New fun seated exercise sessions for Kirton and surrounding villages

New fun seated exercise sessions for Kirton and surrounding villages

Local Charity ActivLives has been supported by Suffolk Community Foundation and the East of England Co-op Cares Fund to develop the ‘Keep on Moving Project’, running four 12 – week seated exercise programmes in different areas of Ipswich and East Suffolk.

The first of these will be held on Thursday 8 September at Kirton Church Hall, 3 Church Lane, Kirton, IP10 0PU from 10am – 12 noon for people aged 55 years and over.

The first session will be a ‘FREE taster’ for people to meet some of ActivLives staff and ‘have a go’ at this very beneficial and fun activity, particularly for people with mobility issues, who want to keep active and socialise with others. There will be plenty of time for a cuppa and a chat to find out more about the project, the following 11 sessions and the wide range of activities that ActivLives delivers. On-going sessions will cost £4.00 a session, including refreshments.

Jemma Prentice, ActivLives Step by Step Co-ordinator said, ‘This type of exercise can really help people to improve their flexibility and range of movement, help with circulation and breathing, increase muscle strength and improve joint stiffness and pain. Some of the exercise we include will help with balance and will help people who may have lost confidence with their mobility, perhaps due to the lockdowns or other health conditions they may experience. The exercise also helps with co-ordination, increasing confidence and helps reduce stress and anxiety. We also have a laugh…. At the end of the sessions there will be time to socialise over a cuppa.”

Sessions are run by qualified fitness instructors and supported by volunteers who help with registration and the refreshments. If you would like to become a volunteer and support these new sessions, then please contact Jemma or Julie. If the sessions are successful, then ActivLives will look to extend the activity after the 12 – weeks.

To find out more information about the Kirton sessions and others being planned in Shotley, Ipswich and Felixstowe contact ActivLives Office on 01473 345350.

Chantry Walled Garden prepare Ipswich Town Centre planters

Chantry Walled Garden prepare Ipswich Town Centre planters

The team at the Chantry walled garden centre have been hard at work, preparing the planters that were to be erected in Ipswich high street. The team worked tirelessly to ensure these planters were planted to the required specifications, and are extremely proud of their achievement in filling all 40 (80 separate halves that needed attention) circular planters that were attached round the lamp posts in the main high street of Ipswich town centre by the council, prior to the Jubilee celebrations this past weekend.

Suffolk badminton players get back to competition

Suffolk badminton players get back to competition

Above: The photo includes our Suffolk players together with members of the GB Paralympic Badminton squad, including Dan Bethell, Silver medallist from Tokyo in 2021.

Eight athletes from the ActivLives/Special Olympics Suffolk group competed recently, at a new Para-Disability tournament organised by Kent Badminton and held in Gillingham.

“This was our athletes first competition outside of Suffolk, since February 2020. All of them did a great job of flying the flag for Suffolk”, said Mike McCarthy, from ActivLives. Our team won a variety of medals in both the Singles and Doubles events.

A big thank you to Mags Fortune and family members, who supported our athletes throughout the weekend.

The next target for our players will be the Special Olympics National Tournament, being held in Walsall on the 20th-21st August.

ActivLives boccia players get ‘Back to Boccia’ at Boccia England competition

ActivLives boccia players get ‘Back to Boccia’ at Boccia England competition

ActivLives boccia players have been busy competing at the ‘Back to Boccia’ Central tournament held recently in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Eleven players from the ActivBoccia group, who play weekly at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich, competed in a variety of classifications in Hatfield.

“We had players competing in the BC2, BC6 and BC8 classifications over the weekend”, said Mike McCarthy, “they all did a fabulous job of adapting to the level of competition which they faced. For all of our BC8 players, (those with an intellectual disability), this was their first formal competition at this level”, said Mike.

The players have been supported each week by Boccia Session Leader, Ally Embley and GB Paralympian, Evie Edwards.

Many thanks also to Mags Fortune, from Wots Up, for her support in making it possible for athletes to compete at this event.

To find out more about our regular Boccia Sessions please click here:

Place your plants order with our charity nursery!

Place your plants order with our charity nursery!

Why not pop on down to our Chantry Park Walled Garden Nursery to browse our fabulous range of plants and get your garden looking amazing this Summer!

You can also order your plants online so why not take the time to browse our online catalogue for our bigger and better range of plants

  • Our beautiful bedding is ready to be planted out – as part of our selection, we have red, white and blue for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. So come and choose and get your troughs and planters ready!
  • We can take orders for hanging baskets and planters too.
  • We have a new range of perennials – including grasses.
  • We now offer climbers and shrubs.

Come and visit us and enjoy our beautiful walled garden – you can combine it with a walk around 124 acres of historic Chantry Park and tea at ‘Sweet Williams’ café – at the Bowls Pavilion.

If you can’t visit us in our limited opening hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 till 2), please email or phone your order through to Ian Hirst – Mobile – 07599 951060. We would appreciate it if you could phone on Tuesdays or Thursdays, but you can download our order form and email any time and we’ll be back in touch. You can pick up from the nursery at a convenient time, or we can arrange delivery.

Every penny you spend with us goes to supporting people who need our help in Suffolk.

A photo from the Chantry walled Garden. Rows of red and white flowers sit in their trays, the flowers are inside a greenhouse.
An external photo of the Chantry Walled Garden, rows of flowers can be seen on the ground and in the distance the greenhouse can be seen.
An image from the chantry walled garden, the image os of a flower bed, there are pink and purple flowers in the flower bed.
An image of the external area at chantry walled garden. Theer aer some green plants in the foreground, in the middle distance are the rows of plants for sale, in the distance the wall of the walled garden can be seen.
An image of some flowers, at the top of hte image are some pink flowers and then towards the bottom of the image are some white flowers with purple leaves
A close up image of a flower, it is a pink flower surrounded by green leaves.