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Autumn Fayre 

Great turn out for our Autumn Fayre

 Age UK Oadby & Wigston was buzzing with the hum of happy shoppers at its recent Autumn Fayre held on Saturday, 20 October from 10 am to 4pm.

 With over 20 different stallholders offering some lovingly made homemade goods everything from bunting to jewellery, jam to cushions, body shop toiletries to handbags and scarves.  Fun events included the tombola, lucky dip and raffle with over a dozen prizes.  Marks & Spencers supported the event through the sale of biscuits.  During the event our charity shop that boosts quality selected ladies wear, Avon toiletries, branded cosmetics, new items and Christmas section was also open throughout the day.

 The coffee bar was open on the day with freshly cooked hot bacon and sausage cobs, cakes and refreshments.

 All in all a splendid time was had by all and very importantly for the elderly people of Oadby & Wigston valuable funds were raised to support the centre, which is self-funded.  Fighting loneliness and isolation is achieved through offering tasty home cooked meals, daily selection of activities from line dancing to whist, calligraphy to indoor bowls.  Everyone is welcome to pop along to the centre, which prides itself as being at the hub of community life in the area.

 As Chair of Trustees, Jill Gore commented:

‘It was an honour for me to welcome local people to our event, which was busy throughout the day with people bagging bargains for Christmas and relaxing in our welcoming café.  I encourage more people to visit the centre for a spot of retail therapy in our shop followed by a drink and bite to eat afterwards.’

 

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Our last Cream Tea was held on Monday 23rd July 2018

When we had a Gorgeous Grandma Competition, which was won by Nan Molly who had her photograph taken with the Lord Mayor and the following article was published in the Local Paper

 

 

Gorgeous Gran 

Beautiful day as Age UK Oadby & Wigston salutes Gorgeous Grans

Nan Molly is competition judges’ choice

Grans queued up to show off their looks, personality and flair in a beauty contest with a difference.

Age UK Oadby & Wigston has held its first Gorgeous Grandmas competition, held on Monday, 23rd July, saw entrants searching their wardrobes, primping their hair and practicing their patter for the judges.

A spokesman for the Age UK centre in Paddock Street, Wigston said: “They told their stories of what it’s like to be a grandmother, with the best thing often being simply watching their grandchildren grow up and enjoying their companionship, supporting them, as they become adults.

“A common theme of expense was the worst thing about being a grandma.

“However, one of the most unusual aspects of being a grandma is finding out about the variety of hobbies and pastimes they undertake, everything from knitting to skydiving, to acting and swimming.

“The judges considered community spirit, personality along with flare and looks when judging the competition.

The panel of judges included Mayor of Oadby and Wigston David Carter, Chair of the board Jill Gore and Flora one of the centre’s volunteers.

After a lot of deliberation, they choose Molly Clarke as the winner. 

Molly said: “I thought it was wonderful.  It’s made me more aware of the work and activities on offer at Age UK Oadby and Wigston.

“It was the first time I’d visited the Paddock Street centre and I couldn’t have had a warmer welcome.  I shall definitely be back.”

 Alongside the contest, the day offered cream teas, a raffle and a Rat Pack tribute singer.

Councillor Carter said: “It was great to meet so many grandmas in our borough and to be asked to be on the judging panel.

 “There’s certainly a lot on offer for people of all ages at Age UK Oadby and Wigston.”

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