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Singing, Strolling & Shooting

Colin Avery from the Silver Rainbows project runs through some of the up and coming events for 2018

I hope you've enjoyed our range of events, drop-in's and updates over the past year. I've certainly enjoyed meeting and getting to know you!! Silver Rainbows gets off to a flying start in 2018 with singing, strolling & shooting (the football kind) to get us going.

We are now making plans for 2018 and I'm very pleased to announce that we will be going forward with our LGBT choir with musical director Matt Baker (a nominal £5:00 charge per person per session). Four dates for your diaries for workshops/rehearsals so far in 2018:

Monday 12 February
St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester
Monday 19 February
St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester
Sunday 25 February
Weaver Hall Museum & Poor House in Northwich
Monday 5 March
St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester

By special request, we will be holding another of our
LGBT Tea Dances hosted by Prince Jack Clegg on Saturday 14th April.

Sara - one of our members who has been a tremendous supporter of our network - has offered to hold a
Laughter Yoga workshop for Silver Rainbows members on the afternoon of Saturday March 24th (venue to be confirmed).

Body Positive will be celebrating
LGBT History Month over the weekend of February 23rd - 25th with a series of events at Weaver Hall Museum and Poor House including in addition to the LGBT films (see front page), an Open Invitation to participate in our Cheshire Rainbows Choir and an exhibition of artefacts commemorating the lives of LGBT people from Cheshire including Lily Parr - who played football for England and was recently inducted into the Football Association's Hall of Fame, Alan Turing - World War II Codebreaker and mathematician and Christopher Isherwood - novelist, playwright, screen-writer, autobiographer and diarist.

Thanks to our friends at Active Cheshire we are commencing our
Silver Strollers programme of walks around the Cheshire Countryside. We start with an outing to Quakers Coppice in Crewe on the afternoon of Saturday 17th February meeting at Bridgewater House at 1:45. Our second walk will be around Astbury Mere in Congleton on the afternoon of Sunday 8th April between 2:00pm and 4:00pm meeting at the Astbury Mere Visitor Centre Cafe at 1:45. The walks are on level ground with no stiles or gates to navigate and are suitable for all regardless of ability. Suggestions for future walks are welcome and should anyone wish to train as a Walk Leader then please contact Colin on 01270 653150.

The first of our
Tea & Tattle drop-ins take place on Thursday 1st February from 2:00pm - 4:00pm at Bridgewater House in Crewe and y'all are invited to drop in to Winsford Library on Tuesday 27th March again from 2:00 - 4:00. In addition to catching up on our busy social calendars we'll be discussing our upcoming Oral History project (we are looking for volunteers to become involved as both contributors and interviewers).

We will be holding our second
Take Pride In Ageing conference at Chester Town Hall on Thursday 12th July (our first conference was amazing and made more so by the number of Silver Rainbows/members who attended and contributed their stories and experiences into the debates). Please do keep in touch and share any news you have or ideas for get togethers/events. Best wishes, Colin.

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