Last Saturday, Chelmsford Shotokan Karate Club supported the ‘Time to Talk’ initiative to get people across the country talking about Mental Health.
Photo: Extract from Time to Change re Time to Talk Day 2016
The Club showed its support by holding a ‘free Karate Taster’ session open to both members and the general public at Dovedale Sports Centre.
Photo: Sensei Richard Naylor-Jones leads the 'free class' for our members.
The event started with Club Instructor Richard Naylor-Jones talking about the importance of mental health, what you can do to help yourself and others.
Photo: Our Karate family, friends and VIP Guests listen on as we take time to talk about mental health
Amongst the large number of attendees were special guests Sir Simon Burns, The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Paul Hutchinson, Councillor Julia Jeapes and Jon Lyons (Chelmsford City Council).
Photo: VIP Guests: (L-R) Councillor Jeapes, The Mayor- Councillor Paul Hutchinson and Jon Lyons
They then had the opportunity to watch two Karate classes one for current members up to Black belt and the other a beginners class open to the general public.
Photo: In the background our Public Class under the tuition of England Star Teah Pope
When the classes finished everyone, including the audience and special guests were invited to participate in a relaxation exercise with Angela Buillard-Meaden from Essex Physiotherapy Clinic using her ‘Play Pause Unwind’ resources.
Photo: Angela Bulliard-Meaden from Essex Physiotherapy Clinic, holds a relaxation exercise for all the attendees
Photo: Play Pause Unwind - participants listen to Play Pause Unwind track - 'The Beach' as they relax.
Following on from this The Mayor, Councillor Paul Hutchinson made individual presentations to both Richard Kheder and Richard Naylor-Jones in recognition of their outstanding contribution and long service to Chelmsford Karate Club.
Photo: The Mayor of Chelmsford - Councillor Paul Hutchinson talks with Richard Kheder before presenting him with his award.
Photo: The Mayor - Councillor Paul Hutchinson and Richard Kheder with his award
Photo: The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Paul Hutchinson presents Richard Naylor-Jones with an award
Sir Simon Burns, MP for Chelmsford then presented England International, Teah Pope with an award for being an ‘Inspirational Shotokan Tiger’, following her silver medal at the European Championships last November. He then presented Chief instructor Sensei Dot Naylor, with a special award for her service to Karate. Sensei Dot Naylor, who is 82 years old, will celebrate 50 years of training with the Karate Union of Great Britain, the largest single style Karate organisation in the UK, that was founded in 1966.
Photo: Sir Simon Burns, MP with England Star Teah Pope following her 'Inspirational Shotokan Tiger' Award
Photo: Sir Simon Burns presents Sensei Dot Naylor with an award for her long service to Karate
In closing, there was the opportunity for all the attendees to take ‘time to talk’, with cake and refreshments provided by Louise's Cupcakes and the Oddfellows Arms Pub.
Photo: Louise's Cupcakes kindly donated these scrummy cakes
Photo: Sarah Roberts from the Oddfellow Arms in Chelmsford kindly made these edible Karateka
Instructor Jane Naylor-Jones said “Working with Time to Change and MIND we were keen to get as many people involved to help raise awareness. We were very pleased and honoured that both Sir Simon Burns and The Mayor came along to show their support to help end the stigma and discrimination for those that suffer mental health problems".
Photo: Karate is a family affair - Dad, Jon Glover with his daughter Caitlin and son Thomas
Photo: The Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Paul Hutchinson takes 'time to talk' about Mental health at the event. Thank you
Thank you to everyone who came along to support this day and a special thank you to Dovedale Sports Centre and their staff for sponsoring this event.