OPERA, at the Atkinson?

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright, accompanied by colleagues Tony Hall, Graeme Chambers and Martin Lockyer had the pleasure of attending Sefton OPERA, or to be more precise, Older Persons Enabling Resource and Action group, at the Atkinson in Southport for a tea dance!

Ladies enjoying the OPERA.

Ladies enjoying the OPERA.

They were there to see at first hand the work done by the organisation and in recognition of a recent donation from the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF) of £5,000 to this worthwhile local charity. Sefton OPERA was established in 1999 to offer complimentary therapies to enhance the well-being of older people in Sefton.

Their activities have now expanded to include a variety of functions, including the tea dances, which are held in various locations throughout the Sefton area and give older people who would otherwise be alone, an opportunity to meet, make friends and enhance their mental health.

With approximately 60 people attending on a regular basis, organisers Margy Robinson and Val Bayliff are always on hand to ensure that no-one feels left out and that everyone enjoys themselves.

On this occasion, the fabulous ‘Memory Lane’ band entertained the crowd with a lively and foot-tapping repertoire to ensure the event went with a swing.

Robert Wright and Margy Robinson (third and fourth from the left) with the visiting Masonic group and Sefton OPERA members.

Robert Wright and Margy Robinson (third and fourth from the left) with the visiting Masonic group and Sefton OPERA members.

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