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May meeting – Tai Chi – Martin Gatter

Martin Gatter is a senior, international Tai Chi and Kung Fu instructor who would normally be running a range of classes in various locations including Horn Park Club in Eltham Road.  He is also a practitioner at the Complementary Health Centre in Manor Lane.
On Thursday 21st May, Martin gave us an introduction via Zoom to Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art, practised for its defence training, its health benefits and for meditation.
He covered:
neigong – feeling and controlling the body and understanding how that affects the mind;
qigong – energy circulation; and
tai chi – the beginner’s form (4 basic moves).
He also talked about the dynamic relationship between Yin (soft, restive, receptive) and Yang (strong, ambitious, dominant).
Martin spoke to us in a calm and soothing way as he taught us the moves and explained their significance.  He encouraged us to move in a gentle, floating way and the whole session was extremely relaxing.
We loved the story of one famous Tai Chi master who had acquired such a high degree of resilience in his body, that a small bird, resting in his palm, was unable to take off because of the complete lack of resistance in his hand.
By a stroke of luck, Martin has beginner Tai Chi classes starting this week.  They will be on Sunday mornings 9am to 10am. Sunday 24th and 31st May are free trial sessions. It’s £25 per person per month thereafter. If anyone is interested, could they send their email address to Martin at or text him on 07795 103336 and he will forward a Zoom invitation.


This is Billy Bragg’s tribute to the hard work of his local WI during the current crisis. Usually we would sing Jerusalem (with a nip of sherry) to celebrate our AGM at our May meeting. Our AGM has been cancelled until further notice but our meeting is next week. Details of meeting to come via… Continue reading

April meeting – When the Germans Came – Duncan Barrett

Over 40 of us logged in on Thursday 30th April for our first Zoom speaker meeting, and it was fabulous to see so many familiar faces. Well done everyone for mastering Zoom.He says he has copies of the new book plus all his previous ones if people would like them. Duncan Barrett talked to us… Continue reading

Friday night is Quiz night – Pick the Lockdown

Very many thanks to Quiz master Graham Hooper (right) for keeping us entertained last Friday evening with his ‘Pick the Lockdown’ quiz on Zoom. The six rounds were as usual cryptically themed with a common link to the seemingly random questions. Congratulations to the winners, ‘Stalag39’ followed by ‘Don’t Leave the Capitol’ and ‘Scandilicious’ in… Continue reading

Fundraising for AFRIL food bank

As the food bank is not able to operate as normal given current circumstances, we have contacted the team to ask how we can help. They have suggested making a financial donation, which we hope you will agree is a good way to continue to support this very worthy local cause, particularly in these difficult times… Continue reading

A beginner’s guide to Zoom

During the current crisis, more and more of us are using the video conferencing facility Zoom as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family, exercise classes, meetings and more. This guide is a brief introduction to how to use Zoom to get the best out of it – specifically with our WI… Continue reading

Change of date for April meeting plus a trial Zoom session.

This is normally the point in the month we would be sending you the details for our next monthly WI meeting at Trinity School. Even though we are not able to gather in person for our meeting, we remain undaunted! With the aid of technology we hope to bring this month’s scheduled speaker (the marvellous… Continue reading

Help during COVID-19 crisis

The Hither Green & Lee Ward Mutual Aid Group is a new team of over 300 local residents. These are your neighbours, they live locally. They have volunteered to help people with: shopping prescription collection dog walking friendly phone calls for those in isolation Plus other forms of assistance during the COVID-19 crisis. If you… Continue reading

Love from Denman

Thank you The Denman staff and the Board of Trustees would like to say a very big thank you for all the lovely comments that we have received through email and from our social media pages. It really does make a big difference to staff morale having these comments in this time of uncertainty. We… Continue reading

BBC Looking for some OVER 70s for Virtual exercise class

Dear All,   I really hope you can help me out in this difficult time. My name is Julie Ann and currently I am making some of the programme that the BBC is hoping to air over the coming weeks for a show called “Health Check UK Live”. This will include all the latest health… Continue reading