Monday, 21 May 2018

DID you know that research shows reading for 30 minutes a day can add up to two years on your life or that social interaction can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, depression and even dementia?

TeaBooks book groups for older people are designed to combine reading with being sociable.

However, the Henley TeaBooks group may close if a new volunteer leader can’t be found to take over.

The group has been meeting for three years but recently lost its leader who reluctantly gave up the role after taking on more paid work.

Amanda Ferguson, who co-ordinates 20 TeaBooks groups across Oxfordshire, said: “The group members are very sad.

“Some of them have rung me personally to say that they are really upset that the group may close if we can’t find a new volunteer. The time commitment for the volunteer is only an hour a month to run the session, with a little extra time to order the books from the library.

“We are looking for someone who simply enjoys reading and chatting in general. The group has very varied tastes in books — everything from from popular crime fiction to literary award-winners.”

The group meets at the Hot Gossip coffee house in Friday Street, usually on a Thursday.

Anyone interested in leading the group should call Ms Ferguson on 07826 529232 or email amanda.ferguson

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