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A cup of tea with an MP

Laura Farris MP with Debbie Medlin of MOVEability and some of the Chieveley class

I am never one to pass up an opportunity to showcase our fantastic classes and the benefits they bring to the communities we serve. So when one of my Chieveley class regulars asked if the class would be running the following week because Laura Farris, MP for Newbury, was scheduled to hold a surgery for her constituents that morning in the village hall, I seized the moment.

Our class would still be running, I assured my class regular, as an idea began to form in my mind. As soon as I got home, I emailed Laura Farris’s office and invited her to pop into the class next week after her surgery had finished.

Laura couldn’t make it to watch the class in action but enjoyed a chat over a cuppa with everyone. We had 18 people take part in that class on 16th November, which is about standard for Chieveley, one of our newest classes, with the numbers steadily growing.

She spoke to a number of our regulars about the classes and what they thought of them as well as talking about the community in Chieveley in general. Laura’s team commented that they could see how valuable the class was to the community and how lovely it was to see so many people taking part.

For the record, here is what regulars have said on other occasions about our classes.

  • “My legs seem stronger for walking.”
  • “I used to experience leg cramps, this is rare now.”
  • “My hands are a little arthritic and the stretching exercises have made a difference.”
  • “I enjoy the exercise to music and the happy friendly atmosphere and chat after class.
  • “I feel less isolated.”
  • “I feel I can do more ‘jobs’ around the house.”

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Thank you, Laura, for stopping by, and feel free to drop in again the next time you’re holding a surgery in either the Chieveley Village Hall, or even the Hermitage Village Hall where we also run a regular weekly class.

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