WOMEN from across the Cotswold District flocked to the Corinium Museum last night to attend Cirencester's first menopause fair.

The event was organised by CDC councillor for New Mills Claire Bloomer, and cabinet member for cost of living and inclusion, who has experienced first-hand the debilitating effects menopause can have.

She was also interviewed by German broadcaster ARD earlier on in the week to speak about her mission to shatter the taboo surrounding the menopause.

The fair brought a range of menopause specialists, physiotherapists, yoga teachers and nutritionists from across the Cotswold District together in one room to provide attendees with tangible information about the topic.

Cllr Bloomer and Cllr Mark Harris, vice chair of CDC, officially opened the event with a speech at 4pm on Wednesday, October 18 -  World Menopause Day - while attendees sipped on Cotswold Hills champagne and wine.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cllr Claire Bloomer and Cllr Mark Harris opening the eventCllr Claire Bloomer and Cllr Mark Harris opening the event (Image: CDC)

The room was lined with stalls which offered an abundance of advice, encompassing everything from HRT to mindfulness.

Chinese medicine practitioner Andrea Marsh from Shiatsu Bodyworks was present informing visitors about her holistic physical therapy and wellness practice, as well as Joanna Walker from ANI skincare who spoke about the benefits of self care.

Following the success of last night's fair, Cllr Bloomer hopes that this can become an annual event.

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: The menopause fair at Corinium Museum in CirencesterThe menopause fair at Corinium Museum in Cirencester (Image: CDC)

Bloomer also set up a Facebook page called You, Me and the Menopause with some friends last year which has been supported by Dr Dawn Harper from Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies. 

The group has more than 330 members and has become a safe place for women to share their fears, get medical advice and help each other through this special stage in life.

It runs face-to-face sessions every other month at the Royal Agricultural University where speakers come in and talk about topics such at HRT and mental health.