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OAPs become sword sorcerers

By Lorna Thompson

OLDER people in Elgin crossed swords during an introduction to fencing as part of a charity "stay active" health campaign.

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) has joined forces with Prudential to launch First Time for Everything, a programme designed to give older people an opportunity to try something new for free.

Its first event in Moray was the introductory fencing session on Wednesday, May 22, at Hanover Housing in Elgin.

Margaret Rose Wood tries fencing at Hanover Housing in Elgin.
Margaret Rose Wood tries fencing at Hanover Housing in Elgin.

Other activities coming up in 2019 include digital photography, table tennis, British Sign Language, and arts and crafts.

According to research by RVS, one in 10 over-60s don’t take part in any activities, with a lack of mobility, not wanting to go somewhere they didn’t know anyone, and costs cited as some of the biggest barriers.

Ian Menzies, activity co-ordinator for the RVS and the programme in Moray, said: "We hope older people, their carers and families will come along to our First Time for Everything events where they can enjoy interesting activities, refreshments and company in a friendly, welcoming environment. There will also be information available about services for older people in the local community."

For more information about activities locally, contact Mr Menzies on 07342 052420 or email ian.menzies@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk or visit www.royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk.

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