'Marvellous' Ravenshead friendship club gives 92-year-old Blidworth woman's life 'a purpose'

92-year-old Nina Newbury has been attending Cornwater Evergreens for 15 years and says the group kept her going through the pandemic.

Thursday, 21st October 2021, 11:34 am

Cornwater Evergreens runs friendship and memory clubs Monday to Friday and enables members to take part in a range of activities, giving them the opportunity to socialise and stay active.

The organisation on Main Road, Ravenshead, turned 20 this year, and provides members with a three-course meal alongside themed activities and chair-based exercise.

Nina, from Blidworth, attends three times a week and refers to the place as her ‘second home’ and praised the centre’s staff for their help during the pandemic.

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Nina (left) and her friends taking part in chair-based exercise as part of Friendship Group, which she attends three days a week.

She said: "This place is absolutely marvellous and like a home to me.

"During lockdown, we received a bag each week with activities to do, and a CD to continue our exercises – they even phoned up to check we had done them!

"What would we have done without them at our age?

"We do different things each week, from painting to pottery and have people coming to sing for us – we’ve even had a harpist.

Alex working with Thelma St.Annes on a reminisce excercise.

"I can’t praise it enough, it gives my life a purpose.”

The club is open to residents throughout Nottinghamshire, with potential new members having the option to try out a free taster day.

For more information, call 01623 491159 or email [email protected]

The centre has a charity shop on West Gate which raises funds to support their work – they are currently accepting donations and looking for volunteers.

Movements to music with Julie Rose from move it or lose it.

For more information, call 01623 656133.

Sadly, since this article was written, Nina passed away – her family have asked for it to be printed as a tribute.

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