York’s residents are among the most active in the country and this is your chance to join in.
Being active has so many benefits to both physical and mental health and there is an astonishing number of sports and active leisure events for you to choose from in this year’s 50+ Festival gathered together by Paul Ramskill & Katie Lee. The sessions over the course of the festival offer a sample of some of the brilliant activities happening on a daily basis in communities across the city. “If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it” seems to be the name of the game. For more information on physical activity in York visit www.livewellyork.co.uk where you will find a plethora of information of all kinds – it’s the city’s ‘one-stop-shop’ for you to get to know what’s going on in York.
Vicky Crossfield regularly cycles from Ripon to York to take part in the AWOC York afternoon meetings – she is ageing without children and wants to keep in touch with others facing similar issues. She stays overnight at the York Youth Hostel (being young at heart as she is) and cycles home the next day no matter what the weather. Sue Lister takes her hat off to Vicky – “What an extraordinary role model she is – cycling is what she loves and so she does it! It doesn’t matter what you love to do – just follow your bliss for a happier, healthier life.”
The York 50+ Festival active leisure and sporting events to look out for between 20 September and 6 October involve having a bash at hockey, tennis, table tennis, badminton and basketball. There is cycling, walking, swimming, aerobics and indoor bowling. You might like to try pilates, yoga, T’ai Chi or even walking football where older people keep up their love of the sport. This is the one time of the year when you can make a start together with others – it’s something that will cheer you up throughout the year – something to look forward to each week.
Or you might prefer to dance – circle dancing, folk dancing, ballet, tap – why not give it a whirl this year? The music is uplifting and a fun and sociable atmosphere prevails.
Churches are offering ‘hidden gems’, songs from schooldays, craft cafes, boccia, coffee mornings and “Eat Pray Love. The Mosque has been invited and this year the Bahai Community will be joining the Festival.
There will be some very interesting talks to whet the appetite from exploration of the York accent to Mindfulness, from Volcanoes of Sicily to the Tibetan community in exile, from allotments to legal advice, from the Tuke Family history to a question of witchcraft, and you can even join in political discussion (from a new angle) with the Fabian Society.
Open days are great for meeting new people and having a taste of the activities they enjoy and which you may be curious about. There are open days at the Bridge Club, the Red Tower, the Men’s Shed in Hull Road Park, OCAY (Older Citizens Advocacy) at St Crux, and Eco-Crafters at St Nick’s – a chance to find out more about these groups and perhaps lend a hand with their activities.
Workshops include 3-Generational Communities, a discussion on how they could work in York, especially timely as planning for housing needs and aspirations for a different kind of ‘home’ in later life is a hot topic. Bearing in mind the fact that so many people are ageing alone, there are also two chances to join in a discussion about Famous UK People Past & Present Ageing Without Children. Sue Lister, Coordinator of AWOC York for the past three and a half years, is inviting people to bring what they know or can find out about awocs from the past and present – Elizabeth 1st and Stephen Frye spring to mind! A cream tea will be laid on at the Bedern Hall on 1st October (International Day of Older People) and the workshop will be repeated on Friday 4th October at the Friargate Meeting House, following the 3-Generational Communities session led by John Bibby.
All the details and people to contact will be in the Festival Programme which will be at libraries and city centre outlets from early September. Enquiries to email@example.com . Website: www.yorkassembly.org.uk/y1/festival