Sunshine Boosts Health Festival

Sunshine is a great boost to people’s health and wellbeing so the organisers of the Henley Health Festival were delighted it filled the sky for their event on Saturday.

Organised by The Bell Surgery in partnership with Henley Town Council, there were exhibitors with stands in Market Place and inside the Town Hall which included sports clubs, gyms, Henley Sea Cadets, health products and services.

There were a series of talks throughout the day in the Town Hall. Sue Turner from Candela Hypnosis was one of the speakers who gave a talk.  She explained the process of hypnotherapy and also dispelled the myths around hypnosis generally.  As well as speaking about how beneficial hypnotherapy is and how it is becoming more and more recognised by the medical profession as being extremely efficacious for certain physical ailments and also for anxiety and depression.  Sue said, “My talk was relatively well attended and people were interested in my work.  There was a good balance of therapists and health and wellbeing experts at the event and it was a lovely sunny day.”

Henley Rugby Club, Henley Rowing Club and Henley Bowling Club had stands.  Captain Andy at Henley Bowling Club said, “We’re hoping to get some new, younger members from this today.  Bowling is a very interesting game, quite technical but very social and great new sport to try out.”

Emma Jane Taylor was encouraging people to join in her Henley Adult Dance Hub dance keep fit dance sessions throughout the day.

Louise West, The Bell Surgery Practice Manager said, “We’re looking today to get patient feedback.  We always value patient feedback and it is important to us. We take it on board, we like to listen to what people say, we take on board if we need to make changes and we make the changes that are needed.  We are lucky to have a Patient Participation Group but they are very active and very supportive of the surgery. It was a successful event for many of the stallholders and of course the lovely British sunshine helped us out also!

Councillor Michelle Thomas also had a stand for Henley Volunteer Network that she launched in February to mark the start of the national Volunteers Week.  She talked to both people looking to volunteer and organisations looking for volunteers.


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