Members mark 20th year of Isle-based society for the blind and partially sighted

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Marking its 20th anniversary with a special celebration were members of the Crowle branch of the Lincoln and Lindsey Blind and Partially Sighted Society last month.

The organistion hosts social meetings alternate Thursdays at Ealand Victory Hall, and has done so since its launch in 1996.

Original member is Mrs Mary Brown of Outgate in Ealand who has been on the committee over the last two decades, she explained how the society came about.

“We were founded on September 5, 1996. Mrs June Walton and the late Betty Fillingham were the instigators and then Heather Fowler joined as treasurer and Wilf Clarke as volunteer driver for the minibus.

“I became a volunteer helper and then a few more joined later.”

Over the years the society has raised lots of money, taken people on holiday to places like Scarborough, Wales and Bournemouth, and held garden parties.

Around 15 to 20 people attend meetings on an average week and they can enjoy a variety of pastimes including skittles, bingo and curling.

They sometimes get to sample entertainment via visting choirs, and refreshments are served.

Mrs Brown added that the 20th anniversary saw around 40 people in attendance, including three members of the club who have attended from day one, one being Sheila Walsh who is now the group leader.

New members are always welcome and transport can be arranged via one of the three volunteer drivers.

For more information on getting involved or finding out more details about the society please contact Sheila on 01724 711492 or Mary on 01724 710812.

Marking its 20th anniversary with a special celebration were members of the Crowle branch of the Lincoln and Lindsey Blind and Partially Sighted Society last month.

The organistion hosts social meetings alternate Thursdays at Ealand Victory Hall, and has done so since its launch in 1996.

Original member is Mrs Mary Brown of Outgate in Ealand who has been on the committee over the last two decades, she explained how the society came about.

“We were founded on September 5, 1996. Mrs June Walton and the late Betty Fillingham were the instigators and then Heather Fowler joined as treasurer and Wilf Clarke as volunteer driver for the minibus.

“I became a volunteer helper and then a few more joined later.”

Over the years the society has raised lots of money, taken people on holiday to places like Scarborough, Wales and Bournemouth, and held garden parties.

Around 15 to 20 people attend meetings on an average week and they can enjoy a variety of pastimes including skittles, bingo and curling.

They sometimes get to sample entertainment via visting choirs, and refreshments are served.

Mrs Brown added that the 20th anniversary saw around 40 people in attendance, including three members of the club who have attended from day one, one being Sheila Walsh who is now the group leader.

New members are always welcome and transport can be arranged via one of the three volunteer drivers.

For more information on getting involved or finding out more details about the society please contact Sheila on 01724 711492 or Mary on 01724 710812.