It’s the town’s Get Active Week again – whatever you do, try something!

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This is the third year that community group Active Fakenham has organised the event and building on past experience has expanded on the ‘something for everyone’ principle.

To quote from the cover of the leaflet there will be ‘8 days of sport and well-being’ when your choices will be to ‘run, ride, relax, row, write, dance, sing, swim, exercise, play and eat.’

I’m sure we can all find one or two slots there 
for our diversion and enjoyment. Because without 
participation from the likes of you and me, such worthwhile initiatives as this 
tend to fall by the wayside.

Whilst there’s understandably a big emphasis on sporting pastimes, the net has been spread somewhat wider. Last year a sequence of poetry and writing workshops were well attended and this August something similar is available. Words Across the Wensum on Tuesday, August 25, and Wednesday, August 26, 
includes writing for children, writing micro-fiction of up to 500 words, script writing for radio, television and the stage and poetry composition. Three excellent tutors in David 
Redfield, Heather de Lyon and Patricia Mullin will be your guides. You can pick up copies of the programme at Fakenham Connect, the library and a number of shops in town. Alternatively, you can find full details on the website

The Fakenham 50 bike ride on Sunday (August 30), starting and finishing at the community centre, offers five different distances this year – 15, 25, 37, 50 and 75 miles. You must register for this, either online or from 8am on the day itself. Good luck with whatever you do – but make sure you do something.

It’s been a long time since we had three sets of traffic lights on the go here as road works from one end of the town to the other make life difficult for motorists.

To add to the already highlighted closure of Norwich Road as construction of the Aldi supermarket proceeds, lights have been placed outside the fire station and adjacent to Westmead Road as machinery digs deep underground. Further disruption occurs on the narrow confines of Oak Street near the library with the inevitable back-up of vehicles coming out of Tesco’s and entering the town from its western outskirts.

This is inevitably one of our busiest periods of the year with the schools on holiday and hundreds of visitors finding their way here. Frustration might be the name of the game if you just happen to be sitting in the driving seat.

As I may have mentioned before, I’ve been a regular at the Sports Centre on Trap Lane since it opened its doors more than ten years ago. Initially my routines were confined to the static machines in the gym but when this became a bit monotonous I turned to some of the instructor-led classes in the studio for inspiration. And that’s more or less where I’ve remained ever since. What has been 
very encouraging to see over the years has been the number of older people getting to grips with some of these quite demanding sessions.

If you are not obviously ‘sporty’ it takes a degree of resolution to join in and then keep going. It’s been relatively easy for me as someone who’s always played sport but I take my hat off to all those who have stepped up to the plate and stuck with it week after week.