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27 November 2018

Hi everyone!

I hope you’ve all had a great couple of weeks – I can’t believe we’re at the end of November already! The countdown to Christmas is almost upon us! 😊

I was in Bath this weekend for my annual girly trip away to shop the infamous ‘Black Friday’ sales, and check out the glorious sight that is Bath at Christmas time. If you’ve never made it over to the Bath Christmas market, it is well worth your time. Bath has a real charm about it before you even start to add sprinkles of Christmas cheer – so with that added on, it’s a brilliant way to get you into the festive mood! I would strongly recommend going during the week if you can – the weekends are absolutely jam packed, and you can get a little lost in the crowds…but during the week, it’s a lot easier to manoeuvre – and you gain much better access to the mulled wine stands…

Our annual Bath trip usually involves an activity of some kind – two years ago we went to the theatre, last year we blew glass baubles – this year, we made slippers. Now, I will just start by saying that I am not a creative person. If Richard asks me to sew a button on, I get stressed. In fact, I don’t actually know where I would find a needle and thread in our house right now, so fingers crossed nothing comes adrift, or gets ripped ever again. So, the idea of slipper making, while it filled me with the giggles – also filled me with a fair amount of dread. But I’m always up for giving something new a good go, whether it gives me the fear or not – and so post-lunch, we ventured over to ‘The Makery’ to meet our tutors.

I’ve attached the photos of my slipper making below (don’t laugh…) – a lengthy little process, but an interesting one! It certainly gave me a new-found respect for anyone who does anything involving a needle and thread – you must all be born with the patience of a saint.

The fact that I ventured anywhere near a sewing machine was nothing short of a miracle, as I believe the last time I went near one, I inadvertently managed to sew myself to it. The final result wasn’t bad – considering when we went in, all we had was a sole, some material and an instruction sheet. The slippers had beaten all of my expectations just by being wearable – so I was happy with my little pair. It’s another tick off the invisible bucket list.

I managed to get a couple of bargains in the Black Friday sales…although to what extent they are marked up prior to the event, I don’t know – but I think I did well. I stocked up important things such as Christmas earrings, Christmas jumpers, and the all-important Christmas socks…so I should be set for the month ahead. I did spot some incredible offers on toothbrushes when I was out and about – especially in Boots. If you’ve not converted over to the electric toothbrush – this is definitely the time of year to consider doing it! You can grab yourself a fairly decent Oral-B electric toothbrush for around the £30 mark at the moment, or one of the Sonicare range of brushes for less than half price – so well worth hunting down a bargain like that if you’re in need of a change! I was so tempted to get myself the new Oral-B rose gold coloured electric brush, but it just seemed a little unnecessary when the one I have is in good working order…it’s not as pretty, but I suppose it does the same job.

There’s still time to book in with us before Christmas – there’s even just about enough time to get yourself a brighter smile ready for Father Christmas…! The Briars is dressed up ready for the festive season ahead, the elves have already been in to decorate – when will you be putting up your tree!?

Amy x

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I recently visited Briars Dental Practice in Newbury and had a truly excellent experience. From the moment I walked in, the receptionist greeted me warmly and made me feel welcome. The hygienist who saw me prior to my appointment with the dentist was very thorough and gave me some great advice on how to keep my teeth healthy.I was then seen by Richard, one of the dentists at the practice, and I have to say that he and his nurse were fantastic. They put me at ease throughout the whole procedure, were extremely professional and caring, and made sure that I was comfortable at all times. I was also impressed by their attention to detail and their willingness to take the time to answer all of my questions.In fact, I was so pleased with my experience that I would also like to mention another dentist named Richard who saw me previously. He too was excellent, very thorough and professional, and I felt very well taken care of during my appointments with him.Overall, I can't recommend Briars Dental Practice highly enough. The staff are all so friendly, professional, and knowledgeable, and they really go above and beyond to make sure that their patients are well looked after. If you're looking for a great dental practice in Newbury, look no further than Briars.
Beatrice Andreea
Beatrice Andreea
12:07 11 May 23
Thank you for a wonderful experience, I am a coward when it comes to the dentist, Mr Nick French, put me at ease, and has the patience of a Saint. I would also say the dental nurse was I lovely lady who let me crush her hand while I was having my injections. I give Briars Dental Centre 10 out of 10, and would not hesitate to recommend them.
Jan Hamments
Jan Hamments
19:11 29 Jun 23
I had a hygienist appointment with Jo and her nurse, Suzanne. It was the first time I’d tried GBT and found the experience much more comfortable than usual. Jo and Suzanne really put me at ease and made sure I was happy throughout the treatment. It was good being able to clearly see the areas which I needed to improve on brushing and Jo gave me great tips. Would highly recommend
Lauren Jade
Lauren Jade
16:52 19 Jun 23
After such a positive experience today with Richard I thought it only fair to delete my previous review. I am a very nervous patient and not ashamed to say I cried before my appointment. Richard and his lovely dental nurse were so understanding and treated me with kindness and empathy. Richard explained everything to me and allowed me to go at my pace. All options for my next appointment were explained to me and I now have trust in Richard that I feel I will not need full sedation. I was in alot of pain prior to my appointment today along with an enormous amount of anxiety. Richard even explained to me how to breathe when having treatment- no other dentist has ever explained that to me before!Thank you again Richard and to your lovely dental nurse.
Mary Lovelock
Mary Lovelock
15:03 24 Apr 23
I had my consultancy appointment with Chelsea today who looked after me very well. She was very friendly and easy to talk to and explained everything to me very nicely. And also answered all of my questions and made me feel at ease today and for future appointments. It was nice to meet you, and thank you.Glenn.
Glenn Cooper
Glenn Cooper
22:20 23 May 23
I recently had to visit Richard Lineker as I'd broken a tooth.He and his lovely nurse Agata made me feel comfortable and explained what treatment I needed.They work extremely well as a team andmy treatment was painless.
Pauline Preston
Pauline Preston
13:59 12 Jul 23
Wanted to share my mother's thoughts of recent experience visiting Jo Craig hygienist."Jo was attentive , caring gentle and thorough today.I came out feeling fresh and motivated.Well looked after also by her lovely nurse Jenny."Angela Shaw.
Suzanne Hendry
Suzanne Hendry
11:03 21 Jul 23
I am very pleased with the treatment I received. After another dentist had told me the tooth had to be extracted, Mr Fady Khoury managed to save the tooth. The procedure was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner and I am very happy with the outcome.
Terence Marshall
Terence Marshall
16:03 24 Jul 23
Had an appointment with Chelsea today and it went very very well. Had my scans and photos done for Invisalign, which can be a bit awkward but she made it a comfortable experience. She was very friendly, welcoming, put me at ease and asked if I had any overall questions at that stage of the process. She was knowledgeable and explained everything I asked about. It's my first time at this clinic so I'm looking forward for my second appointment to discuss treatment. Great first impression from the moment I stepped through the door! Thanks!
Diana
Diana
11:01 31 Jul 23
A very happy customer! I had quite a lot of crooked and misaligned teeth so Victoria introduced me to Invisalign. She carefully created a program to give me the smile I wanted. In the end it took longer than we had expected but Victoria very diligently took me through every step of the process and she didn’t compromise on any part of the process to ensure I got the smile and teeth alignment we both wanted. A huge thank you to her and her assistant Jen who made every effort to make me feel comfortable throughout. Highly recommended.San
San James
San James
17:16 02 Aug 23
My visit to Richard last week went well. He identified that x rays hadn’t been taken for 3 years, and showed me the images, interpreting the results carefully and explaining the steps that may be required as treatment. I am disappointed that I will need to have another consultation to confirm if a root canal is needed. Warning: if you do need a consultation with the endodontist, you will need to pay in advance. I couldn’t do that on the day, but I will be booking in to have this followed up as soon as I can. I will need my own teeth for many more years!
Emma Mulholland
Emma Mulholland
15:31 18 Oct 23
Over the years I`ve found that the Briars delivers consistently high quality dental care and yesterday was no exception. I recieved first class root canal treatment by Dr. Richard Condon and team. Everything was explained carefully and despite my misconceptions was delivered pain free. I have no hesitation in recommending the Briars.
Mark Batten
Mark Batten
10:42 24 Oct 23
Having just completed a course of treatment with The Briars I can strongly recommend Fady and his team. Thank you for your straightforward and thorough approach, and for providing treatment in a stress-free environment.
Tom Saunderson
Tom Saunderson
08:16 02 Nov 23
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