Alconbury Thursday Club
CARESCO’s Thursday Club based in Alconbury was opened on 1st March 1984 in the then new Sports Pavilion on the edge of Alconbury (Alconbury Sports and Social Club).
Originally established in response to interest from a number of local residents already attending the Wednesday Day Centre (later known as Green End Day Club) in Sawtry, Club members came to enjoy friendship, conversation, a freshly cooked hot meal, games, entertainment, gentle exercises and the occasional outing.
A recently retired lady Joyce Freeman, who had previous experience running a day centre for elderly and disabled people in Coventry, had conveniently just moved to the area and was recruited to manage the new Club. Joyce quickly built up a strong team of volunteers including drivers and a cook who together provided a day out for local elderly residents from the Alconburys and surrounding villages.
Although the Thursday Club did not meet in the CARESCO Centre, they were still very much part of CARESCO and received their support through the main organisation as did the other activities.
For 37 years the Thursday Club served residents from the Alconburys and surrounding villages, and was staffed by people from those villages. Following discussions, in June 2021 the Alconbury Thursday Club was formally closed making way for a new independent club called the Alconbury cum Weston Thursday Club which is run by local volunteers.
For more information about the history of CARESCO and details of how the organisation was set up and run in the early years, a book entitled 'The Story of CARESCO' is available. This was published in 1998 and written by Marjorie Dybeck, who was instrumental in the creation of CARESCO and was also the first Organiser.
Please contact us if you would like to order a copy of The Story of CARESCO.
Page last updated: Fri 6 Jan 2023
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