In recognition of the national event ‘The Great Get Together’, members of Brendoncare’s Andover Saturday club were delighted to welcome a visit on 23rd June, from the Mayor of Andover, Councillor Barbara Long.
Keen to support the work of the late Jo Cox MP and her legacy to help reduce loneliness and social isolation, Councillor Long visited the weekend club, which meets each week in Andover, armed with biscuits! She wanted to find out more about the members who attend, the volunteers who run the club and the activities they enjoy each week.
The activities during the Mayor’s visit included some craft with club members and the local Girls’ Brigade, a good old cup of tea and a chat, as well as the chance to sample some new age kurling! Indoor kurling is a fun and friendly game based on the Olympic sport of ice curling. It can be played indoors on a smooth surface and has been designed to enable everyone to play, making it a very popular choice amongst Brendoncare clubs.
Councillor Long said of her visit to the Andover Saturday Club: “I received a warm welcome from members and volunteers. Clubs like Andover Saturday Club are a great place for people to meet and make new friends. I know how hard it can be to walk through a door on your own to meet people but everyone can be assured of a warm welcome.”
Brendoncare Clubs provide fun and friendship to older people across Hampshire and Dorset through their 90+ social and exercise clubs. Andover Saturday club meets each week at the United Reformed Church on East Street from 10.30am-12.30pm whilst the Four Corners club also meets at the church on alternate Thursdays, 2pm-4pm. Both offer a variety of activities and entertainment.
More information about Brendoncare Clubs can be found on the charity’s website www.brendoncare.org.uk or by telephoning 01962 852133.