class dates and times.

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How Pilates Helps to Relieve Back Pain

Back pain can be a frustrating and debilitating condition that affects many people. It may be caused by various factors, including poor posture, weak muscles, and injuries. If you’re dealing with back pain, you may be looking for a safe and effective way to alleviate your symptoms. Pilates can be an excellent choice for relieving back pain and improving spinal health! Watch these short yet helpful videos to give you an idea on how Pilates could you help you.

Pilates can be a powerful tool for relieving back pain and improving spinal health. Incorporating Pilates exercises into your routine can strengthen your core muscles, improve flexibility, prevent injuries, and increase your body awareness. Whether you’re dealing with chronic back pain or simply looking to prevent it, giving Pilates a go may give you a healthier, pain-free back!

Check out the Pilates class schedules I offer. You can book for a 1:1 session too, either in Keynsham or on Zoom!

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