North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

North Waltham

A beautiful village in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in Hampshire

WI – January 2023

by | Feb 18, 2023 | WI

On Thursday 12th January 2023 we were joined by Beth Buchanan who told us all about Paracise.  Beth qualified as a yoga teacher 15 years ago in South Africa where she taught yoga in a studio on the beach.  She continued teaching yoga when she moved to the UK in 2009.  Beth was then approached by the founder of Paracise, Sarah Goldsach, to see if she would be interested in running classes in the Basingstoke area.  Sarah has always been a fitness instructor but when she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy in 2014 she decided to set up Paracise (para = alongside) to offer an exercise that is accessible for those who are unable to do regular fitness classes. 

Beth now runs a regular Paracise class in Hatch Warren – she is very passionate about the classes – not only are they are form of exercise but they are fun too.  All exercises are set to music and there are no floor exercises so no worries about getting up if that is something you struggle with.  There is also a lot of laughter during the classes and Beth says that her and her pupils all feel really energised at the end of the class.  We then experienced Paracise for ourselves as Beth took us through a couple of the routines – it was definitely fun and there were a lot of questions and interest about Paracise at the end of her talk.

On Thursday 9th February 2023 we were joined by Caroline and Christine from Oakley Stitchers – and what an incredible talk it was.  Their journey started at the beginning of the pandemic when there was a shortage of scrubs for hospital workers.  A group of people in Oakley started making these out of old bedlinen, etc.  A plea was sent out for supplies and they ended up with six x 8ft high piles of bedding.

A production line was set up in someone’s back garden with 60 volunteers and they produced over 1,600 scrubs and hats

Since then they have grown to 120 stitchers and produce a whole variety of items, for example, masks for adults and children; pressure relief pillows for post-surgery comfort (which can then be used as mobile device stands); chemotherapy hats; jumpers with zips up the sleeve to allow easy access for treatment lines; drain bag covers; stump covers; various items for neo-natal care including bonding squares and hats; small blankets for wheelchair users and also for animal charities.

One of their most popular items is their knitted knockers.  These are made using a very soft cotton yarn and are a comfortable, lightweight alternative to prosthetics and come in a variety of colours and sizes.  These are free so they are available to everyone but donations can be made if desired.

All their items are sent to people all over the UK and the Oakley Stitchers, who are all volunteers, are going from strength to strength.  If you’d like to find out more about them they do have their own webpage.

Our next meetings are as follows:

Thursday 9th March 2023:  Our 87th Birthday Party when we will be entertained by Steve Herra with a “solve a mystery” supper talk “The Body through the Porthole”.  This will be at Steventon Village Hall.

Thursday 13th April 2023:  speaker to be confirmed.

If you are interested in joining us at one of our Meetings, held in the Rathbone Pavilion, please contact me on carolynbrown50@googlemail.com

Carolyn Brown

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