ELDERLY Helsby residents have been forced out of their weekly day care centre after 14 years.
The members of the Greenwood Centre have been asked to leave their base at Springfields on Springfield Avenue, Helsby, where they meet every Thursday to socialise, share memories and engage in activities.
Now the 13 women, who are all aged between 70-95, have been forced to leave their centre and set up their meetings in St Paul’s Church Hall in Helsby.
After suggestions that the elderly women, some who have not left Helsby for years, should travel to Ellesmere Port every week, the group moved into the hall on April 7 after the Rev Margaret Saville offered her support.
Two weeks after the move, the women are settled in at the church, but with the fate of the club hanging in the balance the committee who run the group are still searching for a more permanent home.
Secretary of the Helsby Committee, Biddy Mason said: “We are waiting to see if Weaver Vale will let us go back into Springfields, we are hoping they will so that we can still use the kitchen.
“Rev Margaret has been 100% lovely, she has allowed us to use the kitchen and even got in chairs for the ladies. We are managing, it is not ideal but it is better than the club folding.”
Biddy said that the club, along with the volunteers at the Rural Community Services Board, are currently negotiating with Weaver Vale Housing Trust to be allowed back into Springfields.
“If it stopped it would be very difficult to get the club going again. The club is very special to the ladies, they never miss it, three of them are going on holiday together, so to me that is a success.”
Can you help the Helsby club? Call Biddy Mason on 01928 724710.