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Sharon Cox-Button

Sharon Cox-Button

Yoga

Sharon Cox-Button is the owner of The Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre.

In 2001 she consolidated her 20 years of personal yoga practice and qualified as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY). A lot of her early teaching was influenced by, and coincided with the raising of her three children. She developed an interest in both pregnancy and post-natal yoga, doing further training with the BWY, helping women (and partners) to look after their bodies and minds throughout pregnancy and into family life.

She no longer runs a pregnancy yoga class in Dorchester but still offers baby massage and mother and baby yoga.

She teaches well-established beginners  and intermediate classes for men and women, Restorative Yoga workshops and Yoga Nidra classes. She has practiced different styles of yoga, and been inspired by many teachers, although the Iyengar system has influenced her personal practice the most. She is a member of DHIY (Dorset and Hampshire Iyengar Institute). This style has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in asana, pranayama and relaxation. This way of working complements and draws upon her experience as a massage practitioner of 20 years. She offers specialised one to one yoga sessions for individual needs, and yoga therapy 

She was the British Wheel of Yoga Representative and Deputy for  Dorset for many years.

Her more recent training includes Yoga NIdra and Antar Mauna with the Satyananda Yoga Centre, Birmingham. In 2019 she graduated from the The Devon School of Yoga’s  Postgraduate Teaching and Therapy Course. She is currently studying the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Vedic Chanting with her teacher Sarah Ryan.  

As well as her classes, she offers specialised one to one yoga sessions for individual needs, and yoga therapy.  

As the owner of Dorchester Yoga and Therapy Centre, it has been her intention to build a timetable that offers a wide range of classes for all different abilities and needs, as she has a  firm belief that yoga is for everyone.

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Mobile: 07742 821 937

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Arianna Moretti

Yoga

Arianna Moretti (Puran Udini Kaur) started Yoga at an early age, and went on to practise archer-poseHatha Yoga in her teens and twenties. She went to her first Kundalini class ‘because it was on at a convenient time’ in 2001 and was immediately struck by the benefits to her posture, her breathing and her emotions. She trained with Karam Kriya School, attaining Level 1 in 2008 and Level 2 in 2014. In addition she has also trained in Mastering the Addictive Personality. She loves sharing the technology of Kundalini Yoga and seeing the many benefits it brings people.

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Mobile: 07790 506 821

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Chrissie Haskett

Yoga

Chrissie qualified as a yoga teacher in 2014 with Sivananda after more than thirty years of attending classes, retreats and personal practise. More recently she completed further teacher training in Yin Yoga with Sarah Lo and has also assisted Sarah on a training course.

Chrissie trained in Shiatsu in the 1980’s and had a private practice in the Dorchester area for many years. She is also a Reiki teacher and loves passing this simple healing method on to others. Meditation and stillness are an important part of Chrissie’s daily life and form the foundation of her classes. Chrissie is very excited by Yin Yoga with its long held floor based postures which are designed to revive and invigorate the subtle energy or Chi, whilst simultaneously softening and creating space in the body. Mindful awareness of the breath, the emotions and any arising sensations in the body is encouraged throughout the class to slow down mental activity and to provide a time for quiet inward focus and stillness.

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Mobile: 07341 820 716

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Diane West

Yoga

Diane qualified as an Iyengar Yoga Introductory teacher in 1996 and later as a Junior Intermediate level II teacher. She has taught from her studio in Poundbury for the past eight years.

A dedicated Iyengar Yoga practitioner and student for over 30 years with many years’ experience teaching at various locations when living in Surrey before moving to Dorset in 2010.

Diane has attended classes in India with B.K.S. Iyengar and other Iyengar family members. A considerable amount of training was carried out in London and Bath. The learning continues with senior teachers and attendance at the annual national Iyengar Yoga convention. Professional Development days are attended for revalidation of qualifications and to maintain the high standards of Iyengar Yoga.

Also a student of Philosophy and Sanskrit for many years which compliments the yoga. Diane has a love of singing and chanting and enjoys the outdoors with walking, gardening and tending the allotment.

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Mobile: 07951 364 078

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Isabelle Taylor

Yoga

Isabelle has been practising Yoga for the past twenty-five years and has been teaching since 2003. Her teacher training was initially with Godfrey Devereux and then with Jenny Beeken of the Inner Yoga Trust.She holds teaching diplomas with the British Wheel of Yoga, Windfire Yoga and the Independent Yoga Network. She is trained in Yoga Therapy with the Devon School of Yoga & has completed the British Wheel of Yoga Meditation Module. Isabelle is also a BWY Foundation Course tutor.

Her style of teaching includes dynamic sequences as well as held postures and breath awareness. This all within a flowing structure that encourages students to focus internally bringing a deep sense of completeness and relaxation. Isabelle’s teaching combines the precision of Iyengar with the flow and breath awareness of Ashtanga.

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Mobile: 07970 772 963
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Jazmin Velasco

Tai Chi

T’ai chi chuan: Jazmin started learning t’ai chi chuan, wing chun and kali in 1993 with Robert Kwok in Mexico city. When moving to London resumed her practice of external martial arts at the Bob Breen Academy, and currently she is a brown belt in Jeet Kune Do, a martial art that includes boxing, grappling, stick fighting and a number of other disciplines.Her practice of T’ai Chi Chuan continued with Paul Brecher and Dr. Mark Green under whose guidance she became a teacher of T’ai Chi, Chi Kung and meditation.

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Jacqueline Wigglesworth

Yoga

Jacqueline experienced her first yoga class in 1997 whilst at Drama school and has since trained in London (at Triyoga,) India and LA, studying many styles of yoga including Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers, Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois, Restorative with Judith Lasater, Yoga Therapy with TKV and Kausthub Desikachar and Iyengar Yoga.

Her own style of teaching is authentic, relaxed, safe and joyful, always relating to the bigger picture; both dynamic (solar/yang) and relaxing (lunar/yin) and always includes quotes, breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditations to inspire and uplift.

Jacqueline sees yoga as a wonderful tool to enhance every aspect of life and adapts her yoga classes to cater for all levels of whoever is present. She worked for many years teaching clients at London’s prestigious private member’s club Home House and is currently based in Dorset. She’s just happy to share the many benefits yoga brings, wherever she finds herself and particularly enjoys leading retreats in beautiful locations.

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Mobile: 07539 459 181

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Jess Obermaier

Yoga

I began my yoga journey in January 2014 and instantly knew I had found ‘my thing’.

Like many people I began a yoga practise to stay physically fit but soon began to realise that there was a deeper meaning to the practise than just the physical body and within a few months I experienced a profound positive shift in my life.

I have been teaching for two years and have a fun relaxed approach to my teaching. I have a keen interest in functional movement and mobility and like to add elements of this in my classes. My passion is for everyone to feel good in their body, to be able to move in a pain free way and I believe that yoga is a great tool to help you get there.

In 2018 I gained my 300 hour British Wheel of Yoga Certificate and the following year 200 hour yoga Alliance Certificate based around the Ashtanga method.

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Mobile: 07875 848 680
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Jez Culley

Yoga

Jez has been practising yoga for the past nineteen years and is passionate about sharing the benefits she has seen with others. Her personal practice has not only improved her physical health and fitness but additionally she has found benefit from the balancing effects on her mental and emotional wellbeing. She has deepened her spiritual knowledge through continued practice, study and training with the Himalayan Yoga Institute and enjoys taking part in kirtan, Kaoshikii dancing and chanting & meditation using Vedic mantras.

Jez takes a holistic approach to yoga and incorporates asanas, breathing techniques, meditation, mindfulness and colour therapy techniques as appropriate. She is fully qualified to teach Raja Dhiraja yoga (yoga of the king of kings) having spent a month training in an ashram in the Himalayas. Raja Dhiraja yoga was first developed over 2000 years ago and is the most complete and all round systematic process for the development of body, mind and soul. Time is always given for deep relaxation for assimilation of the results of the physical asana practice and to rejuvenate and revive oneself. ‘Raja’ means ‘royal’, implying that the yogi never feels subjugated by anyone.

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Mobile: 07580 169 622

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Kim Jones

Yoga

Kim has been practicing yoga for 17 years and qualified with Yoga Alliance in 2002 at Yoga Arts, Byron Bay, Australia then further training at Frog Lotus Yoga in the U.S.A. Whilst working as a post natal doula/maternity nurse and having her son Kim qualified with Birthlight in baby yoga and the British Wheel of Yoga pregnancy yoga module.Kim is also a Natal Hypnotherapy practioner offering 1-1 and group workshops. In addition to teaching pregnancy yoga here at the centre Kim will be offering restorative yoga and yoga for runners workshops.

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Mobile: 07990 501 207
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Kim Mackie

Yoga

Kim studied with Yogashiromani Acharya Lalit Kumar at the Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre completing her RYS200 Yoga Teacher Training in Goa, India accredited by Yoga Alliance. She has also completed a course in teaching yoga to children with Susannah Hoffman at Triyoga, also accredited by Yoga Alliance.

Kim originally trained in classical ballet and had a 10 year career as a professional dancer but was introduced to yoga whilst still training and knew that yoga was a path she would eventually follow.Kim teaches an Ashtanga flow yoga which beautifully synchronises Breath, Body and Mind.

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Mobile: 07990 978 949

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Marj Snape

Meditation

Marj has been practising Yoga for 30 years and teaching in the Dorchester and Weymouth areas for over 15 years. She holds the British Wheel of Yoga Diploma and teaches Hatha Yoga in a meditative style with a combination of posture work, breathing, and relaxation. Marj believes that Yoga is accessible to people of all ages and has taught Yoga to 3 year olds and 90 year olds. In the past she has specialised in teaching Yoga to Children and Adults with Learning Difficulties. She now focuses on teaching meditation and the benefits of turning within to find peace and wholeness.

Marj trained with Derek Thorne and is a prominent member of the YogaLiving Community. She teaches meditation and Yoga in the Advaita Vedanta tradition . This is an ancient and authentic wisdom teaching which directs us to the oneness and truth underlying this whole experience.

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Mobile: 07769 949 947
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Natasha Hope

Yoga

Natasha found yoga in an ashram in the foothills of the Himalayas, Nepal, back in 1998, and has continued her personal practice at dawn ever since. Yoga has been a huge asset and source of strength, enriching her days and enabling her to deal better with life’s twists and turns.

In 2018 she completed a Foundation course with The British Wheel of Yoga and is currently studying on a 2-year Teacher Diploma course with Devon School of Yoga. She recently started teaching at the Wessex Traditional Martial Arts Gym in Weymouth and Corscombe Village Hall.

Natasha is also a keen Martial Artist, having taken up Goju Ryu karate back in 2011 with both her children, now 18 and 15 years old. She is currently a Nidan (Second Dan black belt).

Natasha focuses on strength, awareness, compassion and the Inner Warrior in her teaching. She believes that by listening closely to what is right for our bodies, we connect more authentically to the needs of others, and to the world around us.

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Mobile: 07984 663 526

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Sandy Tubby

Yoga

My yoga journey began because I wanted to improve my surfing and it seemed quite a few surfers benefitted from yoga! As a physiotherapist I found a natural interest in the physical practice and the breathing (pranayama) practices. After several years of Ashtanga yoga I also started more gentle yoga practices and suddenly found my body and mind changing in many ways. I decided to enrol on the BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) Foundation. During the 6 months of this course I began to feel and understand the more subtle changes that yoga can bring, particularly a calming of my ‘monkey’ mind.

I completed the 3 year BWY teacher training programme in December 2015. During the second 2 years of the programme I was teaching regularly at Shambala Studios in Leigh-on-Sea and also to international athletes as a form of recovery and for balance in their very strong, full time training schedules. My understanding of yoga comes from learning about my own practice which has introduced an esoteric/psychological aspect to my scientific physiotherapy mind. I am enjoying looking at the growing amount of scientific studies that are now beginning to show the benefits of yoga practice – there is plenty more to learn.

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Mobile: 07703 731 008

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Sarah Barrett

Yoga

Prior to 2016 I practiced different styles of Yoga for fitness and physical benefits, unaware at that time of Yoga philosophy and the wider spiritual, mental and wellbeing benefits.

In 2016 I began studying Yoga philosophy and my practice changed completely. Connecting mind, body and breath with a deeper spiritual understanding had profound effect on me. Inspired by what I was learning and the positive impact I was seeing Yoga have to so many people of all ages, and walks of life, coupled with my personal passion for positive change, I decided to undertake my Yoga Teacher Training Qualification (YA200hr YT) with Sun Power Yoga. The founder Anne Marie Newland trained with Swami Vishnudevananda (a close disciple of Swami Sivananda one of the great yoga masters of the twentieth century) in India and Canada.

I experienced 4th line teaching, blending a mixture of modern and traditional methods: Hatha Yoga, Sivananda Yoga, Four paths of Yoga, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

My learning and practice continues I am deepening my teaching practice to include sound healing.

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Mobile: 07958 903 925

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Sarah Ryan

Yoga

Sarah has been fascinated by yoga since 1970. She worked with various teachers and became a teacher trainer for the British Wheel of Yoga before discovering the teachings of Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar in the ’80s.

Since then she has studied in that tradition, principally with Paul Harvey, TKV Desikachar himself, and his son Kausthub.She also teaches Vedic chanting, which helps deepen yoga practice and complements it. She loves going deeper into yoga’s beautiful teachings, gradually understanding more. She continues to visit India regularly for different courses, and has also completed a 4-year Yoga Therapy Programme with the Krishnamacharya Yoga and Healing Foundation.

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Landline: 01258 839 230

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Sophie Russell

Pilates

Sophie Russell is a personal trainer and fitness instructor who has taught a wide variety of classes since qualifying in 2004 and currently holds a Diploma in Stott Pilates. Her Pilates journey began in 2006 as the perfect complement to all the running, jumping, cycling & weights work she also loves. She discovered the power of Pilates lay in working from the inside out to help re-connect mind with muscle in a bid to correct postural imbalances, strengthen areas of weakness and lengthen tight spots.

Sophie’s classes are informative, specific and fun. She focuses on ensuring everyone has a strong grasp of the essential foundation of Pilates practice and then layers modifications and progressions according to each individual’s body and ability. Whether you have been practising for years and know your swan dive from your double leg stretch, are a novice who is simply curious to give it a try or have a particular niggle you wish to address, Pilates can offer a gentle way of tuning back into your body’s needs.

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Mobile: 07522 938 654

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Toni Franklin

Yoga

Yoga has been a part of my life for many years, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.

I have just completed my diploma with the  British Wheel of Yoga and continue to attend many yoga retreats, classes and workshops to further deepen my practice and stay plugged into the wonderful world of yoga.

I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.

In my classes, I love to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing the body, mind and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.

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Mobile: 07570 345 541

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Toni Roberts

Yoga

In 2005 Toni qualified as a 200hr Barkan Method teacher, returning a year later to become certified to teach Level II & III and Hot Vinyasa Flow. Since 2006 Toni has gone on to train in Classical Yoga for children and teenagers (The Special Yoga Centre), Pre and Postnatal Yoga (Classical Yoga with Jane MacKarness), Raja Yoga Meditation (Brahma Kumaris), Anatomy & Physiology, Yoga History, Philosophy & Ethics (Max Strom), Yoga Therapy for Mental Health Conditions (The Minded Institute), Heather Elton Yoga, Shoden & Okuden Reiki and is currently training with Mark Freeth of; The Freestyle Yoga Project. Toni has also received intensive instruction and training from many world renowned teachers including Manju Jois (Astanga Vinyasa), Ana Forest (Forest Yoga), and Sharon Gannon & David Life (Jivamukti).

This continued and diverse background of learning enables Toni to teach a variety of classes that range from the challenging and dynamic, to the mindful and restorative. T

Toni leads retreats, workshops and teacher training’s in the UK and abroad as principal teacher trainer for yogahaven (2008 – 2017) and The Yoga Garden (2013 – ongoing).

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Mobile: 07931 114 533

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Jem Shackleford

Mindfulness

Jem has been practising meditation for many years and teaching mindfulness, internationally and nationally, for over eight. He has personal experience of the effectiveness of mindfulness practice in helping to alleviate stress and improve general wellbeing. He runs mindfulness courses for adults and young people. With a background in secondary school teaching and the use of mindfulness to improve well-being in education, Jem is Schools’ Liaison Consultant for Oxford University’s MYRIAD project. He is also a director of iBme UK, a non-profit organisation that provides transformational residential mindfulness retreats for young people. 

A keen exponent of ‘wave meditation,’ he is often to be found on his surfboard in the sea. Working with the fluidity of the waves, not striving to overcome their power and capabilities, brings him equanimity and balance. Jem has an MSc in Mindfulness-Based Approaches from the University of Bangor and is registered with BAMBA (British Association of Mindfulness Based Approaches).

 

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Mobile: 07709 911 987
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Leanne Jones

Yoga

Leanne is a 300hr certified Jivamukti yoga teacher and 500hr British Wheel of Yoga teacher. She found yoga at a tough time in her life and has realized that slowly but surely it was changing her life for the better.

She completed the BWY Foundation course with Sarah Harris in Letchworth in 2011, and trained with Andrea Kwiatkowski for her 3 year BWY diploma, who introduced her to the wonderful method of Jivamukti. Consequently Leanne completed the Jivamukti training at Gaunts House, in Dorset in 2012 with her beloved teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari & Patrick Broome. She had her first baby in 2014 and is enjoying exploring how her practice has changed since then.

Leanne is also a qualified Thai Yoga Massage therapist and completed her training with Ralf Marsden in 2015. Her classes are open to all levels. They will include some chanting, pranayama, yoga philosophy, vinyasa flowing sequences, massage, meditation and an inspiring playlist of music to practice to.

Email: leannejivajones@gmail.com
Mobile: 07766 221 848
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Sian Lalita Alcock

Yoga

Sian has a BA in Yoga Studies, ERYT and RYT 500 with the Yoga Alliance and a Y3 or Yoga Elder with the Independent Yoga Network. Sian has been travelling the Globe on her Yoga Journey for 30 years. Her deep love of the Science, Art & Beauty of Yoga lead her to dedicate her life to its exploration.

As a Yogic Nun she ran numerous educational projects to nurture well-being in communities around the World from America & Europe, India, Africa and the Far East, to South America and the Caribbean. With a BA in Yoga Studies, Sian has trained with Ananda Marga and Rajadhiraja Schools as well as Synergy, Iyengar, Shivananda and, Ashtanga styles.

As both a teacher and teacher-trainer, her travels have taken her far and wide from Africa to India, Central America, the Caribbean, the Far East, Europe and the USA. Her unique experiences in life encompass many facets including Meditation, Healing, Life coaching, Singer/Songwriting & Dance and she is dedicated to helping people create the lives that they truly love. Back in the UK she continues her work offering classes, workshops and retreats.

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Mobile: 07527 052 273
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Sue Fisher

Mini First Aid

Somerset-based Sue has worked in healthcare – commercial and clinical – her entire professional life. With 2 young children she is well aware that from adventuring in the woods and play areas to being in the garden and at home, there are many potential dangers to your family.

Covering the town, country and remote areas of Somerset, Dorset & Wilts. Sue is passionate that the skills taught by Mini First Aid can, literally, be life saving. One day they may even be essential for those crucial minutes before the Emergency Services can arrive.

Mobile: 07890 400 461
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Victoria Boast

Yoga

Victoria first discovered her passion for yoga in 2010 after initially looking for ways to improve her flexibility to help with her dancing classes.

She moved to Shanghai in 2012 and with yoga studios on every street it was easy to develop her passion and she began to practice more intensively. At the start of 2015, she took part in the teacher training program at My Soul Yoga Studio in Shanghai and followed an intense but rewarding journey to the 200RYT certification accredited by Yoga Alliance.

She is trained in Therapeutic yoga, Alignment and Vinyasa (TAV). Her classes focus on the principles of therapeutic alignment allowing students to deeply connect with themselves and become more self aware in their practice.

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Mobile: 07885 483 788

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