Flowers, dancing and gardening fun as Hammersmith & Fulham celebrates older people

A range of different activities have been organised across Hammersmith & Fulham as part of a festival celebrating older members of the community.

‘Silver Sunday’ on 4 October, features a host of activities for senior citizens, who might not ordinarily get the chance to leave their homes, or meet new people.

Flower arranging, cheese and wine party, a tea dance and a charity walk are among the many free activities and events which are happening across the borough and surrounding areas and are open to anyone aged 65 or over and their carers.

“It is vital to ensure that older people feel part of the communities where they live. Often they live alone or rely on others, so this is a brilliant opportunity for our more senior residents to get out, enjoy themselves, make new friends and maybe even try an activity for the first time,” said Cllr Vivienne Lukey, H&F Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

The events also provide opportunities for residents to find out more about the many community groups and council services that are available to them.

Fulham Floral Art Group, now in its 51st year, is meeting at 2pm on Wednesday 14 October, at The United Reformed Church 722/480 Fulham Palace Road SW6 6EU for flowers, friendship and fun.

Christine Saunders of The National Association of Flower Arrangers will visit to demonstrate ‘London Life’ as represented by floral art, to residents of Lygon House and Ely Court and the wider community. For more information, visit www.fulhamfloralart.co.uk.

The Mayor’s Tea Dance takes place on Sunday 4 October. Tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis and are available by applying to: The Mayor’s Office, Room 201, Hammersmith Town Hall, King Street, Hammersmith, W6 9JU.

Alternatively apply via email to: mayor@lbhf.gov.uk, or call 020 8753 2013.

For those who enjoy the fleet of foot, a Strictly Ballroom dancing event takes place at the Edward Woods Community Centre, 60-70 Norland Rd, W11 4TR, from 11am until noon on Thursday 1 October. No booking is required. Call Ashley Young on 020 8962 4141 for more information.

Keen gardeners should visit the glasshouse in Ravenscourt Park on Tuesday 6 October for some plant-related activities. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, but spaces are limited. To book, call Zoe Lyall on 07817 077 740 or email zoe@hcga.org.uk.

Recent events

A cheese and wine party took place at the Masbro Centre, on Tuesday 29 September with drinks, food and music courtesy of Josh Millais from Open Age. The event formed part of a weekly tea club run each Tuesday. Visitors are welcome to attend any time.

Bishop Creighton House hosted a fish and chips lunch on Tuesday 29 September from noon until 2.30pm. The event included songs from school children and a talk on first aid delivered by the London Ambulance Service.

And on Sunday 27 September, Age-Link hosted a charity walk on Hampstead Heath in north-west London.

For the full list of Silver Sunday activities in H&F, visit our dedicated webpage .

Visit general information on Silver Sunday visit the website.

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