Oldies on the Offensive!

Ron Rankin's account of the 2007 event

This year saw our second OVER 65’s HOLIDAY CLUB take place from Monday the 18th to Friday the 22nd June. Again we were provided with a full and varied  programme to keep us both occupied and entertained.

Monday morning was just a settling in period, tea/coffee and biscuits were provided plus a simple quiz, and time to talk to people that we don’t often meet. In the afternoon we had a visit from two members of staff from the WAITROSE Supermarket in Formby, plus two of their local produce suppliers. They were obviously keen to promote the fact that they do endeavour to support local produce. It made a change to pick up a pack of tomatoes or strawberries and be able to read the Name and Address of the grower, rather than the bland statement, Produce of Country ---, which could be several thousand miles away. Tasting this local produce made me realise that my taste buds still functioned.

Tuesday morning was cake decorating, not my ‘cup of tea’ as they say, of more interest to the ladies, who outnumber the men. I was, however, quite prepared to eat any samples that came my way. After lunch it was off to St. Helens to visit Pilkington’s World of Glass, a fascinating place and well worth the visit.

Wednesday morning was ‘pampering morning’. Several people came from OPERA, an organisation dedicated to helping people of mature years. We had relaxation exercises, were offered back massage plus having our arms and hands massaged with fragrant oils. The afternoon was time for the more energetic types, and yes there were some, to have a go at Line Dancing. I confine myself to being a spectator.

Thursday was a full day excursion to Llandudno. An unscheduled stop on the way meant that it was time for lunch when we arrived. Lunch was what else but, fish, chips, and mushy peas plus bread and butter, enough to satisfy the largest appetite. After lunch it was do what you wanted until time to leave for home. For Laura, Peggy and I this meant a leisurely stroll in glorious sunshine along the Prom.

Friday, our last day, we had a choice of films to watch in the morning. The chosen film was ‘Ladies in Lavender’ starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. After lunch, and before Afternoon Cream Tea, we were treated to a recital by the Maestro himself, Father Neil, playing on St. Mary’s Church organ. To serve Cream Tea this year we had a male and a female ‘Jeeves’ both complete with Black Tie and Tails.

Whilst the foregoing can give some idea of the activities we took part in, what cannot be measured is the obvious pleasure that some people got from just being in good company for a whole week. Besides the activities this is a most important aspect of the holiday.

Our thanks, for a very enjoyable five days, are extended to that indefatigable pair, Joan Tudhope  and Lynne Connolly, who planned the whole week. We must not forget their helpers either, Linda Dixon and Peter Connolly, both of whom finished up playing Jeeves

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