Focus: Wokingham's Welcome ClubBy Jon Nurse
October 22, 2012
For more than a decade retired people in Wokingham have been enjoying a cuppa and companionship at the Welcome Club.
Mrs Alexander, of Cantley Crescent, said: “I knew quite a lot of people who said there wasn’t much about for over 50s to do.
“It started with just seven people, a small group that came from Acorn Drive, but we have spread our wings over the years.”
Members are celebrating this week after being selected to win The Wokingham Times’ Community Cash Tokens £200 prize and hope to reinstate their annual trip, which hasn’t run for two years due to financial constraints.
Mrs Alexander said: “We are really excited.
“Everybody has been really good at collecting the tokens and clubbed in to do their bit.
“We used to have an outing in September, but coach prices have gone up so much that we can’t afford it.
“This money will give us the opportunity to have an outing for them next year.
“In the past we’ve been to Milestones [Museum] in Basingstoke, taken a trip on the river and been to Hampton Court. It’s always so nice to get away as a group.”
The Welcome Club meets from 2pm to 4pm on the second Tuesday of the month at St Paul’s Parish Rooms in Wokingham.
Members pay £2 for entry which includes tea, cake and a raffle, and enjoy a selection of talks and entertainment.
“It was originally set up for over 50s, but as they years have gone on it’s become more over 60s,” the 76-year-old added.
“We’re lucky to get such a good mixture of things on Tuesdays. We had a one-man band this month and he was very good.
“People have come and done talks on the history of Wokingham, demonstrated crafts and danced.
“It’s very easy-going. I’ve got to know many people through it. Quite a few people are on their own so they really enjoy meeting up with others.”
Mr Ashwell, whose company Trademark Windows sponsors the cash tokens scheme, said: “The Welcome Club is a shining example of Wokingham’s community spirit.
“It was fantastic to meet two of the original members and founders of this unique community club.
“They are exactly the organisation that should benefit from collecting the community cash tokens.”
For more information visit St Paul’s Parish Rooms and ask for the Welcome Club.
n To enter Community Cash Tokens scheme cut out the token on the Community News page in The Wokingham Times, nominate your chosen group, which needs to be a group or charity that meets in the borough or is for Wokingham people, and send the token to The Wokingham Times.
The more tokens groups send, the better your chance of winning the bi-monthly draw.