Barwell AVIC disbanded.

History (from 2011)

Blind and partially-sighted people are about to lose the social centre which has been their meeting place for almost 20 years.
Members of the AVIC centre – the Able-bodied Visually Impaired Club – took over the meeting place, off Moore Road, in Barwell, from the YMCA and refurbished it in 1992.
About five years ago, the lease on the building was taken on by Leicestershire blind charity Vista. The charity has now decided to consolidate Barwell with other local groups in Hinckley and end the AVIC lease.

The Barwell group has been asked to leave by the end of March. Members are so upset they have decided to run their group separately, based at premises they have secured at The Barn, in Kirkby Road, Barwell.
Leader June Robinson said the group started in 1984 and five of the original members still attended. Volunteer Maureen Walsh said: “They all enjoy coming and have a good time.”
Marjorie Moore, 78, of Burbage, said: “It means a lot coming here. We get together and have a laugh and a joke.”
The Hinckley and Bosworth groups will be run at the United Reformed Church, in Hinckley, from April 8.
Vista finance director John Lewis said: “The new venue will enable Vista to develop these groups very positively.”

The group continued to meet at the ‘Barn’ and then had the chance to move back to their original venue now renamed the Jubilee Hall.
Jubilee Hall (formerly the AVIC Centre) has been refurbished. The Hall has a fully equipped kitchen and a large 75x125m hall to accommodate 100 people. The venue is available to hire with competitive rates for community groups, commercial businesses and private hires such as birthday parties.

The group had their final meeting on 16 December 2015 when June Robinson was presented with a bouquet from Barwell Parish Council and another from the remaining members of the group.  Maureen was also presented with a bouquet.

A group of 16 members and volunteer and helpers then went to the Barn for a final Christmas Party.

The group funds were presented to a Dogs Charity and Rainbows.2015-12-16 10.53.29 2015-12-16 10.53.41 2015-12-16 11.01.12 2015-12-16 11.50.50

Another trip to Duxford

Return Trip to Duxford

I needed a hug, so my daughter asked us back to Duxford to meet up with her and the grandchildren. A brilliant day.

We headed for Concord as we had been too late on our last visit to go inside the cabin. I worked on the design and drawing of parts of the prototypes in the 60’s and saw the emergency parachute equipment on the schematic displayed in the cabin. I had designed a fancy ‘switch’ that needed to be turned and pulled to deploy the massive parachute to slow the plane down if it came in to land to fast. The switch was turned and pushed again to disengage the chute when stopped.

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Hinckley District Past & Present have a visit from Hinckley Marching band

Marching Band at the Greyhound Pub
Marching Band

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