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ACTIVITIES - Exercise - Swimming - Social - Fund raising et al...

We are a friendly and supportive group and organise regular fitness activities and informal social evenings...


Exercise and Mobility:

New Exercise Venue!

Commenced Wednesday 4th November 2009 at The Mountbatten Centre in Twyford Avenue, Portsmouth.


Approaching from the South: Having left the Rudmore roundabout via Twyford Avenue (first exit road from the sliproad off the southbound, M275), this takes you all the way to the venue. The road is virtually straight until it reaches the small roundabout (see photo below) at the southern end of Northern Parade whereupon Twyford Avenue takes a sharp left at the small roundabout and continues down towards the sea wall. The entrance to the Mountbatten Centre is near to the end of the Avenue, on the right.

The leading blue car is at the small roundabout where Twyford Avenue turns sharply left

Approaching from the North: From the Hilsea roundabout: incline right to enter and continue down Northern Parade; turn right at the small roundabout into the continuation of Twyford Avenue and access the venue (see photo) by turning right near the end of the road!

Having turned right into the approach road from Twyford Avenue you proceed forward, around the left hand bend then turn right into the large carpark. Against the side of the building are a multitude of 'disabled' spaces.

Another view of the Mountbatten Centre from the southwest. The white coach is covering a number of the 'disabled' spaces.

Looking from the northwest towards the main entrance.

There are a multitude of disabled-parking billets (to the right of the main entrance). Go into the Main Entrance for the gymnasium and other facilities (seated-exercise and swimming). At the desk state: "I'm (name) of Different Strokes Portsmouth, attending the seated-exercise session."

The fee is £3.00 to be paid at the desk. Retain your receipt for collection by a member of the committee.(Simply for our instructors to verify to their employer; the numbers actually attending these sessions).

The room we use for seated exercise, is the Dance Studio, on the lower ground floor level. Go down to 'Floor minus-1 level' in the Lift. (The swimming pool changing rooms are accessed via the double-doors located to the rear and right of the reception desk; the gymnasium is accessed via the lift or stairs for the 'fit-and-healthy'; and is on 'level 3'.


                                                 Previous Venues:

                                 (Up to Wednesday 28 October 2009)                                               

                      Exercise at the Blue Lagoon, Hilsea, Portsmouth:

If you enter the city from the North via the Hilsea roundabout: As you exit the roundabout; stay in the right hand lane. Go to the end of the dual carriageway (to where you'd normally incline right for Northern Parade); but instead double-back past the Shell garage (bus depot), indicate left and go through the bus station (road-painted arrow and sign to 'Lido'), then turn left (watch out for exiting buses or coaches); cross into the service road for the Blue Lagoon venue.



There is ample parking space, including Disabled

Parking. Try to arrive 15 minutes early if at all possible.


Wednesday 24th June 2009:


Member Sue Dant collects the fees                Doreen chats with Sue prior to serving the water



Today there were 17 stroke survivors. Occasionally over 20! A second instructor is on hand.


    This location/venue was suited to our needs. However on Wednesday 4th November 2009, we commenced seated exercise at the ...


Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth; which is ideally-suited to our needs.




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Exercise sessions when at Cosham Baptist Church Hall:






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1. Supervised Swimming Lessons with Lee Baldwin [and Abbey Coe] every Tuesday from 11:00 till 12:00 at The Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth.

The swimming pool changing rooms are accessed via a double door behind and to the right of the main reception desk.You might care to join us for a cuppa, a bite to eat, and a chat afterwards. (The Cafe is on the First Floor).

2. Our original supervised Exercise & Swimming Class continues, every Thursday (except school holidays) from 12:00 till 1:00pm at Fareham Leisure Centre.
Enjoy exercise and re-learning how to swim (following Stroke with Mary Arrowsmith our suitably qualified Instructor).

  • Our next day for swimming at The Mountbatten Centre is Tuesday 28th January 2014: 11:00 pm to 12:00 noon



At the Fareham Leisure Centre:




Using the buoyancy aids, to add a bit of colour to this occasion (12 June 2008)


Social Events...

Our routine Social get-together is at the Golden Hind public house on Copnor Road, Portsmouth. We have meetings fortnightly on Monday evenings, from 7-9pm. The next Pub Social Evening, is due on: Monday 11th November 2013. (Not usually held on Public Holidays); and occasionally we hold a quiz evening at an alternative venue to this one. Just watch this space! lol



Typical Social Evenings:

Monday 22nd June 2009 at the Golden Hind, Copnor Road, Portsmouth:


Linda gives us a lovely smile      The 3 Debris: Linda, Lorraine  Cherry with hubby John;

                                       and Cherry in rehearsal!          Mark looks on.


Mark cant escape the Lens, as       Cherry, John, Andy, Debbie     Bev looks very pleased to be

partner Leona looks at his mum    and Diana; while husband       back with the group. Behind

Jean; while Andy beams at the      Roger and friend Gordon just   are Jean, Andy and his partner

 camera.                                      get a look-in on the right!                    Di Summers.


Cherry, John, Andy, Debbie and     Andy Long hams-it-up!          Doug, and Derek (just behind), Diana.                                                                                    Heather and mum Dorothy next

                                                                                             to RichardT.


Diana, husband Roger, Di, Gordon

and Bev, all smile for the camera!



Monday 23rd June 2008 at the Golden Hind:


Pic1: John, Cherry, Gordon. Doug and Derek.

Pic2: As Pic1 plus Di on left.

Pic3: Dorothy, Steve, Carolyn, Shahin, Ann, Andy, Pess and Ed.

Monday 1st September 2008:

Pic 1: Cherry, Anne and Pess

Pic 2: From right - RichardT, Jean, Mark, EdC, Cherry, John and Derek facing camera. On the left, back to camera Dorothyand EdD.

Pic 3: Gordon and John 'swinging the lamp'.

Pic 1: From left - John, Cherry, EdD and Phil.

Pic 2: Phil Rosier and Ed Carvalho 'swopping dits'.



                                               A Sunny Day Out

                                     (On the Hamble river in 2008)

 Cherry and John Pess and Ed   Pic 1:Cherry n John Pess n Ed               

Pic 2: Chris n Linda n Andy007         

Pic 3  Doug n Di, Cherry looks away!

Pic 1: Sue wondering where 'he' is? 

Pic 2: Di Manchip and a 'reflective' Rich.

Pic 3: Diana n husband Roger. Dorothy looks on... Colin behind,riding 'shotgun'?

Poor Derek was suffering in silence with toothache somewhere!                                                          


                            Fund Raising at Portsmouth Greyhound Stadium

                                  for the Portsmouth and SE Hants Carers

                                        on Friday 5th September 2008


The gang had a great time despite the heavy downpour and gusty winds from transport to the haven of the bar.

Once safely inside and seated we were able to concentrate on the race card; while several of our punters had a lucky streak. Strange but satisfying to be in an environment  where the absence of loud music was a joy in good jovial company. Let's do that again some day!*

* Sadly the stadium closed down, so we'll have to think again - What a shame its all gone!


                                                A Skittles Evening

                         At the Nelson Bar, Southsea Caravan Park

                                            Monday 6th April 2009

A selection of the photographs taken on that evening by Di and Rich Manchip...

Above: Looking down from Mark Cookson on table 1 to table 5; with the alley on the left.

Right: Ann Rosier and Di Summers shared the chalkboard scoring.

Below: Roger Vincent, John Cheetham and Karen's dad shared duties at the business end where they occasionally took cover!



Right: Sue Dant observes the course; while Karen is assisted by her Mum and Dad.

Below left: Andy Long and partner Di Summers are entetertained by the determined efforts of the players; while...

Below right: Phil Rosier appears to be having a merry time. 





Below left: Lorraine sports a very nice pair of bowls, while...

Below Right: Di Manchip smiles at Lorraine as her hubby Doug Laybourne writes the cheque payment for a fun evening enjoyed by all. In the background are Roger and Diana Vincent waiting for her turn to play skittles.               






                               Christmas Dinner & Disco 2009

                                (Friday 18th December 2009)

              At the Southsea Golf Club, Burrfields Road, Southsea


 Photographs by Di and Rich Manchip:





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             "Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year 2010".



                                     Christmas Dinner/Disco 2010

                 At the Southsea Golf Club, Burrfields Road, Southsea

                                       Friday 10th December 2010

A very successful repeat performance and experience was held on Friday 10th December 2010. Next year we intend commencing the Raffle much earlier than on this occasion. Once again - Many thanks to Condor Catering, Dave Shirley's Roadshow and  The Southsea Golf Club and their staff.

               "Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year 2011".

It was an awful pity that we didn't cover this occasion with more photography. We will-do next December!


                                      Christmas Dinner/Disco 2011

                 At the Southsea Golf Club, Burrfields Road, Southsea

Sorry! No pics for this one.


                                         -Using Your Brain-

1. How to do Mirrorbox Therapy by Douglas Laybourne and Peter Carrigan.

1. Watch the video on YouTube:

                                             (To be arranged)


2. Follow these pictures of a sample group of exercises and their accompanying description:

(Whichever is your ‘weak’ arm; simply invert or capsize the mirror box as necessary to do these exercises):

1. Raise then lower the 'good' hand slowly; with the fingers straight but close together; 10 repetitions. Period total at least 10 seconds, say, 10 to 15 seconds..

2. With the outer edge of the palm on the table and inside of the hand facing the mirror; slowly lower hand to lay down flat on the surface; again 10 repetitions to total approx' 10 seconds.  


 3. Lay palm of hand flat on the surface; then stretch out the fingers slowly but tightly. 10 repetitions and again total period to be approx' 10 to 15 seconds.

 4. Grasp the ball lightly then repeat this action 10 times very slowly (fingers outstretched). Total period again 10 to 15 seconds.

5. Grasp the ball tightly this time; repeat this action 10 times very slowly and release with fingers outstretched. Total period 10 to 15 seconds.

 6. With the soft, spongey ball  located under the centre of the palm; slowly press firmly downwards. 10 repetitions; total period to be 10 to 15 seconds.

It is extremely important NOT TO look away from the mirror during each exercise.

2. Brain gym exercises help you relax before giving a speech for example...

These simple exercises are based on the work presented by Carla Hannaford, Ph.D. Carla Hannaford. Ph.D. is a neurophysiologist and educator with more than 28 years of teaching experience. In her best selling book Smart Moves. Dr. Hannaford states that our bodies are very much a part of all our learning, and learning is not an isolated ‘brain’ function. Every nerve and cell is a network contributing to our intelligence and our learning capability. Many educators have found this work quite helpful in improving overall concentration in class. Introduced here, you will find four basic “Brain Gym” exercises which implement the ideas developed in Smart Moves and can be used quickly in any classroom. They are surprisingly simple, but very effective!

Drink Water

As Carla Hannaford says, “Water comprises more of the brain (with estimates of 90%) than of any other organ of the body.” Having students drink some water before and during class can help “grease the wheel”. Drinking water is very important before any stressful situation - tests - as we tend to perspire under stress, and de-hydration can effect our concentration negatively.

“Brain Buttons”

This exercise helps improve blood flow to the brain to switch on” the entire brain before a lesson begins. The increased blood flow helps improve concentration skills required for reading, writing. etc.

• Put one hand so that there is as wide a space as possible between the thumb and index finger.

• Place your index and thumb into the slight indentations below the collar bone on each side of the sternum. Press lightly in a pulsing manner.

• At the same time put the other hand over the navel area of the stomach. Gently press on these points for about 2 minutes.

“Cross Crawl”

This exercise helps coordinate right and left brain by exercising the information flow between the two hemispheres. It is useful for spelling. writing, listening, reading and comprehension

• Stand or sit. Put the right hand across the body to the left knee as you raise it, and then do the same thing for the left hand on the right knee just as if you were marching.

• Just do this either sitting or standing for about 2 minutes.

“Hook Ups”

This works well for nerves before a test or special event such as making a speech. Any situation which will cause nervousness calls for a few ‘hook ups’ to calm the mind and improve concentration.

• Stand or sit. Cross the right leg over the left at the ankles.

• Take your right wrist and cross it over the left wrist and link up the fingers so that the right wrist is on top.

• Bend the elbows out and gently turn the fingers in towards the body until they rest on the sternum (breast bone) in the centre of the chest. Stay in this position.

• Keep the ankles crossed and the wrists crossed and then breathe evenly in this position for a few minutes. You will be noticeably calmer after that time.

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