Let's get healthy together!

Throughout June, 28 Oddfellows Branches are putting health at the very heart of their local events – to show support of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) fight against cardiovascular disease.

A staggering seven million people live with Coronary Heart Disease in the UK, with heart and circulatory disease remaining the nation’s single biggest killer. An average of 435 people die each day, which is an equivalent to one death every three minutes.

To help raise greater awareness of the disease, as well as funds for BHF research, 40 health-related events are being held nationally. The public get-togethers, which are mostly free, feature fun activities, such as walking, kurling, Zumba and talks from health experts.

Fundraising for pioneering BHF research

It's our second year of backing the brilliant work of the British Heart Foundation. Just over £2,000 was raised last year, which we’re hoping to better.

We want to play our part in helping to highlight how small lifestyle changes can make a big difference to heart and general health, such as taking 10 minutes’ exercise daily, giving up smoking and eating a balanced diet. Everyone of all ages and abilities is welcome to come along and take part in our Healthy Heart events and to show their support of the British Heart Foundation’s work.

For over 50 years, the BHF has pioneered research that has transformed the lives of people living with heart and circulatory conditions. Katherine Stybelski, Fundraising Manager for the British Heart Foundation, said: “Our vision is a world where people don't die prematurely from heart disease. We’re fighting this through cutting-edge heart research, vital prevention and survival activity and ensuring quality care and support is given to everyone living with heart disease."

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Handforth & Altrincham
A jaunt round Jodrell Bank

Monday 25 June | 11.00am

Join Handforth and Altrincham District Branch on their garden walk and lunch at Cheshire's Jodrell Bank. They've arranged for the gardeners at Jodrell Bank's Arboretum to show us their Cheshire variety apple trees, planted as part of the Cheshire Orchard Project in 1999/2000. You'll then be grabbing lunch in the Planet Pavilion cafe. Interstellar! 

More info: call Sharon on 01925 758117, or email sharon.hulsecottle@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: Approx £5 per person (depending on the number of people attending). Book your place by 20 June.

Bournemouth
A cuppa with a cause

Thursday 14 June | 2.30pm

Tuck in to a 'healthy' afternoon tea with Pride of Bournemouth Branch, get lucky (hopefully) in the raffle and hear from local Poole Heart Support Group and British Heart Foundation representatives. You'll be in great company, as they're a super-friendly bunch of members. It's being held at Tuckton Social Club, Tuckton Road, Bournemouth BH6 3AA.

More info: call Margaret on 01202 775122, or email margaret.white@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: FREE. Just let us know you're coming.

Bolton
A friendly bowl

Sunday 24 June | 1.30pm

Come play a 'just for fun' game of Crown Green Bowls with a brilliant bunch from Leigh and Bolton District Branch. Seasoned or first-timer, it doesn't matter. All you need is comfortable clothes and (preferable, although not essential) good hand-eye coordination! The game's being played at Queen's Park Bowling Club, Chorley New Road, Bolton BL1 4QT.

More info: call Pam on 07966 934747, or email pamela.casey@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: £5, which includes light refreshments. No need to book, but it'd be nice to know if you're coming.

 

Camberley
A heart-pumping class

Friday 15 June | 10.30am

Move It or Lose It! is Concord Branch's open-invitation exercise class. Why not don your trainers and join them for this low intensity workout for those aged 50+. The class incorporates flexibility, aerobic, balance and strength exercises. It's being held at St Michaels Church Hall, London Road (A30), Camberley GU15 3JP.

More info: call Kristen on 07388 871260, or email kristen.reid@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: £4 for members, £5.50 for guests. Please let us know you're coming.

Enfield
A pulse-raising walk & picnic

Saturday 16 June | 1pm

Meet up with the fine folks of Grand Union Branch as they take their walking shoes and picnic bags to Enfield's Trent Park. The family-friendly walk starts from outside the park's cafe, and everyone's invited. (Even the sunshine, fingers crossed!!)

More info: call Lauren on 07949 439127, or email lauren.prountzou@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: Free. Please let us know you're coming, so we don't set off without you. And bring a picnic snack to share.

ST HELENS
An old-school beetle drive

Wednesday 6 June | 10.30am & 1.30pm

St Helens & Warrington District Branch is throwing its doors open to the public for two community parties, where you can get together and enjoy an old-school game of ‘Beetle Drive’. Held at their building at 17 North Road, St Helens (WA10 2TW), there's a party in both the morning and afternoon. Why not party hard and turn up at the two!

More info: call Julie on 01744 895536, or email julie.webster@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: £4 to attend, which includes refreshments and a donation to the British Heart Foundation. Pre-booking is preferable.

A hearty walk and lunch

DORKING

Tuesday 26 June | 10am

Mid-Surrey District Branch invites you along to their gentle, family-friendly walk and lunch. They're setting off from Dorking Sports Centre on a walk that takes in part of the Deepdene Trail and ends up at Dorking Golf Club's Terrace Cafe. What a reward! If you don't fancy the walk bit, but want to join them for lunch - then that's OK too.

More info: call 01306 877792, or email mid-surrey@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: Free. You just pay for what you eat or drink.

A friendly workout

HALIFAX

Thursday 28 June | 10am

Get fit, and have a laugh at the same time, with the friendly fitness regulars at Halifax Oddfellows. They meet every week at their hall (3 Coleridge St), but this session has a special heart health focus. Exercises are suitable for over 50s. At the end there's a cardio Q&A with an expert and refreshments to rehydrate. 

More info: call Debra on 07572 986452, or email debra.haley@oddfellows.co.uk.

Cost: £4.50 for non-members, which includes refreshments. Just let them know if you'd like to pop down.

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