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Age Exchange and Leah Lodge hold a Tea Dance in Blackheath

Still tripping the light fantastic after all these years!

Age Exchange and Leah Lodge hold a Tea Dance in Blackheath and extend the hand of friendship to the older people of South East London


On Friday 16 June 2017 the Leah Lodge dance floor was set alive by elderly residents from Lewisham and Blackheath, keen to demonstrate that age is no barrier when it comes to strutting on the dance floor.


Age Exchange volunteer Kitty on right, with special guests enjoying the day

A dance demonstration was followed by dance lessons and line dancing for all

Leah Lodge care home, based in Blackheath, in partnership with local charity Age Exchange, threw open it’s doors to the community and held a Tea Dance to celebrate Care Home Open Day. The afternoon included dance demonstrations and lessons from local dance teachers and  guests enjoyed a sumptuous cream tea created by Head Chef Alaa Mohamed.


87-year old Age Exchange beneficiary Jean Hogben said: “It was excellent, there were two professional dancers, who were very good. They taught us a couple of line dances, which everyone joined in. There were lots of lovely pastries and sandwiches, with tea and coffee.  Staff were very friendly and helpful. A few of us visited the resident rooms, which looked first class. They all have their en-suite bathrooms and looked very comfortable. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and cannot wait for the next one, which is the Spanish dancing. Ole! “.

Rebecca Packwood, CEO of Age Exchange said: “Age Exchange and Leah Lodge have a strong bond working together supporting older people living in South East London. The Tea Dance organised to celebrate National Care Home Open Day is a great way to celebrate older people’s lives and to create lasting links between care home residents and their local communities.”

Over 60 guests and residents attended the dance, including 10 people with dementia. It was a special occasion where older people and their carers got together, learning dances and socialising with each other.