Christmas is going to look a little different for many people this year due to Covid. Some may not be able to gather with all their family or friends while others may be protecting the elderly or vulnerable and will make the decision not to meet. The Government have produced their guidelines for Christmas and these can be found here.
If you find yourself at a loose end this Christmas, there are some options available.
Somerset Libraries – supporting people over Christmas and New Year
Somerset Libraries are encouraging people to visit their local library over Christmas and New Year if you’re looking for something to do. They are open for browsing and for accessing public network computers over the holidays and usually they’re not so busy, so staff should have a bit of time to chat.
Frome will be offering the ‘Library Choice’ service – staff can hand-pick a selection of books for people to try, based on their reading preferences – or you may want to simply pop in to the library and ‘try something different’.
If you love reading crime or romance, why not try a different author or perhaps a whole new genre? Have you ever tried talking books, where you can just sit back and let someone else read a story? (talking books are free for anyone with a visual impairment) or why not let staff show you how to sign up and download free e-Magazines, e-Audiobooks or e-Newspapers, with free back-issues and you can keep them for as long as you like.
Library users could even borrow a DVD for a small fee and watch a film you haven’t seen before, or perhaps re-kindle some memories with one you watched some time ago.
The public computers are also available for anyone who may be struggling with IT at home, although you may need to pre-book a session so staff have time to ensure everything is properly cleaned in line with requirements to make things ‘Covid safe’.
Find out more details on Frome library’s Facebook page.
Mendip keeping residents active throughout the festive season with Fusion
Fusion Lifestyle, the charity that operates leisure facilities in the Mendip area, has announced its seasonal offering to help keep Mendip residents active this Christmas – including a new online service and a free gym pass for all!
With keeping healthy now more important than ever, Fusion is encouraging all residents to try out their fantastic facilities and claim their free gym pass, which is available from now through to Monday 4th January 2021.
To claim your pass, simply head to www.fusion-lifestyle.com/gympass select your preferred centre and enter the promo code GYMPASS. Visits will need to be booked via the Fusion Lifestyle app to ensure all centres can continue to operate in line with government guidelines. Centre users will be asked to arrive in their usual fitness gear, to streamline the contact process and keep customers safe.
The leisure centre in Frome is open throughout the holidays, apart from four days (25th, 26th, 27th December and 1st January). And the recently launched online offer means that you can stay active any time, any day, should you feel the urge to exercise. No equipment needed!
In addition to the centre programmes on offer this season, members now have access to a vast range of online classes through ‘Fusion at Home’ on demand. There’s something for everyone, from more advanced cardio classes like HIIT and Freestyle Combat through to the accessible Mature Stretch and Yoga for All. There’s even a Gentle Postural Fitness class, perfect for home workers bent over their laptops all day.
Take a look at the Frome Fusion website for more details.