SCLT Public Presentation Team The Strangers Gallery Dining Club, Swindon
Friday 31st March 2017 has seen SCLT volunteer Ash Jones accepting an invitation to join the monthly meeting of the Srangers Gallery Dining Club, which is located at the enigmatic Kings Hotel at the centre of the historic Old Town area of Swindon.
The dining club, which has been in existance for nearly 60-years, has always held it's meetings at the heritage hotel and is made up of a wide cross section of gentlemen from the local community. Originaly, the club was founded to allow busy professionals and businessmen, to have an opportunity to dine together and discuss local affairs.
Today, the club has a membership which does not differ too from from the original concept, many of the members are retired local professionals and use the meeting, which only take palce during the 6-months of winter, to catch up on local matters and to network with new members and invited guests.
The meeting take the form of a winderful 3-course meal in the ballroom of the hotel, which is followed by an invited keynote speaker to enetertain the 40-or so members.
At the conclusion of his visit, Ash commented, “Clubs such as the Strangers Gallery Dining Club, are a great opportunity for elder citizens to catch up with old friends and also to discuss ways of helping others who are less fortunate. Tonight, my speech has focused on the usual senior safety and financial safeguarding message, but also I have asked the able members to keep an eye on their neighbours who may be very vulnerable and liable to fall from frauds and scams.
On a very simple level, if you see the post-person delivering large quantities of mail every day to your elderly neighbour, why not pop in and have a char. They could be targeted by a mail scam and your intervention could save them from terrific hardship”
Every member of the audience received a personal copy of the award-winning Senior Siren magazine – the quarterly publication of the Senior Citizen Liaison Team, which offers crime prevention advice and a host of other lifestyle information for seniors and those who support elder family members.
SCLT presenter Ash Jones (centre) is hosted by the Strangers Gallery Dining Club