Never too old to challenge stereotypes
KINGSWOOD will take part in a festival aimed at challenging stereotypes and recognising the contribution made by older people in Bristol.
The Celebrating Age Festival (CAF) launched on October 1 - the same day as the International Day of Older Persons - and will continue to the end of the month.
It is hosted by Age UK Bristol with support from Bristol Ageing Better, St Monica Trust, LinkAge Network and Active Ageing Bristol and enables people to try new crafts, make new friends and share experiences.
Throughout the month, there will be a variety of taster activities, open days and events for people of all ages to get involved in, most completely of charge.
On offer in Kingswood are walking rugby sessions at Kingswood RFC in Grimsbury Road, BS15 9RA.
They take place on October 3, 9, 16, 17, 23, 24 and 30 from 6.30-8pm, with the bar open afterwards.
Walking rugby involves no running, tackling or kicking and no experience is necessary. People should wear suitable footwear for grass. It is free to try with further sessions costing £2/£3.
Nearby, retired or semi-retired men will be able to visit Probus Longwell Green on October 16 from 10am-12pm. It takes place at Longwell Green Community Centre, Shellards Road, BS30 9DU and costs £1.50.
In Fishponds, on October 3 and 31, a FAB (Friends Ageing Better) Cafe will be held at the Kingfisher Cafe in Straits Parade for people over 50.
The free event, which takes place from 10.30am-12pm,
offers a chance for people to meet with their neighbours and catch up on what is happening in the area.
It is aimed at helping people build relationships with like-minded people who live locally.
The festival launched with an opening event on Tuesday October 1 at The Station.
You can download the Celebrating Age Festival programme on the Age UK Bristol website: https://www.ageuk.org.uk/bristol/our-services/celebrating-age-festival/