Sunday 27th September could be described as a day for rejuvenation of the mind, body and environment ! It is certainly going to be busy and everyone is very welcome to join in ! Of Course, Weather Permitting.
10.30 am – monthly pond and meadow tidy up and weeding. This session will be particularly important in order to prepare for winter and a successful regrowth in Spring. 11.00 am – 3.30 pm – Youth Volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service) 1.00 pm -2.00 pm – Free Tai Chi lesson and demonstration (followed by cakes – £2.00 donation to Macmillan Cancer Nurses). http://www.macmillan.org.uk
11.00 am – 3.30 pm – Following their very successful and much appreciated visit last year, youth volunteers from NCS (National Citizen Service) will again provide valuable help by removing troublesome weeds (thistles, docks, brambles, couch grass) from a targeted area around the pond. They will also carry out a survey within the local area to help promote Eaglesfield Park and community involvement in park activities and environmental issues.
NCS is a government funded initiative that supports community engagement and social integration among young people. The NCS programme, and in particular the skills and experiences gained by NCS graduates, is now recognised positively by employers and educational institutions alike and has grown year on year to some 60,000 NCS graduates across the UK at the end of 2013.
The Challenge is a national charity that was founded in 2009. Their mission is to connect and inspire people to strengthen their communities. The Challenge is the largest provider of NCS in England and is the local NCS provider in London, Surrey, West Midlands, successfully delivering the programme since the initial pilot in 2009. They bring together local people across all generations, ethnic groups and incomes to build a stronger society.
NCS believes that if young people are given the chance they can make a huge contribution to their communities. To help make this happen NCS offers 15 to 17 year olds the opportunity to get together to try new things. Then, with the support of a team, they build and deliver a project that makes a real difference to where they live.
Through delivery of NCS, The Challenge brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society.
Young people can find out more and sign up at: www.ncsthechallenge.org
1.00 – 2.00 pm – Another chance to learn about Tai Chi and try some simple moves. Following the successful session held as part of the Parksfest event on 12th July and requests of local residents, Chew-Yeen very kindly offered to come back to Eaglesfield Park to run 2 free classes for anyone to join in. Unfortunately the class scheduled for 23rd August was cancelled due to rain. So, weather permitting, don’t miss this opportunity on Sunday 27th September. I (and my husband !) have now joined one of Chew-Yeen classes and can highly recommend Tai Chi, and Chew-Yeen !
Tai chi combines slow and gentle movements with deep breathing and relaxation. It can help to reduce stress, improve balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs. You can get started even if you aren’t in top shape or the best of health. Come and join in on. For more information about the Tai Chi, please email Chew-Yeen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Having tried out a few Tai Chi moves, why not linger a while – relax and enjoy the peaceful ambience of the park. Why not bring a picnic ?
Chew-Yeen will be organising “cake sharing” for a donation of £2 in support of MacMaillan Cancer Nurses, our Tai Chi teacher’s chosen charity. It’s a great way to make new friends and has proved popular on previous occasions. Apart from enjoying the cakes (M & S – the Official Partner of the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning), we hope you will support the work of Macmillan. Don’t forget the flask of tea or coffee !
Please note, if it is raining, or the ground is wet and slippery, we will not be able to go ahead with the Tai Chi.
How to find Eaglesfield Park – click on map.