Posts Tagged ‘communities’

Jonathan and Suvi Gounder, who are aged 80 and 82,  marked fifty six years of happily married life and their fellow residents Moyra and Ted Pettengell, who are aged 71 and 72, who were married for 50 years on the same day.

Celebrating a double wedding anniversary

Celebrating a double wedding anniversary

I was delighted to attend their gala lunch with friends and family, organised by the council’s Castle House Sheltered housing community, where they live.

The afternoon included entertainment from a Chas and Dave tribute band. Unfortunately due to another engagement I didn’t get to join them and their friends for to enjoy the party further, however my consort Anne Sassoon and I really enjoyed the party.

As I have found at other sheltered housing communities in the borough, there really was a sense of those living in the community being great friends and everyone seemed delighted to join the two couples to celebrate their special day.

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On Wednesday 26 November I attended the Spring Forward Showcase event which marked the culmination of the artistic achievements of borough wide arts groups, artists, school children and residents featured in the Arts Trail map for Lambeth.

Deputy Mayor of Lambeth with Dance Group

This was a fantastic celebration of how arts and being creative can benefit the well being of individuals and communities.

Spring Forward Arts Trail is a unique collection of creative events that ran throughout October and November in Lambeth. The arts trail highlighted some of the events happening as part of world mental health day. The events were many, varied and cross generational, ranging from, a stunning performance of Mind and Soul choir at Southwark Cathedral as part of a service for well being and Black History month, to a walk for well being and many participatory arts workshops.

Now in its third year, this project fulfills one of the statements in Lambeth’s mental health and well being promotion strategy. This emphasises the importance of supporting the develeopment of arts and creativity as a means of promoting well being. Our mental well being is at least as important as our physical health. The event showed how getting involved in the arts, activities or being creative in some way can have a hugely positive effect on how we think and feel what ever our age and background.

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