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Get trim on the Murray Park trail

If you fancy a bit more than a stroll around your local park then make your way to Murray Park where eight brand new pieces of fitness equipment have been installed this week by Richmond Council.

The ‘trim trail’ has been designed to encourage visitors to get their heart rate up as they enjoy a visit to the park in Kneller Road, Twickenham and has been made possible thanks to the hard work of the Friends of Murray Park who secured funding from the Rugby World Cup Legacy Fund for the equipment. Richmond Council installed the trim trail and agreed to invest in a new permanent perimeter path to support the trail along the Whitton Dene end of Murray Park.

If you really want to be put through your paces the Council has arranged for a number of free personal training sessions to celebrate the opening. The first is on 8th April at 10am. Fitness trainers will lead demonstrations for park visitors on how to use the equipment, with sessions taking place when the weather warms up in the Spring - dates will be published over the coming weeks. All the usual trimmings can be expected from the ‘trim trail’ including a cross trainer, chin-up bar, sit-up benches, chest press and exercise bike.

 

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Future secured for Whitton Community Association

A local community association will have an extended lease at their home in Whitton, thanks to Richmond Council.

Over the past few months, Richmond Council has been working with Whitton Community Association, a voluntary sector group based in Whitton, which operates from a Council owned building on Percy Road.

The Association run a range of different activities, including workshops, coffee mornings, over 50’s activities, English and Maths classes for adults and children, health and fitness classes for all ages and much more.  They also have a function room and other private facilities that are available for community hire.

Over the past few months the Council has been supporting the group to renovate and re-launch the services that are on offer at the building. As part of this work, the Council agreed at its Cabinet meeting last Thursday that the lease for the site will be extended for 15 years. Additionally, the Council will be commissioning the Association to run a range of community based activities for Whitton. This includes:  Nordic walking classes, Tai Chi, children’s ballet classes and a disco for people with learning disabilities.

Moving forward, the Council is working with Whitton Community Association on their wider plans to rejuvenate the building. Over the next few months, they will be looking at what practical improvements can be made.

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