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Good News:

 

11 out of the 16 Classes Restart from

Monday 14th September!

 

That is, all nine classes at Holy Innocents’ Community Hall and both at Areley Kings Village Hall.  Booking in is essential. 

 

Why have I decided to restart?

After waiting to see if the relaxations caused a massive increase in cases, it seems that the number of cases have stayed low.  Also Worcestershire cases have continued to be low and, to my knowledge, we remain off the watch list.  Having said that, the increase in the UK over the last few days, and Birmingham being on the watch list make me feel that I must emphasise that if the situation gets considerably worse locally all classes will be cancelled again and those that have booked in will get refunded.

 

I am also restarting because I’m satisfied with the various safety measures, systems and professionalism of both Holy Innocents’ Community Hall and Areley Kings Village Hall (Note: that’s not to say that I’m dissatisfied with the other two venues; they are not being used for other reasons mentioned below).   

 

When the risks are low, there comes a point where the benefits of attending exercise classes outweighs the risks.  Finally people can attend or not.  It is up to you.  Your place will still be waiting for you if you decide that you want to wait until there is a working vaccine.   Apologies in advance if I call you and you don’t want to start; I don’t know everyone’s unique situation and I will only call the once, besides it will be nice to check up on you.

 

Apologies to those that attend the classes at either Stourport Masonic Club or Trimpley Village Hall; I cannot start the Masonic Hall classes because the hall is going to remain closed as it’s not a community or village hall and the Masons have very sensibly decided to not hold their meetings at the hall; to digress, they did, however, very kindly waive what I owed for hiring the hall in March.  My insurance only allows me to teach indoor classes at venues that have done all the various safety measures/risk assessments.  The Trimpley Village Hall classes are not starting simply because the venue is too small to allow a viable amount of people to exercise.  I look forward to when the Trimpley and Stourport Masonic Club classes resume, although that being this year is very unlikely.  

 

Booking in

 

I’ve tried to come up with a fair way of booking people in.  It feels like a political decision, so will undoubtedly displease some, but the following is what I’ve come up with:

 

I’ve been into both venues and measured up: the maximum capacity at Holy Innocents’ Community Hall is 14 and the max is 15 at Areley Kings Village Hall.   Beginning on Monday 24th August, there will be a 3-phased booking system.

 

I need to be sure about the maximum attending so will not be able to be as flexible insofar as allowing people to switch classes, or to have six months to use ten sessions; until this is all over, ten sessions will have to mean ten weeks.  So the last week for those starting on Monday 14th September would be on Monday 16th November, but you'll be able to book in for the next ten weeks a week or two before November 16th.   

 

The price is the same as before: £40 for ten Active Senior classes and £45 for ten Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates classes.  If you attended more than one class per week, you can still book into those other classes that you were a regular at, but you would need to purchase a separate ten-session card for each class—sorry.  If you still have a card with sessions remaining on it, you can cash in those sessions to reduce the amount you'd need to pay to book in.

 

Note, when things go back to normal, I will revert back to the previous way of running the classes, and those that decide they don’t want to return at the moment, or don’t manage to get booked in, will still have their place saved until after the successful vaccinations.

 

The 3-phased booking system

 

Booking Phase 1 opens from 9am on Monday 24th August.

What is Booking Phase 1?  If, this year, you were a regular at, or began attending, one of the classes listed on the timetable below you will get first refusal, although I don’t have everybody’s contact details, so apologies if you don’t get contacted; also there are many people to contact and if you’re not following the Facebook page, checking the website, or are not on the email list you may not get the same amount of notice as others, as I cannot telephone or text everyone at the same time.

 

Booking Phase 2 will begin at 5pm on Sunday 30th August—everyone that was a regular at a class not listed, i.e. Stourport Masonic Club or Trimpley Village Hall, will get second refusal.

 

Booking Phase 3 will begin at 5pm on Sunday 6th September—anyone over the age of 16 can book in. 

 

How to Book in and Pay

Contact me via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via mobile on 07973 970 093 and I will book you in.  You will need to pay via an Internet-banking bank transfer, or cheque if you’re still living in the olden days.  Once booked in, you will have 5 days to make the payment. 

 

Content/Equipment Changes

 

Active Seniors—The only equipment will be the plastic chairs, which are easier to clean.  There will be a double dose of the aerobics section of the class to replace the circuit, which usually takes place in the second half.    The aerobics section will need to be more on the spot, because if traveling there needs to be a 3m square for each person, which means that the hall wouldn’t be large enough to run the classes.  As usual, there will be a break in middle, but you would need to bring your own water.

 

Modern Pilates, Gentle Yoga and Flow Yoga and Pilates—The only equipment used in these classes will be mats, which will have to be a mat of your own.  

 

Yang Style Tai Chi—The tai chi will need to be more on the spot so unfortunately we won’t be able to practice Yang 24 or Yang 40.  We can do Dr Lam’s warm up, Yang 8 and some other tai chi and qigong exercises that I have learnt.

 

 

Classes are running at two venues

 

within The Wyre Forest District

 

Holy Innocents' Community Hall, Stourport Rd (off the bottom of Sutton Park Rd) Foley Park, Kidderminster DY11 6LA Areley Kings Village Hall, Areley Common, Areley Kings, Stourport DY13 0NB
   
   
   
 

Thank you for taking the time to vist the website.  To help you decide which class is best for you, click on the 'Class Timetable' and 'Class Descriptions' pages.

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Enjoy the classes

Mark Wrench.    

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