Men in Spen to meet again and again

GETTING INVOLVED: The founding members of the Men in Spen Kurling group with Age Concern Calderdale and Kirklees coordinator Kate Billson.

GETTING INVOLVED: The founding members of the Men in Spen Kurling group with Age Concern Calderdale and Kirklees coordinator Kate Billson.

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A GROUP providing activities for men over 50 in the Spen Valley has kick started a programme of events.

Men In Spen, funded by Kirklees Council and run by Age Concern Calderdale and Kirklees, aims to get men over 50 involved in regular social activities.

Taster sessions have already taken place, offering activities from kurling to cycling, gardening to DIY, computers to nordic walking.

Age Concern’s Kate Billson, said the newly launched kurling group had already proved popular.

“The kurling went really well and we had six men turn up for the first session, which they really enjoyed. We’ve also had some cyclists form their own group, to regularly ride down the Greenway,” she said.

“My role runs out at the end of the month so we want something set up and run by older men who can use their skills to help each other and plan new things within the group.”

An advisory group has been set up and the members meet at Cleckheaton Library, which will also be the venue for a reminiscence event on March 21.

It will feature nostalgic memories and organisers hope members will be able to bring in their own memorabilia to discuss at future sessions.

The library will also hold weekly Coffee Plus sessions, every Tuesday, with regular themes and on April 5, members can enjoy Wii Fitness games.

There is also a nordic walking group every Thursday, from 11am-noon, which also meets at the library.

There will also be regular family history advice workshops, on alternate Tuesdays from 2pm next week, where people have the opportunity to get help from the Huddersfield and District Family History Society.Worklink will also hold advice sessions on Wednesdays from 9am-12.30pm and swimming sessions are planned. For information call 01274 871328.