Curry & Quiz Night
Thanks to all those who managed to make it to our Curry & Quiz social back in May. From the feedback we’ve had, a good night was had by all with a range of fantastic curries put together by the kitchen and a challenging quiz from the quizmaster! Keep an eye out for our next social and make sure you come along.
Charity Book & Bake Sale
Another thanks goes out to all those who supported our Charity Book & Bake sale by either buying cakes or books. The sale took place over 2 days on Wednesday 28th-Thursday 29th and as a club we managed to raise a phenomenal £230.80 for Greenfingers Charity! A brilliant effort over such a short time and we are very grateful for all of your contributions.
British Isles Challenge
We have been set a challenge to cover the distance between each Spirit Health Club around the British Isles. There are a total of 21 clubs in total, starting at East Kilbride in Scotland ranging all the way down here (the best club) in Taunton… A whopping total of 22974 miles! We need to do a minimum of 1,094 miles for our share.
This is where we need your help. If you or any of your friends and family would like to contribute towards this challenge please sign yourself/guests up on the sheet at Reception. The challenge will officially begin at 6:30am Monday 17th July and will conclude at 6:30pm on Sunday 23rd July.
The mileage can be gained using any CV equipment or swimming (10 lengths equalling 1 mile) and for your contribution to be added to the total distance all we ask is for £1 (minimum donation) per session. All of the funds raised will go to our nominated charity Greenfingers. All Spirit Health clubs in the UK will be taking part in this challenge so let’s group together to be the fastest round the Isles and the highest fundraisers. Game on!
As I am sure you are all aware the pound coin is changing… but unfortunately our lockers will not accept the new style coin for the time being. If you require an old style locker token, we will be selling these at the club reception in aid of Greenfingers. Tokens cost just £1.50!
Congratulations to Mark and Sam who took on the ‘Colour Run’ down in Exeter on the 10th of June as part of a Holiday Inn Taunton team. For those who have no idea what that is; contestants race around a 5km course whilst being bombarded with colourful paint! The race had no official times or placings, but between the 2 Spirit contestants…. The club manager prevailed as victor!
Marcus - Ironman 70.3
Congratulations to personal trainer Marcus Honiecombe who completed the Ironman 70.3 Exmoor on 25th June in a time of 6:22:31, ranking him 282nd in the overall field and 45th in his division! For each area Marcus achieved the following times; Bike - 3:41:5, Run - 1:56:00, Swim - 00:33:13. A fantastic effort for what was his Ironman debut.
Changing the subject completely…. Happy birthday to Marcus for 19th July!
Dave Aston’s Kilimanjaro Challenge
Personal trainer Dave Aston is taking on Kilimanjaro in aid of the British Heart Foundation Charity! This is a charity close to Dave as he sadly lost his father, Don, back in 2004 to a heart condition and BHF provided priceless support to give Don the longest life possible. The money raised will help fund research that could save lives and transform the lives of people and their families that are affected by heart conditions.
Dave will be completing several fundraising activities between now and the climb so be sure to keep your eyes peeled and help him raise money for a special charity! Below are a few links to Dave’s social media and Just Giving page is you wish to read into his ‘Get Simba Home’ story further and of course donate online.
Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/david-aston7
Dave Aston’s Kilimanjaro Challenge Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DavesKiliChallenge/
Pre Swim Hygiene-Please think of others
Unless we shower thoroughly before entering the pool there is an increased risk of urine, sweat and faecal matter being introduced to the water. This can increase the risk of infection as the sanitation can be severely compromised. This will also result in down time, especially with regards to the Spa bath. Therefore, it is essential that all users adhere to good pre swim hygiene. This not only applies before entering the water for the first time, but after using the sauna and spa bath due to the build up of sweat whilst using these facilities.
Clubs, Societies, companies
Do you work for a local business who may wish to book meeting rooms at the hotel? If so, please could you let a member of the team know and they will pass the details on the conference team and they will get in touch.
Similarly, are you a member of a club, society or group who may benefit from some form of mutual advertising? Again, if so, please see a member of the team.
Please Scan In
Unfortunately the parking tablet does not interface with the scanner. So please could you remember to scan in each time you attend the club as well please.
If you have lost your card, no problem, we can issue you with another one. Thanks!
A few interesting headlines from the health industry over the past couple of months…
Middle-aged office workers 'sit down more' than OAPs - Researchers surveyed more than 14,000 people about their time spent doing activities – including work – sitting down. They found that on weekdays, people who worked reported a longer amount of time sitting down compared to those aged 75 and above.
Vegetarian dieting may lead to greater weight loss - "Dieters who follow a vegetarian eating plan lose nearly twice as much weight," the Daily Mail reports following the results of a new study.
An egg a day may prevent stunted growth in infants - Research involving young children in Ecuador found babies given one egg a day for six months had improved growth compared with controls, as well as a reduced risk of stunted growth.
Fitness trackers' calorie measurements are prone to error - "Fitness trackers out of step when measuring calories, research shows," The Guardian reports. An independent analysis of a number of leading brands found they were all prone to inaccurate recording of energy expenditure.
Instagram 'ranked worst for mental health' in teen survey - "Instagram is rated as the worst social media platform when it comes to its impact on young people's mental health, a UK survey suggests," BBC News reports.
Yoga may bring long-term benefits for people with depression - "Yoga can ease depression symptoms, according to the largest study to ever investigate the link," the Mail Online reports.
Smoking ban: Number of UK smokers falls by nearly two million in 10 years - “The number of smokers in Britain has fallen by 1.9 million since the smoking ban was introduced in England a decade ago, according to Cancer Research UK.”
Billion suns: Scientists create brightest light ever produced on Earth - “Scientists have created the brightest light ever produced on the Earth, shining a billion times stronger than the surface of the sun. It could be used to spot tiny fractures and tumors in the body that would otherwise be missed.”