Life after 50 as circle rolls into Bulwell

Nottingham Circle group ran a market stall on Bulwell Market on Tuesday to engage with the public. Members Celia Davenport 66, and Jackie Clifton 56, left are pictured watched by, from back left; Debbie Clarke, Community Engagement Manager, Jeanette Bird-Bradley Community Engagement Worker and ward councillor, Coun. John Hartshaw.

Nottingham Circle group ran a market stall on Bulwell Market on Tuesday to engage with the public. Members Celia Davenport 66, and Jackie Clifton 56, left are pictured watched by, from back left; Debbie Clarke, Community Engagement Manager, Jeanette Bird-Bradley Community Engagement Worker and ward councillor, Coun. John Hartshaw.

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CALLING all Bulwell residents aged 50 and over.

Nottingham Circle, a not-for-profit organisation for people of this age group, has come to town.

Formed in February, the circle is all about helping people to make the most of their time. Members hold regular meetings in the Coffee Shop on Banks Yard and they are given discounts at Wetherspoons’ William Peverel pub on Main Street.

The organisation’s manager, Tom Esberger, said: “Having been at Bulwell Market on Tuesdays, the circle team have enjoyed meeting the community and finding out what they like doing.

“Each month members can pick and choose from a calendar packed full of exciting events in Bulwell and across Nottingham, some of them free, and day trips out of the city.

“Our members can enjoy the best of what’s going on both locally and nationally and meet new people at the same time. Membership costs just 60p a week.”

The circle also has a team called Helpers, who can assist with anything from a spot of gardening to regular cleaning or a bit of DIY.

Anyone can become a helper, no matter what their age, and the circle is interested in hearing from volunteers.

“Bulwell residents have told us they want to be more connected with one another, make new friends, have a chance to enjoy local events and get things done in an affordable way,” said Tom.

A spokeswoman for Nottingham City Council, which ‘seed-funds’ the circle, said: “We are excited to support this innovative organisation, which aims to improve people’s lives through connecting local people to use their skills, build their capabilities and develop new relationships.”

In a further meet-the-public initiative, circle representatives can be found in the Bulwell Tesco superstore off Main Street and Jennison Street next Tuesday (May 22).

The organisation can also be contacted by phoning 0800 112 3449 or 0115 9625549, visiting www.nottinghamcircle.org.uk or e-mailing hello@nottinghamcircle.org.uk.

n OUR PHOTO shows circle members Celia Davenport (66) and Jackie Clifton (56) manning the Bulwell Market stall, watched by (from back left) Nottingham Circle community engagement manager Debbie Clarke, community engagement worker Jeanette Bird-Bradley and Bulwell councillor John Hartshorne (Lab) — DISPIC NHUD12-1124-2