A Warm Welcome at Elleray Hall

Following a difficult year, Elleray Hall Social Centre in Teddington is now back up and running offering a wonderful array of activities, not to mention friendship and companionship, as manager Gillian Williams explains…

Last year was difficult for us all and no less so for members of Elleray Hall Social Centre. Many of them spent several months shielding and were unable to see their family and friends. The Centre, which had only begun to reopen the previous autumn, closed again at the start of the year. This left an enormous hole in our members’ lives – the social lifeline on which so many were dependent had been completely severed.

It was not until early autumn 2021 that we started to reopen. Week by week things improved until finally the Centre reopened fully at the beginning of this year and once again Elleray Hall is a vibrant daytime social centre. In the words of one member, “At last, I feel as though I have got my life back!”

While we have members who are considerably younger, the majority are in their sixties and seventies and it is for them that many of our activities are tailored including Zumba Gold, Curling, Crazy Golf, Bowls and Music & Movement. The current timetable also features Tai Chi, Pilates and a growing number of special interest groups including Current Affairs, Relaxation & Meditation, Bridge, the talented Good Morning Choir and weekly sessions with singer/guitarist Jorge. There really is something for everyone!

It has been a joy to see so many members having the confidence to come back; at last they can catch-up with their friends over a cup of tea in our café or enjoy a nutritious home-cooked lunch prepared by our own chef.

If you’re an existing member, or would like to come along for a new member’s Taster Day, do get in touch. Or if you have older neighbours or friends who may be interested, please tell them we are ready with the warmest of welcomes.

For details of what’s on please visit

http://www.ellerayhall.org or call 020 8977 0549. Elleray Hall, Elleray Road, Teddington, Middlesex, TW11 0HG.

Would you enjoy helping to manage and deliver our service for older people living in and around Teddington? We are looking for a Vice Chairperson to support our Chair, deputise where necessary and take the lead on various projects. For details, email: chr@ellerayhall.org

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