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Do you love to read?
Book with Friends is a free, monthly, informal book group especially aimed at people who are over 55 - and is the chance to share a love of books, a cup of tea and a chat with likeminded people.
We hope the book group will be particularly enjoyed by people who find themselves lonely and isolated for any number of reasons - through bereavement, illness or simply losing touch with their family and friends - or who find they have a little too much time on their hands.
You can participate in Books with Friends in one of two ways:
- You can come along to a monthly meeting on the last Thursday of the month at The Falcon Hotel to chat about a chosen book you'll have read in advance. As well as discussing the book, you can enjoy a cup of tea and the chance to chat.
- You can take part in a monthly book group conference call on the phone: ideal for people who are unable or unwilling to leave their home for a meeting. Again, this group will discuss a book they will have read in advance.
Both groups are lead by enthusiastic, experienced booklovers. There will be no pressure to produce amazing literary insights. The focus Is on a shared an enjoyment of books with likeminded people, and meetings are friendly, informal and fun.
The books we talk about will be readily available at the library and, thanks to the generous support of Stratford Town Trust, Books with Friends is free to join and books, audio books and listening devices can be loaned to members free of charge where necessary. We can also help with transport where necessary.
Venue: The Scholars Room, Falcon Hotel, Church Street, Stratford
email us here or call us on 01789 470185 and we will take your details.for more information, especially if you have difficulties reading and need listening devices or audiobooks,
(Please don't turn up at a meeting without telling us you're coming as the meetings are already quite full!)
'Books with Friends is extremely well run by wonderful caring people who go out of there way to make each meeting an enjoyable experience. I can't praise them enough.'
'I started attending at a very difficult time personally and it really helped me to see that there is more to life.'
'This group is a very important part of my life. Long may it continue.'
We're working in partnership with Helping Hands Home Care Specialists, Age UK Warwickshire and its Befriending Service, Listening Books, Powwownow – conference calling, Warwickshire Libraries Service, and the Bardstown Writing Group. Get in touch if you'd like to help.
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