|Celebrating Age In Merton|
Dance event marks end of festival
This year's Celebrating Age Festival came to a close with a Ballroom dancing evening in Colliers Wood.
Hundreds of residents took part in computer classes, learnt poetry and even went on trips to Chartwell, Canterbury and Portsmouth Cathedral.
Intergenerational activity increased this year with successful events engaging both older and younger people.
Gin and Dry, a short film about people in a care home featuring Merton residents as extras was screened at the Colour House Theatre. Children from St Mark's Primary School joined some of the older people to discuss the issues raised in the film including kindness and consideration, and the importance of spending time with your family.
Cadets from Wimbledon College ACF (see picture) and a team of volunteers from local Barclays branches assisted with the day trips during the fortnight, pushing wheelchairs, lending a helping hand, sharing stories and generally having a great time.
Festival organiser, Sue Tickner said: "Celebrating Age is the biggest event for the over 50s in Merton. We work hard every year to show people the fun part of getting older, and help people to find hobbies and groups where they can enjoy the extra free time they have.
September 22, 2011