It’s safe to say, it’s been a pretty great year for us here at Silver. Our first year has seen us launch with a visit from the Mayor of Elmbridge in June, we moved to our home at Whiteley Village in September and we’ve started up a new branch of Silver Get-Togethers up in Redditch.
All the while, we’ve been helping some of the most vulnerable people in society, helping to bring elderly people who are at risk of chronic loneliness together every month to get together, do some crafts, listen to some fascinating speakers and just have some fun.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who made this year possible, the folks at Whiteley Village, and our attendees – who come down every week and encourage others to join in. We now have a break until September, so to tide you over until then, here is the best of the first year of Painting Our World In Silver.
Throwback to our very first event in June 2016, which was opened by the then-mayor of Elmbridge, Jan Fuller. What a proud, brilliant moment for us!
Margaret Arnott from the National Garden scheme joined for July, giving us an amazing talk on the NGS, and Some of the brilliant gardens across the country.
In September, we moved to our current which is the brilliant Whiteley Village in Weybridge, which has become a fantastic base of operations and venue.
We got fully into the swing of things in October, as we had one of our biggest turn-outs to date. We also got fully stuck into some decopatch, which is always a big hit!
We got caught up in the festive mood for November, as we made our own baubles and Christmas cards to give as gifts, or hang in our own homes…and have a good old giggle while we do it too!
Our Christmas get-together was definitely one of the highlights of everyone’s year. Getting together, having a little mulled wine tipple and enjoying a visit from the big man himself, we’re coming up with ways to top it!
January brought a classic to the fold once more, we love making greetings cards here at Silver, and the craft is always a big hit! Seeing what our guests come up with is always a treat.
For February, we briefly had to nip over into Whiteley Village’s conservatory, but the intimate setting made it all the better for Colin Atkinson, from the WV History Society, who delivered a fascinating talk on the history of the village.
Easter brings delicious things! For our Get-Together in March, we created adorable little egg cups, which perfectly fit a Cadbury’s Creme Egg, and settled in for a cup of coffee and a chin-wag.
April bought one of the biggest turn-outs that we have ever seen for a Silver get-together as local celebrity Colin Squires of Squires Garden Centres, popped down to give a history of his business, and some lovely blooms for our craft.
May’s activity had us creating gorgeous aromatherapy roll-ons to alleviate our grumbles and pains, and we had pharmacist Jan pop in to give us a quick tutorial on how we can best look after ourselves, and using the pharmacy.
In June, we were fully into the summer season, and we were making beeswax candles. For a treat, the Harrogate and Ripon beekeeping society for an insightful talk on beekeeping, honey and what it means in the modern age.
And finally, only but a few weeks ago, we welcomed our new best friend Morse in to meet all of our guests. Handler Rowena was always available for a chat, and taught us all about the excellent activities of the Pets as Therapy charity.
And that is it! What a fantastic year it has been. We are on our break for summer now, but Silver Get-Togethers will start again in September – so watch this space for more information!
Painting Our World In Silver is a charity for the alleviation of loneliness in elderly citizens and people of retirement age – we put on free monthly get-together craft and speaker events in Surrey and Redditch.