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Older people's day at Fairway Hall in Borehamwood
As people across the world celebrate the contribution older people make to society today, the council hosted a day to celebrate Borehamwood’s elderly.
More than 60 older people dropped into Fairway Hall in Brook Road this morning in a celebration organised by Hertsmere Borough Council to mark Older People’s Day.
Members of the fire brigade, police, representatives of Hertsmere Leisure and charities such as Jewish Care had stalls telling people about the services they had to offer.
Police Community Support Officers Sam O’Grady and Natalie Pearman gave advice on combating crime, giving out bells to deter pickpockets and personal attack alarms.
Hertfordshire Constabulary also had boxes showing what different types of drugs look like.
PCSO O’Grady said: “Lots of older people are worried about drug dealing and drug use in their areas.
“It’s good to educate them about what drugs actually look and smell like so they know what the young people are up to and report it, or can correctly identify the cannabis farm in the flat above.
“It’s been a successful day, we’ve given away all our bells and the older people have been very engaged.”
Lawrence Stack, who lives in Croxley Road, was at the event to find out what was going on and help promote the Ark Theatre.
He said: “It’s gone pretty well, the fire brigade were here and arranged to do quite a few home safety checks.
“However most of the people here were those who already attend the coffee morning the hall hosts every Thursday. It would have been good to have more publicity and get people in off the streets.”
Pamela Cousins of Hertsmere Borough Council said there had been some members of the public coming in off the street to find out what the event was about.
She said: “It’s been very successful, we’ve had lots of people coming in to find out what local organisations can offer them. I’m very pleased with the way it’s gone.”
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