A GROUP which is aimed at making sure people over 60 don’t feel socially isolated has marked six decades since forming.

The Ivy Club, in Old Basing was an idea born residents in the area back in January 1959.

The aim of the group was to bring the over 60’s in the village together to chat or play games for one afternoon a week.

At the end of last month, members gathered to celebrate the club operating in the area for 60 years.

During the event those in attendance were entertained by The Barrel Organ Boys and the Carnival Chorus as well as participating in lots of community singing, and a tea party followed by large slices of lovely gooey birthday cake.

There was also a notice board up at the club displaying past and present members and those that have celebrated their 100th birthdays at the Ivy Club, as well as those who have had a Diamond Wedding Anniversary.

Today the aim of the club is much the same except it now includes Lychpit residents as member.

Chairman of the Ivy Club, Sue Wilson said: “The Ivy Club has, of course, changed in format over the years but we still meet on a weekly basis and new members are always welcome.

“We have had three coach outings this year, the first one to the Cotswolds, then off to the seaside in the summer and in November we are spending the day at Hampshire Farmers Market at Bordon. We will be having our Christmas Party in December so fun for all.

“The Ivy Club, would not be The Ivy Club but for the support of its members so long may it last.”

As well as the entertainment on offer their was aa raffle with various organisations supplying the prizes.

For more information on the Ivy Club visit basinga.org.uk