GUYHIRN: Serious message behind fun day village
PUBLISHED: 11:27 23 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:08 02 June 2010
WIMBLEDON, here she comes! Not this year, obviously, but eight-year-old Amy Magnus could turn out to be a tennis star of the future. And she warmed up nicely at a recent fun day in Guyhirn. Amy was one of about 60 people of all ages who revelled in the su
WIMBLEDON, here she comes! Not this year, obviously, but eight-year-old Amy Magnus could turn out to be a tennis star of the future. And she warmed up nicely at a recent fun day in Guyhirn.
Amy was one of about 60 people of all ages who revelled in the sunshine at the event, organised by Fenland District Council with villagers and other organisations.
Children joined in short tennis and Kwik cricket and played on two giant inflatables - an obstacle course that included a climbing wall, and another for gladiatorial combat.
Behind all the fun lay a serious message: helping people to live more healthily. So there was plenty of advice available on issues such as maintaining a good diet and stopping smoking.
Penny Miller, public health nurse specialist with Cambridgeshire Community Services, said: "Fun afternoons like this provide an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the steps people can take to live a healthier lifestyle."
Refreshments included cups filled with 15kg of prepared mixed fruits, donated by Del Monte, which were given out free.
Staff from the council's neighbourhood management and leisure teams helped to organise the activities. Other local groups which took the opportunity to promote their services included the Rural Wisbech West Children's Centre.
The event also gave Cambridgeshire Acre a chance to consult young villagers on what they would like to see in their new play area, which aims to be up and running by October. It has been given £14,250 by the Fenland Play Project from money provided by the Big Lottery Fund.
Councillor Steve Garratt, portfolio holder with responsibility for young people, said: "What was great about this was that the idea for a fun event with a health focus came from the local community and then service providers and local business helped to make it happen - and. everyone really enjoyed it.
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