GALLERY: Seniors Week in full swing

Seniors Week is in full swing, with several events being held across Eden to celebrate.

Eden Community Access Centre held its inaugural Active Travel Seniors seminar at the Eden Fishermen’s Club on Tuesday, with guest presenters from Twofold Travel and SoulQuest giving seniors the rundown on a range of travel options.

The centre’s manager, Clare Whiter, is also distributing surveys at a number of Seniors Week events with the aim of better catering for their needs on a year-round basis.

“Seniors Week is a pretty full week for seniors, and then I often wonder what happens for the rest of the year,” Clare said.

“We have a series of questions aimed at finding out what seniors like to do, what they would like to do if they could, and the things they don’t like to do, as well as any barriers like access to transport.

“As the Access Centre, we’re not saying we can solve all the problems, but we can liaise with other groups and organisations that may be able to help facilitate new groups and overcome any barriers.

“We’re all inspired to go travelling; there may not be anyone left in town next week.”

He may not be leaving next week, but Broadwater resident Tony Robinson has certainly caught the travel bug.

The 91-year-old has already clocked up an impressive 17 trips to Canada and several European river cruises, and will depart for his latest adventure in July.

“I’m going on another river cruise, starting in Paris and finishing in Budapest,” Tony said.

“I’d like to go to Scandinavia as well; it’s got a small population and I’m fascinated by the documentaries I’ve seen.

“I very much like the cold atmosphere, because I’ve had enough of the tropics after sailing along the equator in a coal-fired steamer with the first shipping company I joined; I spent 38 years at sea.

“The seminar has been enjoyable and informative, and it’s interesting to see just how many old people are interested in travel.”

Terry (left) and Lyn Carson attended Eden Access Centre’s first travel seminar as part of 2014 Seniors Week.

Terry (left) and Lyn Carson attended Eden Access Centre’s first travel seminar as part of 2014 Seniors Week.

Mary O’Donnell (left) and Judy Broderick were inspired by travel presentations on Tuesday.

Mary O’Donnell (left) and Judy Broderick were inspired by travel presentations on Tuesday.

Bernice (left) and Dennis Ballard at the travel seminar on Tuesday.

Bernice (left) and Dennis Ballard at the travel seminar on Tuesday.

Syd (left) and Brenda Donaldson registered their interest in travel tours after the Eden Fishermen’s club event.

Syd (left) and Brenda Donaldson registered their interest in travel tours after the Eden Fishermen’s club event.

Di Swane (left) and Nita Gonzales heard three travel presentations as part of Seniors Week.

Di Swane (left) and Nita Gonzales heard three travel presentations as part of Seniors Week.

Val Hemmingfield (left) and Marie Slater got some travel tips from Twofold Travel’s Lyn Kennedy (right).

Val Hemmingfield (left) and Marie Slater got some travel tips from Twofold Travel’s Lyn Kennedy (right).

Seniors gathered at Eden Fishermen’s Club for the inaugural travel seminar on Tuesday.

Seniors gathered at Eden Fishermen’s Club for the inaugural travel seminar on Tuesday.

Maureen Hadley (left) and Pamela Hunter at the Eden Men's Shed Seniors Week event.

Maureen Hadley (left) and Pamela Hunter at the Eden Men's Shed Seniors Week event.

91-year-old Al Armstrong brought his daughter’s genuine shillelagh to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Eden Men’s Shed.

91-year-old Al Armstrong brought his daughter’s genuine shillelagh to celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Eden Men’s Shed.

Pat Bell (left) and Marg Ritchie enjoyed lunch to celebrate Seniors Week on Tuesday.

Pat Bell (left) and Marg Ritchie enjoyed lunch to celebrate Seniors Week on Tuesday.

Daphne (left) and Flo Bobbin at the Men’s Shed Seniors Week event.

Daphne (left) and Flo Bobbin at the Men’s Shed Seniors Week event.

Valda Patts (left) and Ellen Chamberlain tuck into their “Paddies plus one” lunch.

Valda Patts (left) and Ellen Chamberlain tuck into their “Paddies plus one” lunch.

The day’s entertainment, (from left) Margaret Sheaves, Jan Allan, Valma Barber, Ray Meredith, Jo Meredith, Leone Fairweather, Robyn Feilen, Jack Dickenson, Jim Campbell and Vic Robinson.

The day’s entertainment, (from left) Margaret Sheaves, Jan Allan, Valma Barber, Ray Meredith, Jo Meredith, Leone Fairweather, Robyn Feilen, Jack Dickenson, Jim Campbell and Vic Robinson.

This cheeky leprechaun changes its name every St Patrick’s Day, and John Joensen thought it would be funny to make everyone guess. Any ideas?

This cheeky leprechaun changes its name every St Patrick’s Day, and John Joensen thought it would be funny to make everyone guess. Any ideas?

Those in attendance enjoyed a barbecue lunch thanks to (from left) John Ireland, Kevin Bryant and Ross Dobbyns.

Those in attendance enjoyed a barbecue lunch thanks to (from left) John Ireland, Kevin Bryant and Ross Dobbyns.

Guests of the Men’s Shed take their pick of the Seniors Week lunch spread.

Guests of the Men’s Shed take their pick of the Seniors Week lunch spread.