Sixty is magic number for club anniversary

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Sixty years ago a special club for disabled people was launched which is still going strong today.

Founder Vince Smith formed the Homebound and Disabled club and used a room in the Priory Hall to begin the meetings.

Eight people showed interest.

At the first meeting they formed a committee to arrange activities and fund raising events. Occasionally they were allowed to hold a Flag Day in the town helping to raise much needed funds.

As the club increased, the Round Table helped to transport the members to and from the meetings in their own cars.

As the club grew even more, Irelands coaches from Chapel Street, and the Voluntary Vehicle Service helped with transport.

Venues for trips were vetted for suitability. Coach trips were popular and even a holiday was arranged.

Five or more were enjoyed by members.

Unfortunately membership decreased over the years due to many unforeseen circumstances.

Nowadays the group have a wide varied programme and are transported to and from home by special transport provided by Lune Valley Transport and Travel Care.

The atmosphere at the club is great and over the 60 years of its life much happiness has ensued due to the foresight and initiative of Vince Smith.

The Homebound club still meets weekly, now at Thorpe View in Torrisholme.

In earlier days meetings were held at a room in Cable Street, Pinfold Lane Day Centre and Sulyard Street Centre.

The club would love new members.

If anyone is interested please contact the chairman on 01524 37007 to arrange a meeting.