Grantham Tennis Club & Gym will host its second Board Game Café on Saturday after a successful first afternoon in November.
The event will take place between 2pm and 4pm, and all are welcome to celebrate our diversity, tackle loneliness, and build a stronger community over a cup of tea and a round of board games.
The Board Game Café is inspired by Jo Cox, who was murdered on her way to work on 16 June 2016 because of her beliefs.
Her legacy of kindness and tolerance, however, lives on in the form of the Jo Cox Foundation.
An important part of the Jo Cox Foundation is supporting and celebrating initiatives which help to create a kinder, more compassionate society where every individual has a sense of belonging.
Bianca Herbert, a member of the tennis club and organiser of the event said: “I was very touched when I read about Jo Cox and her idea of getting people together to create a better and happier community. I think so many people are walking around with a meaningless life. They are busy and maybe even know many people, but, because they are chasing the wrong things, they often feel empty, are exhausted, or even unhappy and depressed.
“Having loving connections to your family, to friends and the community around you can give you this sense of purpose and meaning. I was looking for an activity that would build bridges, not only between generations but also nationalities.
“I love board games. They are a great way to interact with people of all ages. This is how the idea started. I am very grateful that Grantham Tennis Club & Gym supported my proposal so readily and made it free of charge for everyone.”
Researchers found that playing board games noticeably increases brain speed, boosts creativity and dramatically stimulates memory function, language function and attention span.
The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease was shown to be reduced by 47 per cent. Playing board games reduces stress, increases endorphins and supports the immune system and mental health.
But most of all, they are fun and quite rightly growing fast in popularity! So, why don’t you give it a go this Saturday at Grantham Tennis Club & Gym?
What better way to start the new year?