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Friendship group in Bury St Edmunds to relaunch with new venue

The Apex in the arc, Bury St Edmunds ANL-141021-143616001
The Apex in the arc, Bury St Edmunds ANL-141021-143616001

A vital support group which offers friendship and social acitivities for mature people is relaunching after being offered a new venue.

The Bury St Edmunds Friendship Centre will host its monthly get-togethers at The Apex after running for more than six years at the Quality Inn, on Moreton Hall.

The group, which offers fun activities and social support for the over 50’s, will hold a relaunch event, open to all, from 10.30am to 1pm on Monday, January 19 with belly dancing, fitness demos, activities and exhibits from local businesses.

Manager Jane Andrews said: “What we’re trying to do is prevent and alleviate isolation and loneliness.

“What we offer is friendship - it’s friendship that makes all the difference.

“The impact it has to have an adult conversation with another adult, it’s made such a difference to the mental and physical health of our members. It gives people a meaning to their day.”

As well as the monthly meetings at The Apex, there are activities such as trips, ballroom dancing, yoga, pilates, walks, holidays and short breaks.

Affiliated to Age UK and with its motto being ‘wise before the event’, the Friendship Centre provides members with information on health, welfare and money matters while offering informal befriending and linking members to services.

There are about 100 members who regularly attend events and Mrs Andrews says meeting at The Apex will allow the group to expand.

The yearly membership fee is £10 and meetings are held on the third Monday of each month.

For more details call Mrs Andrews on 01284 763318 or email bsefriendship@gmail.com


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