Members of Brendoncare’s West End club were delighted to welcome a visit on 9th July from the Mayor of Eastleigh, Councillor Bruce Tennent.
A keen supporter of the West End club, Councillor Tennent, who has recently contributed to the running costs of the club, came along to the weekly meeting at Hilldene Community Hall to meet the volunteers who run the club and to join in with the members who attend each Monday.
The Brendoncare club for older people, which offers a varied programme of activities each week, has had some fantastic support this year not only from Councillor Tennant but also from Councillor Tonia Craig from Hampshire County Council, the Bonhomie United Charity Society, Eastleigh Borough Council, West End Parish Council and St James’ Church HOPE committee – all recognising the benefits the club brings to local older people in the community in reducing social isolation and loneliness.
During his visit, the Mayor was able to enjoy a game of 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 Tennent said of his visit to the club: “Brendoncare clubs provide a very valuable service to the community. My visit to the West End club showed me what can be done to help local residents meet up in a social environment over a cup of tea, whilst playing Rummikub or kurling. One resident told me that they did not know their near neighbour until coming to one of the Brendoncare Monday sessions.”
Brendoncare Clubs provide fun and friendship to older people across Hampshire and Dorset through their 90+ social and exercise clubs. West End Club meets each Monday at the Hilldene Community Hall on the High Streeet from 2pm-4pm, offering a range of activities and a warm welcome.