Baoding balls add Oriental element to St Kieran’s fundraiser

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A pair of unidentified Chinese-style balls in a box caused confusion at a St Kieran’s Roman Catholic Church coffee morning.

Some speculated that they may be stress balls and they were not far off, as after some investigation, they appear to be Chinese Baoding balls.

Small enough to hold both spheres in one hand, they are also known as exercise balls, health balls, meditation balls, and medicine balls.

Rotating the balls repeatedly in the hand is intended to improve finger dexterity, relax the hand or increase hand strength, and they work similarly to Western stress balls.

They were not the only Oriental items at the bric-a-brac stall as a petite coffee set was also in an East Asian style.

The St Kieran’s Hall fundraiser, which made around £770, also featured a raffle, bottle stall and baking stall.

Some Chinese-style objects were among the items for sale at the bric-a-brac stall, run by Jen McGrory. 50_c39stkierans01

Lorraine and Mary behind the well-supplied raffle stall. 50_c39stkierans02

Betty McIntyre ran the bottle stall which cleared up quickly. 50_c39stkierans03

Catherine Walker and Ann Von Hoff enjoyed a blether. 50_c39stkierans04

Stacey Harrogate and Jacqueline Flaws enjoyed a cuppa. 50_c39stkierans05

Volunteers worked hard in the kitchen. 50_c39stkierans06

Margaret Wilson and Anne Skillen kept the baking stall running smoothly. 50_c39stkierans07