North Wiltshire Chronic Pain Group

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Meeting Dates (2nd Friday of every month – 10:30am)


You can find the village hall in Little Somerford (in between Malmesbury & Royal Wootton Bassett).


Little Somerford Parish Hall,
Mill Lane,
Little Somerford,
SN15 5JW

Calendar of Events

September 2023

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Kat, our local first contact physio, talked to the group about living with chronic pain covering a range of topics:

  1. Activity management – prioritising activities and exercises, activity diary, 
  2. The importance of pacing – what it is and how to do pacing effectively
  3. Rest, relaxation and coping with stress
  4. Mindfulness practice
  5. How to exercises safely – practice

August 2023

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Summer Break

No group this month!

July 2023

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Wiltshire Talking Therapies

Anna joined us from Wiltshire Talking Therapies for an introductory session on ‘Living well with long term health conditions, an ACT approach’ (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy). ACT is an evidence based, psychological therapy.

June 2023

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Unhelpful Thinking Habits

Over the years, we tend to get into unhelpful thinking habits such as those described in the document below.

May 2023

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Alice bravely told her story about living with chronic pain, the importance of a positive mental attitude, reflection on posture, learning to relax and retraining the brain both physically and mentally to achieve daily goals. Amazingly Alice has reduced her pain score from 7/10 to 3/10. This is years of work, and we were all inspired to hear Alice’s amazing story.

April 2023

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We explored Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) as a group and found it very relaxing.

March 2023

Kevin from the group kindly shared his knowledge and expertise around crystals and their properties particularly focusing on mood and chronic pain.

February 2023

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We looked at addressing our stress and exploring stress-busting ideas in small groups and talked about “The Ten Footsteps Programme”

How to beat stress, including exercise, taking control, social networks, work-life balance, and being positive.

January 2023

Anxiety, Anger Management, Confidence Building, Low Self Esteem, Exam Stress, Goal Achieving, Grief, Loss, IBS, Insomnia, Sleep Disorders, Low Mood, Pain Management…

Yvonne joined us for our session this month, seeing if hypnotherapy can help manage our chronic pain: 


During your session I’ll use verbal relaxation to move your mind and body into a relaxed hypnotic state. Then, using Hypnosis Suggestion we will use various models to be able to help you to turn your own pain levels down, this will help you to enable yourself in the future as you will be able to repeat these techniques after the session.

EFT – Emotional Freedom Therapy (known as Tapping)

This is the technique of tapping the meridian energy points on your face and body whilst focusing on the problem or disturbance you have i.e. the pain. The result? A disruption of energy when tapping these points allows you to release any pain and emotion you may be holding onto within your mind or your body to release or lessen the pain you have.

December 2022

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Christmas Meal

November 2022

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If knitting helped Tom Daley achieve his gold medal at the Olympics, then this is something we need to give a go!

October 2022

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Benefits of Tai Chi and a taster session, provided by Jaki Hood

September 2022

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Coffee and Catch Up

July 2022

Alternative Pain Management Strategies

The group discussed how we all individually manage pain and the strategies we use.

Happier Kinder Together | Action for Happiness

June 2022

Neil, the pool manager from Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool in Swindon came along to the North Wilts Chronic Pain Group on Friday to provide us with more information about what the pool can offer and the benefits it may bring.

Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool | Homepage

Treatment Form 2017.pdf (

Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool On the next page to this document is a printable treatment card. Please fill in & bring it to the Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool, where our staff will happy

We have been providing Hydrotherapy for the people of Wiltshire and further afield since 1979 and have made many friends along the way. Headed up by manager Neil Montgomery, we have an approachable, enthusiastic team of 4 on hand to offer assitance and help make your visit stress-free.

May 2022

IAPT Wiltshire provided an online “Managing Worries Workshop”. The workshop guided you through a technique called ‘Worry Postponement’ that can help improve how you feel. This workshop was live and interactive and facilitated by a member of the IAPT team who invited participants to actively be involved in the discussions and exercises. 

Wiltshire IAPT :: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (

IAPT stands for Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and aims to help people access support for a range of wellbeing problems. Wiltshire IAPT offers services to people registered with a GP in Wiltshire, except Swindon, which has its own IAPT service called Swindon LIFT Psychology. We offer individual and group psychological therapies in accordance with the National Institute for Health .

April 2022

This week we focused on our breathing and learning techniques to maximise releasing endorphins to help manage our pain. (Please see leaflet attached below)

March 2022

Workshop on “The three P’s”- PRIORITISE, PLAN AND PACE”

February 2022

Art session thinking about our emotions and the effect on our bodies

January 2022

Kevin, a group member, offered his jewellery making skills, sharing his expertise, and allowing us to “have a go” and provided us all with an opportunity to catch up over a coffee/tea with fellow members after the Christmas break.

December 2021

Tamara a local acupuncturist attended the group and enlightened us all on the potential benefits of acupuncture.

Tamara is based both in Malmesbury and Royal Wootton Bassett and has been helping patients who have suffered various degrees of pain for many years ranging from acute migraine to fibromyalgia and low back pain. 

November 2021

Barry is a local person who has lost a considerable amount of weight and due to goal setting and changing behaviour has made an incredible difference to his life – a very interesting story (it’s not all about the weight!!!)!

October 2021

Mindfulness – Art session

September 2021

Group Mindfulness Activities

(Eating & Communication)

July 2021

Body Boost Holistics

(Bev Francis)

June 2021

Caroline Peyton joined the group again in June as our guest speaker.

Caroline is a nutritionist and naturopath and is able to offer useful information to help us manage our nutrition and health in the best possible way.This time, Caroline will be focusing on boosting our immune system and managing chronic pain through nutrition.

December 2019

North Wiltshire Chronic Pain Group Bath Bomb Making