Last weekend saw the opening of our beautiful new centre.  Months of meetings, planning, scheduling and renovations all came together at the final hour.

health and wellbeing reception

On Friday evening we welcomed the press, professionals and practitioners from the industry and local businesses for an open evening showcasing our facilities and practitioners.  The evening finished with a warm welcome to the community by Jacky Sutton – Chair of the Parish Council.  Jacky herself is a firm believer of complementary and alternative medicine and spoke of the need for individuals to take responsibility for their health and wellbeing.  Jacky spoke of her understanding of the NHS having limited resources and expressed her delight in Rowan House joining the thriving community of Hethersett.

treatment room

Following this Rachel Pailes – Business Development Manager for the centre shared her experience of starting up a business and compared it to having a baby; with the initial excitement soon being taken over by endless research and planning all coming to a climax a couple of weeks before ‘the birth’.  She described our practitioners like her mummy friends she met along the way, each with their own story (for joining the profession), each one supportive and invaluable for sharing skills, tips and knowledge.  She then acknowledged the importance of family and the reliable people around you who keep everything working behind the scenes whilst you attend to your baby’s needs.  She then concluded with her top 5 tips for any new parent (parent to a new business):

  • Respond to your baby’s (businesses) needs
  • Give it all the love you can manage
  • Don’t sweat the small things
  •  It’s fine to make mistakes but learn from them
  • Buy a tumble dryer!

hethersett fire engine

The Saturday was a family fun day, where the centre and its rooms were open to the general public and local users to come and try taster treatments, listen to professionals talk and enjoy the family wellbeing activities.  Our largest meeting room was filled with soft play equipment and the buzzing atmosphere created by Penny from Mini Monkey Gym.  Helena from Hethersett library provided a relaxing story time session towards the end of the celebrations and a treasure hunt and colouring activities encouraged children and parents of all ages to explore and engage with the centre.  Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and the outdoor play area we set up was a little washed out.  The downpours however did not stop the children enjoying meeting the Firemen and exploring the fire engine from Hethersett’s retained station and the adults enjoying the BBQ provided by The Paddock Butchery.

paddock butchers hethersett

The weekend’s festivities were all in aid of Star Throwers and raised over £250 for the cancer support charity in Wymondham.  Rowan House Health and Wellbeing would like to thank all the practitioners and local businesses who donated prizes for this worthy cause.  Were you a lucky winner?

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