Fitness in the Village Hall
Keep fit in 2019 with fully qualified local personal trainer Mark Williams

During 2018 the Donhead St Mary Village Hall Committee was approached by Helen Cotter, WCC Village Hall & Community Buildings Advisor, to bring to our attention a funding opportunity offered by Sport England and Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE). Together they are running a pilot project which promotes cost effective physical activity, engagement in sport and healthy lifestyles in rural communities; encouraging people to become more active. Successful applications will receive up to £10k in grant funding, to make their idea become a reality. 

After several months of looking at what we could offer, our application was submitted and just before Christmas 2018 we received an email to say our application was successful.

We believe that there's nothing more important than staying fit and healthy and exercise plays a key part in this. We want to provide the opportunity for local residents to improve their wellbeing through a programme of activities designed to use both gentle and active exercise.  Regardless of individuals exercise routine it is important to promote good posture.  With good posture comes better health and the avoidance many future health problems. We want to offer a series of activities that will help with improved posture and give everyone the opportunity to meet in a spirit of fun whilst exercising together. With small classes of no more than ten participants to ensure personal attention of the trainer, time will be optimised.  Funding will go towards offering three sessions a week over 46 weeks for ten people at each session. In addition there is a small allowance to cover the cost of travel for those without transport who wish to participate.

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Choose from one of the following three sessions

55 Plus fitness - Wednesdays at 11.00am (from October the start time will change to 11.30am)

This class is aimed at people 55 and over and offers low impact training to help strengthen muscles and joints and increase cardiovascular fitness. Help with travel may be arranged to encourage participation.

Posture Correction - Wednesdays at 6.30pm

Aimed at improving participants’ posture to help deal with a lot of the posture-related issues people have as they get older. This includes: non-specific back pain, frozen shoulders, knee and hip pain.

Pilates - Fridays at  9.30am

Well known for its many benefits for people 50 and over and also popular with parents with children at school as it fits in after the morning school run.

For details contact Mark on his mobile 07917 632765 or email:

Nominal fee of only £2.00 per person per session