Ageing Well Festival 2018

Coming up on Saturday 20th October 2018 is the fourth-annual Ageing Well Festival.

Celebrating older people in Torbay who are 50 years plus.

This year the overall theme is the 1970’s and the indefatigable steering group, who are all older people from across the Bay, have planned a cornucopia of events with you in mind including, talks, sports, music, comedy, workshops and displays.

We are hoping you will try something new – perhaps Tai Chi, or learn to play the ukulele, or bring your dancing shoes and join the 1970’s dance party.

There’s music a plenty as well as workshops and stalls providing advice on legal matters and benefits, family history and computers. There are speakers on a range of subjects and we expect the art rooms to be busy throughout.

If you’d like to contact the festival team, call 01803 212638, email Laura Carus, Festival Admin (, Jess Slade, Participation Development Officer ( or

Alternatively, please use the contact form below: (Please make sure you read all the information below the following form, as it may answer some of your questions)


Date: Saturday 20th October 2018

Time: 10am-6pm

Venue: Paignton Community and Sports Academy, Borough Road, Paignton TQ4 7DH


Please note: Parking for EVERYONE will be off-site, at South Devon College (Vantage Point, Long Rd, Paignton TQ4 7EJ), with a shuttle mini-bus service provided to get you to and from the venue. All completely free. The only exception to this, are pre-booked disabled parking spaces at the venue. To book a space, call us: 01803 212638.

Disabled access, including lifts & toilets available at venue.


Interested in volunteering for this year’s Ageing Well Festival?

We need lots of volunteers to help ensure this year’s festival runs smoothly.

We need volunteers to:
– Help set up on Friday 19th
– Welcome festival attendees
– Help in one of the spaces hosting activities and performances
– Help performers and speakers to arrive and set up
– Help with marshalling car park
– Help with pack down on Sunday

To sign-up, fill in our Google Form linked below, or email

Sign up to volunteer for Ageing Well Festival 2018


Hear & Now – Festival Radio Broadcast

Hear & Now – Sound Communities’ story and history recording project, will be broadcasting from this year’s Ageing Well Festival live throughout the day.  You can also listen to recordings of the festival speakers on Sunday as well.

You can tune-in to their broadcast on 87.9 FM.

Hear and Now poster April 2018


(Updated Tuesday 16th October, 2:52pm)

Please note, if an attraction/activity that’s included in the printed programme is not listed below, or is shown as being in a different location/time, this may be a result of a cancelation, room change or schedule change, which has occured after having the programmes printed.


Where it all starts at 10:00am, with the opening address. Events and demonstrations throughout the day.

10am-10:15am: Opening address, welcome  and Taiko Drum performance (at school entrance)

All-day: Giant board games,  Star Trek (South Devon Players) characters.

10:30am – 11am: U3A table tennis 

12pm-1:30pm: U3A table tennis

1:30pm-2:30pm: Interactive Junk Jam with Donald Knaack

Rooted in Ancient Rituals in which an entire community would come together and unite in the power of simple, easy to play rhythms.  Open to everyone with or without musical experience, in which all will Jam using provided sticks and reused materials. 

2:30pm-3:30pm: U3A table tennis

Common Room

Find out what’s on your doorstep, with stalls run by local groups, clubs and organisations. Visit the Ageing Well  Torbay stall for a free goody bag!


  • University of the Third Age (U3A) – An international movement whose aims are the education and stimulation of mainly retired members of the community—those in their third ‘age’ of life.
  • HomeInstead Senior Care –  Provides award-winning home care to elderly people, allowing them to stay in their homes for as long as possible.
  • Women’s Institute (Paignton) – Providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.
  • The Bomb Squad (Yarn Bombers) – Yarn bombing is the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crotcheted material, as a form of street art.
  • Local Spark – Help decide the new businesses we all want in Torbay. Imagine a place where useful new businesses are sparked into life when local people like you come together across Torbay to help potential entrepreneurs.  You have a wealth of experience, skills and knowledge, and we hope you want to share them! Visit us on the Local Spark stall (in the Common Room) across the day to find out more about Torbay Community Supported Enterprise and how you can get involved.
  • Paignton Rotary Club – Our membership is made up of a group of local people who meet weekly to enjoy each other’s company whilst discussing and planning projects for charity and the community. Our club is relaxed, informal and hugely supportive of one another. We would welcome new members from every part of the diverse community of men and women that make up Torbay’s population.
  • VisualEyes Torbay – Directly involving the Blind and Visually Impaired Community in Brixham and surrounding areas. We organise outings, social events and most importantly, create a sense of care and friendship, amongst many lonely and isolated people trapped in their homes.
  • Palace Theatre – Your community theatre in the heart of Torbay. Recently saved from possible closure, the theatre is now being run by a new Community Interest Company and offers a programme with live performances every week. Come along and meet the Friends of the Theatre and find out the many ways that you can become involved or just find out what’s coming soon.
  • The Devon Foot People – Podiatry and Foot Health.We are an NHS Fee Paying Service offering Nail Care, Skin Care, Corns and Callus removal, Foot checks and diabetic foot screening, Sale of foot care products, Advice and guidance, and Assessments.
  • Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust – We are a local, independent charity that safeguards over 1750 beautiful acres of green space across Torbay.
    The Trust exists because Torbay has an outstanding natural environment and heritage that needs special care and attention. We are the stewards of the most important natural places in the Bay – including Berry Head Nature Reserve, Cockington Country Park, Occombe Farm and various woodlands, cliffs and coastal walks. Many of these special places form part of the English Riviera Unesco Global Geopark.
  • Brixfest – BrixFest is an multi-award-winning festival held annually in Brixham, Torbay over the Whitsun May Bank Holiday weekend. Each year we celebrate Brixham with live music, fireworks, dragonboat racing, free children activities and cooking demonstrations!
  • Barclays – We’re on hand to help you manage your money with a range of bank accounts, products and services to meet your savings, protection and borrowing needs.
  • Paignton Heritage Society – We care for Paignton’s past, present, and future.Our aims are To preserve and open to the public all the heritage buildings in Paignton, To encourage tourist and trade initiatives that will benefit Paignton, To support local concern over critical planning applications, and To monitor the policies and plans of government, council, and developers.
  • South Devon College – Inspiring the community through learning for all underpins everything we do at South Devon College. We believe that no matter what your age, abilities, skills and experience, we can guide you in the right direction for you to achieve your dreams.
  • Dementia Friends & Intentional Health – Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Friends programme is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. Whether you attend a face-to-face Information Session or watch the online video, Dementia Friends is about learning more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about the Dementia Friends programme to visiting someone you know living with dementia, every action counts.
  • Singing & Photos 4 Fun – Find out what’s happening in Ellacombe, Torquay, and take fun photos with a selection of props.

Ageing Well Torbay Delivery Partners:

  • Ageing Well Torbay – Organisers and main hosts of the Ageing Well Festival. A Big Lottery-funded programme, aimed at reducing loneliness and isolation for those over fifty living in Torbay. Don’t forget, we’ve got free goodie bags!
  • Community Builders & Timebanking – Part of Torbay Community Development Trust, The Community Builders work across Torbay to help people find ways to positively change their neighbourhoods into the places that they would like them to be, through helping grass-root projects and groups to give people chances to socialise and engage. Torbay Timebank is a service, making swapping time for services a possibility. Trade your time helping someone else, for someone lending their time to help you.
  • Wellbeing Co-ordinators/Brixham Does Care & Age UK Torbay – Wellbeing Coordinators help people to be active in managing their own wellbeing, health and care, and to improve their experience of care and support in the community. Wellbeing Torbay is delivered by Age UK Torbay and Brixham Does Care. Age UK  is the country’s largest charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. Brixham Does Care is a registered befriending charity which attempts to combat loneliness, isolation and despair. We offer support to people of all ages and client groups in communities.
  • Daybreak Peer Support – Offering free courses for people over 50 in Torbay, which are run by a facilitator and a peer trainer with lived experiences. The courses can help with low self-esteem, loss/bereavement, and/or anxiety and depression.
  • Grow Gap/So-Fly & Crafty Fox Cafe ‘n’ Hub – The Grow Gap Project, organised by So-Fly and Crafty Fox Cafe ‘n’ Hub, aims to turn unused land at Great Parks Community Centre into a stunning green space and allotment. Project staff are working to recruit volunteers from all age groups across Torbay, from school children to those who are retired. It is hoped that the different generations will learn skills from each other and share a range of meaningful experiences. So-Fly use creative thinking to inspire change, using social interaction, sports and activities to create a stimulating and rewarding experience in a safe but fun environment, working mainly with younger people. Crafty Fox Cafe ‘n’ Hub is a place for friendship, information, support and encouragement. The Crafty Fox cafe offers hot and cold drinks as well as homemade cakes. The hub part of the Cafe is a place for information and advice, activities and services.
  • Wellswood Wheels – Wellswood and Torwood Community Partnership has launched a door-to-door bookable minibus for people over 50. The service has trained drivers & assistants, who support people from their homes onto the bus, and take them to local events for £3 return.
  • Positive People – Here at Positive People & Hopeful Families, we offer a lifeline to people who are not in work no matter what the reason. If life is not working out for you, we are here to help you build your confidence, skills and give you a sense of hope for YOUR future.
  • Riviera FM – Offering people over 50 the chance to have media training on all aspects of running a radio station including developing content, presenting programmes, outside broadcasting and developing social media campaigns.
  • Healthwatch Torbay – Delivering a free local programme of online health & social care training and support at community venues throughout Torbay. They want to give people the skills to access the internet and use local online resources. This includes self-referral systems, appointment booking systems, how to rate and review local services online and have their voices heard.
  • Hear and Now – Sound Communities – Hear and Now is an intergenerational Torbay-wide exploration and celebration of oral history. The project is being run by Sound Communities and brings younger and older people together to find, explore and broadcast oral histories. The project is now looking for local people who have stories and memories about Torbay.


Entertainment throughout the day, including lots of music and space to dance.

10:30am-11am: Young people perform with the Jamming Station

11am-11:30am: Sandy Sparkle sings the 70’s

11:30am-12pm: Comedy with Ben Cornish

Ben will perform a couple of his show routines & reveal something of the creative process and the psychology of comedy. The very least you can expect is a good laugh…but might also learn something new and interesting to boot! Ben is a solo act but also performs as one half of the Comedy double act ‘Circus Berzercus’ who have entertained people the length and breadth of the country on the Rural Touring Network performing hundreds of shows since they got together 22 years ago!

12pm-1pm: Sandy Sparkle sings the 70’s

1pm-1:30pm: Step in Time 70’s-dancing with Clare Parker

Step in Time are a friendly bunch of people brought together by a love of life, dance and a good social. Born out of a social prescribing project to prevent falls through a targeted programme of dance, we continue to promote dance for health outcomes through performances, flashmobs, talks and tea dances. We meet on Thursdays at Paignton Parish Church Hall for strength and balance dance classes focused on helping those who have experienced a fall or are at risk of a fall. Classes are lead by Clare Parker, a highly experienced dance practitioner and qualified Postural Stability Instructor.

2pm-3pm: 70’s Rock with the Acoustic Sunshine Band

3pm-3:45pm: Riviera Sound ladies’ harmony chorus

3:45pm-5pm: 70’s Dance Party with Anne George

Ageing Well’s Got Talent – Dance Studio

The title says it all – music, singing and comedy.

11am-11:20am: Introduction & poetry, with Melanie Crump

11:20am-11:40am: Poetry with Shelly Szender

11:40am-12pm: Speaker: Cyril Clarke

12pm-12:30pm: Wren Music Choir

12:30pm-1pm: Comedy with Ben Cornish

1pm-1:20pm: Torbay Ukulele Band

1:20pm-1:40pm: Poetry with Becky Nuttall

1:40pm-2pm: Torbay Ukulele Band

2pm-2:20pm: Open-mic sign-up

2:20pm-2:40pm: Poetry with Marc Woodward

2:40pm-3pm: Open-mic

3pm-3:20pm: Poetry workshop winner & open-mic

3:20pm-3:40pm: Poetry with Jason Disley

3:40pm-4pm: Poetry with Ruth Butler

4pm-4:20pm: Poetry with Tim King

4:20pm-4:40pm: Open-mic

4:50pm: Acknowledgements and end

Art workshops & displays

Roll up your sleeves, or just watch – the choice is yours.

Brunch Bar

10:30am-12pm: U3A Intro to painting

12:15pm-1:45pm: Create dreamcatchers with Victoria Campbell

2pm-3pm: Yarn Bombing with Robbie Lynch

3pm-5pm: Recycled Art with Lacey Rose

Art Room

10:30am-5pm: Print-making & air-dry clay, with Squircle Arts – take home your work.

Join the Squircle Arts team in a linocut printing and clay sculpture workshop. Learn about various printing methods, have a go at lino-cutting & working with clay, explore new techniques & take home your beautiful prints & sculptures on the day. (Air dry clay will be used for this workshop)

Sports Hall Reception


  • What’s Your Story? Come and share your advice for life/ageing/retirement, with Sara Hurley
  • Artisan Gallery display
  • Yarn Bombers
  • Sewing Rooms’ Sewing Torbay Together banners


Learn something new: a variety of subjects to challenge and inform you.

Room 1 – B23

11am-12pm: Trust me, I’m a Volunteer with Brenda Loosemore

Stories featuring Lady Dorothy D’Oyly Carte of Coleton Fishacre and Agatha Christie who bought Greenway in 1938 as a holiday home.  These two ladies had a lot in common as you will find out from a National Trust Room Guide who works at both properties as a volunteer.

12pm-1pm: Interactive Jam Session with Donald Knaack

The Junkman will perform several musical selections and discuss his beginnings in the music business.

1pm-2pm: Fraud & Scam Awareness with Peter Hughes

HomeInstead Senior Care provides advice on recognising scams and avoiding fraud.

2pm-3pm: Future of Robotics with Plymouth University’s Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (1 of 2)

Loneliness and social isolation among older people may worsen well-being and cognitive decline. Recent research suggests that face-to-face contact through video-calls may help older people in care homes stay better connected with family members, and help them to reconnect with the outside world thus reducing loneliness and social isolation. The current talk will highlight the usefulness of collaborative working with care staff and older people in implementing video-call technology in complex care environments across the South West. Specific focus will be on design, collaborative methods and barriers to and benefits of video-calls for older people living in care.

3pm-4pm: The Art of Beryl Cook with Marilyn Bishop

The artist with the common touch, who loved to paint fat ladies enjoying life to the full.

4pm-5pm: Future of Robotics with Plymouth University’s Centre for Robotics and Neural System (2 of 2)

Room 2 – B33

11am-12pm: Bedpans to Colonoscopy; a history of nursing with Monica Bullman

A discussion hosted by festival committee member Frank Wye, covering an amazing career, spanning 66 years.

12pm-1pm: Laughter is Living with Dr Maggie Irvine

The power and pleasure of comedy and creativity.

1pm-2pm: Ladies of Laughter with Brenda Loosemore

Bits and pieces featuring some ladies who make us laugh.  National treasures such as Joyce Grenfell, Victoria Wood and Pam Ayres plus others who are not so well known. An entertainment to cheer you up!

2pm-3pm: The Singers of Oldway with John Risdon

The fascinating story of a charismatic family who became world-renowned through a sewing machine.

3pm-4pm: A Celebrant’s Life with Sarah Chapman

Information and light anecdotes from humanist celebrations.

4pm-5pm: Torbay’s Glorious Coastline with John Risdon

A journey along Torbay’s 22 miles of unique and beautiful coastline.

Exercise, health & performance workshops

Try something new, or do something better.

Classroom B36

11am-11:45am: Rainbow Tai Chi with Robin Meulen

Rainbow Tai Chi has been founded by Peter Chin Kean Choy, a Chinese-Malaysian Tai Chi Master who has spent the last 45 years of his life learning and teaching students all around the world. He trains teachers who in their own right connected to more than 300 students per week in Devon. The movements and philosophy are focussing on all ages, yet for the aging community, this set of exercises or better called: ‘tools for living healthy’ are highly beneficial as they relax the body, the muscles, tendons and ligaments. These tools also help to open up emotional, physical and mental blockages so the natural life force called ‘chi’ can flow more freely. The exercises are taught in combination with principles of nature and focus on emotional, physical, mental and spiritual healing. Rainbow Tai Chi approaches health, rejuvenation and longevity from a holistic point of view. The exercises and tools are brought with lightness and fun!

12:15pm-12:45pm: Move it or Lose it – standing/sitting dancing with Anne George

A National, accredited EXERCISE with DANCE session (SEATED & STANDING) to improve CONFIDENCE, FLEXIBILITY, STRENGTH & BALANCE with a large helping of FUN!

12:55pm-1:25pm: Happy Dancing – multi-dance styles with Anne George

A light hearted dance session with many different styles including PLENTY OF 70s MOVES!  Plus FITSTEPS (Ballroom/Latin/Jive…no need for a partner), FREESTYLE, BOLLYWOOD, COUNTRY and plenty of giggles along the way!

1:30pm-2:30pm: Riviera Sound – everyone can sing

2:30pm-2:50pm: Chair-based Yoga and Meditation with Nina Adwick

Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support.  It increases strength, reduces joint strain, and increases flexibility and mobility. It also reduces stress and increases mental clarity. Come and relax your mind, body spirit and feel a deep sense of peace. Everyone welcome, you will be seated for the whole session and we will finish with a gentle meditation.

3pm-3:45pm: Ta Chi for Health with Mark Delamere

3:45pm-4:30pm: Yoga with Victoria Campbell

Classroom B37

11am-11:45am: Pilates with Teri Lyn Embley

A fun but functional taster session using Joseph Pilates Classic Pilates exercises.

During the session participants will learn how to engage and strengthen the deep core muscles for improved posture and alignment, increased bone density and over all muscular strength and flexibility.

The session is relaxed and easy going with adaptations offered so the session is suitable for all abilities.

12pm-12:40pm: Hints, tips and ideas for personal wellbeing with Daybreak (1 of 2)

12:45pm-1:30pm: Hints, tips and ideas for personal wellbeing with Daybreak (2 of 2)

2pm-4pm: Comedy session with Dr Maggie Irving

4pm-4:45pm: Pilates with Teri Lyn Embley

Classroom B34

11am-12:45pm: Learn to play ukulele with John Morgan

1pm-1:45pm: Musical instruments: Jamming Station

2pm-3:30pm: Singing for Wellness with Paul Wilson from Wren Music Choir

3:45pm-4:45pm: Saffanah Dance with belly-dancing duo Jenny and Lyn

Advice & information

Can we help? Challenge us.

VLE Room

All-day advice corner:

  • Free legal advice from Wollen Mitchelmore
  • Support from FAIR – Financial Advice, Information & Resilience
  • I.T.  (computers, phones & similar gadgets) advice service with Ellacombe Community Partnership
  • Unite Communities benefits advice service
  • Devon Allergy Clinic
  • Family history/genealogy with Pomeroy Illustration
  • The Book of You (a story-sharing app)
  • Torbay Timebank’s Mad-Hatter’s tea party film

11am-12pm: Get online: your internet access to health services with Healthwatch Torbay (1 of 2)

12pm-1pm: Demystifying Volunteering with Volunteer Centre Torbay

1pm-2pm: Get online: your internet access to health services with Healthwatch Torbay (2 of 2)

2pm-3pm: What have you got to give, what have you got to gain? with Volunteer Centre Torbay

Classroom B30

10:30am-11:30am: What’s Your Story? Workshop with Sara Hurley (1 of 2)

A light-hearted look at ‘advice’ for life/ageing/retirement through storytelling and conversation.

11:45am-1pm: Family History & Storytelling, with Kate Rudman, Hear & Now (Sound Communities) (1 of 2)

1pm-2pm: What’s Your Story? Workshop with Sara Hurley (2 of 2)

2pm-3pm: Help decide the new businesses we all want in Torbay with Chris Gunson from Local Spark. Explore what businesses and services could make life better here in the ‘Bay.  And how the greatest undervalued resource – you – could help those businesses come to life.

3:15pm-4:45pm: Family History & Storytelling, with Kate Rudman, Hear & Now (2 of 2)

Sports Hall – Taster sessions

Football? Netball? Sport? For the over 50’s? Really.

(If you’re taking part in any of the activities below, please bring your trainers/appropriate footwear)

All-day: Speedy Goals

10:15am-11:15am: Walking Netball – England Netball

Women the length of the country have begun playing the game of Walking Netball for the fun, laughter and camaraderie the social session brings, as much as the health benefits on offer. It can give those who feel isolated an outlet, provide an activity for those who don’t deem themselves fit enough to run anymore and offer a stepping stone for those looking for a pathway back into netball.

11:30am-12:30pm: Walking Football – Torquay United Community Sports Trust

12:30pm-2:30pm: Sports Day acitivies – Old School, with Tony Collins and the 14th Torbay Sea Scouts

2:45pm-3:45pm: Walking Netball – England Netball

4pm-4:30pm: Walking Football – Stroke City

5pm-5:30pm: Walking Football – Stroke City


Take a break. Hot food & drinks, cakes and snacks available outside the marquee, courtesy of West Coast Caterers.

Quiet room B28


  • A space to take a break, with plenty of seats
  • Plymouth university’s cuddly companion robots – cats, dogs, dinosaurs, seals, and more!
  • Puzzles, cards and dominoes
  • Local art and crafts displays

Classroom B24

10:30am-4:30pm: Board games for every generation, with Newton Abbot and Torbay Board Game group

Classroom B29

All-day: Shiphay Model Railway Club’s display