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Northall and District Age Concern

The Early History of Northall and District Age Concern

In early 1985 Rosie Bennett, who lived in Northall, decided to do something about the fact that many of the older folk in the community rarely got out of their homes because of the danger of using the footpaths beside the busy main road which ran thorough the village. She therefore set about raising money to fund a social outing for this group of people but, sadly, before she could complete the task, she was taken seriously ill and died in hospital in April of that year.

A collection was made at her funeral and £1,200 (£3,000 at today's prices) was raised. With so much money entrusted to him, her husband Peter set about putting it to good use by establishing a Wednesday Lunch Club for older folk in the four villages of Eaton Bray, Edlesborough, Dagnall and Northall.

The venture was launched in January 1986 as Northall & District Age Concern. The day-to-day running of the Club was in the care of the enthusiastic duo of Pet Barber and Eileen Edmonds and with a Team of energetic supporters the Club was run on this basis until Peter was succeeded as Chairman in 1992 by Ian Conner.

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With thanks to

  • Peter Bennett
  • Ian Conner
  • Tom 'n' Harry, Eaton Bray