A hearty lunch and a traditional games in Woking

Members of the community at the Ploughmans and Pimms lunch

Spirits were high at St Mary’s Centre for the Community on Thursday 12 October, as diners enjoyed a tasty ploughman’s lunch, a glass of Pimms and games galore at a special lunch organised in partnership with Friends of the Elderly.

The ‘Ploughman’s and Pimms afternoon’ social event delivered guests a tasty meal before the opportunity to participate in an array of traditional games, including pool, tenpin bowling, shove ha’penny, Play Your Cards Right and Connect 4. There was also a crafting table with bracelet and keyring making for all to participate in.

Talking about the event, Cllr Colin Kemp, Woking Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Independent Living, said:

“What a wonderful afternoon. It was so positive to hear that many of our visitors enjoyed this event, which was as part of our Living Well Week. I’d like to thank Friends of the Elderly for their support.

“Sadly, loneliness is a growing issue in our society, especially amongst older people who may not see anyone from one day to the next. We are very lucky to have four very active Centres for the Community which provide a variety of services and the perfect location that allow people the opportunity to get out and enjoy good company.”

Mark Wilson, Director of Community Integration at Friends of the Elderly Group, said:

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Woking Borough Council on this event. It was a great success with lots of Woking’s older community coming together to enjoy lunch and to chat about common interests.

“At Friends of the Elderly we run a befriending service in Woking and the surrounding areas. Every day we hear stories of loneliness and isolation. Through building relationships and friendships on a one-to-one level and, hosting events such as this, we are giving older people the opportunity to improve their happiness and wellbeing by meeting new people, gaining the confidence to get out and ultimately living fulfilled lives.”

‘Ploughman’s and Pimms’ was just one in a series of events that took place as part of Living Well Week (9 to 13 October). The annual programme is aimed at over 50s and offers a packed programme of free advice, taster sessions and introductory offers to a variety of services and leisure facilities across the borough, to help older people lead a healthier lifestyle that works.