Age Friendly Island’s second annual Celebrating Age Festival is set to begin on International Older Persons Day, Sunday 1st October.

This year’s festival promotes the richness and diversity of the Isle of Wight’s communities with events to interest all Islanders.

A programme listing all the activities is available at Libraries, the Age UK IW Office in Newport and some Co-Operative stores. However, some of the events are highlighted below so that plans can be made in advance of October.

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1st October:

• Tea on the Sea (£5 advanced bookings with Red Funnel Ferries). Departing from East Cowes Ferry Terminal at 2.30pm until 5pm. Book: Red Funnel ticket office 0238 001 9192 (foot passengers only).
Join in with afternoon tea, a bit of history and games. (This is a round-trip with no disembarking at Southampton)

• Wild About Wight Safari – FREE but bring money for refreshments (Bookings required). Based at Isle of Wight Zoo.  From 10.30am to 2.30pm. Book by 8th September contact [email protected]/01983 525985.
Discover prehistoric landscapes, seascapes,nature, historic forts, military secrets and famous golfers in ‘The Bay’ area.

2nd October:

• Creative Café – FREE. Newport Methodist Church Hall. 10:00-14:00. Contact: Independent Arts on 01983 822437.
All materials provided includes a quiz, a mosaic workshop and a fellowship lunch.

• Tea Dance – FREE but bookings required as places limited. At Byrnhill Grove, Park Ave, Ventnor, 2.30pm – 4.30pm Book: Elaine 07788420470 / [email protected] (Southern Housing Group)

3rd October:

• Coffee Morning – FREE at Learning Links, Newport, 10:00 – 12noon. Contact: Louise or Pat 01983 527529.
Find out about Employment Support for the Over 50s including self-employment with support from the Chamber of Commerce.

• Coffee Afternoon – FREE at Bembridge Village Hall, 14:00-16:00 Contact: Emma Goldring 01983 874160 [email protected]
Coffee afternoon offered by Bembridge Parish Council.

• SingAbout Together. FREE at The Methodist Church, Quay Street, Newport at 14:00-16:00. Contact: Independent Arts on 01983 822437.
Join the SingAbout family for an afternoon of sing-along favourites.

4th October:

• Time and Tide Visual Arts Tasters – FREE at Riverside Centre, Newport, 11:00-12 noon.
Independent Arts is offering screen-printing, pastels, painting and felting with local artist Leigh Jackman. Materials provided.

• Community Eng-Agement Day – FREE at Riverside Centre, Newport. 11:00-14:00 Contact: Lisa Toyne [email protected]
Interactive workshops, stands, creative activities and well-being area. Advice for the over 50’s considering returning to work, starting a business or volunteering.

5th October:

• Time and Tide Visual Arts Tasters – FREE at Sandown Library at 10:30-12:30 Contact: Independent Arts 822437 [email protected]
Screen-printing, pastels, painting and felting with Leigh Jackman.

• Chair Yoga – FREE but bookings required. At Yinspire Yoga, 2 New Road, Brading 11:30-12:30 Book: 01983 333888 09:00-15:00 weekdays [email protected]
Chair Yoga for people with mobility worries.

• DanceMakers Collective – FREE at Methodist Church Hall, Quay Street, 14:00-16:00. Contact: Independent Arts 822437 [email protected]
A gentle creative dance programme featuring performance by Samphire Dance Company.

6th October:

• Heritage Health Walk – FREE from Ryde Library Time: 10:30-13:00.
A 3 mile walk exploring Ryde’s history.

7th October:

• Heritage Display – FREE at Lord Louis Library, Newport. 10:00-12noon.
Heritage Display with refreshments available thanks to the Friends of Lord Louis Library.

In addition to the above the Island’s Libraries have special events including drop-in sessions organised by the Island’s Volunteer Centre (CAIW), some supermarkets are piloting a slow lane for customers seeking their views on the ‘slow till’ idea and the County Record Office is offering drop-in sessions.

Open Afternoons are planned by ‘Men In Sheds’ and The Oddfellows and there will be a drop-in for maintenance of NHS hearing aids at Orchard Care Centre, Newport as well as a Carers IW event at The Riverside.

Report by Alan and Suzanne Whitewood

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