Free electric blankets – and the banjo man – to return to village at Golden Age Fair

The Golden Age Fair is returning to Wisbech St Mary on November 23.

The Golden Age Fair is returning to Wisbech St Mary on November 23. - Credit: Archant

A free electric blanket exchange, an encore from the Banjo Man and a healthy stir fry are all part of the line-up for this month’s Golden Age Fair.

Anyone over 65 can take advantage of the blanket exchange in Wisbech St Mary on November 23, which is being organised by Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire’s Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS).

The new blankets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis by volunteers from the CFRS’s Community Champion scheme, who will also be giving general advice on fire safety.

Banjo man Sean Moyses is returning for a repeat performance following his success at the Golden Age event in Walsoken in August and will be perform for an hour from 12pm until 1pm.

And the stir fry? That’s likely to be on the menu planned by Everyone Health, who will be bringing along a tabletop stove to demonstrate healthy cooking.

The council’s New Vision Fitness staff will be offering taster sessions for chair-based exercise sessions and other games and the ‘Fenland Ferret’ will be on hand to identify any benefits people may be entitled to claim.

More than 30 organisations that provide services to the over-60s will be represented at the fair.

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Councillor Mike Cornwell, the council’s cabinet member responsible for Golden Age, said: “There’ll be something for everyone on the day, whether it’s information or entertainment, so we hope there’ll be a big turnout. Everyone is welcome - not only older people themselves but also their relatives, carers or others who work with them.

“The fair is a great opportunity to find out about all sorts of services that are available and to share information and experience.”

The fair, at the village’s sports and community centre, is being organised in partnership with the Wisbech St Mary parish council.

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