The Mayor of Christchurch Cllr David Flagg and his wife Denise visited the fifth Sunday Social on the 4th of October 2009, which also saw the wonderful 24-piece Old Tyme Songsters perform for older guests in and around the Borough.
After a delicious meal prepared and delivered ready-to-serve by ‘meals on wheels’ company Forerunner, the Old Tyme Songsters, based in the local area and themselves all over 60, performed many classic singalong tunes, such as ‘Any Old Iron’, ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ and Boiled Beef and Carrots’!
Free of charge for all, the event offers the older residents of Christchurch and Bournemouth something a little bit different on a Sunday afternoon – especially for those who may not receive many visitors or find it difficult to venture far from their homes.
ICM has been delighted with the turnout so far and the wealth of appreciation from guests.
Managing Director of Forerunner – Bournemouth’s largest meals on wheels provider – Declan O’Toole said: “The Sunday Social is evolving into a great success. It’s nice to be able to give something back to the community and have it appreciated, and it is a great partnership between ICM and Forerunner.”
Heidi Lees-Bell, Global Communications Director at ICM, said: “It’s amazing how a simple afternoon of lunch and entertainment can make people smile and laugh so much – it is the social aspect of this event that has the power to really make a difference.”
A number of other organisations are also supporting this valuable event – Lions of Christchurch, Age Concern Christchurch, Dorset Partnerships for Older People Projects (POPP), Brendoncare Dorset, Christchurch Borough Council and Bournemouth Borough Council.