We fed them and befriended them, gave them a football to kick around on the lawn.
Bingo in the Ritz Cinema. Bowls and tennis in the park. Then barbeques in Springfield Park Community Centre and various sports – Tai Chi, karate and car boot sales. The strawberry fields on Lamb Farm, Ord’s Garden and greenhouse flowers – Willowdene Nurseries. Women’s darts teams in the Coach & Horses (Clousden Hill pub), dancing in the Legion and Conservative Clubs. Coffee mornings at the Free Church and other groups – guides, brownies and scouts.
In the ’80s, Age Concern sent helpers to all older people – to paint and decorate and do house and garden repairs. It kept them busy, taught them to care about old people and we fed them and befriended them, gave them a football to kick around on the lawn.