Day Centre for the Elderley

Another year has been enjoyed by both members and helpers of the Day Centre.

In April we celebrated the Queen’s ‘real’ birthday by decorating the room with flags and bunting, took books and pictures of the Queen for members to look at and played patriotic music.

Our small Coffee Morning in August was very much appreciated by our members as this is an opportunity for them all to meet up during the long summer holidays.

Our Harvest Service in September was led by Andrew Biggs accompanied by Dorothy Crabtree at the piano and members provided tins of produce for the Food Bank.

In October we had a very enjoyable ‘Afternoon Tea’ to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Day Centre when it was lovely to see not only many current helpers but many from past years. During the afternoon we were also very lucky to have Andrew Jackson playing a selection of well -known songs from the past 40 years.

In November we went on our postponed Annual Outing – this was to Highfield Garden Centre a very popular venue for our members as, apart from enjoying a lovely meal, members had the opportunity to browse and purchase from the various shopping outlets on site. Also in November, members also had the opportunity to buy from the Craft Group Christmas Sale.

Our delicious Christmas Dinner was again cooked by Dawn Pearman and Di Dale and the Christmas pudding was made and donated by Irene Egles. After lunch we were entertained by a very enjoyable Ukelele player and singer who performed many of the old songs that the members knew. This was followed by tea, Christmas cake (made by Joan Edwards) and mince pies. All members were given a tin of biscuits and a Christmas card. They also received a pot of bulbs from Junior Boys’ Brigade.

Our members this year consist of ten ladies and one man and we continue to send birthday cards to members past and present. We remember Joan Flack (past helper), Olive Williams (aged 102) and Marjorie Swift who have died recently.

We continue to recruit new members but we are always in need of more volunteers for cooking, driving and caring.

Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children. Matthew 5:9