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

Christmas Tree and Wreath Festival 2015

This event took place from 26th November to 29th November at Hinckley Methodist Church and schoolrooms.

Many thanks to  everyone who helped make this event successful.  We had an excellent weekend and raised £1863.21. to be shared between church funds and Red Cross  Emergency Response Team Volunteer.


Results – Wreaths

1st W6 Carols and Choir boys – Marlene Whitmore.

2nd W1 Crackers and Coin  – The Shipley Family

3rd  W7 Candy Canes – Bowls Leicestershire Amy Rose Squad

Row of Wreaths
Row of Wreaths

Senior Trees

1st S3 Cupcakes for Christmas – The Craft Club


2nd S4 Cinderella – The Pantomime Company


3rd Carpen -tree ( Joseph & Jesus) –  Barwell Methodist Church
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Junior Trees

1st  J12 Clocks counting down to Christmas – Olivia Molyneux

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2nd J2   Monday Beavers – Candles and Crackers for Christmas – Monday Beavers

3rd  J9  Cub Camp – Monday Cubs.

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