Jonathan Reynolds MP

Representing the communities of Stalybridge, Hyde, Mossley, Longdendale, and Dukinfield
labour and coop candidate jonathan reynolds

Hyde centre turns back clock to mark Older People's Week

A COMMUNITY centre in Hyde turned back the clock with a feast of Lord Woolton Pie and Ginger Sponge, as part of celebrations to mark Older People’s Week.
The Grafton Centre runs a series of events five days a week – including singing, dancing and dining - designed to bring older people together.
On Friday (October 3, 2014) they turned the clock back to the 1940s, with a special performance of a war-time drama and a lunch of war-time dishes.
The special event – attended by around 60 regular users of the centre – was organised to celebrate Older People’s Week and to showcase the work of the Grafton Centre.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds dropped in to mark the centre’s ongoing success, along with Mayor Cllr Dawson Lane and local councillor Phil Fitzpatrick.
He said: “Too often older people can feel isolated and even retreat within their own homes – but, in Hyde, the Grafton Centre offers a safe and welcoming place to go.
“As well as the chance to drop in for a coffee and a chat or even something to eat, there’s a wide range of activities and events.
“The Grafton Centre is at the heart of the town and I was delighted to be able join the celebrations to mark the important role it plays, as part of Older People’s Week.”
On Friday, members of the centre’s drama project performed a piece about the women left behind in the town during the Second World War.
And visitors tucked into Lord Woolton Pie and Ginger Sponge Pudding, which were favourite dishes when food was rationed.
The food was prepared and served by catering students from Tameside College, who offer an a la carte menu to users of the centre every Friday.
“The partnership between the college and the Grafton Centre is remarkable,” said Mr Reynolds.
“It means the quality of the food on offer to those who use the centre is very high and it also gives students the chance to experience a working kitchen away from the college environment.
“More than that it brings together different generations of people, offering them the opportunity to learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.”
The Grafton Centre has been operating for a number of years and has a strong reputation in the Hyde community.
Hyde Newton councillor Philip Fitzpatrick, who is a regular volunteer at the centre, said: “The Grafton Centre is at the forefront of measures to support older people in Hyde. I am proud to be involved with its work – and hope it will continue to be at the heart of our community for many years to come.”
The Grafton Centre can be found off Clark Way, in Hyde. It is open between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday. The Grafton Centre can be contacted on 0161 368 4110.
Published 7 October, 2014


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