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Updates and News from Space 2 Talk. December 2023


Welcome to our newsletter with a round up of news and events and a look ahead at what's on duirng December and our plans for 2024.

Thank you to My Pink Moon for supporting our Delapre Walk & Talks.

Our Saturday's can be a little frantic, we have numerous walking groups, Nordic walkers arriving for thier course, our base camp to set up and this week some VIP guests from Women4Women Walks (see below). Saturday 25th November, began with an extra boost, with a visit from Haley of My Pink Moon, with a cheque!

Haley is a person centred counsellor and spiritual healer with a great message:

"When you start to believe in yourself and discover who you are, it opens you up to much bigger things and you'll become aware not only of the magic around us but also of the magical powers within."

Women 4 Women

On 25th November we were pleased to welcome a group of ladies from Women4Women Walks group who joined us for a walk around Delapre. Although cold, the weather was glorious, clear skies and winter sun presenting the Abbey grounds at their best. Pete led the walk while one of our Space volunteers Jaquie, who is currently in training to be a guide for the Abbey, provided some historical context to the Abbey and its grounds.

What's On this December & January

As the winter sets in we beleive the support we offer and the oportunity to get out and walk in the winter sunlight, is more important than any other time of the year and our programme continues to offer regular group walk & talks, Nordic walking and events through December and into the new year.

We will be taking a break over the festive period, our last Walk & Talk will be at Delapre on 20th December and we return on 6th Januraury. But before this we still have a packed programme:

We are excited to be delivering Cycling with Confidence course both at Delapre Abbey and Northampton University. This programme is part of the Active Quarter partnership, funded by the Department for Transport through West Northamptonshire Council. This initiative is specifically designed for individuals living in West Northamptonshire who can ride a bike but seek an extra boost of confidence for their everyday cycling journeys.

Although initially programmed to run through November and December, we do hope to be able to offer this course or similar in the New Year, we will keep you informed.

Action for Happiness

Our Action for Happiness groups will continue through December and January. The last group for 2023 will be held on 20th December at Delapre Abbey.

Come to the entrance at the Coach House and a member of the team will make you welcome.

Meet with others who care about happiness, learn more about how to live a happier life take action and discover the 10 Keys of Happiness.

Introducing Danile Eggington

We are excited to introduce Daniel Eggington as an Ambassador.

Daniel is a seasoned adventurer, expedition leader, and guide, specialising in exploring some of the most remote and challenging regions around the world.

For those who attended Daniel's talk on 5th December, they heard him talk about his adventures and how in 2022, Daniel undertook an extraordinary journey by trekking through the notorious Darien Gap, a hazardous region, situated on the border between Panama and Colombia. To read more about Daniel's remarkable adventures and his deep-seated commitment to the delicate ecosystems of Central and South America, click here.

Daniel has been an invaluable asset to our team this summer. He has taken the lead in guiding our walks and providing his quiet yet impactful inspiration to participants. We are delighted Daniel has agreed to become an ambassador for Space.

Introducing Rodney Stephenson

We are pleased to announce that Mr Rod Stephenson will be joining SPACE and be responsible as the following :

Non-executive Director and Social Engagement for North England.

As many of you who attended our Cumbria events ar aware, Rod is our host and guide, he is now leading our Northern team and will be helping with the Social Engagement in 2024 as we deliver an expanded programme of activities and events.

Learn to Nordic Walk in 2024.

Fancy starting off the New Year with something different .......

Space are running a Nordic walking course for those who fancy getting out into the parkland and getting some exercise.

Come and join our very own Nordic walking Instructor Zena who will run you through a four session course on how to start Nordic Walking.

New adventures for 2024

Building on the success of our Cumbria trips this summer we are embarking on an expansion of our weekend breaks, retreats, short courses and beginner taster sessions. We are working on the programme now and keep an eye on our webpage and news updates for new activities and short courses.

We have already confirmed our first Cumbria Chill break on 15th March, so secure place now!

During this trip we are also running our first introduction to Wild Camping, intoduction to Hill Walking and for those with a really adventurous spirit the oportunity to learn some bushcraft skills, build and if you wish sleep in your own shelter!

But before these programmes start, what about a short winter excrsion? Work off the last of those Christmas mince pies and join us for a winter walk in south wales. We are are heading to Pen Y Fan for a short but steep walk up the highest mountain in South Wales. The route is simple and short but a little steep in places and winter makes it a little more fun!

Holiday Season closure

We will be taking a break over the festive period.

Our last meeting this year will be an Action for Happiness group on 20th December.

We will be back on 6th Janurary with our first Delpare walk for 2024.

From all of us at Space to Talk, thank you for being part of our family during 2023.

We wish you a happy and safe Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!


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