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FAB Newsletter 28/04/2021

Published on 28 April 2021 09:44 AM

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With May just around the corner, it can only mean one thing ... Bristol WalkFest 2021 is kicking off! WalkFest is a festival that encourages walking of every kind, whether you're the type of person to walk for miles every day or just around the block, it's a festival for you.

WalkFest takes place from 1-31st May, and this year has adapted its programme of walks to make more available online so that people can easily find a new walking route and learn more about local walking groups in their area. You can find out more on the new WalkFest website here. We hope you have fun!

Warm wishes,
Vibeke and Clare

P.S Is there something you'd like to include in the FAB newsletter? Please get in touch - we love hearing your news.


Try out Walking Football

Various venues, days and times throughout the week. Sessions cost £4 per person and include a hot beverage.

Age UK Bristol and Young Bristol have come together to deliver a new programme of Walking Football sessions for people aged 55+ across Bristol.

Walking Football is a version of football where players walk instead of run. The project will offer the opportunity to get involved with a low-impact version of the sport; supporting you to keep fit and socialise with like-minded people. Sessions are led by Qualified Coach, Jeff Dickens.

All sessions will take place in the Youth Clubs outdoor courts, so please dress appropriately. All abilities welcome.
Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, booking is essential.

To book your place please register here


Join our online art club

Wednesdays, 10.30-12.00pm via Zoom. Cost: £7 per session, £3 if you are on pension credit. Sessions need to be booked in blocks of four at a time.

Our art club is an informal online group that meets every week on Zoom to create art together. The group provides a space to talk about your art with others and to create a new piece and share it with members of the group.

The first session is free so that you can see if it is right for you and meet the rest of the group.

If you would like to register your space or to find out more please email Jo Stokes, Age UK Bristol’s Community Manager on or call 0117 929 7537.

Join Bristol Library's Virtual Bookclub

Tuesday 4th May, 11am - 12 noon via Zoom

Maybe you're a regular book club member or maybe you've never taken part in a book club before - everyone is welcome!

They are reading the novel Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi, which is available to read for free with the Bristol Libraries ebook app Libby.

Register for free here


Join North Bristol Walking for Health

Various days throughout the week

Walking for Health is England’s largest network of health walks, helping people across the country lead a more active lifestyle. All their walks are short, over easy terrain, and are open to all.

Booking is essential for all walks

Please select a walk and register here

SS Great Britain - The Incredible Journey

Friday 30th April 12:00 - 1:00pm, via Zoom. Free with a suggested donation of £5.00

This lunchtime talk ‘The Incredible Journey’ is a more detailed account of the ship’s salvage and recovery from the Falkland Islands, It covers the challenges of sealing and raising the ship and conveying her home, and also the politics which were prevalent at the time in the South Atlantic.

Find out more and register here


Boredom Buster: Create your own '100 Challenge'.

Friday 30th April - Monday 3rd May 2021

Take inspiration from Captain Tom's 100 laps of his garden this bank holiday weekend and create your own 100 Challenge! To celebrate what would have been his 101st birthday, Captain Tom's family have issued a fundraising challenge to the nation: 100 your way. The premise is simple, pick something to do, and do it 100 times! It could be walking 100 steps, writing a 100-word poem, baking 100 cakes, or climbing 100 stairs - you pick.

If you do decide to take part, why not fundraise for Age UK Bristol?

Details to take part or donate can be found here

We've added a 'boredom buster' section to the FAB newsletter. Let us know if you'd like to contribute an activity, a book recommendation, fun facts etc to include in the next issue.


National Poetry Month

As we mentioned in the last newsletter, April is National Poetry Month so we've got another poem to share written by a FAB member. As we have more to come, these will likely go beyond April! Thank you to everyone who has kindly allowed us to share their poems.

Interesting Times by Ros Forge
make a mess clear it up
sort and cull
drawers and shelves

eat drink sort things out
brew cook wash things up
write lists

wind clouds sun rain
birds sing friends ring
slouch stare

sow plant weed hoe.
play in mud exult in soil
observe slugs

rush about spin around
brain fizz loose ends
puzzles riddles

be alone by myself
breathing in breathing out
feeling finding
brave new world


Support Hub was set up for older people and their families to cope with the impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19 in Bristol. This includes: Practical Support via the Helpline, Emotional Support and Virtual Activities.

The Support Hub is staffed 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday. If you call outside of these hours please leave a message and someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

Helpline: 0117 929 7537

Friends Ageing Better is a project by Age UK Bristol, funded by Bristol Ageing Better and delivered in partnership with Bristol Older People's Forum.

Age UK Bristol Registered Charity Number: 1042548