December 2017 Just where has the year gone? As temperatures start to dip and we reflect on the past year, we hope that Silver Robin continues to be a friend to our readers. To spread and encourage us to chat with one another, we have our annual Advent Calendar for you to enjoy from the… Click here to read more


Old School Christmas

Our friends at the Old School may have just the thing for you if you’re at a loose end in the Oxford area. If you’re over 50, enjoy meeting new people and want to get involved in community projects, then come along to the Tea Dance at the Oxford Academy on Tuesday the 12th of… Click here to read more


Advent Calendar

Pupils from Holland Park Comprehensive chat to the older generation about Christmas.


A year’s sad ending

As we approach the end of the year, it becomes a time for reflection and it’s a fact of life that with the joy and happiness, also comes sadness and sorrow. This is a beautifully poignant poem sent in to us via email. Please take the time to read this one, and as ever we… Click here to read more


Me and my National Service

Reflecting on his pre- and Army days, Brian Jarvis, 81, also recollects how moved he was by the 1969 film, Oh What a Lovely War. Its bitter-sweet reflections of WW1, and British attitudes and patriotism prevailing then, is often sentimental yet so evocative of songs that helped morale, and is now one of music’s lost… Click here to read more


Letter Writing

The clocks have gone back and as the inevitable seasonal change approaches, the longer nights start to draw in. So, what better time to recall the art of letter writing? Esme has written this account on the joy of the written word and hopefully it will inspire you to pick up your quill ink pen,… Click here to read more


A diary entry as a homesharer

We have a diary entry via the Homeshare website, which brings old and young together, and supports social isolation and independence. 5th August 2017 A diary entry as a homesharer It is a Saturday today and the garden fence is coming down, or more accurately – it has come down. W, her son and myself… Click here to read more


Draw a Tree to help to prioritize your tasks

This article by Bill Johnston is intended to help nervous First Term newcomers to universities and colleges, and slightly apprehensive new 6th Form students. So many topics to research and write about, subjects to research, read about, give your valuable time to – you may not be great at self-organising, and it is possible to… Click here to read more


Victoria & Abdul

We have something a little different for you to enjoy, Silver Robin went to see Dame Judi Dench’s acclaimed film ‘Victoria & Abdul’. Abdul Karim arrives from India to participate in Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee. The young clerk is surprised to find favor with the queen herself. As Victoria questions the constrictions of her long-held… Click here to read more


A Postcard from Shetland

Chris Dell, 78, overcame TB in his teenage years and wrote a book about it. In the 1960’s, he and friends, all in their early twenties, became enthusiastic hitch-hikers and youth hostellers. On this ‘adventure’, they left Enfield, London for Scotland, visited seven other countries and ended up back in Dover. Today’s credit cards, mobile… Click here to read more


Wonderful B-17 Bomber

We have something very special here, to join the other great personal accounts on Silver Robin. Enjoy and appreciate this amazing and inspiring story of heroism. In 1943 a mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, Between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most… Click here to read more