Afternoon tea for a hundred

Words and photo by Dave Barry 

About 100 members of Scarborough & District Older People’s Forum had afternoon tea at the Royal Hotel to celebrate the group’s 20th anniversary.

The forum was launched in 1988 under the auspices of the Better Government for Older People initiative.

Such forums are increasingly important to ensure that older people have their say in the face of decreasing local government finances and services and to combat loneliness and isolation in later life.

Audrey Cooke, who chairs the forum, said: “Our aims are to facilitate healthy independence in old age, to identify the needs of older people in a rapidly changing society and to prevent or alleviate social isolation.

“Our objectives are to inform and update people about local social care and help, to identify and support campaigns for local national issues, to be a forum for the exchange of views and to organise a programme of regular social events”.

The group has nearly 200 members; 80-90 attend monthly meetings at Westborough Methodist Church. Membership is free.

The guests of honour at the afternoon tea were Scarborough’s town crier David Birdsall and his consort Veronica Dickinson.

Pictured at the anniversary afternoon tea at the Royal are, L-R front, Mandy Cook, Sue Henry, Terry and Audrey Cooke, Loraine Scate and Bronwen Altuccini. Back: David Birdsall, Veronica Dickinson, Andrea Smith, Alan Stewart, Graham Altuccini and David Musgrave. Absent: Bernie Thompson.

For further information about the forum, ring Mrs Cooke on 378654.