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York 50+ Festival - Sat 24 Sept - Sun 2 Oct 2011

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We are very pleased to be taking part in this year’s York 50+ Festival and contributing to the array of events and services that will be on offer both on the Festival Fair day on 8th September at the Guildhall and in the week of events at the end of September/early October.

We will have representatives from our conveyancing and private client teams on our stall at the Festival Fair day at the Guildhall on 8th September. They will be available to discuss issues such as property downsizing, inheritance tax planning, planning for your financial future, the importance of a Lasting Power of Attorney and having an up to date Will etc.

We are also holding seminars during the Festival week which are free for people to attend as long as places are pre-booked through our York office.

The title of the seminar is ‘Managing long term care costs - How to avoid using all your capital to pay for care’. We are being joined at the seminar by representatives from AWD Chase de Vere and together we will present on how you can find out what you need to know about arranging and paying for care, what action you can take, preserving/protecting assets, a legally valid Will and LPA. Our presentations will give you the synergy of legal and financial advice. 

The venue is The Hall, Bedern Hall, York, YO1 7AL., We are holding the seminars on Friday 30th September 2011. The first session is 10.00am - 11.00am and a second session covering the same content will run from 11.30am to 12.30pm. 

Our seminars are FREE to attend with complimentary refreshments, places must be pre-booked. To book your place please contact Sarah Emmott at Crombie Wilkinson Solicitors on 01904 624185

Please find below information from Sue Lister, York 50+ Festival Coordinator at York Older People’s Assembly about this years 50+ events in general. Sue can be contacted on 01904 488870 for more information.

They strut the Theatre Royal Studio stage at the 50+ Festival Show, all singing and dancing.  Smile & a Song performs on consecutive days at the Guildhall and St Sampson’s, St Martin’s oozes poetry & prose once again, poetry creeps into the Royal Oak, Dringhouses Primary Choir invades Abbeyfields, Canon Glee takes to neighbouring care homes, the Dean Court comes “wildly alive” and beautiful piano music sweeps through the Guildhall.

Opening up to visitors are the York Hospital, Hartrigg Oaks, Castle Mills Lock, York Blind & Partially Sighted Society, Council for Voluntary Service and the York Glaziers Trust. Don’t forget to try your hand at those remote-controlled boats at the Model Boat Regatta in Rowntree Park.

Walking is the “in thing” for health from away days at Castle Howard to woodland walks in Dunnington. For those with a historical appetite we offer insight into Clementthorpe or a trip down memory lane with York’s Famous Fabulous Over 50s. Alzheimer’s Memory Walk splits into 3 distances this year to cater for all levels of stamina, Oaken Grove wanders off on an exploration and Nordic Walking technique hits Dunnington. 

A sociable time will be had by all whether it’s plunging into pools, bouncing aerobically about, bowling on green carpets, eng-AGEing in Tai Chi, cycling with Sustrans, getting into classic yoga poses or just generally keeping fit.

Mind you, we seem to have been overtaken by a dance craze this year with classes in tap, ballet, ballroom, sequence and line dancing and the cream on the cake is a Tea Dance at York Dance Works.

On a quieter note, but still thinking about health, you are welcome to have a chiropractic spinal check, to work with the Alexander Technique on posture and movement (especially helpful for gardeners), and to stretch gently with Pilates.

Or you can have a go at the workshops which offer a wide diversity of experiences, from laughter to omelettes, guitar classes to computer drop ins, myth making to self-hypnosis, and poetry medicine to celebrating living and dying. Experiences to invigorate and enliven.
There are talks on York becoming a city of sanctuary, advice on managing care home costs, and a day exploring Monks, Friars and Hospitals. The artistry of rag rugs are on display at Gray’s Court, there are services affirming ageing and “the music that takes me back”, legal advice galore, and finally the international flavour of fair trade goods at St Helen’s Church.

A major event not to be missed is the annual York 50+ Information Fair at the Guildhall on Thursday 8 September where questions are answered at 30 diverse stands, advice given, tasters offered, refreshments available and a tombola will tumble to produce winning tickets!

Finally, the fabulous fundraiser for YOPA on Thursday 22 September: fine dining presented by the York Food & Drink Festival with a 3-course candlelit dinner with wine, followed by an Auction of Promises master-minded by Harry Gration - 37 bargains ranging from huge discounts at Specsavers to Hotter Shoes, sides of salmon, champagne, cream teas and guided walks, theatre tickets, makeovers and lingerie, a quad bike challenge and umpteen desirable items including a knife set and a laminator, studio glass and children’s story books. Also on offer is Egyptian Healing and  swimming lessons, a free studio portrait session and having your feet nibbled by fish, not to mention a visit to the hearing dogs for deaf people training centre at Bielby, it’s all there waiting for your bid on Thursday 22 September! Phone 01904 466687 for tickets or look for the catalogue and buy your tickets online at