Healthy Brockley workshops

The chirpy team at Healthy Brockley (run by Brockley Community Church) are running a range of workshops this Sunday (5th October), and are keen for BC readers to come along.


The event will take place at Brockley Primary School, Brockley Rd from 12 til 3.30pm.

Among the treats on offer are:

- 'The How of Happiness' with mental health worker Sherry Clark & Brockley Community Church's Andy Parnham

- A local history walk led by Des Kirkland of BXAG

- 'How to Drug-Proof your Kids' by Mickey Bailey of Christian drug education charity Hope UK

- 'Laugh your Way to Happiness' with Cathy Collymore, a 'laughter coach'.

The church is also offering free massage sessions and smoothies all afternoon, along with stalls and other activities.

35 comments:

Anonymous said...

It sounds divine!

Brockley Nick said...

Regular exercise - good
Balanced diet - good
Smiling and being nice to one another - good

Conflating religious gobbledigook with any of this stuff - bad.

But I made that point last year so I'll shut my mouth now.

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing that "The How of Happiness" turns out to have something to do with God.

I'm also guessing that "How to Drug Proof Your Kids" turns out that the secret is getting them to believe in God.

I wonder if the smoothies will be drugged?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the 'laugh your way to happiness' guys could introduce the drugs guys to a bit of marajuana? Always gives me the giggles.

Jt said...

One man's gobbledigook is another man's salvation. Think of it (the so called gobbledigook) like art Nick, no discernible point but we do because it makes us (some of us that is feel better about things or think about things are transcend from the everyday).

Monkeyboy said...

Are you deliberatly trying to wind up us aetheists?

Church offering massage? Can we request that they wear some appropriate religious reglia while doing that, a crucifix or nun's habbit perhaps? As an ex-Catholic (is there such a thing?) I find a bit of blasphemy related guilt adds a certain something to these encounters.

Anonymous said...

Lol at 'ex' Catholics. Once a Catholic always a Catholic. It's like the concept of atheist Jews. Pulease, it's your culture. Stop denying yourself.

Anonymous said...

Bejesus.

Brockley Nick said...

@jt - or like opium?

Jt said...

Some churches serve wine, others serve kool-aid, the key is being able to discern between the two.

13:24 said...

In my mind (and I'll project that onto everyone else's if you don't, er, mind). If you try to be 'happy', then you're having to rely on something to hive you that happiness. Once that object is not there, then you're unhappy again. You can become addicted to finding and experiencing that object again, and often need a bigger hit to get the same effect.

Best to take action to get rid of the things that make you unhappy. (internally and externally), to reveal that natural inner joy, or peace. It's not easy.

Failing that, moderation in all things

And what Brockley Nick said.

13:24 said...

sp: hive is obviously give

Monkeyboy said...

anon @11:17.. I used to believe in the Tooth Fairy and Father Christmas, but I grew out of that too.

I'm not denying my 'culture' I'm the product of many different influences - including slightly dotty nuns.

Brockley Kate said...

Ah that makes sense, Monkeyboy was one of those kids from the Sound of Music ...

drakefell debaser said...

Er, what is a laughter coach exactly? Do they improve your technique? Provide tips on how to prevent tea coming out your nose?

The walk could be interesting though and if the weather is good I might go down. Any ideas what time it is?

drakefell debaser said...

the walk that is?

The Cat Man said...

Ho hum, the choice of denying ones own religion (aka "a cultural trait") to in order to become more inclusiveness to others.

Sounds like a familiar theme!

We all know my position. We should encourage these things even if it excludes some (in this case those who do not believe in god - such as myself).

Let them be.

The Cat Man said...

bless them

Anonymous said...

I've seen an advert for a very interesting looking black church on my way into Brockley - looks like a lot of fun!

Monkeyboy said...

Denying my religion? I no longer believe in god...erm....thats it.

Are you saying that you have to believe the first thing your taught?

I'm sure you have a point, just not sure what it is.

nobbly brick said...

"chirpy team"?

these parrots get everywhere...

"Conflating religious gobbledigook"

Nick, I think we've found common ground...

Brockley Nick said...

@nobbly

Thank the Good Lord

nobbly brick said...

I will thank him (traditionally) whilst laughing and cautioning some youngsters at a busstop on the dangers of drugs.

Anonymous said...

There's a guy on the corner of "Sid's" that quite often offers me a bit. Conservation area-grade, apparently.

The Cat Man said...

Does anyone remember when religous groups started recruiting/aiming at new joiners at universities a few years back? Does that still happen?

Now that was scary...

At least we are adults now, apparently.

Monkeyboy said...

I was NOT in the Sound Of Music...Think Andy may have filled one of the roles. Can't for the life of me think which one (!)

Gossip lover said...

Has Nick participated in any of the Healthy Brockley events. Nick do some reportage, Louis Theroux style.

Finbar Saunders said...

Is Cathy Collymore any relation to Stan of dogging fame?

Anonymous said...

We at the Brockley Dogging Society aren't sure (this weekend up at Hilly Fields by the way if anyone's interested) but maybe other locals could shed light?

Anonymous said...

I quite like the sound of some Louis Theroux style reportage or at least some mystery shoppers reporting back. Might help to answer some of the more cynical contributors on here. Can't say more than I've said before really. Healthy Brockley isn't about trying to convert people. There are spiritual aspects to the programme but its basically a marketplace of activities that might help to improve your health and wellbeing. You take what you like and leave what you don't. There may be some nutcases - to be honest I can't vouch for everybody. Like people keep saying, we're old enough to make up our own minds about what we think.

Andy Thomas, Health Brockley organiser

Tamsin said...

And in the words of the Tommy Cooper gag - "You can't say fairer than that, then!"

Anonymous said...

Just wondered if anyone on here came to Healthy Brockley yesterday and if you've got any comments. I'm particularly interested in finding out if anyone got 'saved' (just to be clear - in case you haven't read any of the previous discussions about Healthy Brockley, that was intended as a joke).

From my point of view it was a really good day despite the weather. Des's local history talk was packed, Isabel from the Sunflower Centre was kept busy giving free massages throughout the afternoon and lots of people laughed their way through the laughter workshop. All in all a great community atmosphere.

Next event will be the Christmas Lantern Making workshop in mid December.

Anonymous said...

Sorry - should have said that last comment was from me.

Andy Thomas, Healthy Brockley organiser

Beecrofter said...

I missed this event, but went to another of their events a few years ago and I have to say that there was absolutely no bible-bashing in evidence at all. Am a bit disappointed by the predjudice displayed by some of the comments here - especially by people who didn't even go! I personally would never choose to go to an evangelical type church, but surely by doing this type of thing they are bringing something good to the community in terms of fun and learning and just a place to meet people - far too many people just see their faith as turning up to church on sunday and that's where it ends - at least this lot are doing something practical to help others - well done!

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