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Gardening group

Do You Love All Things Green? Why not join The Gardening Group at Charing Surgery, for registered patients.

Join the gardening group and have fun doing something purposeful and improve your health and wellbeing at the same time. Get fresh air, exercise, be creative, and meet other people in a therapeutic space for patients to enjoy. Get involved and help organise, create, dig, plant, grow and nurture. Green fingers are not essential!

Open to all patients age 16+.

Tuesday 9am – 12pm

Pop along and say hello or email us

Walking group

Charing Surgery has a Walking Group that meets every Monday at 10 am (not bank holidays) in the Surgery Garden. There are two walk options; 1h or 1.5h walks from the Surgery. All adults are welcome, but no dogs or children. Wear suitable footwear. Free to come and just turn up. Refreshments are served afterward in the Surgery. For more info: Kent Community Health/One You Walk and Talk


The following mediation download has been made available to patients of the Charing surgery. It is a 20 minute, sitting meditation, to aid your wellbeing.

Seven Points of Sitting Meditation by Yvonne Fernando

Health Coach

Charing Practice and Ashford Rural PCN have now partnered with a health coach to provide a FREE 10-week couch to a 5km guided programme. Alongside the physical jogging, there will be lots of health promotion advice and encouragement. It starts in January and any patients with the following can come along to the programme :

Low fitness/activity, weight loss, pre-diabetes, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), menopausal symptoms, anxiety or depression, loneliness, postnatal deconditioning, improving fitness prior to planned surgery, unhealthy habits around alcohol or other substances, other conditions where exercise would benefit me (your health coach will be in touch to discuss).

Video courtesy: Kent Online


The next cohort of health coaching starts on the 15th of April. It will consist of a coach-led couch to 5k course and health coaching sessions around various aspects of physical health and mental wellbeing. Sessions are on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. in Tenterden. Patients can sign up here: Pre-application

We are a Parkrun Practice

We have Partnered with Ashford 5km Parkrun which is FREE and held every Saturday at 9am in Victoria Park, Jemmett Road, Ashford TN23 4QD.

Proud to be a park run practice

Why not either walk, jog or run and see your fitness improve as your time shortens over the weeks. Or if you’d like to volunteer they are always keen for helpers. Victoria Park Cafe is right there for a recovery coffee – it’s a good way to meet new people. You may bump into some of the Practice team too!

Meet by the café/nursery 10 minutes before it starts and you need to register in advance on their website which also gives lots more information.

COPD support group

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can join our patient-led COPD support group. We have been running this for many years and patients meet regularly in the surgery to inspire each other and to do some light exercises.  A room is provided by the practice which enables the group to meet regularly. Enquire at reception for further information.

Cycle to the Surgery/Pharmacy

Cycling is a good form of exercise and is more environmentally friendly than driving, so why not cycle to us? There are bike racks (near the exit) that you can lock your bike to

Are you less mobile but want to keep active?

We understand many of our patients are less able to physically exercise but perhaps you could consider if you are able to do chair-based exercises?

Here is some helpful guidance: British Heart Foundation – chair based exercise or perhaps watch Joe Wicks Body Coach – YouTube videos or Make You Move – YouTube videos

Belly dance and other aerobic exercises on NHS website

Exercises to raise your heart rate, including aerobics for beginners, dancing exercises and a work out to start your day. More info..

Pilates and yoga exercise videos for beginners

Pilates and yoga exercises, including exercises for beginners and exercises for people with problems such as back pain and arthritis. For videos click here

Local exercise classes or activitiese

Are you wanting some inspiration of how to get more physically active? Here are some good places to start

We are also developing a directory of LOCAL classes, sports club or activities that we can signpost our patients (of all ages) to. Please check back here later to see this develop. If you would like us to list a group you are involved with please email us the details on

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