AskBOA: Activities and interests for ’older’ people

My parents are moving to the area in may and are looking to get involved in activities locally, which as you appreciate is always tricky, they have always played bowls but are now in their 70’s and a bit reluctant, I wonder if you might be able to advise of any events, or ’socials’ that they might be able to come along to and meet like minded people and how best to be kept up-to-date with whats going on as they do not use the internet.
Many Thanks in anticipation, Julianne
(Contributed by: From: Jill Gardiner)


    • My in laws, who live with us, are in their 80’s and moved in last spring after moving down from Scotland.

      My father in law was reluctant to start anything, he was in the masons and bowled regularly so was quite active in Scotland. However, we put our foot down and now he drives himself regularly to indoor carpet bowling in Melksham in the winter season and joined the local BoA Bowling club.

      Puit your foot down if only for the sanity of your mother and ensure they both have an active social life.

      I think the BoA Bowling club has a friday evening social in BoA, google them.


    • Hi, do they like music? Or cooking? Or sewing?

      Iford Arts is a charity that produces an opera, jazz and proms festival every year. We have lots of volunteer positions, unfortunately the upper age limit of stewards on the nights events is 70, however lots of local people get involved by volunteering their skills sewing, or helping cook food for the artists ‘get in’ at Iford…or hosting…

      Take a look at

      Kind regards its a very friendly town so I’m sure they,ll be fine. Apparently there’s a website called in the loop too

    • Club

      The Bradford on Avon Club at 29 Market St in the centre of town has a lounge with a small bar, a function room, a garden, and a snooker room with 2 excellent full sized tables.  Each month we hold social events covering diverse subjects such as Gardening, Ale Tasting, History of Bradford, Clockmakers of Wiltshire, and a Magical Evening with an internationally known member of The Magic Circle.
      In April we have a talk on the Dorset & Somerset Canal that didn’t quite come to Bradford.  In May we have a Wine Tasting by a professional Wine Educator.
      In addition we have many other social events like Summer BBQ, Burns Supper in January, Christmas Draw night, a President’s Supper and Speakers on a variety of subjects.  
      Recently we have introduced ladies as members and we are keen to attract couples.  If anyone is interested please call me on 01225 859919. Regards, Ian Grant

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