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A series of events has been organised in September and October to celebrate UK Older People’s Day.

Between 28 September and 13 October, Cherwell District Council will host a variety of entertainment ranging from zumba, yoga and art to pamper sessions, singing and health walks.

The festivities will coincide with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October which aimed to celebrate the lives and work of the older generations.

Cllr George Reynolds, Cherwell’s deputy leader, said:

“The older generations remain an important part of society so just like we do for all other age groups, we are organising an array of activities just for them. We have arranged for this to coincide with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October to help raise the profile and join in with celebrating and recognising the achievements and contributions from our older residents.

“As people get older they can find themselves lonely and isolated and these events are about breaking down those barriers by organising various events to bring the older generation together in a fun and sociable environment. We also hope the provision of free taster sessions will introduce and encourage people to take up new recreational activities.”

The activities will begin on Monday, 28 September with a free musical sing-a-long at the Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre from 10.45am to 11.45am.

The following day, on Tuesday 29 September, the Royal Voluntary Service will host an array of free activities including boccia, art and more sing-a-longs between 10am and 3pm.

On Wednesday, 30 September between 10am and 3pm, the activities will move to Exeter Hall in Kidlington for free activities including art, yoga, zumba, seated exercise and sing-a-longs.

The fun will return to Banbury on Thursday, 1 October as The Mill Arts Centre host the one-man show And This Is My Friend Mr Laurel, presented by Hi-de-Hi star Jeffrey Holland. Tickets for the show cost £10 each plus a £1.50 booking fee.

The final event of the week will be at the Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre on Friday, 2 October from 11am to 3pm where a free pamper day will be on offer to older people and their carers.

On Tuesday, 13 October residents in Bicester will have their chance to join in the fun at the town’s Health and Wellbeing Centre as part of a dementia awareness event. Between 10.30am and 3pm people can join in with free activities ranging from health walks and musical entertainment to manicures and massages.

The events have been organised with the support of Age UK Oxfordshire, the Royal Voluntary Service, Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre, Bicester Health and Wellbeing Centre and Volunteer Connect.

For more information on any of the events call 0125 221 803.

 


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