It's All Happening at Ageing Well 2018

(Last Updated On: September 15, 2018)

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With just six weeks to go it’s all hands on deck as preparations for this year’s Ageing Well Festival move into their final busy stages.

‘We have a superb line up alongside the Ageing Well’s Got Talent competition,’ the organisers tell us, ‘and we have a few workshops coming up if you want help preparing.’

They’re also e looking for poets, budding and established, to perform their work during the festival so if you’d like a little help with your writing, they say, ‘Come along to our free workshop at the Bright Bean Coffee Shop, 319 Torquay Road, Paignton, between 2 and 4 pm on October 11th – please email Melanie Crump on if you need more detail.’

‘Our indefatigable organising committee – all of whom are over 50 themselves – has put together a smorgasbord of entertainment including, talks, sports, music, comedy, workshops and displays all pulled together under a 1970’s theme,’ they add. ‘ Come along and meet the cuddly robots, in particular Paro the seal, a Japanese-designed robot seal that moves and responds to touch that may well be part of a future care package for older people in care homes, at a presentation given by Plymouth University.’

Or why not try something new? Maybe Tai Chi, learning to play the ukulele, or putting on your dancing shoes and joining the 1970’s dance party with Torbay teacher, Anne George.

For those who’d rather watch than get involved there’s a 70’s rock band, or if that isn’t your thing Riviera Sound might be for you, while Donald Knaack, a Brixham-based classically trained percussionist, graduating from the Manhattan School of Music , will be performing his ‘Junk Music’ using the sounds of found objects. Sport and exercise on the day will range from table tennis to pilates, from yoga to walking football and walking netball, and there’ll also be a variety of food to choose from, from fish and chips to vegetarian options or meaty sandwiches.

The Festival will take place on October 20th between 10 am and 6pm at Paignton Community and Sports Academy in Borough Road. For more details and updates you can visit the website

Bob Jope Healthwatch Torbay

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!