Gilford club extends invitation

Sydney Anderson and Jonny Buckley meeting residents in Gilford.
Sydney Anderson and Jonny Buckley meeting residents in Gilford.

The Gilford-based Kindred Spirits over-50s Club was recently visited by local MLA Sydney Anderson and Councillor Jonny Buckley.

This group was established as a result of a request at a Gilford Concerned Residents Group public meeting and launched in March 2014.

It now has over 100 members. The members enjoy a packed and varied programme of activities on a weekly basis. The club also organises outings to places of interest, and has recently been to Londonderry and a trip to Leinster House in Dublin, and also an outing to the Yeats Exhibition is organised for the end of June.

The club is a unique feature in the area, in that it is wholly representative of the brand new ABC Council area, with members coming from Richhill, Tandragee, Lurgan, Portadown, Banbridge, Scarva and Gilford.

The club presents great cross community social opportunity, and many new friendships have been formed. The club meets each Wednesday between 2 and 4pm in Gilford Community Centre, Stramore Road, where a warm welcome is extended to all.

Sydney Anderson MLA said, “I have a connection going back to Gilford for many.many years, when I owned a business in the village.

“I was completely overwhelmed by the progress that has been made in recent times and driven forward by the likes of Mary Quinn and Timothy Mayes, and the hard working committee of not only the residents’ group but also Kindred Spirits.”

Councillor Johnny Buckley said, “I have only recently come into contact with these Gilford community groups, and I have to say I was overwhelmed by the positivity, not only with the committee, but also the members of the Kindred Spirits Club.

“They truly reflect the spirit of the ABC Council.

“Sydney and I look forward to assisting them and keeping Gilford moving forward.”