ASSEMBLY member Russell George went along to the launch of the Newtown Activity Support Group for people with arthritis.

He decided to Get Active for Arthritis with the first session, a yoga based class, in the Wesley Methodist Church at Back Lane, Newtown.

Advanced yoga teacher Maria Zervas joined forces with the Newtown Activity Support Group to provide the first of the weekly sessions with the group meeting every Friday from 4.30pm to 5.30pm.

"Exploring fun ways to increase mobility for people with arthritis" is the aim of the group.

"If you're living with arthritis, join us," they say.

The classes are free and no booking is required.

For more information contact Christine Heathcote via email at or call 02920 444155.

Other events lined up include Boccia on July 20, 27 and August 3, 17, 24 and September 7.

Chair based exercises have again been lined up for September 21 & 28 and October 5, 19, 26 and November 2.

On August 10, September 14, October 12 and November 19 the Activity Support Group meets with refreshments provided.

n ABOVE: Getting Active for Arthritis are, front right, AM Russell George and Roy Rylands. Back, from left, Maria Zervas, of Creative Yoga Motion, volunteer Stevie Arrowsmith, Get Active with Arthritis co-ordinator Helen Saxon-Jones and volunteer Jean Maitland.

Picture: Phil Blagg (PB376-6)