02:48AM, Monday 10 June 2013
A new chapter has begun in the story of Old Windsor Day Centre that seemed doomed two months ago.
Old Windsor Day Centre in Straight Road closed its doors after 23 years in March, when declining numbers caused a financial crisis.
But on Friday about 100 older villagers turned up for a special open day to herald its reopening on a temporary two-days-a-week basis, starting tomorrow and Thursday.
Among those present were two senior citizens with a special interest.
Former borough councillor for the village Eric Wiles helped get the £15,000 grant that started the centre in 1990.
Lilian Hartley, 94, is the widow of former deputy mayor Arthur Hartley who also battled to get it built.
They both listened attentively as Tracey Morgan - chief executive for Age Concern Slough and Berkshire East - described the battle to reopen the centre as a complicated process that had taken seven months for her charity to achieve.
She said: "The two-day opening is only the start. We want to expand the use of this building as we go."
She introduced Emma Hill who will manage the centre.
She told visitors that activities would include tai chi exercises, as well as bingo, arts and crafts and gardening sessions. Breakfasts and lunches would also be provided.
Cllr David Coppinger, the Royal Borough's cabinet member for adult services, told guests that the centre's future had been the first issue he tackled when he took on the role.
He said: "I'm amazed, really amazed by this building. It is so bright, so lively. I hope it continues to succeed and all of you today continue to use it."
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