WESTVILLE – The sounds of laughter, good conversation and singing emanated from the Westville Heritage Club Room Monday.
Members of the Westville Heritage Club sing Christmas songs at the final ‘Sing and exercise away those blues’ event Monday at the Westville Heritage Club room. Though the activity has been running for the past two years, funding for the activity has now come to an end. JOHN BRANNEN – THE NEWS
Clarification: Though the Westville Heritage Club's 'Sing Away the Blues' event has wrapped up, the seniors exercise class will continue to be held Monday and Thursday mornings from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Westville Civic Building gym until May 2014.
Seniors gathered one last time to take part in a Christmas sing song and luncheon.
Various groups including Community Links, the Pictou County Community Health Board and the Department of Health and Wellness funded the Sing and exercise away those blues’ program, in its second year. Funding however has come to an end.
“This was about community engagement and getting seniors to connect with their communities,” said Brenda MacKinnon of Community Links: Aging Well Together. “The funding is over however after various groups have reassessed what funds are available.”
Seniors who participated in the exercise part received introductions to different types of physical activities such as Nordic walking, zumba, chair yoga and tai chi.
According to Westville Heritage Club President Nellie Bruton, music director Jakki Rogue led the project though other musicians, including Scott Jones, assisted.
“Thanks goes to all volunteers for the cooking of balanced meals by a heritage member Sandra Hubley and serve-up man Cecil,” said Bruton.
The Hubleys have worked diligently in the small kitchen of the Westville Heritage Club room for the past two years, though most of the work on meals started days before the ‘Sing and exercise away those blues’ activity.
“We got so much joy out of the preparation of these meals,” said Sandra. “Many of the seniors who come here are single, widows, and meal times are spent in solitude. But not here among friends.”
Meals have included chicken a la king, seafood chowder, lasagna and more all made fresh.
The pair noted they’re looking forward to focusing on getting ready for Christmas and renovations.
For the president of the group, Bruton is thankful for all who made it success.
“To all the persons who helped serve the visitors from the area each month. Praises are given to everyone,” she said. “It was great and enjoyed by all.”
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