Older Fitzrovia newsletter, March 2014

News and events for older people during March in Fitzrovia. 

Community view of Vikings: Life and Legend at the British Museum this Sunday. I have 15 free tickets to this exhibition for Sunday 2 March at 3.20pm. Time is tight, and I’ll be away at the weekend, so if you want a ticket please call me on 0207 580 4576 by this Friday 12.30pm and I’ll make an arrangement with my collegue Samina so you can pick up your ticket at the museum on the day.

Westminster City Council is applying for a large grant from the Big Lottery to cover activities for older people under the Aging Better stream, meant to tackle loneliness and isolation. I have a questionnaire they’ve put out to canvass people’s views, and will be phoning people about this over the next week or so. If you don’t hear from me but want to participate, please leave a message on 020 7580 4576.

Time to Sing is at Fitzrovia Court (24 Carburton St W1W 5AS) Mondays 11-12.30pm. No experience or skills necessary. Come have fun singing familiar songs with a friendly group of people! For people with dementia and their carers, there is also ‘Singing for the Brain’ running at All Saints Margaret Church, 7 Margaret St 10.30-12.30pm Thursdays until 27 March.

Lunch on Mondays is available at the George and Dragon pub on the corner of Cleveland and Greenwell Sts from 12.30, at a discounted price of £3 for main meal only, drinks extra. This is through a kind donation from Sir Robert MacAlpine, contractors on the Middlesex Hosp. site.

Massage/Reflexology I have put in another application for this, which I should hear about in the next 6 weeks. While we wait, Philomena will still come in at the same time on Wednesdays, 1.30 – 3:30pm to Fitzrovia Court, but she’ll need to charge the full £17.50/half hour cost – if you’re interested please call her on 07931 502 029 to arrange an appointment. If we have good news in March we’ll be able to go back to offering it free.

All Souls Clubhouse has a range of friendly exercise classes available. They also run two very useful services: Clubcare which includes visiting and other help, and a shopping trip available every fortnight on Thursday. The lunches on Wednesdays are also still going. If you’re interested in any of these, please call Cherry on 020 7255 9756.

Hopefully sunshine is on the way!


Barb Jacobson

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