A community group in Poulton has opened the doors to a newly refurbished and independent day centre in the town.
Wyre Council has worked with Teanlowe 60+ Group to transform Teanlowe Day Centre into an independent community centre and at the same time make use of the remainder of the building, which had previously been under-used.
Under the new arrangements the group occupies part of the building and will pay reduced rent alongside running costs, lowering the council subsidy and freeing up the remaining part of the building for commercial let.
Councillor Alan Vincent, Cabinet member with responsibility for asset management at Wyre Council, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to safeguard the Teanlowe 60+ Group, enabling them to continue providing their service from the building and at the same time improve the financial position of the council.
“The council recognises the excellent work undertaken by the group and how valued it is within the community. We now have an independent community space for the over 60s and a good sized and well positioned retail unit that we are currently in the process of marketing with much interest.”
Refurbishment work includes new entrance doors, creation of a bright and modern entrance hall, new store room and brand new toilet facilities including a toilet for the disabled. The interior has been plastered and decorated to provide fresh and welcoming surroundings.
The group provides regular drop-in social gatherings for older members of the community at the venue, to help prevent people from feeling lonely and isolated. It now hopes to attract new members and plans to hire out the venue for local meetings and events.
Councillor Barry Birch MBE, Teanlowe 60+ Group Trustee, said: “One of the main things we’re hoping for under the new arrangements is to attract new members. My view is that 60 is no age at all nowadays and, although we have a good mix of ages attending, we need younger members to support perpetuity of the group. We also want to expand and develop the services available and, in order to make the centre pay for itself, plan to hire it out for parties, meetings and events at very competitive rates.”
A number of volunteers from the local community help the centre to function on a day-to-day basis. Ann Martin (pictured below), who is a trustee and volunteer, has been attending the group since 1974 when she used to bring her mother.
She commented: “I would encourage anyone to pop in, any time. Everyone is so friendly and there are always volunteers on hand to talk to new members and introduce them to others. The best thing about the group is the community spirit. Events and celebrations are shared within the group and everyone is made to feel welcome.”
The Mayor of Wyre, Councillor Terry Lees, officially opened the centre at a special event attended by group trustees and members, volunteers, local businesses, Age UK Lancashire and local councillors.
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Teanlowe 60+ Group meets at Teanlowe Day Centre, Queensway, Poulton, Monday to Friday, 10am until 1pm and Saturdays, 10am – 12 noon. Members of the community from across Wyre are welcome to drop in at any time for a drink and a chat.
Anyone wishing to hire the venue should contact Phil Howarth on 01253 890197 or email email@example.com
Two local war heroes received letters and medals from the French Consul in London.
The Trustees, Committee, Volunteers and Centre users at the Teanlowe 60+ Community Centre, Queensway, Poulton are proud and pleased that two centre users, Charles Green (Aged 95) and Stanley Bousfield (Aged 90) have been awarded the rank of CHEVALIER in the ORDER NATIONAL DE LA LEGION D’HONNEUR by the President of France.
Medal worn by a Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur
(photo from Wikipedia)
The Legion of Honour, or in full the National Order of the Legion of Honour is a French order established by Napoleon Bonaparte on 19 May 1802. The Order is the highest decoration in France.
The French President has thanked Charles and Stanley for their roles in liberating France 71 years ago (1944).
Charles was a member of Bomber Command who flew 50 missions as a rear gunner and was awarded the DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC).
Stanley was in the Royal Navy and took part in D-Day Landings June 1944.
Stanley and Charles will lay a wreath in Poulton on Remembrance Sunday on behalf of the Teanlowe 60+ Community Centre.
75 percent of current Centre users have Armed Forces connections. The Centre is a registered Charity established in 1974 and is open 316 days of the year by a team of dedicated volunteers.