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Chelford Tenants and Residents Association (CTARA) are really busy getting ready for both Remembrance Sunday and our Christmas Fair.

Our craft group started from a 6 week project delivered by Cheshire Living Well Dying Well, the "Crafting Memories" sessions were so popular that the group decided to continue on their own after the 6 week programme ended. Volunteers Megan and Shirley help guide attendees and develop ideas into reality!

The group has made some fantastic croqueted poppies for Remembrance Sunday with sales of these going to the Royal British Legion. They have also been busy making a variety of gift items for our forthcoming Christmas fair which is to be held on Saturday 25th November at Astle Court Community Room, Elmstead Road, Chelford from 10am to 12 noon. Entrance is £1 including tea/coffee and a lovely homemade mince pie.

Funds raised will help CTARA in its aim to reduce social isolation and loneliness, improve health and make a vibrant community in Chelford.

We'd love to see you here on the day, we have lots on offer besides the efforts of our crafty volunteers!

Our community garden volunteers Sheila and Sandra have been busy making some fantastic autumn/winter hanging baskets and pots and tubs that make great gifts. Our young member of 93 years of age, Jean, has been jamming and pickling away frantically, so come along for some great homemade products! Other volunteers will be busy baking items including cakes, sausage rolls, mince pies, scones and fruit pies....Chelfords own Great British Bake Off! So come along and try their goods..perhaps for freezing for Christmas? Finally we'll have a raffle, jewellery, guess the name of the bear and weight of the cake and gift mugs!

We are busy compiling our Social Diary for 2018, we'll let you know when we have put all the details on our website. We do have Esther Mc Vey our local MP as our guest speaker at our first Association meeting of 2018.

CTARA are supporters of "The Campaign to End Loneliness" and some of our members attended their conference in Cardiff earlier this year. CTARA's main aim is to reduce social isolation and loneliness, particularly in older persons. I often look back at the facts to reinforce how important tackling this in communities is, and these are the current ones from the Campaign to End Loneliness

Loneliness and social isolation in the United Kingdom

  • 17% of older people are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 11% are in contact less than once a month
  • Over half (51%) of all people aged 75 and over live alone
  • Two fifths all older people (about 3.9 million) say the television is their main company
  • 63% of adults aged 52 or over who have been widowed, and 51% of the same group who are separated or divorced report, feeling lonely some of the time or often
  • 59% of adults aged over 52 who report poor health say they feel lonely some of the time or often, compared to 21% who say they are in excellent health
  • A higher percentage of women than men report feeling lonely some of the time or often

    The impact of loneliness on our health

    Loneliness is a bigger problem than simply an emotional experience. Research shows that loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health: lacking social connections is a comparable risk factor for early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and is worse for us than well-known risk factors such as obesity and physical inactivity. Loneliness increases the likelihood of mortality by 26%.

    It really shows, doesn't it, what a major issue this is, and how through a few simple actions we all can make a difference. We have, together with Living Well Dying Well and Gerri our vicar from Chelford Church started to set up a Befriending project in Chelford. CTARA is also working towards Chelford becoming Dementia Friendly and many of our members are Dementia Friends and Community Ambassadors for Living Well Dying Well.

    What could you do to help? Perhaps you'd like to help us at CTARA by volunteering which could include helping at our events or community garden group? Perhaps you'd like to join Chelford's Befriending Scheme. You can contact us on mikeanddavid@tesco.net, telephone 01625 861038.
    Even if you don't live in Chelford you could do something in your own community. Just to simple action of phoning someone, saying good morning to those you pass in the street or chatting to an older neighbour can make a real difference.

    I'll leave you with these words from people about loneliness. A few minutes of your time could really make a difference.

    "The trouble is not that I am single and likely to stay single, but that I am lonely and likely to stay lonely"
    Charlotte Brontë

    "Loneliness is my least favorite thing about life. The thing that I'm most worried about is just being alone without anybody to care for or someone who will care for me"
    Anne Hathaway

    "The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved"
    Mother Teresa

    David Kent (Secretary CTARA)

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