July 22, 2011
group for partially-sighted folds after 30 years
once-thriving Burnham-On-Sea group that supported partially-sighted
people in the town has closed down this week after running for
almost 30 years.
Dwindling numbers of members and a struggle for funding has resulted
in the Somerset Sight Burnham Social Club folding.
The clubs leader, Audrey Lomax, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We used to have 30 members as recently as 2008 when people
came to our meetings from as far afield as Cheddar and Wedmore,
but the numbers have tailed off recently."
"Sadly, several members have found it increasingly difficult
to travel and without lots of members we also struggled with funding."
The group which met monthly at Highbridge's St John's
Church Hall gathered for its final meeting this week, as
pictured, when a cream tea was held amid much reminiscing about
the past 30 years.
Another group, the Burnham and Highbridge Visually Impaired Friendship
Club, is welcoming the groups members. It meets every Friday
between 10am-12pm in St Johns Church Hall, Highbridge, and
is next due to meet in September after its summer break.
Pictured: The Somerset Sight Burnham Social Club's last meeting