(Continued from page 16) Last year, the time was felt to be ready for a new look, and new tables and chairs and some redecoration gave the place a boost, which has been welcomed by everyone. It is good to look back when reaching milestones such as this, but what of the future? Many of the volunteers have been involved since the conception of the project, and are now finding it difficult to cope with what can be an onerous time when you are in your late eighties! The nature of lifestyles today means that fewer people in their pre-retirement age have spare time to offer during the week, so there is constant pressure to find those, not so old, who have the time and energy to maintain the standard of service we have always striven to offer.
If you fit that description, and could find a morning or afternoon even once in a couple of weeks if not every week, when you could come and help, or if you could offer some help in the background, you will be most welcome. You will find that there can be unexpected benefits of joining this operation, of friendship, a feeling of contribution to the wellbeing of many people as well as giving a spirit of community and usefulness. Without this constant inflow of new blood, inevitably the project will eventually close, and as our many customers will tell you, that would be a great loss to everyone. Ask yourself, is this something that YOU could play a part in? Please help to keep the work going in this special place. David Orton Chair Management Committee
The Parish Magazine of Tilehurst St. Catherine and Calcot St. Birinus