Successful first year for the volunteers and everyone who uses Wellingborough’s Glamis Hall

The Wonderland Bazaar held at Glamis Hall in Wellingborough
The Wonderland Bazaar held at Glamis Hall in Wellingborough

Users of a community centre taken on by volunteers after being threatened with closure are looking forward to a much happier Christmas than last year.

Just 12 months ago, Glamis Hall in Wellingborough was about to be transferred over from Wellingborough Council to the volunteers who fought to keep it open.

If everyone is happy, then it’s all worthwhile

Graham Campbell

It closed before Christmas and the volunteers had to wait until the start of January to get the keys.

But since then, the charity has gone from strength to strength, including running a lunch club for the over-50s from 11am to 2pm Monday to Friday with a three-course meal and activities and the well-being centre which is open from 9.30am to 3pm Monday to Friday.

As well as providing a three-course meal and activities, there are other services on offer including assisted bathing for those who cannot bath or shower at home on their own.

The volunteers have also been busy fundraising throughout the year, including a wonderland bazaar held on Saturday.

Graham Campbell from the Glamis Hall For All group said: “An excellent day was had by all.

“A lot of hard work was put in by all the volunteers and £800 was raised on the day.

“We’re so grateful for all their continous commitment to Glamis Hall.”

Everyone involved with the community centre is looking forward to the Christmas party on December 10.

And the group recently got permission to install a new fence around the site so they are holding a tree planting day from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, December 19.

Volunteers will be planting trees donated by The Woodland Trust.

Graham recently spoke to one of the clients and she was full of praise for what the volunteers have achieved since taking over the running of Glamis Hall.

He said: “I spoke to Betty and she loves it.

“She says it’s so much better than before, and if everyone is happy, then it’s all worthwhile.”

For more information about Glamis Hall, the services it provides and opportunities to volunteer there, go to www.glamishall.org.uk.