Exercise Over 50: An Introductory Guide
Are you starting to exercise over 50? It’s imperative to invest in our health and wellbeing at any age, but the stakes only increase in later life. If you’re keen to become more active, this introductory guide is for you.
The Retirement Guide (2021)
Are you enjoying an active retirement or planning your escape from the working world? In this guide, we’ll consider how to make the most of your golden years.
Finding Social Clubs and Groups in Later Life: The Beginner’s Guide
We all benefit from being active, social participants in our community. Therefore, in this article, we’ll explore social clubs and groups for retirees and see how we can all become more involved and engaged in our local area.
Elderly Loneliness: The Essential Guide
In this article, we’ll look at why elderly loneliness is an issue and what we can do to help both ourselves and our loved ones.
Local History: The Researcher's Guide
Curious about local history? In this guide, public speaker & Mirthy member Margaret Mills investigates this rewarding pursuit & what it takes to get started
Wondering What to Do in Retirement? Focus on the Following 9 Things
Have you eagerly anticipated what to do in retirement, but when the time finally arrives, are unsure how to use all the extra hours? If so, click here.
Retirement Travel and Holidays
What better way to enjoy retirement than with travel and holidays? Click here for an overview.
Silver Entrepreneurship: Starting a Business as an Older Adult
Entrepreneurship for older adults is an increasingly viable option. To learn more about getting started in business in later life, click here.
The Ultimate Grandparents Guide
Are you a new grandparent? Seeing your children’s children for the first time is a huge milestone in life. Click here to read our guide.
Arts and Crafts for Adults
Do you harbour hidden creativity; an inner van Gogh perhaps? If so, arts and crafts may be just the ticket. Use this article to unlock some inspiration!
Over 50’s Dating: Looking for Love
Interested in over 50's dating? Relationships change as we age, so in this guide we look a how to meet someone special in later life. Click here for more.
What Everyone Should Know About Retirement Homes
Looking for information on retirement homes? Read this introductory guide to discover why so many people in later life choose this comfortable, safe option
The 23 Best Activities for Elderly People
Looking for a list of activities for elderly people or perhaps your parents? In this article, we cover a range of pursuits to improve health and happiness.
Respite Care: The Essential Guide
Respite care is essential to provide breaks to carers and their loved ones. For more information on the services available, click here.
The Carers Guide
Carers help millions of people enjoy a good quality of life every day. In this guide, we’ll cover everything about the role and what support is available.
Changing Career at 50 and Above: An Occupational Guide
Changing career at 50 is increasingly common as older adults seek to transition to new work. But it’s a challenging process. Click here to learn more.
Three Inspirational TED Talks for Later Life
Hearing another human giving a talk is a timeless and engaging activity. So, here are three inspirational TED talks for later life. Click to watch.
Three Secrets for a Healthy Mind and Body
It's imperative to maintain a healthy mind and body, especially as we get older. In this article we look at three important factors we need to consider.
An Introduction to Public Speakers
Mirthy speakers provide online events every week to both entertain and inform. To learn more about the process, click here.
The Importance of Staying Active in Later Life
This article explores the notion of staying active in later life along with practical steps on staying independent as we age. Click here to read more.
The Story of Book Clubs
Are you keen to meet new people while reminiscing over your favourite read? If so, a book club might be just the ticket. Click here to learn more.
Speech Writing and Editing
Looking for speech writing and editing advice? You're in the right place. To ensure that your public speaking performance is up to par for those all-important Mirthy events, click here.
10 Public Speaking Tips for an Entertaining Talk
Looking for public speaking tips? You're in the right place. Learn the techniques you need to deliver a memorable and engaging talk.
Tracing Your Family Tree
An article from Mirthy member, Kath Reynolds, about tracing your family tree. Click here to learn more.
The Battle of Cape Matapan: March 28 to 29, 1941
An article summarising the Battle of Cape Matapan: March 28 to 29, 1941.
Public Speaker Announcement: Expect the Unexpected
In this article, Mirthy member Tony Griffith draws on his public speaking experience and cautions fellow speakers to expect the unexpected.
From Cop to Coppicer
In this article, community member James Ellson describes his transition from police work to smallholder and now writer. Click here to learn more.
Origin of a Stage Name: How We Became Bob and Dot
Graham Towse and Bronwen Harrison, as partners in Sun Jester since the mid-1990’s, offer education sessions & music and arts performances.
Battle of Austerlitz – 2 December 1805
A summary of the Battle of Austerlitz in 1805 by Mirthy community member, Tim Barney. Click here to learn more.
Staying Connected This Christmas
Christmas is an important time to reconnect with friends and family. Click here to learn more.
The Precedence of the Unprecedented
This year has truly been a period of history in the making. An incredible amount of change in one year. A year of uprooting, unsettlement and upheaval.
The Lioness Nearly Ate My Bacon
In this article, Mirthy member and public speaker Jenny Bowen recounts her time in Zimbabwe and a culinary encounter with a group of lions.
Why I Became a Speaker
In this community article, Brenda Cameron explains how she began public speaking, having overcome a chronic illness known as ME. Click here to learn more.
Retired? Who’s Retired?
In this article, Neil Sadler, formerly an Inspector in the Sussex Police, recounts how he first got started with public speaking. Click here for more.
In this article, Mirthy member and public speaker Simon Waterfield shows how stories exist all around us, just waiting to be told. Click here for more.
Cultural Evolution: Circa 60,000 Years Ago to 12,000 Years Ago
In this article, Neil Meldrum investigates the origins of human creativity and cultural evolution from 60,000 to 12,000 years ago.
Day Centres for Older Adults
Day centres for older adults are an essential part of social care in the UK. So if you or a loved one needs a break, click here to learn more.
The Local Quiz Guide
Looking to find or start a local quiz? Quizzes are extremely popular within the Mirthy community. Click here to learn more!
In the Beginning: The Cultural Evolution of Mankind
In this article, Neil Meldrum examines the cultural evolution of Mankind, from the time that we became modern humans, or Homo Sapiens.
Public Speaking: A Life on the Road
Here's a "month in the life" article by Kath Reynolds, a public speaker who delivers between 8-10 talks every week! Click here to read more.
Activities for a Winter Lockdown
Here are some activities to boost spirits and keep going in these incredibly tough times.
Introducing the Queen Victoria's Consort
Queen Victoria's Consort is made up of some of the country’s leading early brass musicians and directed by Andy Kershaw.
Battle of Pavia - February 25, 1525
Italian Wars of the Sixteenth Century: First War between François I of France and Habsburg Emperor Charles V, 1521 - 1526.
The Retreat from Kabul, January 6 to 13, 1842
Major General Sir William Elphinstone with 4,500 regular soldiers and approximately 14,000 civilians, versus Wazir Akbar Khan and other Afghan chieftains with an unknown number of Ghilzai irregular fighters, possibly as many as 30,000.
The Christmas Truce
We are all familiar with the popularised image of the 1914 ‘Christmas Truce’: the sight of soldiers on both sides spontaneously rising from their trenches and fraternising in no man’s land. Click here to learn more about this wartime story.
A positive aspect of lockdown has been the increased time available for reading. Check out the following book recommendations by Sally Jenkins.
This article was written by Baz Hamblin, a navigator for the RAF for 25 years who then found himself running a training company for airline pilots for 25 years after doing a favour for a friend.
It's in the Blood!
I suppose you could say the theatre is in my blood...
Comfortless Cove Fever Station
With the coronavirus putting countries around the world in lockdown, can the fever station at Comfortless Cove, Ascension Island, where sailors in the 19th century were forced to quarantine, offer us lessons on how to fight back?
My First Hundred Talks
Successful speaking is about more than what you say. It’s about engaging with your audience, says public speaker, Mike Brook.
March Winds Doth Blow
'Who could have guessed how much the Coronavirus situation would have turned our lives around?', asks Mirthy community member, Kath Reynolds.
Solitude - A Short Essay
I walk slowly through the park. A feeling of ineffable sadness overwhelms me. The feeling of grief gets stronger and I am close to tears...
'The Strangest of Christmases' - SHORTLIST
Introducing entries for the Mirthy community Christmas competition!
'The Strangest of Christmases' - WINNERS
Here we have the winners of the Mirthy community Christmas competition!