New Mills … International Day For Older Person’s … Drag Queen Bingo

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New Mills

New Mills is a town in Derbyshire, about 16 miles from Manchester, close to the border with Cheshire. It is set in an area of spectacular natural beauty, standing high above a natural rocky gorge known as The Torrs, where the River Sett joins the River Goyt.

Eight of us travelled to the town. We made our way up the steep hill to the “Pride of the Peaks” pub. This was a good choice as the food was fantastic – proper home cooked food served in very generous portions and at reasonable prices.

Then we took a short walk to the New Mills Heritage and Information Centre housed in several rooms on the ground floor of a converted building in Rock Mill Lane.

The Centre was established in 1989 and has over 12,000 visitors a year. It includes the Museum, an Information Centre, a shop and a small café and generates income by selling publications, maps, trails, sundries, and light refreshments.

Volunteer staff are on duty to service the shop, provide information, deal with or pass on enquiries and supervise the displays. There was a friendly and helpful atmosphere and it was well worth a visit.

We then looked for the Butterfly Cafe which had been highly recommended (think it may be closed), but instead we went to the Clockwork Café which had some delicious homemade cakes.

New Mills is quite a small town but we didn’t spot actor Tony Audenshaw (Bob Hope in the television soap Emmerdale) who lives there.

More photos can be seen here.

Local activists inspire on International Day For Older Person’s and get BBC coverage

A group of local activists who have been featured in a special new film created by the Talking About My Generation team, commissioned by Greater Manchester Older People’s Network (GMOPN), took part in a living library event on Friday morning , 1 October.

The activists were available to ‘borrow’ like a book for a chat about what they’ve been doing in their community, helping to inspire others.

The new film shows how people of all ages across Greater Manchester are uniting in the fight against climate change, breaking the myth that older generations don’t care.

It highlights the inter-generational activists in action; from green transport and litter picking to protesting and growing your own food in communities across all boroughs.

The event attracted the BBC who featured the activists and part of the campaign film on the North West Tonight programme on Friday evening.

Our campaign stars getting interviewed by the BBC about the new film and their activism

Elaine Unegbu, Chair of Greater Manchester Older People’s Network Steering Group, said: “We wanted to share a positive message about how important it is for the generations to come together to tackle big issues like climate change.

This is not about young versus old, it’s about all of us doing our bit, as individuals and in our communities. We can all do something and so many people are playing their part already and enjoying themselves in the process. Climate change is a serious business but you can still have fun and make a difference at the same time. We need to celebrate what people are already doing and inspire others to do the same. Ageism tries to divide generations – but the fight against climate change is uniting them.”

Drag Queen Bingo

To celebrate The International Day of Older People, a group of us went to Manchester Central Library to be entertained by Angel Delight with Drag Queen Bingo.

We had an afternoon of sparkling fun, including a bit of a dance to some cheesy pop music, stand up bingo, bongo bingo and singalongs. Walter won a “Drag Queen Bingo” game

If you missed the event you can still find your drag name. Match your intitals and discover your very own alter-ego!

First Name Surname 
APopcornAMoneypenny
BSpanglesBTrotter
CBlancmangeCTatlock
DSticky-ToffeeDDoolittle
EDoughnutEDe Vil
FPuddingFGolightly
GGobstopperGFlintstone
HBonbonHVon Trapp
IMarshmallowIPoppins
JKnickerbockerJWonker
KChewitsKSlocom
LButterscotchLWeasley
MMuffinMTrunchbull
NCurly WurlyNDuckworth
OSkippyOMcFee
PCrumblePSmalldick
QTruffleQDastardly
RTrifleRLightyear
SJellybeanSMcGoo
TSherbetTWormwood
UStrudelUHavisham
VTiffinVSharples
WRoly-PolyWSkywalker
XBanoffeeXDoubtfire
YMerinqueYMcGonagall
ZDib-DabZPitstop

More photos can be seen here.

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