Neston Angels Bring Generations Together
|Author: Gareth Prytherch, NCYC||Published: 16th July 2019 18:34|
On Monday 15th July, pen pals, separated not by miles but by age, were brought together by Neston Primary School and Neston Community Youth Centre.
For the past few months, members of Neston Angels and pupils from Neston Primary School have been writing to each other as part of an initiative dreamt up by the school's head teacher, Rob Golding.
A couple of weeks ago, the school invited one of the pen pals to visit, to meet the children. This was such a success that Neston Angels decided to host a very special film matinee event.
Disney's 'Up' - the story of an elderly gentleman, lonely and isolated meeting a young boy scout and heading off an adventure - seemed appropriate. The Neston Angels team organised and served the sandwiches, cakes and drinks, Neston Primary School arranged the music and Neston Community Youth Centre provided the venue and the movie.
There were over 50 people there, aged from 6 to 101. The older pen pals were treated to songs from Neston Primary School Choir and an incredible performance from one of the students who couldn't have been more than 9 years of age but is already a Grade 5 clarinettist and apparently an incredible pianist too. All of the songs were accompanied by sign language from the whole class, who apparently have been learning it all year.
The pen pals were then finally introduced to each other and the beaming smiles on all faces, said almost all that needed saying, even though the children and the new friends spent the next 20 minutes chatting away.
Then came the movie, which was enjoyed but perhaps the most telling thing about this is that the most common comment at the end was 'we can do without the film next time' and it shall be so.
If you would like to know more about the day or Neston Angels or if you can support our campaign to develop the programme further, please visit https://www.nestoncyc.org.uk/post/intergenerational-pen-pals.