West Swindon’s longest running group is looking for members to join in with an afternoon of board games, bingo, talks and trips.
Older folk moving to the west first came together as the Toothill Good Companions in 1978 and two founder members are still going strong and attending every week.
Although Jean Carey, now 95, has to use a power chair, it doesn’t stop her making the trip to Toothill Community Centre.
For many years she was secretary then chair of the group and first came to Swindon from London to be closer to her daughter. She now has four grandchildren in their forties.
Charles Richens, 88, also joined in 1978 and remembers going on a week’s holiday to Blackpool with other club members. I came to Swindon with my wife to be close to my sons. He said, “one of my boys has just died and my other son lives in Grange Park. He turns 65 this year so he’s starting to make me feel old.”
Current chairperson Kath Grayhurst said, “it would be nice if more older people would join in. Once we had over 90 members but now have about 25. We’re a friendly group and we’d welcome newcomers who would like to take part.”
Call Kath on 522561 for details.
Jean and Charles pointing themselves out on a photo of the Good Companions taken by The Link in 1985