News and Events

News update: End of 2016 report

2016 has been a very busy and successful year for the Association. We have delivered more outings and events than ever before thanks to the enthusiasm and efforts of the committee and helpers.


This year we have had four parties held at the Webheath Village Hall. A spring party, The Queen’s 90th birthday party and an autumn party, rounded off by the Annual Christmas party on Saturday 3rd December. All these events provided food and entertainment and were much enjoyed. At the Christmas party we were very fortunate to have as guests the Mayor of Redditch, Joe Baker, and three councillors - Pat Witherspoon, Pattie Hill and Juliet Brunner. There were good sports and entertained the 75 or so present with an impromptu song and dance with David our entertainer. Thank you for your support.


In addition, the committee has organised and paid for three trips to the Palace Theatre to enjoy musical matinees. Ice creams provided. And in the summer, a coachload of members had a meal and day out at the Evesham Countryside Centre. Some, on a hot day, had a ride on the steam train. What fun. The fortnightly luncheon club has continued to thrive with about twenty members meeting and having lunch, socialising and listening to entertainers, speakers or taking part in the quizzes. The club is pretty well full.


We have provided ,too, grants and equipment for some members such as issuing Monomouse print magnifiers, Max TV spectacle binoculars ,talking clocks, liquid level indicators and antiglare glasses. We work in cooperation with the Sensory Impairment Team based in Worcester and help fund equipment they advise might help our members.


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Fundraising continues to take place at local supermarkets, or is supported by a large number of smaller shops with collecting tins. The Astwood Bank Carnival Committee generously gave us a sizeable donation from their funds. We can only, as before, thank the generous people of Redditch for their support in giving us the monies to provide out services.


It would take too long to mention the committee members individually for their untiring efforts. We must thank each and everyone but we must thank Brenda Crossan for her work as Treasurer over the last few years. She is moving with her husband to west Wales to live. Thank you, Brenda, for your efforts in so ably managing our finances. Most fortunately, we have filled her post. We are in the process of delivering each member, and there are about 200 on our list ,their £30 Christmas grant which is always appreciated.


In conclusion, I can only add that we aim to have another successful year in 2017 and if anyone out there wishes to join our committee (it may be more convenient that you live in the Redditch area) then please contact us. A Merry Christmas to you all.


Bill Payne ,Chairman, Redditch Association for the blind December 4th, 2016.


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


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