Story: Brent Moya
Whilst it doesn’t have the same feel as the corridors of Parliament, Verdon Recreation Centre has long been the venue where Burngreave’s more senior members can be found putting the world to rights.
Sessions take place every Wednesday from 1.30- 3.30pm and cater for the over 50’s, welcoming men and women from all ethnic backgrounds.
The group was founded some 22 years ago with over 100 original members and is still going strong to this day, albeit with a reduced entourage of 15. The group has only one original member, Madge, who is still going strong at 90 years of age, “I came here the first day it opened!” she said.
There are two external workers who keep an eye on proceedings, Imran Ali and Aislinn Adams are area and admin worker respectively. “There’s a lot of story telling down here especially when they start being rude! They may be 50+ but they are young at heart and very active people,” commented Aislinn.
“They are a self sustainable group and the fact that we plan the activities adds a touch of spontaneity to the meetings,” said Imran.
The group’s festive bulletin gives them much to look forward to, with a planned Christmas party on the 9th December and an outing on the 16th for a meal. This is an open group and new members are always encouraged to get involved and are welcome to drop in for a cup of coffee or contact Delia Chadwick at Verdon Recreation Centre on 249 1626.
For more information about activities at Verdon Street contact Aislinn on 249 1626.