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Diary April/May 2017

Unless otherwise stated all activities are held in Dove Cottage, 39 High Street, Debenham (just inside St. Mary’s churchyard).Please note that there is a waiting list to join the Fit Club and the Cross Green lunch clubs are also full. However we can accommodate just a few more participants in our other clubs and activities.

N.B. There will be no CAMEO on the April 18th.


Tuesday April 4th at 10.30am

Fit Club

This is about making life easier for all who April be “over 60” and, perhaps, just “a bit stiff in the joints” or “a bit out of puff”. What a difference can be made with some simple exercises that we can do whilst sitting in a chair – removing stress, reducing pain, improving posture, balance and coordination, and so on. It’s gentle and fun - not at all about “no gain without pain” – and you can do it at home - less of the gym and more of the lounge!

Tuesday April 4th

Cross Green Lunch Club

Tuesday April 4th at 2.00pm


Tea and fun activities – games and quizzes for the mind and the body - try it - you can join in or just have a chat – and enjoy homemade cakes “just like Mum’s”

Wednesday April 5th at 2.00 pm

Carers Club

There will be tea or coffee and the largest slices and the greatest selection of luscious cakes in Suffolk for all. It’s just like an afternoon tea party and the cakes are stupendous! I look forward to seeing you all there, and please remember that everyone is welcome and especially past carers. If you need some information or advice we can usually help.

Tuesday April 11th

Coopersfield Lunch Club

Tuesday April 11th at 2.00 pm:

Way Back When

.Everyone enjoys a good old natter about the old days and there is something special about bringing back memories. Enjoy remembering with friends what you did in the 40s, 50s, and 60s - enjoy talking about the hobbies and activities that you loved with others who also enjoyed them -  hear about what Debenham and the surrounding villages was like all those years ago and tell us what it was like where you grew up. 

Wednesday April 12th at 2.00pm

Fit Club

Tuesday April 18th at 10.30am

Fit Club

Wednesday April 19th at 2.00pm:

Info Cafe

Afternoon tea when you can get to know others in a similar position to yourself and make friends. A professional support advisor from Age UK‘s Dementia Advisor Team will be there to talk through and help with your concerns and requests for information / support. Fabulous cakes!

Thursday April 20th at 2.00pm:

The Nettus Barn at Otley

This is a monthly occasion run by Vicky Hutchinson of Age UK (01986 798411/01473 353055). Listen to and join in with your favourite songs in a beautiful environment set in the delightful Suffolk countryside. These informal sessions are for Family Carers and Cared for, and are led by an experienced singer.

Wednesday April 26th at 2.00pm:

Fit Club

Friday Ap[ril 28th:

The Other Cross Green Lunch Club*

Tuesday May 2nd at 10.30 am:

Fit Club

Tuesday May 2nd

Cross Green Lunch Club *

Tuesday May 2nd at 2.00pm:


Wednesday May 3rd at 2.00pm:

Carers Club

Tuesday May 9th

Coopersfield Lunch Club*

Tuesday May 9th at 2.00pm

Way Back When

Wednesday May 16th at 10.30am:

Fit Club

Tuesday May 16th at 2.00pm:


Wednesday May 17th at 2.00 pm:

Info Café

Thursday May 18th at 2.00 pm:

The Nettus Barn at Otley

Wednesday May 24th at 2.00 pm:

Fit Club

Friday May 26th:

The Other Cross Green Lunch Club*

Tuesday 30th May at 10.30pm:

Fit Club

* We have 3 Food ‘n’ Friends lunch clubs – each meeting every month. These offer an opportunity for a carer with the person they care for to enjoy an informal lunch where they can relax and enjoy meeting others without any concerns – everyone is aware of the difficulties that carers face and is more than happy to help and to share. They are usually held in a host’s home and are small in their membership – 4, 6, or 8 guests. Our current clubs are full at present and we are currently thinking about setting up a 4th club in the coming year – if you feel that this is something you might like to try, either as a guest or as a host/helper, please let us know as soon as possible (01728 862003).

The Forge Church in collaboration with the United Reform Church also organise a luncheon group for elderly housebound residents in and around the Debenham Area. They can provide transport and meet at 12.30 on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month (01449 710437).

ActivLives has runs weekly New Age Kurling and Boccia sessions which are open to all but, particularly, those who may be a little older than the rest of us, have a few aches and pains, and sometimes find a few problems remembering what happened yesterday but not what happened in their early years. The sessions are on Thursdays at the Debenham community Centre – 2.00 to 4.00pm – Contact Kim Bilner on 01473 345350.