Seniors’ morning tea at the Guyra bowling club brings young and old together

SMILES FOR SENIORS: Wendy Warner, Ian Russell, Toni Kirkman, Sharon Wittig put on morning tea and entertainment for Guyra's seniors. Photo: Nicholas Fuller
SMILES FOR SENIORS: Wendy Warner, Ian Russell, Toni Kirkman, Sharon Wittig put on morning tea and entertainment for Guyra's seniors. Photo: Nicholas Fuller

Guyra celebrated the first day of the NSW Seniors Festival with an entertainment day at the bowling club.

Council’s Toni Kirkman and Wendy Warner organised the event to bring young and old together.

Residents of three local aged care facilities – Kolora Residential Care Services, Guyra Multi-Purpose Service aged care, and Nikolai House – enjoyed morning tea and live entertainment.

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Cr Lib Martin welcomed guests to the event, and Banbai man Tremaine Patterson presented the welcome to country.

Guyra Preschool and Long Day Care Centre, and St Mary of the Angels Primary performed for the seniors.

Ian Russell stepped in at short notice to replace Peter Denovan as singer. Mr Denovan’s house was under threat from fire.

“Ian just dropped everything and came,” Mrs Kirkman said. “We’re very lucky to actually have entertainment, because Wendy and I were worried we’d have to entertain them!”

“It wouldn’t have been pretty!” Ms Warner said.

A digital exhibition challenging preconceptions about ageing also went on display at the LT Starr Memorial Library Guyra today.

The Art of Ageing exhibition, a NSW Government initiative, celebrates the experiences of older people in regional areas across the state, to create more positive perceptions about ageing and older people in our communities.

A learner driver, a gymnast and ukulele player are among the extraordinary seniors featured in the exhibition, which comprises the work of five photographers.

A physical version of the exhibition is on an extended tour across NSW.

The NSW Seniors Festival – the Southern Hemisphere’s largest festival for seniors – runs from February 13 to 24.