A community-based project, primarily for older people, was launched in February 2018 for friendship and support. Meeting in church, it provides a great opportunity to meet people in a safe environment. The plan is for a constantly changing range of activities to form part of each meeting, with everything from craft demonstrations and games to speakers. Connections has established its own identity with us now having a feel for what best suits those who come and remain keen to develop any interest that might appeal.

We enjoy a cuppa with one of Zena’s homemade cakes with the chance to sit and chat. There are always activities such as an ongoing jigsaw puzzle, magazine / book swap, tabletop games (often Scrabble), knitting and carpet bowls. Additionally, we have had craft activities, speakers on a range of interests, hand massage, gentle exercises and local history discussions. We have also tried a couple of extended sessions which have been popular and included a simple lunch. We will continue trying these and may be able to have a chance to listen to longer talks. We hope to extend our popular Christmas soup lunch and wreath-making to further ‘special’ events.

During Connections a NHS Walk-in Hearing Aid Clinic is held. This is a free service for people with NHS hearing aids, including servicing, testing, battery supply and advice. Email

Most importantly, we enjoy sharing time and having a chance to chat with a friendly group of people from our wider community, some of whom have become ‘regulars’, as not only church members come along. There is no cost and no membership expectations - it is great to see anybody who is passing, even if just for a quick drink and cake! Please come along if you are interested. We now meet every Tuesday 10am-noon, this term from 10 January - 28 March.

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