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Column: Our health has to be top of the agenda as we reach a new year

By Cllr Peter Downes

Coun Ian Selby
Coun Ian Selby

May I start with a BIG Thank You to the person who nominated me and to the judging panel for my Grantham is Great Award.

I am humbled and touched by it. It means such a lot to receive an award from my local community. It makes all the effort and sacrifices worthwhile. Thank you so much.

It’s now that time of the year when we make our New Years resolutions. Then three months later we’ve forgotten what they were. There is one resolution that we need to make and keep and that is to improve our fitness.

Like many people I love food and it’s so easy to put weight on. Last year as the Mayor I attended numerous events where some amazing cakes were offered to me. It’s rude to refuse such kind hospitality. One of the best mouth watering cakes I had as the Mayor was at young Eleanor Fox’s anti slavery bake sale fundraiser. So good I confess I went back for seconds.

During this festive time of year we tend to over indulge. We enjoy the moment, but then it’s time to work off those calories. Many people then go the gym. Since August I have regularly attended a fun Zumba fitness class at our council owned refurbished Meres Leisure Centre.

Predictably the Management company 1Life are proposing to soon put up their monthly membership prices by 15.7% to £29. It was always going to be the service users that pay for the £600,000 refurbishment of the gym. Despite 1Life not reinstalling the popular sauna, the membership fee does include all additional fitness classes such as Zumba. It still represents good value for money, as long as 1Life put the customer at the heart of their service. The staff are always helpful and friendly.

Health should always be top of our agenda. If we don’t maintain our own health, we can’t then help others in the community. If you don’t make time for fitness, then you will need to make time for illness.

Finally, a good GP in the community is priceless. My GP Dr Gillian Ennis is retiring in the New Year. I will miss her advice greatly. In Croxton Kerrial from a surgery in a portable building she built the future provision of the Stackyard Surgery for the rural community and she deserves great credit for it. She has been a truly wonderful doctor in our community and I’d like to express sincerest thanks to her. Wishing you all a Merry Xmas and a very happy and healthy New Year.


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