Wii, tea dances and grand finale for the Festival for Older People

HACKNEY’S 15th annual Festival for Older People continues during the coming weeks with tea dances, sports using Nintendo Wii, and a grand finale.

On Monday 20 July, an interactive afternoon of sports and games on the popular Wii console will take place at the Community Resource Team hall, Church Walk, between 1pm and 2.30pm.

A free family event, entitled Glad Rags and Tea Bags, will be held at Hackney Museum, Reading Lane, between 2pm and 4pm on 23 July, an event inspired by tea dancing and with entertainment provided by Variety Collective.

A week later on 30 July a free tea dance will be held at King’s Hall Leisure Centre, Lower Clapton Road, between 12 noon and 3pm, following on from a tremendously popular event held in April. There will also be a raffle featuring great prizes - tickets are £1. Entertainment to be provided by Mr Wonderful.

And on 6 August a free grand finale event takes place at King’s Hall Leisure Centre between 12 noon and 3pm – light refreshments will be available during an afternoon of singing, dancing and socialising, and those attending will also have the opportunity to register for the 2nd round of the New Age Games sport programme.

Cllr Nargis Khan, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “The festival forms part of our commitment to making Hackney a great place to grow old and to enabling older residents to live independent lives, free from isolation and exclusion. Not only can you have fun, keep active and learn new skills, many previous participants have commented on the good friends they have made as a result of taking part.”

Booking ahead is necessary for events, and a brochure outlining all the activities and how to take part is available - for more information, contact the Community Resource Team on 020 7275 7092.