Angie and Graham Nicholls with our two boys who go to a local school. We settled in the area 2012 after Graham retired from the Air Force.
In beautiful rural Perthshire, between Abernethy and Newburgh is a fantastic centre called Jamesfield. It has an organic farm shop, restaurant, garden centre, hairdressers, beauticians and podiatrist.
Within this centre is a vacant 1st floor just waiting to be spruced up and to blossom with life that will bring much needed community facilities to the area, bring jobs and support local businesses.
Our ideas have been influenced by Angie’s passion as a fitness instructor, our experiences as parents, and by listening to what would benefit the local area – for example, we have no dedicated fitness facilities or indoor family play areas within a 10-mile radius!
Our aim is to enable a social and active lifestyle inclusive of all ages and abilities. To do this we will be converting the space to include a gym, café, indoor play area (with creche), multi-purpose studio, study hub and flexible social space. See below for more detail.
We are passionate about being an active member of the the community and commit to work with local groups and businesses. We will be a living wage provider, a supporter of work experience schemes and an integrated part of our towns and villages.
Early 2019, striving for the gym and café facilities to open in January and the indoor play scheduled for early March. We need your help though, to prove support and secure funding…
Our research shows that there is great support for this in the community. We are all aware of the many issues such as obesity, mental well-being, social isolation and loneliness affecting people across the country. We hope to help alleviate these problems by providing an all-inclusive social facility where being fit and healthy is fun and accessible!
The final hurdle to making this project a reality is funding. Before we add the fun stuff, we also need to build walls, put in sanitary facilities and add heating and lighting. Any funds raised in this campaign will specifically go to these costs and, ultimately, into a facility that we foresee being part of the community for many years to come.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story and for your pledges. Please remember to share and ‘like’ as much as possible. A little input from a lot of people can make a huge difference, inspire confidence amongst our lenders and greatly support our grant applications.
Angie, Graham and Puk Puk!
Timetables to be developed from your suggested activities, potentially including:
Parent and baby classes
Snuggle movie time for parents and younger children
Les Mills Born to Move classes for 2-12yr olds. (I adore these classes for the simple reason that they are non-competitive. Just movement for the sake of having fun).
Relaxation, meditation and mindfulness for kids and teens
Les Mills RPM indoor cycling classes
Les Mills Sh'bam dance classes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CK1B78B0wOM
Zumba & Zumba Gold
Gentle circuits & family circuits
Classes for exercise referral: arthritis, osteoporosis, lower back pain, obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes...
Classes for "mature movers"
- Yoga and mindfulness
- Ladies only gym sessions
Café and Flexible Social Space:
- Host local toddler group and nursery sessions
Host breast feeding social groups
Balance bike and ride-on sessions
Giant family game sessions
Quiet play times
- Ideas are limitless, and we'll be listening to your suggestions...
Study Pods and Hub.
These can be used individually, for example, by parents using the creche to concentrate on their personal development whether answering emails, studying, or planning to get back to work. They can also be linked together creating group study spaces that we can used for private, business or community group meetings, small group classes such as nutrition and weight loss or even set up as an after-school homework hub whilst siblings are in classes.