Banbury will be celebrating Older People’s Day next week with seven days of special events.
UK Older People’s Day is celebrated on 1 October to coincide with the UN International Day of Older Persons and Cherwell District Council (CDC) has teamed up with a number of community groups and charities to host a week-long series of events.
The week kicks-off on Monday, October 3 with an information fair at the Royal Voluntary Service in the Cornhill Centre, Castle Street, which includes: an art session between 10.30am and 11.30am, a musical sing-along with Molly Davies between 11.30am and 12.30pm, boccia (a ball sport suitable for those with restricted movement) between midday and 1pm, Mel’s Music between 1.30pm and 2.30pm, and an international dance session between 2pm and 4pm.
There will also be free hot and cold drinks, information stands, free talks on health and wellbeing including falls prevention and healthy eating.
Between 3pm and 4.30pm the same day, The Monday Makers at the Mill Arts Centre will be planting the seeds for a new hobby during free craft sessions.
On Tuesday, October 4 there will be a free electric blanket testing session at Banbury Fire Station. Places must be booked in advance by calling the Community Engagement Team at Oxfordshire County Council on 01865 81500.
At 6.30pm on Wednesday, October 5 there will be a Bingo night at the Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre in Ruskin Road.
Then, between 10.30am and 11.30am older people and their carers can join in with songs from the 1940s and 1980s during the Morning Musical Sing-along with Molly Davies at Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre, followed by a seated Zumba session between 11am and 11.45am.
With a lively morning there will be a chance to relax after lunch during a pamper session between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Friday, October 7 will be the busiest day of the week with a dementia awareness session between 10am and 11am at the Banbury Health and Wellbeing Centre, followed by an interactive drumming session between 11am and midday.
Meanwhile there will be a mixed arts and crafts class between 10am and midday at the Mill Arts Centre; tickets cost £10.90 per session, followed by a tea dance with the Peter Gills Live Swing Band between 1pm and 4pm. Tickets cost £7 and include afternoon tea. FOr more information contact the Mill Arts Centre on 01295 279002.
Councillor Tony Ilot, CDC’s lead member for public protection, said: “As a population we are getting older so it is important we celebrate the contribution older people make to our society and help them to make most of the community initiatives and services available to them in this area.”
Older People’s Day in Cherwell is also supported by The Royal Voluntary Service, and the Step by Step Dance School.
For more information about any of the planned events contact CDC on 01295 221803.