Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ballyduff Active Retirement Group Return

Members of the Ballyduff Active Retirement Group were delighted to be back together again, and to meet-up with old friends, at their first meeting for the autumn, which took place this Monday afternoon, the 7th of September. There was a great attendance in the upper room of BUDS Family Resource Centre, as everyone gathered together to hear what had been planned for the group up to Christmas, and to make their own input to the discussion.

The group soon got back to the routine of the meeting, as Chairperson, May Scott welcomed everyone, and Jim Behan took the group through a short programme of exercises, which made everyone feel invigorated. There was some chat abut recent events, which had included the group’s picnic at May and Bob's house in July, and also the day trip to Millstreet Country Park.

It was agreed that the art exhibition involving the work of some of members that took place in BUDS during the month of August had also been a great success.Talk of plans began with the first meeting of the month, which always includes a game of Bingo. As a complete change, next week, two representatives of a charity that is raising funds for the provision of Air Ambulances in Ireland will talk to the group. Apparently Cork and Kerry is the first area to have its own Air Ambulance through this charity, and it is to arrive soon.

Another Active Retirement Holiday - the trip to Galway, 2007

The next two items on the agenda were united by the theme “Positive Ageing Week”. There was an offer of free entry to a race meeting at the greyhound track in Tralee, possible through the generosity of the manager of the track, Declan Downey. Another event will be a table quiz organised by Ballybunion Active Retirement Group, to which the Ballyduff group is invited. World Heart Day will also be celebrated, with a big walk by the group in Ballyseedy Woods, to underline the commitment of the group to keeping fit and active

The Saint Patrick's Day Parade

The period up to Christmas will include several other talks and demonstrations, including one on Make-up, by a visiting speaker, and a session of Physical Activity Games, with Jim Behan. It is also hoped to have a Mass, a Christmas Shopping Day in Cork, a Flower Arranging demonstration, (which will be given by one of the members of the group, Nancy O’Connell, who has won many awards for her work), and a Christmas Meal and Outing.

Waiting for the Train - Setting off for a Christmas Shopping Day in Cork

As well as the Monday meetings, there is a full programme of events for every day of the week. Art classes are planned for Tuesdays, and Short-mat bowls will continue at Ballyloughran Sports and Leisure Centre on Thursdays. On Wednesdays members can go into Listowel on the bus provided by Kerry Community Transport, and on Friday they can go into Tralee.

A Walk for World Heart Day - Members on the cliffs in Ballybunion

After such a full agenda, members were ready for a cup of tea. At this point in the meeting they are now able to enjoy a welcome feature that is available because they meet in BUDS. Refreshments are prepared and served to them by the staff of the Family Resource Centre, in the drop-in café on the ground floor. The change of scenery is appreciated, and soon everyone was sitting around the small tables in groups chatting over all the items that had been discussed. In view of all this activity, it is fair to say that the group deserves their name.

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