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News update: 2018/2019 roundup

2018 has been another successful year for the charity. Thanks to the wonderful efforts of the committee we have further enhanced our services to local visually impaired people.

Four trips to the Palace Theatre for musical matinees were well attended for about 45 members at each venue and four parties were held during the year at Webheath Village hall where sixty members enjoyed entertainment, a full buffet and much fun. One of the events was the annual Christmas party attended by the mayor and local councillors. It is heartening that local council officials take such an interest in our services.I would like to thank our Mayor this year, Juliet Brunner, for her support.

In addition to these events we had a trip to the Evesham Countryside centre where a lunch and trip on the train were much enjoyed.

Out fortnightly luncheon club is well attended and, besides the lunch, entertainers bring fun and laughter to the group. They had many trips to the nearby pubs and fish and chips meals, too.

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Fund raising in what has been an increasingly full range of activities has continued to be vital. Local supermarket collections have ,as usual, been important sources of revenue and a chance to meet local people. We must thank, too, particularly generous organisations. Mettis Aerospace gave us a large donation followed by generous sums from Redditch Masons, The Ancient Order of Buffaloes, The Astwood Bank Carnival committee and The Edgar Lawley Trust. Legacies and funeral collections added to our bank balance.

I would thank ,too, local shops whose kindness in hosting tins make a big difference. Each of our 175 members still receive £40 cash each at Christmas, I don’t know of another charity with such a commitment to its members.

In 2019 we have already taken a group to the local theatre and had our Easter party this April. We were lucky enough to have the presence of the Mayor before she retires from her year’s service in the role. A young boy, Ethan, and his father came to the party and they have decided to climb Snowdon in 2019 to raise money for our charity. The six year old said he has never seen so many older folk in one place!!

All these activities are not possible without the hard work of our volunteers. I would like to thank, once again, the committee for their efforts in supporting local visually impaired people socialise, have fun and enjoy good times together.

Bill Payne, Chairman, Redditch Association for the Blind. August 2019.

More news stories and lists of forthcoming events will appear here when available.

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