Celebrations after 20 years of forum

Published on: 30 Jan 2014

Over 50s forum Ian Boulton

CELEBRATIONS to mark the 20th anniversary of an organisation set up to meet the needs of older people proved it’s not just the young who know how to enjoy themselves.

South Gloucestershire Over Fifties Forum was set up in 1993 and now boasts more than 4,500 members.

Guest of honour at the group’s birthday party, held at the Resound Centre in Mangotsfield, was councillor Ian Boulton, chairman of South Gloucestershire Council.

Cllr Boulton, who represents the ward of Staple Hill, cut a special birthday cake, declaring that celebrations were underway.

He greeted more than 100 forum members who were present at the event, which also featured a town crier and live music.

Cllr Boulton said: “It was a pleasure to be able to join the South Gloucestershire Over Fifties Forum for their birthday celebrations. The forum holds regular information days around the district with a range of guest speakers and provides an important platform for its members to have a say about the things that are important to them. These events are also a great opportunity to meet people and enjoy a social gathering.”

Further parties were held at community centres in Hanham and Filton.

The South Gloucestershire Over Fifties Forum aims to improve the lot of older people in the district.

The organisation holds regular meetings within South Gloucestershire, with speakers on a wide range of subjects relevant to the needs of older people.

The next event on the forum’s calendar will take place on Tuesday January 21 at Warmley Community Centre where guests will hear from speakers from South Gloucestershire Council’s transport team.

For more information visit www.sthglosoverfiftiesforum.co.uk

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