Exercise your heart and funny bone in North Somerset

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By Prue_Reid | Wednesday, November 21, 2012, 17:04

Conservationist and comedian Bill Oddie, aged 71, is putting on a special performance at Nailsea to support a charity close to his heart.

He has agreed to take part in a conversational fundraising event with presenter, broadcaster and Wellspring trustee Chris Searle.

The performance is at Nailsea School on Friday, November 23, and the audience will be able to hear all about his top onscreen musical comedy moments.

Oddie offered to put on the one-off performance for free to raise money for Wellspring Counselling, which provides low-cost professional counselling for people in North Somerset.

Oddie has had depression for most of his life, being diagnosed with clinical depression in 2001.

His illness meant that he did not appear in the 2009 and 2010 series of Springwatch, although he made a guest appearance in the penultimate episode of the latter.

Two years ago he revealed he was dealing with depression and bipolar disorder,.

On a lighter note the former Goodie is known to shop locally at Country Innovation, No 1 Broad Street, Congresbury, for his birdwatching waterproof jackets.

Tickets are £12 and can be booked on 01275 810879.

And did you know making sure that you get enough exercise in life will protect your heart according to research.

In a study, people who did the recommended 2.5 hours of exercise a week had the lower levels of inflammatory markers in their blood, which is important, say experts, as high levels have been linked to increased heart risk.

So taking part in some of Age Uk Somerset's wonderful exercise classes which range from Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba gold and gentle exercise to music, can have a big impact on how well your heart ages.

Staying Steady exercise classes for seniors are part of a North Somerset wide initiative to increase healthy and active living in the district.

The exercise sessions are good for improving flexibility, co-ordination, strength and balance.

Please contact the instructor in advance to make sure the group is meeting on that day.

BACKWELL

  • Tai Chi standing work at the WI hall on Mondays 12.30 -1.30pm. It costs £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.

BANWELL

  • Zumba – seated and standing at Banwell scout hut on Mondays 11.30am-12.30pm. It costs £3 per session. Contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617 for more details.

CLEVEDON

  • Exercise to music - mixed ability with some seated work at The Barn Youth & Community Centre, Great Western Road on Wednesday 9.30-10.30am. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact  Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.
  • Exercise to music - gentle class with lots of seated work at The Triangle Club, The Triangle on Monday, 11.15am-12.15pm. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.
  • Dance fitness - a low impact class suitable for the over 50s at The Triangle Club, The Triangle, on Monday 10-11am. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.
  • Tai Chi for seniors - mixed ability at the Scout Hut, behind The Barn, Great Western Road on Monday 9.30-10.30am. It costs £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Tai Chi - for people with limited mobility  at Clevedon Community Centre on Monday 10.45-11.45am. It costs £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Tai Chi - for people with limited mobility  at Searle Court, Cherry Avenue on Wednesday 2-3pm. It costs £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.

CONGRESBURY

  • Gentle exercise to music - seated and standing at The Old School Rooms, Station Road (A370) on Thursday at  9.30-10.30am and 10.30-11.30am. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.

LONG ASHTON

  • Extend – movement to music at Long Ashton village hall, Keedwell Hill, on Monday 10-11am. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
  • Tai Chi - standing exercise at Long Ashton Village Hall, Keedwell Hill on Friday 2-3pm. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Tai Chi for over 50s – mixed standing and seated exercise at Long Ashton Village Hall, Keedwell Hill, on Friday 3-4pm. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.

NAILSEA

  • Gentle exercise for seniors - includes seated work at United Reformed Church Hall, Stockway North on Wednesday, 2.30-3.30pm. It costs £3.50 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
  • Zumba - aimed at over 55s at Alliance Homes Hobbs Court, Link Road on Monday and Wednesday 11am-noon. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617.
  • Gentle exercise to music – seated and standing at the Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver Street on Friday 11.15am-12.15pm. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.
  • Dance fitness – low impact, suitable for the over 50s at Methodist Church Centre, 74-76 Silver Street on Friday  10-11am.  It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.

PORTBURY

  • Movement to music is at Portbury village hall is on Wednesdays from 10.30-11.30. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.

PORTISHEAD

  • Tai Chi for over 50s - Open to all abilities at Jubilee Hall, Slade Road on Thursday 2.30-3:30pm. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Gentle exercise to music - seated and standing work at Methodist Church Hall, Wesley Centre, on Monday 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
  • Stroke rehab class - very gentle exercise at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre on Tuesday noon-1pm. It costs £4.60 per session. Contact Jo Rickwood on 0789 975 4937 for more details.
  • Gentle Tai Chi at Parish Wharf Leisure Centre on Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Zumba - aimed at over 55s at Alliance Homes Jubilee Hall, Slade Road, on Monday, 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617.
  • Yoga for over 50s – open to all abilities at Alliance Homes Jubilee Hall, Slade Road on Tuesday 10-11.15am. It costs £6 per session. Contact Suzi Griffin on 0777 632 1989 for more information.

WESTON- SUPER- MARE

  • Exercise class to music – mixed ability for people aged 50-90 at Clarence Park Baptist Church Hall, Walliscote Road on Tuesday 10-11am. It costs £3.50 per session. Contact Jo Knowles, KFA trained, on 01275 544472 for further details.
  • Tai Chi - for people with limited mobility at Our Lady of Lourdes, 28 Baytree Road, Milton, on Wednesday 9:30-10:30am. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Dance fitness - aimed at 60+ at Our Lady of Lourdes, 28 Baytree Road, Milton, on Thursday 10.30-11.30am. It costs £4 per session. Contact Sue Barton on 01934 843719 for more information.
  • Tai Chi for seniors – mixed ability at United Reformed Church Hall, The Boulevard, on Thursday 12.45-2pm. It costs £3 per session. Contact Malcolm Droy on 0781 739 5510 for more details.
  • Very gentle exercise class - for people recovering from a stroke at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre on Tuesday, 12.30-1.30pm. It costs £3.55 per session. Contact Corinne Mutlow on 0791 953 2960 for more information.
  • Tai Chi - for all abilities at The Campus, Highlands Lane, Locking Castle, on Thursday 9.30-10.30am. It cost £5 per session. Contact Tony Dove on 0788 663 0436 for more details.
  • Zumba - for the over 55s at Alliance Homes Sandringham Court, Lonsdale Avenue, on Friday 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617.

WINFORD

  •  Gentle exercise to music at Winford Village Hall on Thursday 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.

WINSCOMBE

  • Tai Chi – all abilities at Winscombe Community Centre, Sandford Road on Friday 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
  • Gentle exercise to music at Winscombe Community Centre, Sandford Road on Tuesday 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.

WORLE

  • Gentle exercise to music - by a specialist in exercise for later life. Mixed ability at Worle Baptist Church, Rawlins Avenue, on Friday 10-11am. It costs £2.50 per session. Contact Amr Singh on 01278 792505 for more information.
  • Tai Chi for seniors at Alliance Homes Martindale Court, Martindale Road, on Friday 10.30-11.30am. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Age UK Somerset on 0753 077 7895.
  • Zumba - aimed at over 55s at Alliance Homes Martindale Court, Martindale Road, on Thursdays 2-3pm. It costs £3 per session. For further details contact Emily Gazey on 0789 282 5617. 

      

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