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Creating Confident Communities Event

November 28, 2012 in Nutrition, Regular Updates

**Please note, the date for this event has been changed to February**

Eclipse (IPD) and FunMeFit would like to invite you to:

‘Creating Confident Communities’ 

Tuesday 19th February 2013

8am – 9.30am

At The Foundry Climbing Centre, Sheffield

A unique activity-based networking event for all those interested in building a more active and involved community. As a networking opportunity it is aimed at delegates in South Yorkshire and includes a climbing introduction session. Furthermore, there is a selection of “market leading” teambuilding activities to ‘break the ice’ and inspire. It takes confidence and commitment to positively influence your community. Through collaboration with contacts new and old, you can strengthen, develop and build stronger communities throughout South Yorkshire. Attend and start the transformation!

Cost: £12 (includes admission, refreshments & a climbing session) per delegate.

Places are limited so book now to ensure you do not miss out on this Unique Opportunity to meet new contacts, discuss areas of common interest and try new activities. You can book through Eventbrite here:



Climbing starts 8.15am onwards – The option to ‘have a go’ at climbing taught by qualified instructors. An ideal opportunity to ‘break the ice’ with other networkers.Team-working activities start 8.15am onwards – Mentally challenging activities to encourage team working, the development of EQ and learn new skills. Ideal for those who want to be less physical. Participants require no specialist equipment. Climbing harnesses and belay devises will be provided by Eclipse-IPD Ltd. The instructors will operate to a maximum ratio of 1 to 8. We advise climbers wear loose fitting clothes and training shoes.

For further information please contact:
Kate Hill


Eclipse (IPD) Ltd
Karl Bacon
07963639725 and Suzanne Wilks 07950247495



Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!

November 19, 2012 in Medicine, Nutrition, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

As more young women are discovering the advantages of living a healthier and alcohol-free life, FunMeFit are launching a campaign: “Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!”

Let’s face it girls, none of us want a beer belly, that paled complexion, health issues or any other alcohol-related problems that we all know can arise from regularly consuming any type of alcohol. As a tee-totaller myself, I’m regularly worrying about the drinking habits of friends and family but it seems that I’m not the only one with concerns about the effects of alcohol on health. I was excited to see this article in the Daily Mail:

Turning their backs on booze: Four young women explain why it’s cool to be part of Generation Sober  by MEL HUNTER @


“It’s a surprising phenomenon – far from binge drinking, many young women are turning their backs on alcohol completely”.

With FunMeFit, I always like to celebrate upbeat stories like this where cultural changes are having a positive impact instead of the usual negative drone. This is why I’ve decided to launch our new campaign:


“Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!”


There’s a simple strategy behind it: Get more women into sport, exercise and living a healthier and more active lifestyle and try to discourage women from doing all those naughty things that we know make us less attractive, unhealthy and more prone to serious health problems.

Alcohol is listed as the top way to prevent heart problems by The British Heart Foundation on their website


“Drinking too much alcohol is one of the most common causes of hospital admission in the UK.

And drinking more than the recommended limits can have a harmful effect on the heart.

It can cause abnormal heart rhythmshigh blood pressure, damage to the heart muscle and other diseases such asstrokeliver problems and some cancers.

Alcohol is also high in calories so it can lead to weight gain. If you are trying to lose weight, cut down on alcohol.”

So if we can encourage young women to give up the booze, as well as anyone else we know and start enjoying something else on a Friday and Saturday night like sport or perhaps a fun girlie night walk then we can all be happier, healthier and feel more like we’ve lived life.

What do you want to remember when you reach your older years? Nothing…Or a fun life filled with activity and friends? I know I’ve made my choice.

So Don’t Get Drunk, Get Going Girls!!

A History of Cycling in Sheffield

November 13, 2012 in Medicine, News, Nutrition, Regular Updates, Website Updates

Cycling in Sheffield – Then and Now  

Dr Jim Walker


This year’s Olympics, and characters like Bradley Wiggins, have inspired a resurgence in interest in cycling – even in the hilly terrain of Sheffield. The challenges faced by enthusiasts are not new…..

In June 1869 local papers had a new epidemic to report:


In Sheffield and vicinity, the symptoms of that alarming malady, the bicycle fever, are becoming daily more strongly marked and developed…

which might require ‘additional accommodation at the medical institutions of the town’ such as ‘extra facilities for the treatment of casualties’. Undeterred, the fabulous Browne Brothers appeared at the Alexandra Opera House in a display of bicycling dexterity, and in the same week the fever spread:

A Bicycle Club is being formed at the Shakespeare Inn, Gibraltar Street, and there is every prospect of its being a complete success.

(2 June 1869)

Tracing the beginnings of the fever leads us back a month earlier, when a Bicycle Club and Grounds were founded at Sharrow (near Wilson’s Snuff Factory), with a public launch at a crowded Pomona Hotel, with hundreds gathered outside to see a velocipede contest in which a bicycle of local firm Beck and Candlish of Brown Street was proven superior to one imported from Pickering of New York.

Prior to this, however, on April 20th 1869, the ingenious inventor Benjamin Gorrill had been first to announce his own make of ‘bicycle and tricycle velocipedes, of the best materials and workmanship’. He was the son of a scissor-maker of Eyre Street, and started as a scissorsmith, branched out into Orrery making and announced his new-fangled velocipedes (his son John Gorrill was an early rider in the Sheffield contests) from Cadman Lane, Sheffield. Elaborate planetary gear systems were a speciality, as noted in the Independent:

A most ingenious, skilfully constructed, and beautiful mechanism, showing the movements of the earth and sun, with other celestial phenomena, the work of Benjamin Gorrill, has been lent to the Museum…

The Brown brothers from Liverpool (before they added an ‘e’ to their name on the Alexandra stage) must have infected many with bicycle fever in a series of outdoor public displays on the 18th May, although the town’s physical geography posed a challenge:

Since the brothers have been in Sheffield they have tried to mount some of our hills, and have succeeded in getting up Snighill, Pond Hill, and have gone from Norfolk Street to Broomhill. In the afternoon of today they intend to try Paradise Square.

Crowds of locals held their collective breath as the brothers ‘made an attempt to rise Paradise Street’, noting that ‘from Westbar, all the way up, it is very uneven, being paved with very rugged boulders’, but they ultimately failed to conquer the final dozen yards near the top.

Henry Swan, curator of John Ruskin’s Museum which opened a few years later on Bell Hagg Road, Walkley, was another early pioneer of cycling, but Walkley’s uncompromising gradients presented the same problem and were only to be attempted by the truly dedicated. Swan promoted the benefits of athletic exercise, took in the invigorating air, maintained a strictly vegetarian lifestyle and was an advocate of the Cold-Water Cure.

His employer, however, was a critic of all mechanical transport, to be avoided ‘where it supersedes healthy bodily exercise’, famously denouncing steam engines but also objecting to bicycles:


I not only object, but am quite prepared to spend all my ‘bad language’ in reprobation of the bi-, tri-, and 4-,5-, 6 or 7 cycles, and every other contrivance and invention for superseding human feet…

                                                                                (John Ruskin)

Heavy steel velocipedes may not compare well to the carbon-fibre machines of today, but there were some early fore-runners. Surveyor Frank William Smith of the Hawthorns, Carr Road, Walkley, knew all about the state of the local roads (soon to be appointed Surveyor of Highways for Sheffield); and for health, comfort and practicality on the hills of Walkley he pioneered a bamboo bicycle (a London-based company advertised a ‘Special Racer’ weighing only 25lbs). His testimony in The Graphic, using words of heresy in a City of Steel, conjures an image of him gliding lightly up Blake Street or Bell Hagg Road past bemused steel-workers:

                Riding a Bamboo is indeed a pleasure which, to the riders of steel machines, is unknown.

                                                                (Walkley, 15 March 1897, the Graphic)


Bamboo never caught on, however, presumably because the cycles didn’t last – so ultimately the steel-makers had the last laugh….


Volunteer for FunMeFit!

November 2, 2012 in News, Regular Updates, Uncategorized

Fancy doing something different with your free time?

FunMeFit are looking for a Volunteer to work with us on helping get local people active, promoting us on social media, events organising, promoting members, charity fundraising & awareness, assisting with paperwork and some other jobs!


Experience not always necessary, just a willingness to make a difference in the community & possess an ability to work hard and be part of a team. Good communication & written skills would be an advantage but the position can be altered according to individual skills & experience.

Must possess own Laptop/Computer with access to internet.

Could lead to a paid position in the future.

Flexible hours but at least 6 Hours per week +

Must be based in the South Yorkshire Area.

Call Kate on 07854 682323 or contact me via social media or via e-mail:

We look forward to hearing from you!