Firefighters have come to the rescue of Cotswold fitness instructors – by providing the perfect venue for a weekly Tai Chi class.

Cotswold District Council’s Active and Able Team couldn’t find a suitable location for their classes in Tetbury – until Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service offered a solution. Now around 15 older people keep active each Wednesday at their Tai Chi session at the town’s New Church Street fire station.

Under the Active and Able programme, daily sessions of both Tai Chi and Falls Prevention are held at 13 different venues across the District.

The classes, which are designed for older people, are aimed at reducing the risk of falls, improving balance and can also help people who may be suffering from bone problems.

All of the sessions, which are held at a variety of locations including Chipping Campden, Lechlade, South Cerney, Siddington and Pool Keynes, are hosted by trained fitness instructors Denise Nethercott and Monika Godfrey.

Cotswold District Council’s Health Development Officer Jeanette Hughes said:
“Although the location for the Tetbury Tai Chi class is certainly different, the message remains the same – wherever you are, these classes really do help you to keep a healthy body and mind.”

If you think an Active and Able course could be for you, please contact Jeanette Hughes at Cotswold District Council on 01285 623450.

Each class costs £2.50 per person, which includes health and fitness assessments.

Source: Cotswold District Council