On October 1, Amersham joined over a thousand local groups in hosting an afternoon of high tea, entertainment and friendship in celebration of older people.
Around 80 elderly guests attended Amersham’s Silver Sunday, which was held this year at the Village Hall. Guests were delighted to watch Buckinghamshire Band of the Royal Legion perform live, as well as the ethereal Rebecca Vere.
Led by Mimi Harker OBE and Neil Walker, around 25 volunteers were instrumental in making the event happen.
Mimi also praised the efforts of a local air cadets’ group, who gave up their Sunday to get everything ready, assist the elderly and later tidy away.
One particularly memorable guest was 97-year-old WW2 veteran John Pearce, who once sang with the iconic Vera Lynn. This Silver Sunday, John led the group in a heartfelt rendition of the wartime classic ‘We’ll Meet Again’.
Many thanks go to Reed Harris, Tesco’s, Old Amersham Revitalisation Club and Amersham Rotary Club for sponsoring the event.
When Mimi set up Amersham’s first Silver Sunday in 2014, it was the first to be hosted in Buckinghamshire. Now, she tells AmershamNews, there are over 150 annual celebrations in towns and parishes across the county.
Initially launched to tackle isolation and loneliness amongst elderly people. Silver Sunday is a national day of celebration bringing together the elderly and younger generations.
To find out more ahead of the first Sunday of next year’s October, visit www.silversunday.org.uk