Walled Garden Talks to help people re-engage post-lockdown

A series of free Walled Garden Talks will be held in the Bircham Centre Garden in Reepham over the summer that hope to entice people out, to give them a reason to be social again, to meet up with friends, and to offer words to help support.

With lockdown restrictions due to be lifted on 19 July, many people will be trying to navigate various feelings and reactions to this date, while still dealing with the cumulative effects of the past 18 months.
The free, 20-minute lunchtime events will take place every Tuesday at 12 noon in the garden, where a different practitioner will give a talk that will be both informative and supportive.
“This is a real collaboration with lots of local professionals and practitioners working together to get this on,” said Bircham Centre manager Polly Brockis.
“Our collective hope is that we can let you know that whatever you are currently feeling is ok, that responses change, and you are not alone – either physically or in the way you are feeling, and that there are ways through this current state/climate.”
The aim of the talks is to give people a reason to come out, to initiate social interaction again (invite a friend), to get outside in the fresh air in a safe environment and to offer information in an informal way that may be of use.
There are several chairs and benches available in the garden, but attendees are free to bring their own garden chair or picnic blanket, grab a coffee from Diane’s Pantry or V’s Café and listen to an informal talk in a beautiful setting.
No booking is required. All attendees are asked to remain mindful of social distancing.
The talks confirmed for this month are:

  • Tuesday 13 July – Dr Ian Kenvyn, Evexia Foundation: “Appraising our Apprehension”
  • Tuesday 20 July – Sam James, Life Coach: “Practical, everyday ideas to boost our wellbeing”
  • Tuesday 27 July – Andy Cutcher, Meteorologist: “Looking Up”

Evexia Foundation is co-ordinating the project, with support from Pen & Mouse Design and Norfolk Print & Design.

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