Huge crowd descends on Hall Place for health festival

Great Hall - Heath and Wellbeing Festival 2012
The Great Hall before the morning rush

The sunshine brought a record crowd to this year's Health and Wellbeing Festival at Hall Place on Tuesday this week. There was a real buzz amongst the 430 local people who attended and they enjoyed a wide range of activities, inside the historic house and on the adjacent playing fields.

Health & Wellbeing 2012 football tournament
Friendship and participation were key themes of the football tournament

There was an upbeat and friendly atmosphere throughout the day as people enjoyed the weather and the surroundings. A wide range of creative activities were on offer with stalls from Credo Ceramics, Centrepieces and the Bracton Centre. National mental health and arts charity Breakthrough also attended with founder Tony Russell telling us "I think community events such as these are very important. We have a long association with this trust and it is great to be here and meet so many nice people."  

Both Zumba workshops were packed out as people of all ages had a go and many people also enjoyed the biodiversity and friendship workshops. There was a wide range of stall holders providing information and advice. One visitor commented that there was "something for everyone."   

The football tournament was a great success, despite the hot weather with six teams from different parts of the trust taking part. The final was won by the Greenwich team, who defeated Bromley before picking up the trophy. There were other sports on offer including a trim-trail and rowing as the playing fields were turned into the Games Village.

The whole event was organised by Oxleas Volunteer Events Coordinator Julia Vater who did a sterling job with colleagues from the trust's social inclusion team. Catronia Toms, Trust Lead for Social Inclusion and Head Occupational Therapist said "This was our fourth health and wellbeing festival and they have gone from strength to strength. The event was so successful thanks to the great work from Julia and her team of volunteers on the day. We also appreciated the support from our sponsors the Co-op." 

Julia said: "Many thanks once again to everyone who contributed to promote positive social inclusion and change attitudes to improving the lives of those, including carers, who may be socially excluded and may experience both poor mental and physical health."

Joan Woodward and Timothy Newey from Credo Ceramics
Joan Woodward and Timothy Newey from Credo Ceramics

There are more photos from the day on our Facebook page.

Published on 24th May 2012