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Pensioners concerned over future of exercise class

By Bedfordshire On Sunday  |  Posted: March 03, 2013

Armchair exerciser Margaret Richardson outside Flitwick Village Hall

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OAPs were left uncertain over the future of their exercise class after the instructor was made redundant two weeks ago.

Around 40 elderly women attending the armchair exercises class run by Flitwick Town Council at the village hall on Mondays were told that the class would not be operating for about two weeks as the woman who gave the class had taken redundancy in a council ‘restructure’.

However some members of the group felt it wasn’t clear whether the class would be continuing and worried about meeting up with friends in the future as for many the Monday morning outing was one of few chances to interact with others during the week.

Margaret Richardson, 65, from Flitwick, said: “We don’t know anything about who they are going to get to do it instead. I have been going for about two years now and am lucky because I have my husband but for many ladies it is the their only chance to get out and be mobile doing something which isn’t too straining for them.

“The lady that taught the class didn’t just do her job, she always went above and beyond what was expected. Everything is very up in the air at the moment.”

The clerk of Flitwick Town Council said: “The class was suspended for two weeks until we could get a new trainer. The role was made redundant by the council and will be taken over by SEPT. It was always funded by the NHS but now it will be delivered by them directly. The class is back on tomorrow.”

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