The Fair Close Centre was opened by the Queen Mother in November 1967 and in 2017, they celebrated 50 years of continuous service to the senior citizens of West Berkshire. Their aim has always been to enrich the lives of older people by providing a place to go to spend time with friends and to meet new people.They have a wide range of activities on offer. From gentle exercise classes to knitting and games of bingo, whist, birds of prey, darts, flower club, musicians – there is something for everyone. Their welfare officer Teresa is at the Centre Monday to Friday to give advice and offer help with problems however big or small. They have their own dedicated hair salon that is open to all.
The Fair Close Centre offers fun, food and friendship to ensure that their members feel involved and connected in a caring community, including still providing valuable meals on wheels service and ways of keeping in contact during these difficult times.
Sandy Gilbert is the Community Outreach Worker and although the Centre is closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and whilst celebrations for VE Day will be very different this year, there are still plenty of ways to mark the occasion, with some wonderful memories and photographs of the 2019 DD Day celebration.
On marking a different VE Day 2020, as Sandy says
” We would not of been where we are now, without our older generation’ -and now more than ever we say thank-you to them and what they did for us all.
The Royal British Legion calls on the nation to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day from home.
The Fairclose Centre has organised a special VE Day menu for people to organise a ‘stay at home’ VE Day celebration for its members.
If you would like to make a small donation to Fairclose Centre to show your appreciation on the 75th anniversary of VE Day, you can do so by visiting
The Fairclose Centre