Tai Chi – Beginners


Group Leader:                     Ann Gwynne
Instructor:                       Martin Wilkinson
Location:                         Newton Wallacetown Church Hall
Day & Time:                       Thursday 11.45am

Keep checking this page for up-to-date information.

Summer classes

Under current guidelines,

“All organised outdoor sports, personal training and coaching are permitted, provided appropriate safety measures are followed”

Therefore, the Summer Tai Chi classes will restart, outdoors, on Thursday 27th May.  They will be held on the lawn to the rear of Rozelle House, each Thursday from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Participants are responsible for getting to the venue.

Please bring the exact fee for the class – £2 – and place it in the box provided.

Please give your name and contact details to Betty McDonald, the Tai Chi groups’ co-coordinator.  These details will be retained for a minimum of 3 weeks, for Track and Trace, but, in practice will be retained, for accounting purposes, until the classes move indoors, hopefully in the Autumn.

You should stand at least 2 metres apart. If you feel uncomfortably close to someone else, you can easily move to a spot you prefer.

Masks will not be compulsory, but anyone is free to wear one if they wish.

In the event of inclement weather, the class will be held by Zoom.  It is the intention to inform members of cancellation by email on the Wednesday.  However, on occasion, a decision may have to be taken on the Thursday morning.  8.30am will be the cut-off time for notification, so you should check your Inbox before leaving for the class.

Anyone wishing to take part should email Betty McDonald on bmcdonaldprestwick@hotmail.com


Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese health exercise where the mind, the breath and the body work in unison.  This leads to a state of relaxation.  It is particularly suitable for older people as the movements are soft and slow.

Its health benefits are varied – reduction of stress, blood pressure and heart rate, increased flexibility and mobility in the joints, and improved balance, concentration, coordination and strength in the legs.

Lots of OiR members have been coming along to the Tai Chi groups and have obviously been spreading the word about the health benefits and how much they enjoy it.  As a result of this, our groups are usually well filled.  However, we believe that we should try our best to accommodate, in some way, any members who wish to join.

If you want to find out more, please contact Betty on 01292 479083.


Views from our latest Tai Chi and Tea session, when all three groups meet together

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