Meet the Barbican Legends


Legendary ladies help older people get out and about

A group of six women have been pulling out all the stops to ensure older city centre residents never feel alone. The six friends – who call themselves the ‘Barbican Legends’ – have organised a number of social events over the past few months. The women, some of whom are PCH tenants, met at an Age Concern computer class and soon struck up a friendship.

When their course finished, Margaret Evans, Christine Davis, Gill Chapman, Penny Tolcher, Gloria Richards and Janet Male, decided they wanted to continue meeting and offer something for older peoplecwho didn’t get out much. Margaret explained: “We wanted to run events for lonely people in the area. So far we’ve done quiz nights at the Fisherman’s Arms and a quiz, bingo, coffee mornings and a Christmas dinner at Brock House.

“A lot of people don’t go out in the evenings and wanted something during the day. The events have been really, really good. We all have a laugh. Brock House is an easy place to get to for a lot of people. The Fisherman’s Arms is up a hill so it’s not that accessible for some people. We’re doing what we set out to do. We wanted to get people together and I think we’ve done that. People appreciate it.”

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Mike Metters

Mike Metters

As chair of the New Residents Barbican Association, Mike works tirelessly for people who live in the Barbican area

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