New Wisbech film club for over-60s set for blockbuster launch – according to feedback at Fenland Golden Age Fair

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Val Smith with one of the senior shoe boxes. Pictu

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Val Smith with one of the senior shoe boxes. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

A new film club aimed at helping older people get out of the house looks set to be a big hit, judging by the response from visitors at the latest Golden Age Fair.

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Ken Prior having his blood pressure checked, Bloo

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Ken Prior having his blood pressure checked, Blood pressure cheked by Andrew Cornwell, Duty manager for New Vision Fitness. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Called Silver Monday, the scheme has been launched by the Rotary Club of Wisbech in partnership with The Light Cinema, Wisbech.

It plans regular film shows for people aged over 60, with reasonably priced tickets, including complimentary tea and biscuits for the first event.

Tickets for the first show, due in November, were on sale at the fair in Wisbech St Mary on Wednesday (August 12) – and tickets and flyers were snapped up.

Valerie Smith, Rotary Club vice-president, said: “I was absolutely delighted with the response – everyone seemed to love the idea. We distributed about 70 tickets and flyers either to individuals or other organisations, which was fantastic.

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Picture: Steve Williams.

Golden Age fair Wisbech St Mary Community Centre. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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“We decided to launch Silver Monday after reading statistics from Age UK that there are five million of our older generation who suffer from isolation. We wanted to do something about that and this is the result.”

This was the first time that The Rotary Club of Wisbech had attended a Golden Age Fair and Mrs Smith said she was very impressed with the event.

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She said: “I learned of the detail behind organisations I hadn’t heard of, found a speaker for a Rotary event, was challenged to a conker competition by the Lions, agreed to support the Library in one of their initiatives, found out my C02 alarm was at the wrong height and networked with a number of partners.”

About 75 people visited the fair, which was organised by Fenland District Council’s Golden Age team.

More than 30 organisations took part. They included Age UK, the Carers Trust, Rural Citizens Advice Bureau, Macmillan Cancer Support, Wisbech Lions Club, Diabetes UK, Breathe Easy Fenland, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help and the Fenland Volunteer Centre.

? The first Silver Monday show is on November 16. It will feature The Lady in the Van, with Maggie Smith. For more information contact Valerie Smith on 01945 860596 or email valerie.j.smith@btinternet.com

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