£3k grant boost helps yoga lessons to continue

Instructor Emilia Cole puts her students through their paces. Picture: OX58130 Damian Halliwell

Instructor Emilia Cole puts her students through their paces. Picture: OX58130 Damian Halliwell Buy this photo

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THEIR motto is “use it or lose it”.

And the ladies of the Leys yoga classes who know how to move it can do so for another year.

A £2,808 award from Oxford City Council means that Leys Community Development Initiative’s (CDI) Clockhouse Project for over 50s can continue its popular yoga, tai chi and dance sessions.

The classes have grown in popularity since their formation five years ago but without funding could not continue.

And whether it is the ancient Indian exercise of yoga, Chinese martial art, or the more recent practice of line dancing, the classes have proved a big hit.

Blackbird Leys resident Carol Gibbons, 68 said: “It’s so easy at our age to go from the bed to the sofa and stick the TV on, but this gets you out of the house.

“We have a lovely mix of people, and even if someone is not sure, they can come and start on their own and they’ll find that soon they are one of the group.”

Yoga and tai chi both run every week for an hour at the Clockhouse, except in school holidays.

There are also monthly line dances, and other dance tasters which can continue due to the grant.

Over-50s yoga tutor Emilia Cole said: “Yoga increases circulation and flexibility. It helps you to rejuvenate and promotes a sense of well-being and self-worth. If you feel depressed or anxious, yoga can be very helpful too.

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“Because it’s a community yoga group, members find a lot of support through meeting others.”

Leys CDI worker Sally Meachim said: “Beginners are always welcome and people can start at any time – the activities are ‘drop-in’ so you don’t need to book.”

The yoga sessions are £2 and include a hot drink and biscuits. They are run solely on the grant and the entry fees.

Following the school holiday break the next session will be held on Tuesday, April 16.

  •  For more information and a Leys CDI Clockhouse Project programme call 01865 395908.

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8:54pm Sat 30 Mar 13

Myron Blatz says...

My pal's Aunty goes to several different Classes held every week at the undersung Littlemore Community Centre - and apparently several older people catch the Statecoach 16A (when it doesn't breakdown) from the north end of the village, and get off by the shops on St Nicholas Road - though unlike buse on Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys, the 16A apparently only runs hourly until late afternoon. Seems a pity City Council won't support more all those who live in Littlemore. As Aunty told me "you don't see our two elected City Councillors unless they want something, or it's the start of an election campaign, when they promise the world for your vote, and then forget all about us older people for the next four years. We are sick and tired of being ignored in Littlemore, just because we aren't a big Council Estate, where local people - often the younger ones - expects City Council to do everything for them."
My pal's Aunty goes to several different Classes held every week at the undersung Littlemore Community Centre - and apparently several older people catch the Statecoach 16A (when it doesn't breakdown) from the north end of the village, and get off by the shops on St Nicholas Road - though unlike buse on Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys, the 16A apparently only runs hourly until late afternoon. Seems a pity City Council won't support more all those who live in Littlemore. As Aunty told me "you don't see our two elected City Councillors unless they want something, or it's the start of an election campaign, when they promise the world for your vote, and then forget all about us older people for the next four years. We are sick and tired of being ignored in Littlemore, just because we aren't a big Council Estate, where local people - often the younger ones - expects City Council to do everything for them." Myron Blatz
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12:41pm Sun 31 Mar 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
My pal's Aunty goes to several different Classes held every week at the undersung Littlemore Community Centre - and apparently several older people catch the Statecoach 16A (when it doesn't breakdown) from the north end of the village, and get off by the shops on St Nicholas Road - though unlike buse on Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys, the 16A apparently only runs hourly until late afternoon. Seems a pity City Council won't support more all those who live in Littlemore. As Aunty told me "you don't see our two elected City Councillors unless they want something, or it's the start of an election campaign, when they promise the world for your vote, and then forget all about us older people for the next four years. We are sick and tired of being ignored in Littlemore, just because we aren't a big Council Estate, where local people - often the younger ones - expects City Council to do everything for them."
I'm sure that if the 16A were profitable, it would run just as often as the non-subsidised services around Oxford.

The 106/106C also runs that way doesn't it? As well as the 12C in the evening.

Besides, much of Littlemore is but a short walk to the No1/No5/No12/No10 route along Barns Road.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: My pal's Aunty goes to several different Classes held every week at the undersung Littlemore Community Centre - and apparently several older people catch the Statecoach 16A (when it doesn't breakdown) from the north end of the village, and get off by the shops on St Nicholas Road - though unlike buse on Rose Hill and Blackbird Leys, the 16A apparently only runs hourly until late afternoon. Seems a pity City Council won't support more all those who live in Littlemore. As Aunty told me "you don't see our two elected City Councillors unless they want something, or it's the start of an election campaign, when they promise the world for your vote, and then forget all about us older people for the next four years. We are sick and tired of being ignored in Littlemore, just because we aren't a big Council Estate, where local people - often the younger ones - expects City Council to do everything for them."[/p][/quote]I'm sure that if the 16A were profitable, it would run just as often as the non-subsidised services around Oxford. The 106/106C also runs that way doesn't it? As well as the 12C in the evening. Besides, much of Littlemore is but a short walk to the No1/No5/No12/No10 route along Barns Road. Andrew:Oxford
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10:57pm Mon 1 Apr 13

Myron Blatz says...

Andrew, you seem to be talking from a rearward aspect. the 16/16A services are a mix of 'commercially viable' and subsidised, and the Thames Travel 116 and 106C services do not actually run throughout the day through central Littlemore - and not at all on Sundays.

As for Littlemore being 'but a short walk' to other bus routes, think this could easily be seen as rather crass comment, and beggars the question as to why have buses at all - anywhere in Oxford? Many people in Blackbird Leys could easily walk to Cowley Centre and catch 16/16A, 116, 106 and 10 services, instead of being coddled with Stagecoach and Oxford Bus services every 2-4 minutes to/from Blackbird Leys, openly in competition for half-empty new enviro-friendly and massively expensive buses, whilst other parts of the City can only get services every 30 minutes or 60 minutes..

Maybe what we really need is for private motorists who use their cars within three miles of Carfax to be taxed heavily for each journey, to force arrogant motorists to use public transport - and help fill-up all those empty Blackbird Leys buses which daisy-chain up the Cowley road and through Cowley Centre!
Andrew, you seem to be talking from a rearward aspect. the 16/16A services are a mix of 'commercially viable' and subsidised, and the Thames Travel 116 and 106C services do not actually run throughout the day through central Littlemore - and not at all on Sundays. As for Littlemore being 'but a short walk' to other bus routes, think this could easily be seen as rather crass comment, and beggars the question as to why have buses at all - anywhere in Oxford? Many people in Blackbird Leys could easily walk to Cowley Centre and catch 16/16A, 116, 106 and 10 services, instead of being coddled with Stagecoach and Oxford Bus services every 2-4 minutes to/from Blackbird Leys, openly in competition for half-empty new enviro-friendly and massively expensive buses, whilst other parts of the City can only get services every 30 minutes or 60 minutes.. Maybe what we really need is for private motorists who use their cars within three miles of Carfax to be taxed heavily for each journey, to force arrogant motorists to use public transport - and help fill-up all those empty Blackbird Leys buses which daisy-chain up the Cowley road and through Cowley Centre! Myron Blatz
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