HELD at the Score centre in Leyton, Mayor of Waltham Forest, Richard Sweden, attended a local Tea Dance recently facilitated by Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme as part of their older person’s ‘Extra Time’ project.
Thanks to being nominated as the Mayor’s official charity for the year, the Extra Time project has continued its successful multi-sport and social club delivery within the borough, incorporating such things as Boccia sessions, exercise to music and ICT for beginners.
With help from partner Leyton Community Action who provided staff and refreshments, music and song was delivered by the BobRay duo and as a special surprise, the George Mitchell School Gospel Choir popped in to recite some Christmas hymns and festive tunes.
“It was a wonderful afternoon,” said Carol Canham, a member of the Chatterbox Club who meet weekly at the Paradox centre in Chingford. “We’re so grateful to Orient for thinking of us and coming to play Boccia. We love it! When we heard it might stop we all felt disappointed but thanks to the Mayor we can look forward to a few more months.”
“It’s great to see everyone enjoying themselves and hearing about the participation in the Extra Time project,” commented the Mayor, “and I’m looking forward to maybe even singing myself at the next Tea Dance!”