Celebrating ageing in Kempsey

Media release - 22 February 2017

Kempsey Shire Council will be celebrating the valuable role seniors play in our community with a range of events for those over the age of 50 during March.

The events are part of the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival, formerly NSW Seniors Week, and include free technology classes by Skillslink and yoga classes at Kempsey Library.

Now in its 59th year, the NSW Seniors Festival is the largest festival for seniors in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting up to 500,000 seniors across the state to events and online.

With the theme Let’s do more together, the festival provides an opportunity for seniors to try new things and remain active and engaged in their local community.

Council’s Community Projects Officer, Annabel Lines, said as a way to encourage local seniors to do more together, Council is participating in the Mid North Coast Creative Ageing Festival from March 1 to 14. The festival aims to give seniors the opportunity to engage in art and cultural activities on the Mid North Coast.

“We’ll be hosting the ‘Dear Doilies’ stencil art workshops in Kempsey with talented artist Lucy Pascale, which will see participants paint stencils onto pathways,” she said.

“As we age, creative activities and being social are important to help stimulate the mind and have long been associated with improving mood and quality of life.”

Morning and afternoon tea and entertainment will be provided.

Free events for seniors

Kempsey Library

  • Class on using smartphones by Skillslink, Tuesday 7 March, 10:30am-12:30pm. Class on using iPads by Skillslink, Wednesday 8 March, 10:30am-12:30pm.
  • Free one-hour yoga classes by Michelle Van Zanen, Thursday 9 March from 10:30am-11:30am and 1pm-2pm. Bookings essential. Phone the library on 6566 3210

Dear Doilies stencil murals with artist Lucy Pascale

  • Tuesday 7 March, 10am-12pm at the Community Gateway, Corner of Forth and Yaelwood Streets, Kempsey and on Wednesday 8 March 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm same location. Bookings recommended. Phone Annabel Lines on 6566 3226
 Dear Doilies stencils on pavement