Community Voluntary Services Tendring To Host ‘Silver Sunday’ Events For Older People

Community Voluntary Services Tendring is celebrating Silver Sunday this year by hosting TWO Silver Surfer events at its Community Information Centre in Rosemary Road Clacton. These free IT sessions for people over 50 take place on Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th October between 2pm and 4pm. Help is provided in a friendly and relaxed environment by trained volunteers who will be on hand to show people how to use computers.  People can also bring along their own laptop or tablet.


Silver Sunday marks an annual celebration of the valuable role older people play in the community and provides those in their silver years with an opportunity to get out of the house, try new things and meet new people in an effort to combat the loneliness and isolation felt by many older people.

Since its launch in 2012, Silver Sunday has gathered the support of celebrities including Sir Cliff Richard, Joanna Lumley and Sir Terry Wogan.


Joanna Lumley said: “This is a special day for older people to get involved in community events and activities to bring back some of the traditional community spirit. It’s also a small thank you for your contribution to society.”

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London also supports the event and said: “I am hugely heartened by the enthusiasm Silver Sunday has generated.


To find out more about how you can get involved in Silver Sunday please visit the Silver Sunday website:



Photo:  Tendring residents at the 2013 Silver Surfer event.


In Aid Of The Royal British Legion

Clacton Choral Society’s next offering, at 7.30 on November 8th at Christ Church in Carnarvon Road, is entitled from Darkness into Light. Rather than the usual concert of individual musical items, it is described as “a meditation on great sacrifice”. It takes the form of a continuous flow of music mixed with soldiers’ front-line letters and diaries together with  poems from the Wartime poets. Some of their famous works such as Rupert Brooke’s The Soldier and John Macrae’s In Flanders Field will feature, as well as letters home from the “Tommys”, at times desperately sad, at other times stoical, cheerful and humorous. Together with specially selected sound effects, the whole will paint a picture of WW1 from the perspective of those involved with special reference to the experience of people in Clacton. For example, while researching the subject, Society member Sally Perry discovered a 106 year-old woman still living in Clacton who remembers billeting horses in The Paddock of Thoroughgood House and a Zeppelin flying up Pier Avenue! The story will be told by a Narrator, Christopher Bishop, with readings by members of the Society which will be embedded in Choral excerpts accompanied by Peter Humphrey at the piano. These will include several of the renowned Tommy marching songs, Pack Up Your Troubles, It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Good-bye-ee and so on, as well as more formal choral compositions. You will hear Edgar Baynton’s “And I saw a New Heaven,” Vaughan Williams’  “Dirge for Two Veterans,” an excerpt from his great anti-war cantata Dona Nobis Pacem,  Samuel Wesley’s monumental verse anthem “The Wilderness” and Mendelssohn’s “Sleepers Wake!” Two new works will make their debut; a setting of the words to “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” by the Society’s resident Musical Director Gillian Dulieu, and one of the Siegfried Sassoon poem “Everyone Sang” by guest conductor Peter Kenvyn Jones. Together they will be in charge of proceedings. Each musical number ends on a message of hope, “My heart gives you love,” “And God shall wipe away all tears,” “And sorrow and sighing shall flee away” and ends with the triumphal dawning of a new day. Although the horrors of the campaign are touched upon, how could they not be, the overall message is one of reconciliation and redemption, particularly as reflected in the contribution made by women at the time. All in all, it promises to be an event which will be both informative, moving and inspiring.

Ticket price £10 (£8 balcony)  including the programme, trench cake and drinks, available from Choral Members,  John Kedge 01255 424568, and Walton Community Project for The Royal British Legion, 61 High Street, Walton –on-the-Naze.

Limited tickets available on the door.


Macmillan Coffee Morning

Come along and grab a coffee and cake and raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.




Date: Thursday 25 September,

Time: 10am – 12noon

Venue: CVST Community Information Centre, 20-22 Rosemary Road





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