Seniors share childhood experiences

Remembering mothers for Mother's Day are 206 Club's David Parkyn, director of day services Julie Luxton, Kelly-Rose Blackburn and Dot Font.

Recalling the every day sayings of their mother’s generated robust discussion and laughter last week for clients of 206 Club.

They ranged from “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”, to “do you think money grows on trees?”and “go outside and play”.

Many sayings are still used by younger generations today.

206 Club’s director of day services Julie Luxton said in honour of Mother’s Day club members shared their childhood experiences from living in rural-Canterbury, through to others growing up in urban-Ashburton.

It brought up many memories for clients attending such as weekly bake days or washing days, looking after siblings with large broods of children, to family planning with careful financial plans.

Clients remembered anecdotes from their youth such as mother counting biscuits in the tin before heading out, being on a household cleaning roster from age five, to using the coal range to heat up the iron for ironing clothes.

There were some large families in the mix with one client having 14 siblings.

Julie also had household items more commonly used in the 1950s and 60s on display. Among them a Jeyes Fluid can, iron weights, story books, tea cups and saucers, cream bottles and dolls.

The club has sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Age Concern Ashburton’s rooms at 206 Cameron Street and is a low cost day programme for retired folk.

It offers companionship, entertainment and activities as a well as a two course lunch with morning and afternoon teas. There are around 45 clients over the week, with 25 volunteers and 11 cooks.

But we’d really like some more clients – and a couple of cooks, Julie said.

The club organises plenty of activities for clients ranging from musical entertainment, guest speakers, housie, quizzes, themed days, movie sessions, bus trips and garden visits.

Club member Dot Font said “we have a lot of fun.” She attends the club twice a week.

And others like David Parkyn and Kelly-Rose Blackburn only attend once a week.

“It’s about company and companionship,” Kelly-Rose said.

David said getting together with people in the same age group was just one of the benefits.

“We are together and all try to get along together,” he said.

“We all look after each other,” Dot said.