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On-Line Resources

Singalong with The Debenham Project Songbook

Many of you will know Stephen Mckie, our wonderful "Music Man", who has entertained us many times at our annual Garden and Christmas Carers Club parties. Stephen has, in his own inimitable style, recorded an extended concert of all the songs we love to sing - "A Melifluent Old Time Music Hall Extravaganza for your Delectation." I guarantee that you will find yourselves wanting to join in, and why not. So we have also produced "The Debenham Project Songbook" with the words to all the songs. To open the songbook and enjoy the concert click here. The words for all the songs can be downloaded from here

Exercising the Debenham Way

(An introduction to our on-line chair-based exercise video)

Hi Everyone,
We all know that we should do at least a little regular exercise, but at this time when we, and especially our older and less mobile neighbours, are spending much of our time isolated in our own homes. Why not join in with our Fit Club on line?
This is about making life easier for all who may be “over 60” and, perhaps, just “a bit stiff in the joints” or “a bit out of puff”, or unable to "get around like we used to". It is also a great way to de-stress if isolation is getting to you. What a difference can be made with some simple exercises that we can all do whilst sitting in a chair – removing stress, reducing pain, improving posture, helping with balance, coordination, and so on. It’s gentle and fun - not at all about “no gain without pain” – and you can do it at home - less of the gym and more of the lounge!

Just before the suspension of our Fit Club seated exercise group we recorded a video of one of our sessions that you can access for free. This session has been specially designed for anyone in the community who might like to join in with us in some regular gentle and safe exercise in their home, on their own or, perhaps, with a carer or family member. All you will need is a firm dining room or kitchen chair - preferably without arms - and a ball or small cushion. This is something we can all enjoy and feel better - you will see how much fun we have.

To access our full Fit Club session you will need a username and password and we will need your contact details to keep a record of who has access. Please use our Contact Us page to request them and give us your name and post code. Once you have a username and password you can use the link below to access the full video. In time we hope to also make the video available on DVD.

Take care and stay safe.

With all my best wishes,


Click here for access to the full video once you have contacted us for a username and password


This is a short trailer for the full video

The Fit Club Snack Bar

Getting into a daily or, if that’s more than you want, weekly exercise routine is a great idea, As well as Zoe’s Debenham Project “Fit Club” session video, we are opening “The Fit Club Snack Bar" which will offer a free al-a-carte menu of “Exercise Snacks”. These are specifically designed to suit the tastes and needs of those who just wish for a few minutes of gentle exercise specially prepared for their pleasure, and to ease a few aches and pains, and stresses and strains. To sample the first of these 5 minute snacks click here .

Mike Challis's Slideshows and Video

"4.45 and the day is beginning" recorded at Debenham Lake on 3rd May, National Dawn Chorus Day.

"Mickfield Meadow"  Fritillaries, and other wild flowers accompanied by birdsong

Relaxation the Debenham Way
(A Short Course)

Inevitably, the social isolation of a family, an older couple, or an individual is often going to lead to frustration, stress and tension. It is sometimes very difficult to keep calm, especially so if you can't get out even for exercise. It is even more so for those who are caring for someone who has dementia or another chronic ailment. So we have created a short course for relaxing in your homes when things are getting tough. We are calling it "Relaxing the Debenham Way". If you can find a quarter of an hour each day to learn and practice these techniques I know you will not only be able to cope with stress and anxiety more easily, but also to feel refreshed when you are feeling down. To find out more click here .......

Coronavirus (COVID 19) Local Support, Help and Advice

25th April - There are lots of volunteers who are offering to shop and to help in many other practical ways, and lots of people with ideas of how to make this time less worrisome and stressful. So please do not hesitate to ask for help. Here is my understanding of what is in place now. More. . .

Bird Song Opera

Who doesn't love the joy of our countryside birdsong - the blackbird, the thrush, the lark and the robin, the chiff-chaff, the turtle dove, the cuckoo, and the wren? But what about a whole orchestra of avian operatic stars? Try this for size and tell me that it doesn't lighten your heart - "The Bird Song Opera". Please note you will need to close the page before returning to this page or the 'opera' will continue to play .

Slideshow of the Lake at Hoppit Wood

Below is a picture of the lake at Hoppit Wood that links to a slideshow to allow you to relax and enjoy the countryside and the sound of birdsong from the comfort of your own home.