Working together for a relaxing time

For a week in mid-August around 35 Seniors from the town gathered at the Methodist Centre in Market Harborough for a “Holiday at Home”, an annual event supported by Churches Together in Harborough that has been taking place for more than 10 years. Four of the days started with a welcoming cup of coffee and biscuits, the hospitality being provided by various local church groups. Participants then split into four activity groups, the activities including painting (on both paper and ceramic mugs), a scratch choir, sewing with the “Moors bags” team, flower arranging and carpet bowls, among others.

After a mid-morning coffee break the morning continued with a talk (with subjects covering the volunteer bureau, Harborough history and advice from the police on avoiding scams). A brief “Thought for the Day” was followed by an excellent lunch prepared by the Methodist Church catering team to round off the day.

Friday was a little different with the Ukulele Band providing some lively entertainment for the after coffee session followed by fish and chips.

Thursday offered a coach trip to Twycross Zoo and despite some changeable weather during the week the day turned out sunny and warm and was much enjoyed.

As a newcomer to the organising team this year I felt it was very gratifying that the considerable amount of preparatory planning work by its chairman, Barry Osborne, ably assisted by other members of the team, was so readily appreciated by those taking part in the activities. The somewhat apprehensive faces of those arriving on Monday morning were replaced by broad smiles as the week progressed. There was no doubt that this week’s Holiday had left everyone feeling very much more relaxed.

Robin Bangerter