JJ gets super-excited about bingo. And we can see why. Relaxed, safe and friendly would just about sum it up.
His weekly trip down to Swansea is carefully managed. With a set limit on how much he can spend, there's never an issue when, perhaps inevitably, he doesn't win anything. But it's not about the winning of course. The experience is made a positive one by the friendliness of everyone he encounters.
If you've not been to Bingo in a long time, a lot has changed. For starters, there's the electronic game pads. These are great in respect that all the work is done for you. No need to find the numbers, which is just as well because the speed at which they come can be alarming for the un-initiated. Then there's the food. Extremely good value for money is an understatement, so it's no wonder JJ chose a full-on two course meal. With a full belly, it was time to try the manual version of the game using the plastic game pads provided at each table. At 50p per game, it gave JJ plenty of opportunities to have a go. Needless to say, he didn't win a prize but we were impressed that he didn't need much help to play.
Finally a word should be said about the Castle bingo staff. Each and every one was polite, friendly and happy to chat. JJ was relaxed throughout and his excellent social skills were made easy by the attitude of the staff. Roll on next week!