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Jade Companionships is a new club designed for people looking to connect with like-minded types to enjoy stimulating activities and experiences

Launched at a glittering event attended by celebrities Cliff Richard, Gloria Hunniford and Jon Snow, Jade offers those aged 55 and over to engage with kindred spirits and share a wide range of activities and interests – including travel, food and drink, exercise classes, theatre and book club forums.

Jade also provides safe and secure ways for members to connect with each other within the area they live (initially London and the south east).

One group activity will be arranged each week and another will be arranged in London each month.

For instance, on Wednesday 8th August, a gourmet Cowes Week Picnic (11am-5pm, £60 per person) overlooking the harbour is scheduled with the group setting off by ferry from Southampton Harbour. Then on Wednesday 15th August there will be a kayaking trip in the New Forest (£50 with kayak use as well as transport from Southampton and Winchester included).

On Tuesday mornings, a half-hour workout class from 8am takes place in Southampton’s Ocean Village and this can be followed at home by logging on to Facebook at www.facebook.com/jadecompanions

Still young at heart, the 55+ age-group is eager for new experiences and a re-energised sense of purpose

“Several of our events have already sold out so the calendar is hitting the ground running with the popularity of its fixtures,” says founder Teresa Haughey who was inspired to set up Jade by her love of travel and an awareness that it can be difficult to find kindred spirits in later life. “It’s hugely gratifying to see the enthusiastic uptake there is for the various types of group activities we are planning.

“As members make new friends, inevitably they will start planning events together in pairs or smaller groupings in addition to being able to join the ones orchestrated by Jade Companionships which are promoted at www.jadecompanionships.com/jade-event.

“Still young at heart, the 55+ age-group is eager for new experiences and a re-energised sense of purpose,” she adds.

Teresa emphasizes that her service is not about matchmaking but about matching interests.

An introductory membership offer of £350 is available through to the end of December 2018. The fee includes access to all group events and information; unlimited information on holiday planning; Jade travel offers; online book club forum, chat forum, photography tips, cooking tips and more. For more details visit: www.jadecompanionships.com,  e-mail: contact@jadecompanionships.com or telephone: 07926 555182