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The gluten free support group

This group meets regularly (every 2 to 3 months) on the first Monday of the month at the Nailsworth Natural Health Centre, George Street, Nailsworth.  Contact Jo Hofman for more details

Our last talk was held on Monday April 22nd 2013 at 7.30 pm

The NHS is currently undergoing the most fundamental changes since its inception in 1948.  Our guest speakers helped us better understand these changes and what it means for patients.  Dr Charles Buckley (GP in Frampton) and Hein Le Roux (GP in Minchinhampton) are joint leads for the Stroud Locality for the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group which took over responsibility for health services in Gloucestershire on 1st April 2013

Previous talks

Monday March 25th.  Over 20 people attended the meeting to discuss setting up a support group for those who have a gluten intolerance.  This will give an opportunity to get togehter, to exchange recipes and knowledge and raise awareness.  One of the aims is to encourage local food makers and sellers to provide delicious alternative to gluten products, especially gorgeous puddings and breads.  The group will meet on the first Monday of the month at 7.30 at the Arkell Centre - unless it is a bank holiday.  The next meeting is May 13th.  More information from Jo Hofman 01453 834774 or Mary Sharma 01453 759208

11th October 2012, Nick White and colleagues from the White Practice gave a talk at the Arkell Centre, Forest Green on Backpain – Dispelling the Myths. As well as covering many of the causes of back and neck pain and answering questions, they also showed simple exercises and stretches that can help avoid such pain.  Those attending tried out the exercises and were advised how to utilize the tips.

March 2011. Health talk on dementia

NHP’s first talk, chaired by Dr Ros Mulhall was given by local Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist Dr Joe Stratford from Weavers Croft in Stroud.

‘Dementia is not inevitable,’ Dr Stratford told us. ‘It is a medical condition where loss of memory, adverse personality changes and deterioration in functioning reach such a degree as to interfere with normal life.’ 

Dr Stratford runs a Memory Clinic to which patients are referred to by GP. Practical help can be given with dementia and some of the symptoms can be treated with drugs. A healthy lifestyle is advised for all.

Further information about dementia and how to cope with it can be obtained from the Alzheimer’s Society and the local NHS Trust. There is also excellent advice in the book by nutritionist Patrick Holford, ‘The Alzheimer’s Prevention Plan’, which is recommended for all those with an interest in this subject.


Contact Marilyn Miles on 01453 832974 or 07801 558931 or by email