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Celebrating Age Festival – back and better than ever

Lambeth’s much loved festival for older residents, Celebrating Age, is back – and it’s bigger and better than ever. It has been organised by Age Concern Lambeth in partnership with a range of other organisations.

This year’s theme is “Thanks for the Memory” and it is packed with more activities and events than in any of the previous eleven years.

New additions include the Health, Well Being and Fitness section, offering free taster sessions at an exclusive chain of fitness clubs and classes in chair-based exercise.

There are also reminiscence events such as “Saleah’s Journey”, featuring a Caribbean story teller exploring the life of an elderly Jamaican who travelled on the “Windrush” and now lives in England.

A group of young actors will get together to read George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion”, while films will range from “Calamity Jane”, through to the “Red Shoes” and “Invictus”, about Nelson Mandela’s first presidential term.

“My life as a Tiller Girl” is the tempting title of a talk by Jackie Simmonds, who will remember her time as one of the famous dance troupe, and there will be live music and a cabaret in song, as well as jazz.

“The Festival runs for the whole of October, and takes place at venues ranging across the whole of the borough, from Norwood to Stockwell. Our new look brochure gives the opportunity to see what’s happening at a glance, by the pullout calendar in the centre,” said Festival Coordinator Maurice Charlesworth.

“Along with the interesting things to see through trips, exhibitions and entertainments, we hope our older residents will continue to have fun, get out, make new friends and use their Freedom Pass,” added his fellow coordinator Cathi Blake.

“From Tai chi to line dancing, from ballroom to variety, this year’s festival is an inspiring blend of entertainment, practical help in every-day living and sheer fun,” said the Mayor of Lambeth, Councillor Dr Neeraj Patil.

“Pick up a brochure at any public library and from the Lambeth Accord building (336 Brixton Road SW9 7AA) or you can ring 0207 733 0528 to have a brochure sent to you. Come and join us.”

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