Day centre refurb thanks to legacies

NEAABE120305a3, Colin Dyson centre, Edward Road, eastwood. Josie Forrest in the refurbished hall.
NEAABE120305a3, Colin Dyson centre, Edward Road, eastwood. Josie Forrest in the refurbished hall.

The building has had new windows and flooring fitted, the kitchen and toilets have been completely refurbished and the chairs have been re-covered, stripped and varnished.

Josie Forrest, who is treasurer of Age Concern, the charity that runs the day centre, said she hoped the new look of the building would encourage more pensioners along for the lunch club, held every week Monday to Thursday.

NEAABE120305a2, Colin Dyson centre, Edward Road, eastwood. Yvonne tatham deputy manager/cook

NEAABE120305a2, Colin Dyson centre, Edward Road, eastwood. Yvonne tatham deputy manager/cook

“It’s a great service she said. It offers people the chance to get out and socialise and enjoy themselves for the afternoon.”

Age Concern Eastwood received its first legacy from Vera Elsie Reynolds, which enabled the charity to refurbish the kitchen. It then received a second legacy from Robert Carr, which enabled them to update the flooring and seating, fit new blinds and buy a dishwasher.

A cheque from Cllr Keith Longdon, who represents Eastwood on Nottinghamshire County Council, helped with the funding for new disabled-friendly toilets.

Ms Forrest said: “We’re delighted with the new look and hope our members enjoy the new facilities. It was so outdated before and thanks to these legacies we’ve been able to make improvements that meet with current requirements.

“Broxtowe Borough Council has also improved the frontage of the building to help safely transfer people from the vehicle into the centre.”

A hot two course meal is offered every day and on Mondays and Wednesdays the group play bingo. On Thursdays entertainers are put on, and during the spring and summer two trips out are organised.

The lunch club has been run from the Colin Dyson Centre, which was once a chapel, since the early 1970s. Before that it was a morning group for tea and coffee in the old Sunnycroft building, now a youth centre.

The rent and rates at the centre is paid for by Broxtowe Borough Council, but the interior fixtures and fittings are the responsibility of the charity.

Ms Forrest said fundraising was ongoing and the next events are a Roy Orbison tribute act at the Greasley Miners’ Welfare on April 13, and a Royal tea party for the Queen’s Jubilee on May 26.

The centre was named after Colin Dyson MBE who founded Age Concern Eastwood and who died in 2005.