Community builders’ groups reopening after 18 months of lockdown – Community Matters

By Amanda Lynn & Jennie Langridge, Community Builders for St. Marychurch, Babbacombe & Maidencombe

Well it’s been a very busy couple of months with lots of visitors to the Bay.

I don’t think I have ever seen Babbacombe so busy on a sunny day, which was lovely for all the local businesses in the area.

Jennie and myself have been very busy, also, starting to open up our groups again and are happy we now have places we can tell people about.

We work alongside Age UK Wellbeing coordinators who also attend the groups with us.

On the first Thursday of the month, there is a coffee morning with activities at Cary Park Tennis Club, where you can take part in pitch & putt or table tennis or start off with a walk around the park from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

We also have NetFriends on hand to advise on any digital worries you may have with tea and coffee and biscuits.

The next one is on October 7.

On the third Wednesday of the month is the fun social get together with a gentle 30-minute fun quiz each month by Steve Benjamin, our wonderful quiz master.

The fun social get together is held from 11am to 1pm at All Saints’ Church Hall in Cary Ave, Babbacombe, and is a place to meet new people.

This can be shaped into what you would like to do, so please come and join us.

We will also have NetFriends on hand to offer advice and guidance on anything digital/IT related.

On the fourth Wednesday of the month is a bereavement and friendship group at Furrough Cross Church from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

This is a place to share and make new friends with coffee and tea and crafts.

Tomorrow – Friday, October 1 – the Ageing Well Festival @ Home is being live streamed at All Saints’ Church Hall with a large screen.

So come and join me and watch the fun of the festival with others with tea and coffee plus cake and biscuits with Usha Garrantly, community builder, and Paul Trainer, lead on Torbay Together.

Save the date: November 25, 2pm to 4pm – Memories of Babbacombe and St Marychurch with opportunities to share your own stories. Talks by Kevin Dixon, Terry Leaman and community builders.

We hope that starting to connect face to face again will make a difference to the isolation some of us have felt of over the last 18 months.

We are here with a welcoming hello and look forward to seeing you.