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Not Too Old To Tap Dance

Jill - Contributer January 2017 My first time at tap class… Read this story about Jill who decided to try out Tap Dancing I once said my daughter - ‘Oh I would love to do tap dancing again - I used to love it as a child!’ and within 5 minutes she had looked it up in Google and found a class close to home - she said she would come with me to keep me company - so I couldn’t say no could I? I then started doubting myself as to whether I could remember what to do, whether I would actually enjoy it - had I kidded myself that I…

Not Too Old To Climb

Bridget - Contributer My 60th birthday...I spent my birthday climbing the Inaccessible Pinnacle on the Isle of Skye. It is a Munro, one of the 282 peaks over 3000 feet in Scotland. I still have the ambition to do them all but have got two thirds still to go! The InPin as it is known is the only summit that needs proper ropes. You climb up a narrow ridge and then drop down a rope on the steepest side. Sounds easy but when you know you are just a slip away from a fall then even a rope and a guide does not give much comfort.…

Not Too Old To Join a Choir

Jackie - Contributer Read this inspiring story about Jackie who after her husband joined a choir got the music bug as well. My love of music goes back to my childhood. I played a couple of musical instruments whilst at school and have always enjoyed participating in anything musical. About 5 years ago my husband joined a choir – he has always loved singing and had sung in a few choirs in the past. Rock Choir offers the opportunity for anyone to join – there are NO auditions or the need to read music. In fact all the…

Not Too Old To Windsurf

Carol - Contributer January 2017 Carol who at the age of 43 took to the waves and took her first Windsurfing lesson. On the morning I took my first windsurfing lesson, I turned up to the centre and sat thinking to myself ‘What on earth were you thinking?’ whilst waiting for my instructor.  I feel uneasy at best on water, and knowing how cold Lake Garda is, even in the height of summer, I kept wondering what madness had lead me to book a lesson. However, there I was!  I shared the lesson with a 10 year old boy called Patrick…

Cake Decorating

Judy - Contributer Judy set up her own company teaching cake decorating ... My name is Judy Kimmins and my passion is for cake decorating/sugarcraft, something I have been doing for over 25 years. What started as a hobby soon developed further and I decided it was time to take it a step further, studying for a City and Guilds qualification. In 2007 I made the decision to take early severance from my full time job and spend more time following my passion. I had a part time job working for a local charity which opened up…

Not Too Old To Cycle

Joe - Contributer Read this inspiring story about Joe who in 2014 decide to was time to saddle up and begin cycling at the age of 56. My name is Joe(real name, John). I am now 58 years old. I have 3 grandsons, 2 who are very keen cyclists. They are now 5 & 7 years old. During the Christmas of 2014, they persuaded me to go out cycling on mountain bikes with them. I hadn't ridden a bike since my school days. I was fairly apprehensive & a little nervous about the challenge. I wasn't wrong. They were very accomplished…

Not Too Old To Learn To Swim

Magda - Contributer Magda works as a beauty therapist in Beckenham and at the age of 32 she recently learned to swim. This is her story… I had always thought I should learn to swim but always felt apprehensive. My husband and I booked a dream holiday to Mexico and I decided that I really did need to learn to swim so that I could enjoy more aspects of my holiday. I did make an effort to call a local pool about lessons and when they asked me to call back another time – I used it as another excuse to postpone that first step…

Not Too Old To Be A Student

Frances - Contributer 10th October 2016 Read this inspiring story about Frances who at the age of 31 found herself heading back to school and becoming a full time student. I had wanted to be a social worker for many years, working alongside them as a social care worker with adults with mental health difficulties for seven years. However, the reality of living in London and paying my rent for two years whilst I qualified seemed like an impossible task. After being made redundant for the second time from the charity sector,…
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