SB Connect Winter 2016

Exercise for all

Gentle exercise at Chirnside

Older residents in Berwickshire are being encouraged to get involved in a range of new activities being established by the Community Capacity Building team across the area.

From gentle exercise in Chirnside and Leitholm to a soup club in Greenlaw and the opening of a men’s shed in Coldstream, there are a number of exciting opportunities now available.

Councillor Frances Renton, SBC’s Executive Member for Social Work and Housing, said: “I am delighted
to hear that, following the appointment of a support worker dedicated to the Berwickshire area, the Community Capacity Building team is working with local communities to see what type of activities they would like to see up and running in the eastern Borders.”

Gentle exercise classes are held weekly in the Chirnside Community Centre on Wednesday mornings from 11am-noon and in the Leitholm Village Hall on Monday mornings from 11am–noon.

Delivered by a qualified FitBorders instructor, the exercises are for all abilities, require no previous experience and can be done seated or standing. There is a £2.50 charge for the classes and a donation towards the cost of the tea is welcomed.

Jean Mackie attends the Chirnside class on a regular basis. She said: “I have been coming along since the classes began and definitely feel much better after each session as it really lifts your spirits. Everyone is very friendly and welcoming, so as well as all the health benefits and great music, it’s an opportunity to catch up with friends and make some new ones.

“We’re always keen to welcome new members though, not just from Chirnside but from other Berwickshire towns as well, so would encourage anyone who would enjoy the chance to get some exercise while meeting new people to come along and join in the fun.”

Get Connected is a chance for Eyemouth residents aged 50 and over to find out more about technology. Held at the TEDDA Centre every Wednesday from 2pm, the drop-in session is ideal for anyone keen to discover the world of social media and apps or how to manage their photos and videos, download books, talk to family and friends via digital technology and much more.

Greenlaw residents are invited to come along and enjoy a bowl of homemade soup and good company at the new soup club, which is being held in the Fairbairn Hall every Friday from noon-2pm. Fruit and vegetables are being kindly donated by the Red Shed, Coldstream, but there is a £2.50 charge to cover other costs.

People from Eyemouth who enjoy good music and dancing are invited along to ‘A Blast from the Past’, a tea dance to be held in the Eyemouth Community Centre on the first Tuesday of every month. There is a £1 charge, which will include refreshments.

In Coldstream, walking football is already proving very popular, with a match taking place every Wednesday from 7-8pm in Home Park. Work is also progressing with the establishment of a Men’s Shed in premises at 40 High Street, which will provide a community space for local people to share skills and work together on projects to benefit the local area.

Councillor Renton added: “These activities are just the beginning and I would encourage people from across the area to contact the team with their ideas for any others they would like to see set up.

“New age kurling is another suggestion or maybe people would like to find out more about local history or have a passion for arts and crafts. This is a chance for people to get involved in something without having to travel to another part of the Borders – just get in touch with the team for more information.”

Contact the team on 01835 825080 or at: CommunityCapacity@scotborders.gov.uk