My Local Life: Cathryn Jaffrary

Give someone 20 minutes to talk about their life and you never know what you might discover! This month, Pilates Instructor Cathryn Jaffray tells us a little about herself.

Where do you live?
I live in Royston and have done my whole life.

Your favourite Local Shop?
My favourite shop is Mia Caro I can always find something different and reasonably priced, the service is so friendly and the gift wrapping is excellent.

The last book you read?
I have been reading the Conn Iggulden Wars of the Roses trilogy and also the Philippa Gregory books about the plantagenet queens. I absolutely love history and it being brought to life in a narrative style rather than just a text book.

What annoys you?
My pet irritations are people who don’t clean up after their dogs and people wrongly parking in the child and parent bays at Tesco. I can feel the steam coming out my ears thinking about it!

What is your favourite film?
My favourite film has to be the classic that is ‘Robin Hood Prince of Thieves’. Me and my best friend from school went to see it at Royston cinema and used to regularly quote Alan Rickman at each other for years afterwards. ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ is a more recent favourite. It was so funny myself and my girlfriends were crying with laughter.

What do you love about your work?
The best thing about my work has to be the clients that come to pilates because a health professional has told them to try pilates almost as a last resort to help with chronic pain or recurrent injury.

I love watching them grow to love the exercise method for its own sake, then gradually their pain lessens and eventually we forget that they came with a health problem and they come purely because it makes them feel good.
I also meet the most wonderful people some have been with me for ten years plus, I have some absolutely inspiring older people who squeeze every drop out of life and I hope I have their energy when I am in my 80’s!

What is your most valued possession?
Probably my jewellery, not worth much money wise but my wedding and engagement rings and also a links bracelet that my friends clubbed together and bought me for my 30th birthday, my friends and family are everything to me.

What is your favourite way to spend a Saturday?
I teach classes in the morning and then in the afternoon just hanging out with the kids sometimes taking them for a walk at Wimpole or maybe watching a film.

Most memorable Royston experience?
It has to be when the Splash Park opened in the summer, it was something that myself and a Facebook group I formed really pushed for. It meant I could say to my children if you really work hard for something and believe in it anything is possible. It made me proud to live in Royston.

What are you looking forward to most this January?
In January I look forward to meeting lots of keen new clients who want to try pilates! And I’m also looking forward to the sales!

How do you relax?
To relax I love going out with friends or visiting a spa. You can’t beat a hot stone massage and a glass (or two) of Prosecco.

Your favourite place to visit?
My favourite place to visit is the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. I originally trained as a dancer and I absolutely love the ballet. My favourite has to be ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and anything modern particularly Wayne Mcgregor’s work. I once saw one of his pieces there with live music on stage performed by Boy George and Mark Ronson it was just about the coolest ballet I have ever seen.

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