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Valentine’s Celebrations For Older Residents With Love In The Air

Published on: 15 Feb, 2016
Updated on: 15 Feb, 2016

Older people across the borough of Guildford enjoyed the opportunity to share Valentine’s messages to loved ones through activities organised at social centres in Ash and Park Barn.

John and Anne with Valentine's hearts

John and Anne with Valentine’s hearts

At the Shawfield Social Centre in Ash, visitors took part in creating heart-shaped collages and Valentine’s themed shortbread decorating, all organised by the staff.

A themed lunch and entertainment also featured as part of the romantic celebrations. At the Park Barn Social Centre, visitors enjoyed singing, a special meal and a Valentine’s themed quiz.

Joan and Cyril.

Joan and Cyril.

Visitors to Shawfield also decorated a tree with handwritten messages on heart-shaped decorations. Many lovely messages were written by visitors such as: “Although you’re gone, my love lives on.” And: “John, marry me, love you Anne”.

As well as Valentine’s, there are many activities and events that take place throughout the year at both social centres, that are run by Guildford Borough Council (GBC).

Lyn and Keith.

Lyn and Keith.

The activities give older people the opportunity to meet up with friends and enjoy a varied and active lifestyle.

GBC’s community transport service helps older people to get to and from the social centres as well as assist with other journeys such as to the shops or to visit family.

Cllr Tony Rooth, lead councillor for housing and social welfare, said: “The Valentine’s event was thoroughly enjoyed by many of the elderly in our borough.

“It was particularly touching to see the messages written to loved ones. Regardless of age, love carries on and visitors to Shawfield and Park Barn enjoyed the opportunity to celebrate Valentine’s Day – a good excuse to spend time with friends and family.

“This is what our social centres are all about – giving older people a place to meet, have fun and get the support they need to stay fit, well and happy.

“We know there are more people in our borough who could benefit from our services. We encourage people to come and visit the centres, using  our transport service if needed, and discover what’s on offer for older people locally.”

For more information on the Shawfield and Park Barn Social Centres and other services for older people visit or call the Shawfield Social Centre on 01252 326304 or the Park Barn Social Centre on 01483 458055.

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