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Posted: 17/04/13

Generation games at college a success

Students at West Nottinghamshire College stepped back to the 1940s today at a coffee morning for the elderly.

Ladies and gentlemen from the Mansfield and Ashfield area spent a morning enjoying tea and coffee and playing traditional board games such as chess and scrabble with students at the college’s Derby Road campus.

The group, who attend Mansfield-based charity Jigsaw’s befriending lunches, visited the college to share their memories and pastimes of the 1940s with the students and talk to them about what Mansfield was like when they were young.

Students also recorded the visitors’ stories and memories on camera to be used on their blog.

At the event, which was supported by the college’s enterprise society called ‘Ignite’, the group enjoyed a lunch at the college’s new fine dining restaurant – Refined.

The students have been fortunate to have access to a £3,400 start-up grant through the National Consortium of University Entrepreneurs (NACUE) which supports the growth of enterprise societies and works with 135 colleges and universities across the UK.

This money has enabled the students to provide catering for this first coffee morning and for further projects to be planned in the future.

Mavis Dale from Warsop said: “This is a marvellous opportunity to get out of the house and try something new.  We’ve had fun playing games and having tea and cake and I’m looking forward to our lunch in the new restaurant.

“It would be nice to come to the college again if the students organise another coffee morning.  It’s really good to be out and about and meet new people.”