From humble start to marking 60 years

The group marks its 60th anniversary.
The group marks its 60th anniversary.

The Homebound and Disabled Fellowship recently celebrated its 60th anniversary.

The group was set up 60 years ago by Vince Smith as a club for disabled people.

He used a room in the Priory Hall to begin the meetings, with an initial eight people showing interest.

At the first meeting they formed a committee to arrange activities and fundraising events.

Occasionally they were allowed to hold a Flag Day in the town helping us 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, with at least five being enjoyed by members.

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

Nowadays there is a 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 iniative of Mr 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 fellowship organises and runs Saturday outings using the Lune Valley Transport and volunteer drivers going to various places but usually ending with a hearty meal.

The group is always looking for new members. If anyone is interested please contact the chairman on 01524 37007 to arrange a meeting.