West Wickham Pop-In closes its doors
PUBLISHED: 09:55 01 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:55 01 June 2015
Volunteers had run centre for four-and-a-half years
West Wickham Pop-In closed its doors for the last time on Friday.
Some 60 customers, along with volunteers, enjoyed fish and chips and music from professional violinist Victoria Yellop at its farewell lunch party.
The centre was threatened with closure four-and-a-half years ago after Age Concern Bromley found itself unable to continue funding it, but a group of volunteers took it over. Since then they estimate it has been used by more than 17,000 customers.
Bill Luck, from Hayes, said: “Everyone is very sad. We have made so many friends, especially with the volunteer helpers.
“We will miss their friendly service, always given with a smile. We all thank them very much.”
Committee chairwoman Beryl Talbot added: “Customer numbers have dropped significantly over the last 12 months so we decided it was time to hang up our aprons.
“However, The Swan and Chat and Chew in West Wickham have been in contact with us and hope to welcome our customers and give them the opportunity to meet together and socialise over refreshments.”