Club for elderly shuts

Belper autumn club presents cheque to Salvation army. Back Wendy Callow, Betty Johnson, Jayne Sanders, Kathryn Bird. Jean Barlow, Peggy Gordon, Jean Burgoyne and Lorraine Wibberley.
Belper autumn club presents cheque to Salvation army. Back Wendy Callow, Betty Johnson, Jayne Sanders, Kathryn Bird. Jean Barlow, Peggy Gordon, Jean Burgoyne and Lorraine Wibberley.

A club which gives elderly people a chance to get together in Belper has decided to fold .

The Autumn Club, which met at the Strutts Centre, Belper, was opened by founder Kitty Weson in 2010.

However, after Kitty’s death earlier this year and a drop in membership, organisers decided to call it a day.

Now, around 13 members have taken up an offer to join the Memory Lane group which meets at Manor Farm Community Centre following the Autumn Club’s demise.

The group’s remaining funds – totalling £300 – were donated to the Salvation Army (pictured) during a presentation at the Greyhound Inn, Whitemoor Lane.

Autumn Club secretary Jean Barlow said: “A lot of people were unable to make the meetings and it was costing a lot of money so we decided to stop the meetings.

“It was a shame because it meant a lot of ladies were not getting the same opportunity to get out of the house. However, I’m pleased that we are able to carry on meeting at the Memory Lane group.

“We decided to donate the remaining funds to the Salvation Army because they do so much for people in the local community and also entertain with their group The Timbrals, who have been to perform for us before at The Autumn Club.”

The Memory Lane group, run by Age UK and Futures Homescape, uses a range of activities to stimulate deep memories, aimed at those with early stages of memory loss and dementia. Among the resources is a “RemPod” which is a portable reminiscence room, including furniture and objects from different eras used to awaken memories and stimulate conversation.Anyone interested in joining the group should phone 01773 768 240 or 01773 824382.