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  • eat well move more live longereat well move more live longer

    spring into actionspring into actionWelcome to the spring edition of the Thetford Healthy Town newsletter. Over the past6 months over 20 projects have been launched to help you improve your health, byincreasing your physical activity and helping you to make small changes to your diet.

    This month your newsletter includes just some of the great examples that areavailable to you as part of the Thetford Healthy Town programme. If you areinterested in joining in, then please contact the appropriate project leader detailsare on the centre pages.

    This month there is also a new competition with a fantastic prize on offer, read on tofind out more or visit our web page:

    Bike It!The Sustrans Bike It project continues to gain momentumin Thetford. Dr Bike sessions have been run at Raleigh andDrake Infant Schools as well as The Bishops C of E PrimarySchool. Pupils brought their bikes into School where theywere safety checked and minor repairs were carried out.

    Bishops C of E Primary School are also taking part in anational virtual bike race. Every journey pupils make toschool counts for miles, and they are currently in 16th placeout of 434 schools nationally! Well done Bishops! Thechildren love cycling and 16 dedicated cyclists even turnedup in the snow to get a free breakfast! One Bishops Schoolpupil, Josh Murad (pictured above ), also won our calendarcompetition and is now the proud owner of a new bike!

    Pupils from Reception and years 1 and 2 at the BishopsSchool, as well as Raleigh and Drake Infant Schools, arealso soon to have their very own 'virtual race'. The schoolthat travels the furthest will win 4 green venture bicycles!

    Both Queensway and Admirals Junior Schools will also bejoining in the fun shortly, having just signed up for the BikeIt project. If your school is not yet taking advantage of this

    fantastic scheme, then please contact the Bike it Officer,Georgie Burr on 01842 757349 / 07973 128206.

    As well as helping schools Georgie has also been showingSt. Johns Ambulance Youth Club how to repair puncturesand talking generally about bike care.

    Free Bike Check-UpIf you would like to get a free check-up for your bike thencome along to the opening of the Thetford Meet Up Caf(former Redcastle Furze Community Centre) on Thursday8th April (2pm - 4pm) where Georgie will be running a DrBike session.

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  • 1940s Dance Classes at the Carnegie Rooms

    Dance classes will begin in September at the Carnegie Rooms. We will berunning two classes: 'Swing Jive' classes together with a new class for thosepeople who have already been through the beginner's class and wish to learn'Boogie Woogie'.

    For a full list of available dates and any further information please contactCorinne Fulford on 07802 701911 or visit

    Delia has been attending the Norfolk RCC CommunityGardening training sessions at the Riversdale CommunityCentre since February when they began. Married and livingin Thetford, Delia is a full timeMum to her three children.Before starting her family Deliaworked as a nurse, howevergardening is one of herinterests and she is attendingthe classes to develop hergardening knowledge whichshe can then pass on toher children.

    We asked Delia a fewquestions:

    What have you learntfrom the classes?Lots of informationabout composting,some pointers aboutpruning. What to dowith the soil in theraised beds after winter and aboutplanting broad beans and tomato seeds.

    What is the best part of the training?Learning about gardening as well as new plants and usefultips. Meeting with a friendly group, all with similarinterests.

    How are you using what you have learnt?Planting the seeds at home that I have been given to meon the course, pruned my fruit trees. Will change somethings with my compost bin after todays session!

    Has attending the classes changed any of your plans?I am planning to help in the gardening club at one of mychildrens school. Also to get into my own garden more.

    Are there any health benefits in attending the classes?

    Its encouraging me to go out in myown garden, which has been beneficial

    to my general health (fresh air, light anddigging etc). Also, from a social point of

    view, it is good to meet other people, andwe have a laugh which is always a good


    What would you say to others thinkingof attending the gardening classes?

    It is a very informative course about generalgardening and growing vegetables; very

    informal and friendly.

    If you would like to have a go at growing yourown vegetables then come along and get

    involved! All are welcome to attend the GrowYour Own Gardening classes, we just ask that

    you book your free place with us so we knowhow many people to expect, as spaces are

    limited. The garden is fully accessible. Futurecourses are planned for 12th April, 26th April, 10th May,24th May, 7th June, 12 June (Saturday), 21st June and the26th June (Saturday). All sessions are 10am - noon at theRiversdale Centre, Tanner Street, Thetford.

    If you would like to attend any of the training sessions orfind out more please book withLucinda Leonard at Norfolk RCCTel 01362 698 216 or email:[email protected]

    Riversdale Community Gardening Project

    Kids need to have 60 activeminutes a day, this can helpkeep their hearts healthyand their bones strong! Theydont have to do this all atonce as it can be built upthroughout the day startingwith a walk to school!

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    Dare to be different... Military fitness sessions for Thetford residents

    A taster programme of beginners Ballroom and Latin danceclasses has scored top marks with Thetford residentsattracting a regular following of over 50 keen dancers, andorganisers have decided to continue the classes for afurther 16 weeks.

    Funded through the Thetford Healthy Town initiative andorganised by Breckland Council, the Ballroom and Latindance classes began in January and have attractedBreckland residents of all ages, and range from those withlittle or no experience to more practiced dancers.Instructors Xavier and Joanna Navarre have covered thebasics of Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Jive, Cha Cha Cha andSamba and in future sessions will tackle tango, rumba,paso doble and jive.

    After a short break, the classes will resume on Wednesday21st April at the Carnegie Rooms from 8 - 9.30pm, whenthe cost will be 3.50 per session.

    Breckland Council Executive Member for Communities andBenefits, Theresa Hewett said -

    We were overwhelmed by the fantastic take-up of theBallroom and Latin dance classes, and are delighted thateveryone is keen to continue. Were hoping that the

    numbers will continue to grow new members are alwayswelcome. This is a great opportunity for anyone whosalways wanted to have a go at old-time dance, or perhapsjust wants to get out, get fit or meet new friends.

    Debra Ridgeway, who has been attending the classes said -

    I am having great fun; it makes me laugh and I amkeeping fit. I was worried about going along on my own,but the dance leaders and the group are so welcoming. Iwould encourage everyone to give it a go!

    No experience is necessary and everyone is welcome, withor without a partner! No booking is necessary. For furtherinformation contact Sam Dawson on 01362 656870 oremail [email protected]

    Thetford ballroom classes score top marks

    As part of the Thetford Healthy Town project, Combat Boot Camp will be runningmilitary style training sessions in locations across the town over the comingmonths, including some free sessions sponsored by the project.

    Whatever your motivation, Combat Boot Camp can help you get on the road to ahealthier lifestyle. Fun, but hard work, the sessions are ideal for anyone betweenthe ages of 16 - 80, male or female, who is looking to lose weight, tone up,increase their fitness levels, test themselves physically or who just needssomeone to monitor their progress to a healthier lifestyle.

    Lead trainer Ronnie Hughes is a former leading Physical Training Instructor withHM Royal Navy. Through the use of physical training activity and controllednutrition, the team works closely with participants on the start of a journey of selfdiscovery.

    To find out more about Combat Boot Camp, contact Catherine on 08456 345185 or email: [email protected] To find out more about the Thetford Healthy Town project

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  • Date Time Activity Venue and DetailsThu 1 April 10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney (see contacts below)

    18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Fri 2 April 18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)Sat 3 April 10.00 11.00 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)

    11.30 12.30 Combat Boot Camp Castle Park (4)Tue 6 April 3.00 16.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney.Thu 8 April 10.00 12.00 Multi-Sports Session Abbey Neighbourhood Centre (2)

    (5-11 years) Contact Stefan Clifford for more information (see contacts below)10.00 13.00 Green Gym Please contact Jane Delaney14.00 16.00 Dr Bike Thetford Meet Up Caf (former Redcastle Furze Community Centre)18.00 19.00 Combat Boot Camp Breckland Leisure Centre (4)

    Fri 9 April 10.00 Walking for Health Meet at Thetford Riverside

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