New Horizons, the club for older people in the area, continues to grow and thrive. Recently, the volunteers felt honoured to receive the Potter Community Cup from the Woodbridge Town Council. The cup is awarded every year to the person or organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the town during the preceding twelve months. While we were grateful for the recognition, the volunteers all feel that it is a pleasure and a joy to be affiliated with the club. 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. We receive far more in return than we give, and always go away with a smile on our face.
Every Thursday, after arriving to 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 chose 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.
Looking forward, the volunteers are organising a Talent Show to raise funds for Red Nose Day. And we have The Hut on Felixstowe sea front booked for two different days later in the year.
If you have a few hours free on some 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 2.30pm and take them home. The transport is organised on a rota for when it suits you, and you would be paid for mileage to cover your costs.
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 07514 364752 and speak to one of our leaders.