10:22AM, Friday 01 March 2013
Elderly regulars who use Old Windsor Day Centre had their worst fears realised last night - when the management bosses that run it voted unanimously to wind things up.
Committee members agreed to dissolve the charity that runs the Day Centre when they met privately to discuss its future.
But Old Windsor parish council's representative on the charity Cllr Chris Andrews told the Express today that it was still hoped it would not be the end for the centre.
The charity Age Concern has indicated that it might be prepared to step into the breach. Tracey Morgan, the chief executive of Age Concern's Slough and Berkshire East branch, confirmed last month that the charity was interested in keeping the centre going.
But she warned that it might have to be run on different lines.
Membership at the club has declined from 300 in its heyday after it was opened by the Queen more than 20 years ago to just 127. Some members are now over 90 and much needed younger members in the 60 plus age group are not coming forward.
Chairman of the Day Centre charity Roy Reeves released a statement today calling on everyone in the village to work together to find a future for the centre.
He said: "If we do not we will never be forgiven by those affected and their families."
An independent report into a Conservative councillor has found a breach of the Royal Borough’s code of conduct in a document seen by the Advertiser.