Burngreave Messenger.
Issue 40 April 2004

Verdon Street Age Well Group

by Rob Smith

Every Wednesday between 1.30pm and 3.30pm some elderly members from our community get together for an afternoon of association inside Verdon Recreation Centre, providing their own coffee, tea, bingo games and prizes.

Initiated by Betty Bramhall and Madge Sheldon, this group have been meeting at the Recreation Centre for over 15 years, they explained.

Last September the group was granted funding to visit Banbury Gardens near York. “We had a lovely day and the weather was sunny,” said Delia Chadwick of Kilton Hill. “We walked around a lake full of fish – so tame they ate from our hands. The lake is home to over one hundred varieties of water lily.” The group explored a secret garden designed by students from nearby Bishop Burton College of Agriculture in York. “There was a statue of a lady with a water fountain around her feet.” explained Delia. “We all sat and smelt the lavender, rose and different shrubs before our lunch in the tea rooms and visit upstairs to Major Stewart’s tour around the Museum.”

The Age Well group also managed to fund a visit to Cleethorpes and appreciate having had two good days out as a group. “Thanks to that grant from Burngreave New Deal,” adds Delia.

Verdon Street Age Well group meet every Wednesday and if you’re a senior citizen and would like to join this group please contact Mink Naylor at Verdon Recreation Centre on 249 1626.


Members of the Agewell group under a gazebo.

Members of the Verdon Street Agewell group enjoying a walk around sunny Banbury Gardens.

Members of the Agewell group by the lake.

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