Over-50s fun in Ferndown

Douch Family Funeral Directors’ over-50s event in Ferndown was a huge success. (l-r) Cllr Steve Lugg, deputy mayor, Emma Regan from Douch Family Funeral Directors, town crier Mike Andrews, and Michael Deane, the RBl club chairman.

A 50-plus information day held in Ferndown proved a huge success with more than 250 people visiting the Royal British Legion.

The event was organised by Dorset’s Douch Family Funeral Directors following the success of a previous one held in Broadstone.

Former world champion town crier Mike Andrews helped drive the crowds to the legion in Church Road and deputy mayor Cllr Steve Lugg opened the event.

Dozens of exhibitors showed what was available for the more senior members of the town; this included sports, health, financial advice, horticulture and modelling.

Nick Douch addresses the visitors

There was free tea and biscuits, a free raffle and the fire brigade along with POPP (Partnership for Older People Programme) gave out more than 100 pairs of free slippers.

The footwear has been proven to help prevent trips and falls in the home.

The fire brigade gave out free footwear to help prevent falls in the home

The free slippers were a hit!

Staff from AE Jolliffe & Son, the Douch Family Funeral Directors’ Ferndown branch, were busy helping the visitors.

Free tea and biccies helped visitors get over the awful rain


All the staff mucked in


Service with a smile.

Emma Regan, who organised the event, said: “After our last over-50 event proved so popular we decided to hold another.

“It was held in conjunction with the Royal British Legion and AE Jolliffe & Son was our local supporting branch.

“The weather was awful but it didn’t stop people from coming along in droves.

“We had nearly 40 stands with a wide variety of things on offer and a real mix of exhibitors.”

The model club was there


The police were there … just in case!



This is what 5kg of FAT looks like


Horticulture was popular


Colten Care had lots of interest


It was a bright idea to come


Nick Douch tries out the bike


Cake is always popular

Great juxtaposition!

The town crier has a well-deserved cup of tea

There were more than 200 visitors!

Note to editors: Douch Family Funeral Directors have been helping families with funeral arrangements for over 100 years. Branches include Douch & Small, A E Jolliffe & Son, Albert Marsh, James Smith, Ives & Shand and Lesley Shand Funeral Service. They’re based in Ferndown, Wareham, Poole, Upton, Wimborne, Swanage, Corfe Mullen and Blandford.


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