Recently I visited Trowell Parish Council to find out about Community Activities that help to combat loneliness. On a Tuesday morning I found a hive of activity. The Trowell Bowls Club were in full flow: mainly men but had a sprinkling of women. They were friendly and totally focussed on their bowling. Adjacent to the kitchen a group of ladies were chatting and drinking coffee. Later they moved over to a second hall for their weekly Keep Fit Session. It was lots of fun: most of the ladies were older, but everyone was taking part.
The Parish Hall is fully booked and they turn away bookings. Their activities are wide-ranging: Adult Activities Club with badminton and tennis on Mondays; Bowls, Keep Fit and Badminton on Tuesdays; the Women’s Institute meets monthly.
Wednesday sees a Line Dancing session and early evening Zumba Classes. In addition there are monthly Luncheon Clubs and Darts Sessions. Around 60 attend the weekly Sequence Dancing on Thursday and Friday evenings. Weekends are busy with one-off events.
Preparations are in hand for the Christmas Dinner that attracts 250 people. The whole place had a positive buzz about it and owes much to Alison Mitchell, the Parish clerk, and all those volunteers who work hard to make it all happen. People come from far and near.Growing old in Trowell looked fun and we need to see older people as a resource and not as a burden.
As chair of the Council’s People & Places Scrutiny Group, I have been visiting various local community groups as part of our current inquiry into loneliness in the Borough. We are at the stage of generating community insights and identifying useful courses of action.