Midsomer Hub on the move

By Becky Brooks in Community News

From Tuesday, 21st March, the Midsomer Norton Hub will be moving to larger premises at Orchard Hall, near Greenacres, in Midsomer Norton.

The move means that the Hub, which is run by local charity, Age UK B&NES, now has a place it can call home after operating at several premises since it was established in September 2015.

The Day Centre – which runs on Mondays and Thursdays – will also move to Orchard Hall, from its current premises at The Methodist Hall.

“We are very excited about our move to Orchard Hall. It feels like a new start. It will be nice to have a base which provides us with a great opportunity to do more for the over-55s in the local area,” said Age UK B&NES Chief Executive, Janet Dabbs. “I would like to thank the Midsomer Norton Community Trust for their support in making this move possible. I also want to thank all our volunteers working at the Hub and the Day Centre, who do so much to make our activities so successful.

“Popular classes such as Extend and Cook and Eat will continue as before, and we hope to be able to add more activities in the near future based on feedback from local people.”

Alex Davis, from the Midsomer Norton Community Trust, said: “Over the last three years we have been refurbishing Orchard Hall in order to create a space for the whole community to the north of the town. We are therefore delighted that Age UK B&NES will be moving its Hub into the building to take advantage of features such as the newly refurbished kitchen.”

The Extend exercise class will continue to run from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. every Tuesday, Cook and Eat sessions will run on the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 11.30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Day Centre is open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., every Monday and Thursday and includes a home-cooked, two-course meal and can also include transport. Tea, coffee, cake and refreshments are served throughout the day.

Age UK B&NES also runs a number of other activities in Midsomer Norton. These include short walks, which take place on the first and third Tuesday of the month. From March 21st, the meeting place will be at the bottom of South Road Car Park at 11.15 a.m. The change of meeting point will give better access to a greater variety of walks. The walks are about a mile long and are aimed at all levels of mobility, and led by trained walk leaders.

Book Buddies will continue to operate from the Library on the third Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and Gadget Busters, which runs on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 12 noon, will remain at the Beauchamp Room at the Town Hall.

For more information, or to book, call: 01225 484510, email: active@ageukbanes.co.uk or visit: www.ageukbanes.co.uk

Age UK B&NES is a local charity that supports around 12,000 older people, their families and carers every year, with essential services. It is always looking for more support, funding as well as volunteers. Please get in touch if you can support Age UK B&NES in any way.

For more information about the charity’s work visit: www.ageukbanes.co.uk

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