Health and wellbeing fair held at village hall

Cranfield and Marston Patient Participation Group Health and Wellbeing Fair - MP Alistair Burt with Rena Persaud, chair, and  Andrew Boyd, practice manager.
Cranfield and Marston Patient Participation Group Health and Wellbeing Fair - MP Alistair Burt with Rena Persaud, chair, and Andrew Boyd, practice manager.

A health and wellbeing fair held in Cranfield may become an annual event.

The Cranfield and Marston Patient Participation Group (PPG) hosted its first Health and Wellbeing Fair, attracting many visitors to the village hall.

Cranfield and Marston Patient Participation Group Health and Wellbeing Fair - MP Alistair Burt MP and Cllr David Bowater try some Nordic walking with Elaine Kearns. Picture: MB Photography.

Cranfield and Marston Patient Participation Group Health and Wellbeing Fair - MP Alistair Burt MP and Cllr David Bowater try some Nordic walking with Elaine Kearns. Picture: MB Photography.

Stallholders included local walking groups, Beezee Bodies offering healthy lifestyle advice for the whole family, information from Public Health at Central Bedfordshire Council about how to stop smoking, Hands Across Cranfield, Central Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG) and many more.

With the support of the surgery team, visitors were also offered flu jabs and book NHS Health Check appointments, which proved to be very popular.

The initial plans for a new surgery in the village were also on display and residents were very keen to make their opinions known as to what services should be provided when it gets built, at the fair held on September 12.

MP Alistair Burt and Cllr David Bowater, chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, attended.

Opening the fair, PPG chair Rina Persaud said that she hoped that this would become an annual event in the village diary and that it should been seen as just the start of how to get the community engaged in health and social care and allowed the group to bring information closer to home and make it more accessible.

Cllr Bowater said he was keen to take the success of the fair back to his home constituency in Leighton Buzzard as he had never seen anything like it in his area.

Rena added: “Thank you also to the wonderful ladies from Cranfield WI and the Trefoil Guild for organising the refreshments and for the Co-op in Cranfield for donating the tea, coffee and sugar. “A thank you must also go to the following local business for their support in donating raffle prizes: Looks n Locks; Budgens (Cranfield); Co-op (Cranfield); Ingle & Cave Family Butchers; Middleton Pool & Fitness Centre and Hairing Around.

“The wonderful drawings, done as part of a poster making competition by some of the Year 4 Pupils at Church End Lower School in Marston Moretaine, showed what they think is important about keeping a healthy lifestyle and added that extra something to the day; everyone thought they were wonderful and congratulations to the three winners who each received a prize for their hard work.”

The PPG works to make sure that the patients have a voice in helping the surgery make the important decisions about the services it offers. It also provides an opportunity for patients to hear first-hand about developments in health provision and to feed their opinions right up to the BCCG board.

The PPG is always looking for new members and for ways to inform patients about what is going on with health services both locally and in the wider area. The £150 raised at the fair will go a long way to helping the group run future events. They are planning some free first aid training courses in the New Year. If you would like to register your interest email cranfieldandmarstonppg@gmail.com

Registered patients of the surgery and their carers can join the PPG by completing a registration form available from any of the surgeries or it can be downloaded from the surgery website at www.cranfieldandmarstonsurgery.co.uk or simply email

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