Launch of the Silver Monday film club

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A new film club aimed at helping older people get out of the house and meet new people looks set to be a big hit, judging by the enthusiastic response from visitors at last week’s Golden Age Fair.

Called Silver Monday, the scheme has been launched by the Rotary Club of Wisbech in partnership with The Light Cinema, Wisbech.

It plans regular film shows for people aged over 60 in a comfortable social setting, with reasonably priced tickets, including complimentary tea and biscuits for the first event.

Tickets for the first show, due in November, were on sale at the Fair in Wisbech St Mary on Wednesday, August 12, – and tickets and flyers were snapped up.

Valerie Smith, the Rotary Club’s vice-president, said: “I was absolutely delighted with the response – everyone seemed to love the idea. We distributed about 70 tickets and flyers either to individuals or other organisations, which was fantastic.

“We decided to launch Silver Monday after reading shocking statistics from Age UK that there are five million of our older generation who suffer from isolation. We wanted to do something about that and this is the result.”

This was the first time that The Rotary Club of Wisbech had attended a Golden Age Fair and Mrs Smith said she was very impressed with the event.

“The Golden Age partners were friendly and informative. I learned of the detail behind organisations I hadn’t heard of, found a speaker for a Rotary event, was challenged to a conker competition by the Lions, agreed to support the Library in one of their initiatives, found out my C02 alarm was at the wrong height and networked with a number of partners. I also had a lovely lunch and cake.”

About 75 people visited the Fair, which was organised by Fenland District Council’s Golden Age team.

More than 30 organisations took part. They included Age UK, the Carers Trust, Rural Citizens Advice Bureau, Macmillan Cancer Support, Wisbech Lions Club, Diabetes UK, Breathe Easy Fenland, Cambridgeshire Hearing Help and the Fenland Volunteer Centre.

-The first Silver Monday show is on November 16. It will feature The Lady in the Van, with Maggie Smith. For more information call Valerie Smith on 01945 860596 or email valerie.j.smith@btinternet.com