Hundreds have a go at something healthy

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

Hundreds of Whitehill & Bordon residents tried their hand at something new as part of the town’s Spring into Health Festival.

Led by East Hampshire District Council and the Whitehill Bordon Regeneration Company as part of the Healthy New Towns Programme, the ten-day festival encouraged people to have a go at the many activities and sporting opportunities provided around the town.

Cllr Ferris Cowper, of East Hampshire District Council, said: “The aim of the event was to show off the incredible number of clubs and activities that are on offer in Whitehill & Bordon.

“Whether you’re looking to get fit, make friends or learn a new skill there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy right here on your doorstep.

“Don’t forget, it doesn’t matter that the festival is over now – you can sign up to these activities at any time. Get in touch now and try something new.”

On offer to residents was everything from running to relaxation and from walking to wellbeing.

In total, almost 1,000 residents took part in 130 activities across the town, including 60 that were completely free. The event ran from 27 April - 6 May.

Among the highlights were the first ever junior parkrun, which was successfully launched with 90 young runners completing the course.

The Wellbeing Wagon visited Café 1759, where Dr Anthony Leung dispensed health and wellbeing advice and carried out blood pressure checks.

And Café 1759 also welcomed Shelina Permalloo, BBC Masterchef 2012 winner, to offer a demonstration of some delicious Mauritian recipes. Customers were then invited to try these dishes and take away the recipes to recreate them at home.

The Spring into Health programme will remain on the website where residents can check out the sports and hobbies available to them.