here) and of the 5 participants, there were three over 60, one in her eighties and two teenagers (14 and 17). They weren’t members of the same family but they had all come together to sit round a table and play some games and, by all accounts talking to them afterwards, they ALL had a great time. At how many places or events in Crowborough, or the UK for that matter, could the same have occurred?! That is not to say this was an isolated case either,
in that the broad range of ages was replicated at each of the tables. The only sad note is that having talked to a number of people over the weekend, who had expressed initial interest, some had not come along. I fear intimidated not by the games but by the prospect of walking into a room where they might not know anyone – I am hoping that they may come along in future weeks.
The good news was that we saw seven new faces, all of whom reported having had a great afternoon. Those who were with us last week but did not make it this week have all indicated that it was circumstances that kept them away and they would be joining us again on future afternoons.
As is the nature of modern board games they are a great catalyst for both bringing people together as well as then providing an opportunity to move around and talk to other players as one game finishes and others start. At a very low level and in a very incremental way they are surely a tool that can help to build communities. During the afternoon a total of 12 games were played by those present, these were (click on the names of the games to find more details about the specific games):
Short Filler or Warm Up Games
- Kleine Fische (won by Pepa)
- Straw (games won by Daniella, Ian and Crispin)
- Sushizock im Gocklewock (won by Josh)
- Jenga (winner unknown, although I am fairly sure Lawrence brought the tower down)
Our next afternoon will be next Tuesday 17th August 2pm till 5pm. Hope to see you then.