New Horizons, the club for older people in the area, continues to grow and thrive. After arriving at a welcoming cup (or two!!) of coffee or tea with biscuits, many of the members join in with activities such as art, scrabble, dominos or a game of cards. Some just enjoy a good chat; alternatively, they might choose to read the newspapers or a magazine. Several appreciate the opportunity to ask volunteer shoppers to purchase something they need — or maybe they just fancy a treat!
Of course, everyone looks forward to the delicious home-cooked two-course meal followed by more coffee or tea. Anyone who wishes can also join in with the armchair exercises which are fun as well as beneficial.
The club’s members were treated to a day out in our leader’s lovely garden in June to celebrate the Queen’s birthday. It was a warm sunny day which meant we could sit out in the garden to play games or chat. It was so nice to be able to wander around admiring her beautiful garden …. and the horse was fed several apples!
Volunteers recently had an evening at The Hut on Felixstowe seafront to mark the 90th birthday of one of our long- serving, always willing helpers, Ron Hepworth. Ron has been actively involved in the day centre from the start; there to fight our corner whenever needed. It was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a meal together and get to know each other better.
If you have a few hours free on Thursdays please consider becoming a volunteer. Drivers are especially needed to pick members up within a five-mile radius of Woodbridge and take them to St. Mary’s Hall around 9.45; then pick them up at 2pm and take them home. The transport is organised on a rota for when it suits you, and you would be paid for mileage to offset the costs.
Or you could help out during the day in the hall. You might find yourself making tea and coffee, playing scrabble or dominoes, helping serve lunch, or clearing away between activities. But the most important thing we do is chatting to the members and providing companionship. They have all lived such interesting lives and have wonderful stories to tell. You will receive far more in return than you give, and go away with a smile on your face.
New Horizons meets weekly on Thursdays from 10am – 2pm at St. Mary’s Church Hall, 11 Market Hill, Woodbridge, IP12 4LP. The cost for the day is £8.00 with a small additional fee if you require transport. People over the age of 55 are invited to come along and join us. For more information and to make arrangements, please phone Lin on 07514 364752 and speak to one of our leaders.