Moulton Seas End is to host a new group for the elderly to help them avoid feeling isolated and lonely.
The group is to hold its first session at Moulton Seas End Village Hall on Wednesday, March 15, from 10.30am until noon.
Coun Suzanne Thorpe, a member for Moulton Seas End Ward on The Moultons Parish Council, came up with the idea of forming a group for the elderly across the area after meeting a widow who lives in the village.
“I was at a dog training group where I met an 86-year-old lady who said that she didn’t have any family in the area.
“When she told me that she struggled to get to the group, I offered to visit her which was when she told me how she felt isolated because there weren’t many people who popped in to see her.
“But it was when the lady told me that she hardly got out of the house that I thought there must be lots of people like her around, especially those whose mobility might be restricted.”
Support for the new group has come through on social media, including a message from Dorothy Keeble, of Spalding, who said: “I personally think it’s a good idea as lots of villages have a club.
“Even if it’s only once a month, you could even do a hot meal and I think people would contribute to the costs.”
Figures from the 2011 Census for South Holland showed there were nearly 20,000 people aged 65 and over living in the district council area.
Further proof for the idea of a group for the elderly in Moulton Seas End, along with people from Moulton, Moulton Chapel and Moulton Marsh, came from the district Council itself in 2015.
When the lady told me that she hardly got out of the house, I thought there must be lots of people like her around, especially those whose mobility might be restrictedCoun Suzanne Thorpe, The Moultons Parish Council
In a statement about Extra Care Housing provision between 2015 and 2018, the council said: “The district of South Holland has an ageing population, with percentage of the population aged 55 or over expected to increase by 51 per cent over the next 25 years.”
Coun Thorpe said: “The Moulton Seas End Village Hall committee estimates that there are 100 people in the village who are aged 65 or over.
“But the group is for the whole of Moulton parish.”