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Keswick Senior Citizens' Club, Keswick Library and the Keswick Alhambra Cinema are joining forces to showcase the joys of Growing Old (Dis)Gracefully in Keswick this June.


Inspired by the Jenny Joseph poem, Warning: When I am Old I Shall Wear Purple, and by Mary-Gay, our most loyal cinema patron, who lives her life Jenny Joseph style, the cinema is putting on a series of films that celebrate growing old eccentrically and living life to the full, as well as addressing head on the difficulties and vulnerabilities of ageing: scroll down to the bottom of this page to find links to those films. Tickets can be bought in person at the time, or in advance at the cinema, online or by calling 017687 72195 in the afternoon or evening.


A poster display at the Senior Citizen's Club will feature an age profile of Keswick demonstrating how much older than the average our town's population is, and showcase some of the many social groups and activities run by people who are retired and thus have the time to create a buzzing calendar of community activities for all to enjoy: just one of the many reasons why Keswick is such a popular place for people to retire to. A photo montage will feature the many residences there are for older people in Keswick, and a display of 'old Keswick' pictures and books from the Senior Citizen's Centre collection.


Keswick Library will showcase Keswick Characters: the three volumes of short biographies put together by the Keswick History Group and Friends of Keswick Museum between 2006 and 2012, and a poster display featuring some of those featured in the collections, plus others, and a biography of current Keswick Character Mary-Gay. Mary-Gay spends a lot of her time chronicling the comings-and-goings at the cinema and Chinty's cafe, and she has worked with cinema owner Carol to create a display of her wonderfully complex illuminated diaries documenting the events and people she encounters at the cinema.


Visitors to the exhibition will be encouraged to bring along or jot down the names and memories they have of other 'Keswick Characters' - if anyone would like to have someone featured as part of the formal 'Keswick Characters' display at the Library, they are welcome to drop off material for the attention of Carol at the cinema, Keswick Library or the Senior Citizen's Drop-in centre by 27th May (no more than 150 words and a photo).


Chinty's Cafe hosts a weekly coffee morning for older people on Wednesdays, with a free scone with your drink (free hot drinks are available too). On Monday 17th June Chinty will host a coffee morning where anyone interested in setting up a chapter of the British Red Hatters in Keswick would be most welcome to come along (ideally in purple, with a red hat?) - a fun informal social group whose main purpose is to delight themselves and other people by ocassionally getting together in red and purple to gallivant around demonstrating their intention to grow old as disgracefully as they please! (if you're under 50 you can wear pink and lavender - men are welcome and can dress to match the general spirit!)


Below is our provisional events calendar: individuals or groups with suggestions or ideas, or who would like to host any meet-and-greet sessions at the drop-in centre or library during the month of June, or participate in any post-film screening discussions about how to age well, are invited to email info@keswickalhambra.co.uk or call 07941571064 to have a chat or make an appointment to pop into the cinema to see Carol there.




ALHAMBRA CINEMA
Film tickets £9/£6
buy on the door or online or by calling 017687 72195

KESWICK SENIOR CITIZENS' DROP-IN CENTRE
£1.50 for tea & biscuit

KESWICK LIBRARY
Keswick Characters exhibition available for viewing during all opening hours:

Mon-Thu 9.30-5
Fri-Sat 9.30-12

CHINTY'S CAFÉ
Free scone with your drink
Hanging coffees available

AMY'S CARE:  RICKSHAW RIDES from the Senior Citizens Centre around Fitz Park: there will be a telephone no & email to book rides soon

Monday 3 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

Mindful Colouring of Mary-Gay's illustrations 3-4.30

 

tbc

Tuesday 4 June

LADY IN THE VAN
2.15pm

Drop-in 10-12 with poetry reading
Knit & Natter 2-4

 

 

tbc

Wednesday 5 June

 

Drop-in 10-12


Coffee Morning 11-12.15

tbc

Thursday 6 June

MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING
2pm

Drop-in 10-12

 


tbc

Friday 7 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

Piece & Quiet: jigsaw session  9.30-12

 

tbc

Sunday 9 June

DRIVING MUM
2.15pm

 

 


 

Monday 10 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

Mindful Colouring of Mary-Gay's illustrations 3-4.30

 

tbc

Tuesday 11 June

 

Drop-in 10-12 with poetry reading
Knit & Natter 2-4

 

 

tbc

Wednesday 12 June

DRIVING MUM
8pm

Drop-in 10-12

 

Coffee Morning 11-12.15

tbc

Thursday 13 June

DRIVING MUM
6pm

Drop-in 10-12

 

 

tbc

Friday 14 June



Saturday 15th June

MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING 7pm

Drop-in 10-12




Piece & Quiet: jigsaw session  9.30-12



 

tbc

Monday 17 June

LADY IN THE VAN
2pm

Drop-in 10-12

Mindful Colouring of Mary-Gay's illustrations 3-4.30

RED HATTER coffee/lunch
11am

tbc

Tuesday 18 June

 

Drop-in 10-12 with poetry reading
Knit & Natter 2-4

 

 

tbc

Wednesday 19 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

 

Coffee Morning 11-12.15

tbc

Thursday 20 June

WATERLOO SUNSET
2pm

Drop-in 10-12

 

 

tbc

Friday 21 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

Piece & Quiet: jigsaw session  9.30-12

 

tbc

Monday 24 June

MUCH ADO ABOUT DYING
with panel discussion
2pm

Drop-in 10-12

Mindful Colouring of Mary-Gay's illustrations 3-4.30

 

tbc

Tuesday 25 June

 

Drop-in 10-12 with poetry reading
Knit & Natter 2-4

 

 

tbc

Wednesday 26 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

 

Coffee Morning 11-12.15

tbc

Thursday 27 June

LADY IN THE VAN with panel discussion after
5pm

Drop-in 10-12

 

 

tbc

Friday 28 June

 

Drop-in 10-12

Piece & Quiet: jigsaw session  9.30-12

 

tbc

Sunday 30 June

WATERLOO SUNSET
6pm

 

 

 

tbc


KESWICK LIBRARY AND SENIOR CITIZEN'S CENTRE: The Heads, just over the road from Booths Supermarket/the Keswick Bus Stop

KESWICK ALHAMBRA CINEMA and CHINTY'S CAFE: St John's St, a few hundred feet  off the market square (head up past the Royal Oak pub)  

PARKING: £4 all day at the Keswick Rugby Club parking very close to Booths Supermarket - only a few hundred feet from the library

AMY'S CARE RICKSHAWS are specially adapted electric trikes can carry wheelchairs and/or two passengers, designed to give a lovely ride out for the elderly or less mobile