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We all know how difficult it can be for many elderly and infirm people to get out and about. Even getting to the shops and back can be hard work, especially in icy conditions or with heavy bags. That’s why the free bus service provided by the Bonnyrigg & Lasswade Seniors Forum is such a great help to so many people. The service operates daily on weekdays and picks people up from home, using Lothian Community Transport Services (LCTS) buses and drops you off at the Co-op Supermarket in Bonnyrigg High Street. After a chance to do some shopping, visit the doctor, library etc just call in to the Forum’s premises in Room 3 of Bonnyrigg Public Hall on Lothian Street for a cup for tea or coffee and a warm welcome. Afterwards, the bus picks you up from there and you’ll be dropped off at home with assistance offered with your shopping bags or trolleys.

And it doesn’t stop there. Shopping group members can join the Forum’s Social Fund. For a weekly contribution of 50p, you can join in a summer coach outing and Christmas shopping trip to an out of town shopping centre such as Almondvale in Livingston, both of which are free, with pocket money provided in each case. For their summer outing this year the group went on a day trip to Burn's country. None of this would happen without the time and effort put in by the group co-ordinator and secretary Bill Prentice, and the team who provide teas and coffees, not to mention the help provided by LCTS. Along with Ted Comerford, Bill also presents a weekly Seniors Hour radio slot on Black Diamond Radio (107.8FM) between 5 and 6 pm on Sundays. The show is run by the elderly and for the elderly in Midlothian, playing music requested by listeners - so listen in and find out what else you might be missing!


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