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Christchurch to host next Golden Age Fair

Christchurch residents will be able to benefit from free transport to help them attend this month's Golden Age Fair.


For the first time, Fenland District Council is offering villagers transport to and from its latest event for the over 60s, which is taking place at Christchurch Community Centre on Wednesday, September 27, from 11am to 2pm.

The transport is being piloted following feedback from the Council's Senior Citizens Advisory Group, and although limited to Christchurch residents for the pilot, the fair is open to everyone.

Older residents from across the district are invited to attend the event, along with their relatives, friends and carers, to see what's on offer.

Once again, the council's Golden Age team will be on hand with information, advice and guidance to help the over 60s find out what benefits and services they are entitled to.

To date, more than 4,000 people have been given access to local services and thanks to the Fenland Ferret, a computer programme that ferrets out unclaimed benefits, over £800,000 in unclaimed entitlements have been identified.

An array of partners will also be attending to provide advice and support including Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, charities Cam Sight, Breathe Easy Wisbech, Alzheimer's UK, Age UK, Diabetes UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, the Royal British Legion, the Council's Street Pride team, and library and community protection representatives from Cambridgeshire County Council.

There will also be free health checks and fitness tips from the Council's New Vision Fitness leisure centre staff.

Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council's Cabinet member responsible for Golden Age, said: "We're delighted to be returning to Christchurch for our latest fair and also that we can offer Christchurch residents free transport to be able to attend the event for the first time.

"The fair promises to be a great day once again, and I hope to see as many people as possible come along and make the most of what's on offer."

The transport for Christchurch residents will be provided by Fenland Area Community Transport (FACT). Anyone residents wanting to take up the offer can contact Sharon Dove, Fenland District Council's community support officer, on 01354 622566 to book. It is available on a first come, first served basis, with pick-up times being confirmed once passenger numbers are known.

Article added: September 18, 2017