Heritage activities aim to improve wellbeing of Kirkham townsfolk

Kirkham’s proud history is helping provide a boost to the health and wellbeing of local residents, thanks to a series of events which start this week.

By Tony Durkin
Saturday, 20th November 2021, 12:30 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd November 2021, 11:44 am

The community engagement programme is part of the town’s £10m regeneration masterplan and is being rolled out over the next five months combining a wide range of heritage-based activities involving art, nature and gentle exercise.

Led by the Phoenix Rising partnership, it is hoped the events – which include history trail walks, cooking classes, horticultural workshops and chair-based movement sessions – will help local people living with various health conditions as well as increase community inclusion.

It is all part of a new Social Prescribing Programme being developed as part of Kirkham’s status as one of Historic England’s High Streets Heritage Action Zones,

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The Phoenix Rising team will be co-ordinating the activities

Following a historic walk taster session at the weekend, events to come include Heritage and chair-based movement (10am to 11am) and Mindful walking and Kirkham’s heritage (11.15am - 12.15pm) both starting this Friday at Kirkham Community Centre.

The same venue will host Cooking Together on Saturday (10am - 3pm).

Phoenix Rising say that ‍cooking together “brings a sense of belonging and can explore our relationship with the natural world in a social and meaningful way”. The sessions will cover the history of plants as food.

Workshop leaders are artists Sue Flowers and Danielle Aspinall, yoga teacher Alison Gough and herbalist Helen Leece.

Sue said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for local people to get involved and celebrate what they have on their doorstep while improving their wellbeing.”

Full timetable of events and details at www.phoenix-rising-wellbeing.co.uk/courses/