Every year it’s the same:   New Wine, in Shepton Mallet is a little touch of Heaven.  The crowds, the companionship, the Christian fellowship and comraderie  … it’s so refreshing and re-energising.  That’s why it works so well.  When they pack their tents and load their cars at the end of their stay, everyone feels fitter for the rest of their pilgrimage.

Again this year we have an information stand in the Market Place.  Actually, it would be good if we could have a simple sitting area with comfortable chairs and cups of tea and little tea cakes. Dads and Mums, Granddads and Grandmas, daughters and sons come to us for information on every aspect of old age you can think of – which is very sensible when you think we have 210 years of experience to draw from!  We’re the only Christian charity offering practical and spiritual help for older people.   It’s good to chat, but we also have to display our books and other publications, so we have the traditional stand.  This year there’s also news of a new book coming out in September – called What’s Age Got To Do With It?  

Here’s a picture of Janet Jacob, taken on the first day.  Many of you will know Janet already: she’s one of our most appreciated speakers and trainers.  Taking the photograph is Peter.  Next week it will be me – Louise, and Fran Waddams. (You may remember us from last year!)

Do call and say hello!


Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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