The Great Get Together 2018

Weekend festival at Storyhouse. Performances, workshops, talks, films, crafts and debates to bring communities together and celebrate all that unites us.

The Great Get Together Part of Storyhouse’s Celebrating Age Programme. A celebration with older people at its heart. The Great Get Together is inspired by Jo Cox’s belief that: “We have far more in common than that which divides us” and aims to raise awareness about how communities can work together to help end loneliness.

Join us for a packed weekend of activities, talks, workshops, shows and special cinema screenings. Activities are free and held on a ‘drop-by-and-have-a-go’, first-come-first-served basis unless otherwise stated. To find out more information and to book events visit the Storyhouse website or take a look at the brochure here.


TAKE PART Share a Memory Booth
Everyone has an amazing story to tell… and Brightlife would love to hear yours! So why not drop in to our Share a Memory booth and tell us a short story. If you can spare 10 minutes, you could tell us about your happiest or most memorable moments, something about your childhood or where you have lived, or any adventures you’d like to share; it’s a great way to keep history alive. Drop in for a one-to-one session where we’ll make a recording of your story for an audio gallery to be featured on the Brightlife website later this year at Cinema Foyer FREE | Drop-in | 10am-4pm

PERFORMANCE Silver Singers
Silver Singers is a fun, sociable Chester based choir for anybody aged 50+ who loves to sing. This wonderful choir will be performing a range of well-known pieces of popular music and will be around after the performance to talk to anyone who might be interested in joining them.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in | 10am (40 mins)

WORKSHOP Digital Buddies
Digital Buddies is a user led opportunity to get online and work with college and university students to get help with what you need to know to get online. Whether it’s learning how to Skype your family in Australia, finding your way round a price comparison site to find the best deals, or even making the most of your e-mail, this workshop could be for you.
Meeting Room FREE | Workshop 10am-11am Drop-in 11am-12pm

Drumming @Live! is an opportunity to share your creativity, celebrate life and have lots of fun in a relaxed atmosphere. Learn how to play a variety of rhythms using a wide range of Djembe and Samba drums and percussion instruments and take part in group performances in the local community. Music, rhythm and fun as we raise the roof at Storyhouse when our performers energize, inspire and motivate workshop participants to reach their full drumming potential.
Garret Theatre FREE | 2pm (50 mins) Booking recommended

TAKE PART Reminiscence Pass the Parcel
Join Brightlife’s Social Prescribing Team for some fun and games whilst opening up a few stories and memories from your past. This activity works just like the popular party game but with a difference… in between each layer of the parcel lies a question, picture or statement that will act as a prompt for people to share stories from their past and start a conversation. A lovely way to get to meet new people in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Garret Theatre FREE | 12pm & 12.30pm (30mins) Booking recommended

TAKE PART Tai Chi for Health in Cheshire
Demonstration and Taster Class.
Demonstration by Lynette Bowler and her Tai Chi Players, showcasing Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan (a real crowd-pleaser!) and Yang Style Tai Chi. Feeling inspired? Join Lynette afterwards for some simple warm up exercises, Health Qigong and a chance to try some basic Yang Style Tai Chi. Or just come along to watch – spectators very welcome.
Garret Theatre FREE | Drop-in 1pm (50 mins)

CINEMA Finding Your Feet Friday 22 June 3pm Saturday 23 June 1pm
On the eve of retirement, the well-to-do Sandra (Imelda Staunton) discovers her husband has been having an affair with her best friend and is forced into exile with her bohemian sister Bif (Celia Imrie).
Released: 2017 | Duration: 111 mins Directed by: Richard Loncraine Starring: Imelda Staunton, Joanna Lumley, Timothy Spall, David Hayman. £6 | Booking essential


TAKE PART Share a Memory Booth
Drop in and tell us your amazing story! (see p1 for full details)
Cinema Foyer FREE | Drop In | 10am-4pm

WORKSHOP WEA Fabulous 50+ Arts (Jewellery)
Have you ever wanted to design your own jewellery. Come along and try your hand at making polymer beads to create your very own exclusive piece of jewellery to take home. All materials are provided.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in 10am-1 pm & 2pm-5 pm Tutor: Cecilia Fletcher

WORKSHOP WEA Fabulous 50+ Arts (Painting for Pleasure)
This ‘have a go’ workshop offers you the opportunity to create a very personal piece of art. It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner just come and have some fun. All materials are provided.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in 10am-1 pm & 2pm-5 pm Tutor: Gordon Brown

TAKE PART Dial House T-Club Breakfast Club
The T-Club is a monthly social group for people aged over 50 who meet at Dial House in Chester city centre. The ‘T’ stands for tea, tunes, technology, trips and most importantly, togetherness. Join us for free tea and teacakes in The Kitchen and we’ll tell you more about how you could get involved with our friendly group.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in | 8.30am-10am

TAKE PART Birds in the City
Enjoy a 90-minute walk around the city and Grosvenor Park, whilst local ecologist Dr Anne Brenchley helps you identify different species of birds along the way.
Lobby Please meet 10 minutes before start time. FREE | 9am-10.30am Booking recommended

ACTIVITY Hand Massage with Beehive Healthcare
Why not enjoy a lovely relaxing start to the day and treat yourself to a FREE hand-massage courtesy of Beehive Healthcare. The friendly team will be happy to talk to you about the benefits of other treatments they offer from Indian Head massage, reflexology to Thai foot, leg and arm massage.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in 9.30am-11.30am

ACTIVITY Lego: Building the City
Part of Chester Heritage Festival. An intergenerational activity for all to enjoy.
The Kitchen FREE | 10am-1pm Booking recommended

Interfaith Tales The West Cheshire Interfaith Forum presents a series of short stories (10-15 minutes) from different faith groups followed by question and discussion time.
Garret Bar FREE | 10am (45 Mins) Booking recommended

TAKE PART Potting with Paper Pots
Young and Green at Heart is a horticultural project based at the Countess of Chester Country Park. You are invited to come along and have a go at making paper pots from old newspapers and then using them to start growing seedlings in. Whether you’d like to cultivate vegetables, flowers, wildflowers or even sunflowers, you will gain helpful tips to get you started and a planted paper pot of your own to take away. The Den FREE | Drop-in | 10am-12pm

TAKE PART Talking Heads Pop-up
Share your thoughts on loneliness to camera at Brightlife’s Talking-Heads Pop-up… No one should be afraid to admit they are lonely. Brightlife believes that loneliness is everyone’s responsibility and only by sharing ideas of how to tackle this social epidemic, can the problem be solved. Please drop by and share your thoughts, opinions or ideas about how communities can best work together to make Cheshire a more Age Friendly place to live.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in | 10am-3pm

WORKSHOP Chatter Chairs Seated Exercise with Diva Fitness
Gentle sitting exercises help improve your mobility and can prevent falls. Don’t worry if you’ve not done much for a while, these exercises are easy to follow and you’ll be able to do them at home afterwards.
FREE | 10am (50 mins)

WORKSHOP British Sign Language (BSL)
Taster Workshop In Britain, the most common form of Sign Language is called British Sign Language (BSL) and is the preferred language of around 145,000 people within the UK. An introduction to BSL including: •How to communicate with D/deaf people (do’s and don’t’s) •Basic everyday signs •Basic numbers/finger spelling
FREE | 11am (45 mins)

WORKSHOP Visual Impairment Awareness Training Led by Vision Support.
FREE | 12.30pm & 1.30pm (30 mins)
Please meet in The Kitchen 10 minutes before start time. Booking recommended

TAKE PART Vintage Pride Photo Booth
Come along and be magically transported into a Vintage Pride March! Dress up in some stylish vintage clothes, choose your props and have your photo taken in front of a green screen.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in | 11am-3pm

ACTIVITY Improv Gym for Over 50s Taster Session
A series of drama improvisation games ideal for those who want to discover their playful side. There’s no audience and the atmosphere is non-judgemental and fun, so that we can see where our creativity takes us. Expect to work together as a team to create group laughs, stories and sketches, seemingly from nowhere!
Meeting Room FREE | 12.30pm (30 mins) Booking recommended

WORKSHOP Crochet and Knitting
Join us for knitting, crochet and a chat. This group also meet at Storyhouse on the 4th Saturday of every month.
Meeting Room FREE | Drop-in 1.30pm-3.30pm

WORKSHOP Women’s Makers Mindful Crafts
Ola from Heal Earth will be sharing some techniques and skills with a mindful approach allowing people to slow down, relax and develop their own creativity through a calm, welcoming and non-judgmental activity.
Book Pod FREE | Drop-in | 2pm-4pm

PERFORMANCE Paradise Lodge
Paradise Lodge is based on actor Steve Cooper’s experience of caring for his mother-in-law Dorothy in the final years of her life. Steve, who’s best known for his roles in BAFTA winning BBC3 drama In The Flesh and appearances in Peter Kay’s Car Share and Coronation Street, wrote the play to try to make sense of the condition and how it impacted on Dorothy, her family and friends. It also stars local actress Sophie Osborne who has also experienced caring for someone with dementia.
The performance focusses on dysfunctional ukulele musical duo, Eric and Kylie, embarking on their first gig together at the Paradise Lodge care home. Taking on nine roles between them, their hilarious and heart-wrenching tale, takes the audience on an exploration of the nature of identity, reality and loss. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re crying.
Garret Theatre £5 | 2pm (running time: 90 mins) Booking essential

WORKSHOP Song in Seconds with Claire Mooney
You will be crafting the lyrics to a newly devised song and within an hour you’ll be singing it! Back by popular demand courtesy of the Brightlife Silver Rainbows social groupThe Den FREE | Drop-in 2pm-3.30pm

WORKSHOP Sporting Memories Taster by Active Cheshire
By sharing memories of sporting moments and tapping into a passion for sport this group helps people to connect with others and with their past. Reawakening positive thoughts and feelings that otherwise remain hidden away.
Garret Bar FREE | 12.30pm (60 mins) Booking recommended

WORKSHOP Men in Sheds: Bird Box Making
Meet some of the local ‘Shedders’ who’ll help you make a bird box. Plus a showcase of the other amazing creations they’ve made in their sheds.
The Den FREE | Drop-in | 2pm-4pm

WORKSHOP Poetry Writing with Award-Winning Cheshire Poet Laureate John Lindley
This workshop will allow participants to explore a range of new skills whilst John supports you to create your own poems. Poetry novices welcome. John Lindley is an acclaimed poet and experienced performer whose poetry has appeared widely in magazines as well as being broadcast on radio.
Please meet in The Kitchen 10 minutes before start time. £5 | 2pm (90 mins) Booking essential

TAKE PART What’s Cooking at Storyhouse?
Everyone can tell a tale about their favourite food, recipe, meal or snack. Sharing food is a wonderful way of bringing communities together and getting people talking about something we all have in common. With this in mind, Storyhouse’s chefs have teamed up with Brightlife’s What’s Cooking project to bring you a tasty activity that will lead to friendly chat, foody discussions and recipe sharing.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in | 3pm-5pm

TAKE PART Gameshow Get Together
Join the Brighter Days Social Group for some popular games everyone can enjoy. The theme of the afternoon will be familiar TV Shows such as Play Your Cards Right, Generation Game and Catchphrase. Everyone is welcome.
Garret Bar FREE | 4pm (60 mins) Booking recommended

WORKSHOP Dementia Friends workshop in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Society
Led by a Dementia Friends Champion to help participants learn more about dementia and the small ways you can help. From telling friends about Dementia Friends to visiting someone you know living with dementia. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about turning understanding into action. Join the UK’s biggest ever initiative to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia – help change your community – come along and find out more!
Please meet in the Garret Bar 10 minutes before start time. FREE | 4pm (45 mins) Booking recommended

CINEMA Edie Sunday 24 June 1pm Tuesday 26 June 3pm
£6 | Booking essential
After gaining a sense of newfound freedom after the passing of her domineering husband, 84 –year-old Edie (Sheila Hancock) decides to follow a life-long dream.
Released: 2017 | Duration: 102 mins Directed by: Simon Hunter Starring: Shelia Hancock, Kevin Guthrie, Paul Brannigan.


FAMILIES Stories of Chester
Led by the Storyhouse engagement team: listen to some historical stories of Chester. Part of Chester Heritage Festival.
The Den FREE | Drop-in 10.30am & 3pm (30 mins)

WORKSHOP Drama: Brought to you by Little Actors Theatre Company
Warming up and improvisation leading to encouraging self-expression and increasing confidence. An interactive drama workshop led by Mike Lockley of Little Actors Theatre to give a taster of what the Over 50s Brightlights Theatre Company does.
Garret Theatre FREE | 10am (60 mins) Booking recommended

TAKE PART Lego Building the City
FAMILIES Arts and Crafts
Craft activity part of Chester Heritage Festival.
The Den FREE | Drop-in | 11am-3pm

Lend your craftsmanship to the making of a set of bug hotels which will be used in a new Super Trees roundabout in Chester.
The Den FREE | 11am & 12.30 pm (60 mins) Booking recommended

TAKE PART Virtual Reality Experience for All
Having a laugh with old or new friends is a perfect way to get together, and that’s exactly what you will get with this. Drop-in and meet VR enthusiast Adrian, who claims you are never too old or young to immerse yourself in new experiences. Adrian has a full list of VR experiences to choose from, from driving an F1 car to swimming with sharks.
The Kitchen FREE | Drop-in 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm

PERFORMANCE Cheshire Dance
Contemporary dance performance by an older peoples’ dance group.
Garret Theatre FREE | 1pm (30 mins) Booking Recommended

How to find Storyhouse

Hunter Street in Chester city centre CH1 2AR (near the Cathedral on the site of the old Odeon Cinema).
Nearest Car Parks
Market Place Car Park, CH1 2HH
Delamere Street Car Park, CH2 2AY

The whole building is accessible via lift, with wheelchair access to all areas.
Visit for more information.
Accessible parking and drop-off points
The nearest accessible car park is Market which has 8 disabled spaces – 200 metres from nearest exit
There is free on street parking /car park for blue badge holders on Hamilton Place and Goss Street (4 hours max) – c.300 metres away
The best place for drop-offs is Northgate Street – 20 metres away


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