Bouncing Bulwell leaps off its sofa to tackle alarming health-statistics

GOLDEN ARROWS -- Bulwell Forester Thomas Watson casts a critical eye over young archer Juliana Kilbourne -- DISPIC NHUD 11-2362-5
GOLDEN ARROWS -- Bulwell Forester Thomas Watson casts a critical eye over young archer Juliana Kilbourne -- DISPIC NHUD 11-2362-5

A SPECTACULAR array of attractions got Bulwell residents off their sofas and into the open air for a Fun On The Forest attraction designed to boost the town’s health.

Earlier this year, the Dispatch reported exclusively on bombshell news that men in Bulwell die, on average, ten years younger than counterparts elsewhere in Nottingham.

RAT DOWN A DRAINPIPE! -- a playful tap from Theodore Thomas during a light-hearted game of 'Splat The Rat' -- DISPIC NHUD11-2362-4

RAT DOWN A DRAINPIPE! -- a playful tap from Theodore Thomas during a light-hearted game of 'Splat The Rat' -- DISPIC NHUD11-2362-4

A Department Of Health report disclosed that the town also suffers from poor levels of health and high levels of obesity, illness and deprivation.

As part of an initiative to tackle the problems, the Bulwell Forest Action Group launched the ‘Get Fit, Get Healthy, Get Involved’ initiative.

And last Saturday, the organisation staged its landmark Fun On The Forest event at Bulwell Forest, off Hucknall Road.

Hundreds of locals turned out for attractions ranging from live music to health checks, sports demonstrations and arts and crafts for children.

BOUNCING HIGH -- Shannon Monaghan on the giant inflatable slide -- DISPIC NHUD11-2362-3

BOUNCING HIGH -- Shannon Monaghan on the giant inflatable slide -- DISPIC NHUD11-2362-3

The health theme continued with street dancing, boxercise, dodgeball, kwik cricket, blood-pressure checks, netball, circuit training and stands promoting walking clubs, cycling and the Forever Young programme of exercise for pensioners.

Games, a tug-of-war competition, a visit by the fire brigade and much more completed the line-up.

Bill Blackamore, secretary of the Bulwell Forest Action Group, said: “We can, and did, make a difference to impact on the lives of many people and families in our community of Bulwell.

“We got a lot of positive feedback from residents who were very appreciative of our efforts. We can build on this year’s success and make next year’s event even better.”

Fun On The Forest was officially opened by Bulwell’s Labour MP Graham Allen, who told visitors that Bulwell was “a great place to live and its residents can achieve great things”.

Coun Nick McDonald (Lab), a Bulwell member of Nottingham City Council, said: “Thankyou to everyone who took part in the event. It was great to see so many people in one place and so many community groups coming together. It was fantastic to see Bulwell Forest being used for a community event of this kind.

“It was the first, and no doubt the next one will be even bigger and better.”