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Community News - October/November 21

Community News From Around Our Area

Hinckley & District Parkinson’s Group Resumes

After many months of Zoom sessions, I am pleased to report that, following all the guidelines for your safety, the Hinckley & District Parkinson’s Group has resumed face to face meetings!

Our next monthly meeting at the Mary Forryan Centre, Hinckley, LE10 1LW, is scheduled for 10th October, continuing on the second Sunday of each month from 2.30pm – 4.30pm. Our meetings may include a speaker or entertainment.

The ‘Drop In’ at Dobbies ‘Woodlands’ at Stapleton will continue on the third Monday of each month in the conservatory area of the restaurant. 18th October is the next date from 2pm – 4pm. This provides a chance for an informal get-together for chat and friendship for those with Parkinson’s and their family or carers. New members are always made very welcome.

Our Tuesday exercise classes have resumed at the St. Francis Centre on Tudor Road, Hinckley, LE10 0EQ, from 3pm – 4pm. This is led by Amanda who is a trained Parkinson’s specialist physiotherapist. The exercises are specifically chosen to help cope with the symptoms of Parkinson’s, but if you would like to go along, please call Amanda for details beforehand on 07967 237946.

Meanwhile, the opportunity to try Nordic Walking from the Acorn Café at Burbage Common is scheduled for several Thursdays at 11am over the coming months given decent weather. We also hope to resume our ‘Singing for Fun’ sessions at the Mary Forryan Centre on Fridays in October.

Meanwhile, one of our members, Marilyn Chappell, from Newbold Verdon, is planning to overcome a lifelong fear of heights by going up in a hot air balloon, raising funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Donations to encourage Marilyn are welcomed. You can call her on 01455 822221 or email

To check on any events or to contact the Hinckley & District Parkinson’s Group, call our Chairperson, Janet Kavanagh, on 07932 615233.

So don’t let Parkinson’s dictate how you live your life, come along and join the Hinckley & District Group and see the benefit of being part of a group for yourself.

Robert A. Leake

Picture Caption: Marilyn and husband, Colin