A course in reconnection

GOOD sex, talking and dealing with arguments are three ingredients which keep marriages healthy, according to a husband and wife who have set up a special course. Clare and Russell Mees have been helping nine couples in the district to 'reconnect' with e

GOOD sex, talking and dealing with arguments are three ingredients which keep marriages healthy, according to a husband and wife who have set up a special course. Clare and Russell Mees have been helping nine couples in the district to 'reconnect' with each other as part of a marriage course.Clare, of Rowan Way, Langford, said: "Couples need to give themselves more time with one another if their relationship is to be strong and meaningful. Demanding kids and a busy career can lead to an acceptance of routine behaviour, rather than a relationship between two people." The 32-year-old community children's nurse ran the course at St Mary's Church, Langford. No group discussions were involved as it is designed to be an intimate affair, with couples allowed to sit at their own tables, with wine and nibbles, while listening to talks or watching educational DVDs. Zoe Maitland-Round, aged 32, and husband Ian, aged 40, joined the weekly course because they wanted to spend more time in each other's company.Zoe, of Pudding Pie Lane, said: "The most helpful aspect was having time to think about ourselves rather than anyone else for a change as we have two young kids."Ian and Zoe have a son, William, aged seven, who attends Langford Primary School, and a four-year-old daughter, Louise.Part-time housewife and professional singer Zoe added: "It's a great way of examining your relationship and really helps you to appreciate your partner."The next marriage course is due to take place in the autumn. For more details call Clare on 01934 853158. * Pictured: Ian and Zoe with Clare Mees.


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