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Virtual games from Brendoncare Blandford

Judy Briggs and her husband Andy with their Eiffel Tower trophy for winning the virtual Brendoncare Blandford quiz.

The Brendoncare Blandford Kurling Club, run by Winchester based charity, Brendoncare Clubs, is delighted to be meeting virtually to give members and volunteers the opportunity to join together each week, whilst the physical club is temporarily closed.

During the weekly session, the members and volunteers enjoy a chat, a virtual cuppa and a quiz. Each member contributes some quiz questions and there’s even a personal ‘trophy’ awarded to the winner each week.

Judy Briggs, Brendoncare Blandford Kurling Club member, commented, “Andy and I are really enjoying our Wednesday mornings, it’s a chance to see our friends from the club and have a chin-wag! We have such a lot of fun with the quiz and we were proud to be the winners this week. We presented ourselves with the Eiffel Tower trophy! We really miss Kurling and look forward to going back to the club in due course.”

Sandra Turner, Brendoncare Club Support, said, "We have a lot of laughs together and we would love more of our members to get involved, they are missed. It is a lovely way to spend an hour in this very unusual time. We cannot wait to get back to Kurling, as it appears we are all better at Kurling than quizzing!”

Volunteers of the club are also starting to help people who want to join in with the virtual club, but who don't yet have the skills, confidence with technology, or the equipment to do so. The plan is to develop further virtual clubs to help people connect with the outside world during this time of enforced isolation.

Brendoncare Clubs is a well established and trusted community service, offering a vital lifeline for 1,700 older people in Hampshire and Dorset, through 94 clubs across 40 locations during the week and over the weekend. The clubs are temporarily closed at present, but when running they provide a friendly, fun, relaxed and supportive environment where older people can meet other club members, make friends and develop strong peer support networks.

The Brendoncare Blandford Kurling Club usually meets every Wednesday from 10.30am-12.30pm, at the Blandford Methodist Church Hall, The Close, Blandford Forum, DT11 7HA.

To learn more about Brendoncare Clubs please call 01962 857099, clubs@brendoncare.org.uk, www.brendoncare.org.uk/clubs