Celebrating Age event a resounding success

More than 100 people packed into Knowle West Media Centre this month for an event to celebrate active ageing.

“Happy and Active in Knowle West” was run by Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and Knowle West Health Park as part of Bristol’s Celebrating Age festival, which had events taking place in neighbourhoods across Bristol.

The event aimed to promote local activities for the over 55s, to encourage them to take up a new hobby, learn a new skill or become more active. There were tasters in photography, Tai Chi and art as well as a ballroom dance display from local groups, a health walk and film screenings.

The event also included a workshop to share sporting memories, ear acupuncture sessions and afternoon tea. Free transport was provided and there were a number of stalls advertising local activities and groups – including LinkAge and the Silver Screen film group.

Sue Mackinnon from KWMC who organised the event with the Health Park said: “We were overwhelmed by the response from the community and everyone seemed to enjoy the afternoon. We hope this has helped to highlight the huge variety of activities available in the area – there is something for everyone.

“It has been wonderful to team up with Knowle West Health Park and we plan to run another event later in the year.”

Pensioner Kenny Downs from Knowle West said of the event: “It was brilliant, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. We definitely need more things like this in the area.”

Bristol’s Celebrating Age Festival, which took place over two weeks was themed “Brilliant in Bristol: Many Communities, Many Cultures, One City” this year, to reflect the talent and the diversity of older people across the city.