A day centre threatened with closure is going from strength to strength under new management.
Glamis Hall has re-opened on the Queensway estate in Wellingborough, and both clients and volunteers are thrilled to be back where they belong.
Heather Saunders, chairman of Glamis Hall For All which now runs the centre, said: “It’s fab to be back, it’s better than before.”
She described the first day of the club on January 12 as “complete chaos” while they found their feet, but added: “We are getting there and starting to understand the best way to do things.”
Activities at the lunch club, which runs from 11am until 2pm four days a week, include bingo, curling and singalongs as well as a three-course meal.
Between 25 and 30 people have been going each day, with transport provided by Wellibus or volunteer drivers picking people up from their homes.
Heather said: “We couldn’t do it without the volunteers.
“The only person we have employed is the chef.”
Improvements planned for the building include the roof, a new fence and new windows.
But there was help from eight staff from Nationwide at Moulton Park, Northampton, who painted the foyer and toilets on Tuesday.
The company has also donated £500.
However, the real joy is for those who feared Glamis Hall would close when Wellingborough Council said the building was no longer fit for purpose.
Heather said: “My mother is over there singing along with a big smile on her face and that’s what this is all about.”
Ernie Colton, 81, of Wellingborough, has been going there for three years and said: “It’s just one happy family here.
“We have got an excellent chef and I would put the food down as something at a five-star hotel, the meals wouldn’t go amiss in a restaurant.
“The carers are really good and it’s a happy atmosphere.
“I can’t praise them enough, they have put so much hard work into it, it’s like home. We come four days a week and we miss each other at the weekend.”
Edith Bull of Wellingborough said: “I didn’t know what to do when it closed, and couldn’t wait to get back.”