Silver Downton - celebrating older people

Ahead of the main programme, in October, the organisers are keen to find out more about the interests and lifestyles of older people living in and around Downton and what, if anything might encourage or attract them to take part in group activities.  To do this they are planning to consult with older people through focus groups and by sharing questionnaires, to be completed anonymously.

They will also be contacting local community groups with a view to running a mini ‘Silver Downton’ programme in spring.  As part of this programme there will be a free, mostly home-made afternoon tea for older people that are housebound. If you’d like to nominate a friend, neighbour or community group to take part, please get in touch. Subject to availability, Silver Salisbury will provide a tea for you to collect from Downton and deliver to your elderly house-bound friend or relative.


If you’d like to take part or are involved with a group that would like to know more, please get in touch with Moira Packer on 07932 004925 or e-mail  

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This coming year, Silver Salisbury is planning to extend its activities to Downton.  Each October, Silver Salisbury celebrates International Older People’s Day with events to showcase clubs and organisations that welcome older people. This provides opportunities to meet new people and try new things. Last year, Silver Salisbury expanded to Amesbury and Wilton and in now it's Downton's turn.  

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More about Silver Salisbury

Silver Salisbury is a group of people, mostly volunteers, supporting older people in Salisbury and the surrounding areas.  The group is chaired by Irene Kohler, Salisbury Older People’s Champion which is a voluntary role providing a link between Wiltshire Council and older people in the area. Since 2018 Irene and her team have run an annual programme of events, promoting opportunities for those who’d like to get out and about more but don’t know where to start. The aim is for older people to keep active in the community, reducing isolation.  Their website is

Following the success of the last couple of years, the Silver Salisbury Group is now registering with the Charity Commission. They would welcome new volunteers, particularly in the Downton area, so if you’re interested, please get in touch with Irene Kohler on 01722 323 812 or email Alternatively you can call in at the Lover Repair Café at Redlynch village hall on the 2nd Friday of the month where Irene will be raising funds by selling her homemade jams and marmalades.