Live, Laugh, Love, Learn

(Last Updated On: October 11, 2018)


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People from across Torbay will be celebrating the fourth Ageing Well Torbay Festival next weekend (October 20th).

Last year more than 1700 people attended the festival at Lupton House, in Churston Ferrers, Brixham and more people are expected this year at Paignton Community and Sports Academy in Borough Road in Paignton on  Saturday, October 20th between 10 am and 6 pm.

The Ageing Well Torbay organising committee has put together a smorgasbord of entertainment including, talks, sports, music, comedy, workshops and displays all pulled together under a 1970’s theme, the overall message is Live, Laugh, Love, Learn and in total there are nearly 80 hours of entertainment and activities spread across eighteen rooms involving more than 80 different timed activities.

‘It all starts at 9.45,’ they tell us, ‘ with a rousing drumming launch from a new group of Japanese style Taiko drummers from Torbay. It will be loud.’

For those who want to try something new there is Tai Chi or a ukelele lesson or dancing lessons at a 1970’s dance party, while Squircle, a community-based business Arts Team, will be leading a linocut printing and clay sculpture workshop.

Everything is targetted at people over the age of 50 including  music from a 70’s rock band, Acoustic Sunshine, songs from Riviera Sound and music from Wren as well as entertainment from comic Ben Cornish and dance with belly dancing duo Jenny and Lyn. Sport and exercise are well featured both in the form of demonstrations and things to try from table tennis to pilates and from yoga to walking football and walking netball. There is a variety of food to choose from good old staples through vegetarian options to meaty sandwiches.

Among other local organisations, Healthwatch Torbay will be there, giving you achance to find out more aboput what they do and to hear about their Digital Project.

It is easy to by car or by bus but there is no parking on site and all blue badge disabled spaces need to be pre-booked by ringing 01803 212638.

For the majority, we will be running shuttle buses from South Devon College car park in Long Road, in Paignton. Alternatively, the site is well served by the number 22 bus from Paignton and Torquay or the Gold bus that runs from Torquay to Totnes.

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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!