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Clubs to Join in Retirement

By: John Beith - Updated: 18 Oct 2018 | comments*Discuss
 
Oap Seniors Retirement Activities Clubs

One thing newly retired people can sometimes find hard to come to terms with is the amount of free time they suddenly have on their hands. Suddenly going from a structured busy work day to a day where you have to find something to fill the time can be quite a culture shock. Sure you can do the gardening, or get round at last to doing all those odd jobs in the home, but these tasks won't last for ever, and the weather especially in winter will curb the time you can spend in the garden.If you are on your own the social aspect of work can be missed. Interaction with other people if you are at home all day can sometimes be difficult.

A good way to get out and about socialise and meet people is to join a club. You may already have a hobby or interest, so why not join a club to meet other people with the same interests. You may only want to have an opportunity to meet people and have a chat, but whatever you want to do there's probably a club somewhere that will cater for your needs.

Finding a Club

A good place to start is your local library. They normally have lots of leaflets or advertisements for local clubs and activities. You could look in the telephone directory, yellow pages or your local directory; there are many clubs and associations listed. Look at the ads in your local supermarket, or the local newspaper many clubs advertise meetings and most welcome new members.

What Kind of Clubs Are There?

There are many different types of clubs out there. Some clubs meet daily, others once or twice a week, others only monthly. Let's have a look at some ideas:

  • Lunch Clubs - Lunch clubs meet once or twice a week and are held at places where you can pop in and have a light meal, a cup of tea and a chat. The session normally lasts 3-4 hours and a small payment is usually charged for the meal. It's a nice way to spend some time and meet some old and new friends.

  • Drop-in Club - Held one or two days a week in local community centres all over the country, drop-in clubs offer tea, a chat and usually some activities. The good thing about a club like this is you can come and go as you please, as they are normally open from around 10am till 4pm.

  • Local Community OAP Clubs - These clubs normally hold weekly get-togethers. A fee per meeting or a subscription fee is usually charged. Here entertainment of some sort is usually provided. A guest speaker, musical acts or other forms of entertainment regularly perform, with audience participation usually welcome. It's common for an afternoon tea to be provided at this type of club.

If you have a hobby, want to keep fit, or would like to take up a new skill or pastime the opportunities are limitless. Listed below are some ideas:

  • Seniors Swimming - most pools have sessions run exclusively for older people. Most also provide lessons if you want to learn or improve your swimming.

  • Local History Groups - Many have ongoing projects looking into and discovering interesting facts about social history in the area. Many have guest speakers who provide great insight into the history of the local communities.

  • Writing groups - The local library normally has details of local writing groups and when they meet.

  • Rambling/Walking - If you are reasonably fit and enjoy the fresh air there's nothing better than getting out for a walk in the countryside. It's a great way to get to know your area and is a good way to meet new people.

  • Photography - Many community centres and local schools have photography classes where you can hone old skills and learn lots of new ones too.

Other activities and clubs to consider include:
  • Bowls
  • Golf
  • Arts and crafts
  • Painting
  • Aerobics
  • Whist
  • Chess
  • Genealogy
  • Bridge
  • Wine tasting/appreciation
  • Yoga
  • Keep fit
  • Reading groups
  • Choirs
  • Amateur dramatics
You should also consider looking at what your local schools and colleges offer in the way of adult learning classes. There is normally a whole host of classes, offering you the chance to take part in activities and develop new skills. No matter your age or physical ability get out there and find something that's suitable for you - you're never too old to learn something new or take up anew challenge.

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I'm looking for a local walking which would be in kirkstall Leeds or within 3 miles awayI'm quite fit and walk upto 10 miles but happy with a lower mileage so long as they walk a average speed and don't crawl
None - 18-Oct-18 @ 9:07 PM
I would like to meet people for company and outing
Delly - 15-Oct-18 @ 12:57 PM
Dee... YOUTUBE... Search "PENSIONER PLAYING ORGAN"A MUST...and enjoy oneself in old age!!!!
Shee - 18-Sep-18 @ 4:15 PM
I am a 63 year old in Indianapolis Indiana. I would love to get out of my apartment a few times a month. I dont mind paying dues. Im active and very friendly.
None - 17-Sep-18 @ 11:17 PM
Dalmat - Your Question:
I'm retired foreigner, living with partner in Liverpool (she is scaus and haw some friends and social life) I have not social life at all. I need some social life list once - twice a week, otherwise I will start to be crazy with computer and TV all day. It will be nice to met some group with fine cultural manners, respect to others.Dalamat

Our Response:
Here are some places you could try:
Meet Ups Liverpool
City Socializer Liverpool
Age Concern Liverpool
RetirementExpert - 14-Aug-18 @ 12:01 PM
I'm retired foreigner, living with partner in Liverpool (she is scaus and haw some friends and social life) I have not social life at all.I need some social life list once - twice a week, otherwise I will start to be crazy with computer and TV all day. It will be nice to met some group with fine cultural manners, respect to others. Dalamat
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Gemma - 18-Jul-18 @ 10:49 PM
Hi I am looking for local clubs for my dad in Liverpool he is 77 and recently widowed in November he is feeling a bit lonely and enjoys company if anyone knows of any groups or clubs I would appreciate you letting me know thanks .
Paula - 15-Jul-18 @ 11:41 AM
Divorced active lady looking to make friends in Sutton Coldfield area to share fun or educational times with. Interested in many things and looking to try new things also.Age group 60+
Lindyloo - 10-Jul-18 @ 12:43 PM
Late 60s widow full of life would love to meet male or females for outings,
Lindyloo - 10-Jul-18 @ 12:40 PM
Walking, joining a group would also be good. How do people contact each other on this site Please?
Joandee - 5-Jul-18 @ 12:11 PM
I am an active 75 year old widow, live in Sutton Coldfield area, enjoy theatre, history, travelling, would like to meet someone similar for coffee/outings etc.
Joandee - 5-Jul-18 @ 8:26 AM
I am looking for for a social club in the Greenock area for over 60s for lunch quizzes and just good company. Male and female
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Sue - 26-Jun-18 @ 3:56 PM
mc - Your Question:
Hi I’m looking for a social group for my parents who are both mid 70s and live in colchester. They are both interested in classical music, religion and politics. They need something to keep their minds stimulated.

Our Response:
Try Meetup, U3A and Essex ivc
RetirementExpert - 20-Jun-18 @ 3:18 PM
Hi I’m looking for a social group for my parents who are both mid 70s and live in colchester. They are both interested in classical music, religion and politics. They need something to keep their minds stimulated.
mc - 17-Jun-18 @ 5:11 AM
Sue - Your Question:
Hi my husband is semi retired and has a part time he's finding it hard to get any interaction and l have noticed a decline since he retired as he misses male interaction he used to work 60 hours a week now he's doing approx 25 during school term he's quite lonely and getting withdrawn I have a full time job and some years younger so we don't have that much in common any more he has very few interests but love cars he reminisces a lot about those he's 68 in good health but l feel he's giving up on life a bit l don't know if there are clubs he can pop in an out of in the Frimley area just to help him connect again.

Our Response:
An internet search is probably your best option. We did a quick search and found the following:
Surrey Heath and Frimley Probus Club is an organisation that provides opportunities, for men aged 55 and over who have retired, to meet together in a social rather than a business context.
Camberley U3A U3A is a UK movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their educational, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.
Frimley Park miniature railway - are always looking for volunteers to help run the railway
Frimley Green Football Club Need volunteer help with ground keeping etc
RetirementExpert - 15-Jun-18 @ 11:08 AM
Should have said looking for friends to meet socially in South Herts area
Bid - 15-Jun-18 @ 9:38 AM
I live in the same area and have tried joining U3A but they are all full and have waiting lists, some until 2019 at earliest.
Bid - 15-Jun-18 @ 9:25 AM
Hi my husband is semi retired and has a part time he's finding it hard to get any interaction and l have noticed a decline since he retired as he misses male interaction he used to work 60 hours a week now he's doing approx 25 during school term he's quite lonely and getting withdrawn I have a full time job and some years younger so we don't have that much in common any more he has very few interests but love cars he reminisces a lot about those he's 68 in good health but l feel he's giving up on life a bit l don't know if there are clubs he can pop in an out of in the Frimley area just to help him connect again.
Sue - 14-Jun-18 @ 9:15 AM
Hi would like to find a small club or group to meet up with other in my age area, I am 75 years live in Diss, Norfolk,
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mark - 4-Jun-18 @ 3:25 PM
Belong to the RBLbut would to find a Ladyfor tea/coffee and chatswith meals /outings when ever, Iam a fit 73retired but do a couple of hours gardening a week , cant find a club that i likeThank you
chuck - 28-May-18 @ 8:26 PM
Looking to meet a lady in the Reading Berkshire area for coffee/teachatsand outings , Iam 73 retired pretty fitand do a couple of hours gardening a week
chuck - 28-May-18 @ 8:03 PM
This is for Nikki from Ystely. My dad also newly widowed at 72. He's part of a new venture in yateley called the men shed.ypur dad could look into this. They are looking at all sorts of things. My dad also finding life alone quite lonely. I can't believe there isn't more out there for these guys. There seems to be plenty of women out there meeting up. I guess it's harder for men which is a shame.
Moomin - 21-May-18 @ 10:24 PM
Hello I am looking for social clubs in the Colchester in Essex area for my parents.They are both in their 70'sale many thanks
Polly - 21-May-18 @ 9:24 PM
Hi My Dad has been recently widowed and a very active 66yr old is looking for local groups within the YATELEY area He has motorbikes and DIY
Nikki - 16-May-18 @ 5:23 PM
I’m looking for social activities for my dad. He’s 75 with a few health problems. Really enjoys being around people once he lets his guard down. Proud naval man from Cheltenham
Jo - 13-May-18 @ 6:22 AM
Hi, I'm 71 and a retired widower looking to meet female friends in Sutton Coldfield area. I'm very active but walk quite slowly and on crutches following an industrial accident. I walk my old dog in Sutton Park every morning. I still enjoy driving. I'm a very practical guy and enjoy making or repairing things and DIY. I was an electro-mechanical engineer. Part of my job was troubleshooting and resolving problems, so I have quite an analytical mind. I am very caring and cared for my late wife for many years. I have a great sense of humour and I'm very laid back and easy going.I've recently discovered cruising and enjoy that.So please get in touch. Kind regardsNick
Nick - 12-May-18 @ 9:57 PM
Hello I am looking for a social group for my Mum. She lives in crayford Kent She is 80,very young minded. I am 60 so can attend with Mum.She is getting lonely, but won’t admit it Thanks geraldine
Ger - 9-May-18 @ 9:22 AM
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