Call for more to join Grantham group for the blind

Members of South Lincolnshire Blind Society meet at Sandon Close Community Centre, Grantham. Photo: 0261A

Members of South Lincolnshire Blind Society meet at Sandon Close Community Centre, Grantham. Photo: 0261A

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A Grantham group which caters for the blind and partially sighted is looking for more members.

The group, part of South Lincolnshire Blind Society, meets every two weeks on a Monday at Sandon Close Community Centre in Grantham, but its membership has been dwindling for some years and is now down to just eight.

Shirley Blomeley, who has been an organiser at the club for 18 years, is appealing for more people to go along.

Shirley said that some members had become too old to go to meetings or could not afford transport as funding was cut a few years ago.

Shirley said: “I have got a lot of friends here and my volunteers are fantastic and so are the members. We are like a happy family here rather than a social club.”

The members play games such as bingo and dominoes and often hold a raffle. They pay £2 per meeting.

The members occasionally go out, their latest trip being to Woody’s at Ancaster for lunch.

Shirley said: “I have been doing this a long time and I will keep it open until that last member left me. I would keep it open just for them.

“The group is for anybody who is partially sighted or blind and we have no men here. We would welcome some men!”

May Wright, 73, of Canterbury Close said some members could no longer afford the transport to get to the community centre “so they stay at home and look at four walls”. May said she enjoyed the companionship in the group and went to two other clubs run by the society.

Dorothy Vickers, 78, said she enjoyed meeting people and finding out what’s going on in the world and eldest member at Sandon Close, 97-year-old Jean Finnigan, said she had lots of friends there and the atmosphere was “very friendly”.

Anybody interested in joining the group at Sandon Close or any other groups run for blind and partially sighted people in the area can call the South Lincolnshire Society for the Blind on 01476 592775.