Sixty years of fun and friendship

Waring Green Forget Me Not Club's 60th birthday party.
Waring Green Forget Me Not Club's 60th birthday party.

Sixty years of friendship was celebrated by members of Waring Green Forget Me Not Club.

The club, which meets weekly at Waring Green Community Centre, held a 60th birthday party with entertainment from the Third Age Choir.

The club almost closed two years ago through lack of support but is now going from strength to strength with more than 60 members aged from 60 to 100.

The group began in January 1954 as a way for people over the age of 65 to meet up, share a cup of tea and make new friends. The official opening in March 1954 was attended by more than 100 people, including civic dignitaries from the town. By September the club was so popular that a waiting list had to be drawn up for new members.

One of the early highlights was a garden party at the home of Mrs Mona Mitchell in 1958. She was a helper at the club and also first female Mayor of Brighouse. Tea cost a shilling and the first prize in the raffle was a bag of coal and the second was a bag of groceries!

There have only been three chairmen in 60 years - Mrs Mabeth Kendall, from 1954 to 1982; Mrs Marjorie Murley, from 1982 to 2004; and Mrs Janice Fowell, from 2004 to the present day.

Secretary Dorothy Gillsome said: “Members enjoy our weekly meetings and the chance to meet up with friends. One of our members is already 100 and another is 100 in July.

“We play bingo and sometimes enjoy a quiz but it’s mainly about having a sociable time with friends.

“We are short of helpers and we would welcome anyone who is willing to help out with teas and refreshments.”

The party was attended by the Mayor of Calderdale, Coun Ann Martin, and her consort, Mohammed Naeem, Coun Colin Stout and representatives of the community centre.

The Forget Me Not Club meets every Wednesday.