Plea to help save old folks club at centre

Councillors Howard Blagbrough and Scott Benton with members of the Forget Me Not group at Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse.
Councillors Howard Blagbrough and Scott Benton with members of the Forget Me Not group at Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse.

The future of a senior citizens’ club is in doubt because of dwindling numbers and a lack of volunteers.

Waring Green Community Centre’s Forget-Me-Not club will close in July, unless someone can be found to take over its running.

The club, which opened its doors 61 years ago and meets every Wednesday at the centre, has also struggled to attract new members.

Tony Mead, chairman of the centre, said: “It is possibly going to close, we would prefer for it not to close but we need to find someone to take on the running of it.

“We’re hoping to keep it open and we’re hoping we will be able to get someone to take it on.

“It’s a really important part of our community involvement and it’s a group that should be expanding as there are more and more people living on their own, but it hasn’t.

“It would be great if we could keep it open, but if we can’t get anyone to come forward to take it on then it will close.”

The group faced difficulty in 2012 because of a decline in numbers, but bounced back when members of the Hove Edge 65 Club and Brighouse Good Companions joined when those groups closed.

Dorothy Gillson, who runs the club, said: “It’s really hard to do this, because the club has been running for 61 years.

“They had to have a waiting list for people at one point.

“We lost 15 members, it had taken us down to just over 40 members as many had died or moved away to be near their families. It’s just no longer viable.”

Conservative councillors for Brighouse Howard Blagbrough and Scott Benton said they are committed to helping the centre move forward.

Coun Blagbrough, who has just been re-appointed to the Waring Green committee, said: “I am keen to work with the leaders, groups, members of the Centre and would welcome additional volunteers to ensure that the centre can survive.

“Whilst I recognise the challenge ahead, I believe with additional help, The Waring Green Centre can continue to play a big part in bringing people together, and both Scott and I are keen to encourage new volunteers to help with the day to day running of the centre.”