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Blokes at Oakes toast the group’s first birthday




Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165506009
Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165506009

A mens group for over 60s has celebrated its first birthday - with cake and a few pints of beer.

Blokes at Oakes, who meet on the first Wednesday of every month at Oakes Barn in Bury St Edmunds, is part of a national Age UK campaign to help older men who may feel lonely or isolated.

Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165517009
Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165517009

Last Wednesday Mayor of St Edmundsbury Patrick Chung joined the ‘blokes’ in their celebration, cutting a special birthday cake.

Susan Wilde, from Oakes Barn, said : “We contacted a few charities to see of we could work on something good for the community and Age UK got in touch and said they were thinking of doing something to combat loneliness in older men.

“We said we would be delighted and it went from there.”

The group has grown from just four members when it started to around 20 today. The group go out on the occasional day trip - with their last excursion to the Nethergate brewery in Sudbury.

Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165528009
Bloke at the Oakes, an Age UK community group, who meet at Oakes Barn on the first Wednesday of each month, turn one today Mayor Partick Chung cuts the cake.'Picture Mark Westley ANL-160604-165528009

Susan said the blokes really enjoyed themselves.

“The guys had a fantastic time - a brilliant day out,” she said.

“They come once a month to Oakes Barn, have a few coffees and then get on the beers.

“Age UK also come up with a topic of discussion for them to talk about.

“It is a really positive thing. “There are some blokes who weren’t going out much before and had lost a bit of self confidence.”

For more information visit www.oakesbarn.co.uk/index.php/oakes-barn-events/blokes-at-oakes



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