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Christmas tree

Wadebridge Charities Join Forces To Spread Some Festive Cheer

Concern Wadebridge has received a magical Christmas make-over thanks to the creative talents of the town’s U3A.

Members of the U3A’s Papercraft and Patchwork groups, made up of over 25 local women, have spent the last couple of months handmaking beautiful decorations to hang on a large Christmas tree in the reception.

Concern Wadebridge, formerly Wadebridge Concern for the Aged, is a small local independent charity supporting local people who are over 50, based at The John Betjeman Centre in Southern Way. It provides a Community Hub where people can enjoy various activities or enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and meet friends old and new.

Other local charities also use the centre throughout the week including the Memory Café, Carers Support, Quakers, St Mary’s Church and Speak Ability. U3A Papercraft Leader Sue Wherry said: “We are delighted with the tree and must thank Trelawney Garden Centre who helped us purchase the tree at a very good rate.

“Christmas can be a very lonely time for some people and this will help bring a bit of happiness for all of those that attend Concern Wadebridge.

“We have had a great fun making the decorations together and preparing for the festive season.”

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge added: “It is with support of local businesses such as Trelawney as well as those that attend the centre that makes it so special. A huge thank you to the members of the various craft groups who have made the decorations this Christmas and helped make the centre feel more festive.

“Why not call in at the centre and enjoy the Christmas spirit over a cup of tea and a mince pie and help support this wonderful local charity.”

To have a look at the Christmas tree or find out more about Concern Wadebridge, the centre is open 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Christmas opening Times: The centre will close at 12pm on Friday 22nd December for the Christmas break and reopen on Wednesday 27th December – Friday 29th December from 11am to 2pm for tea and coffees. The Centre will also be closed on Monday 1st January and re-open as usual from Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

Paul Ainsworth

Michelin Chef Paul Ainsworth becomes Patron of Concern Wadebridge

“Concern Wadebridge really does live up to its name. It’s there for people in the Wadebridge Area. It provides invaluable support to individuals and their families, and the service is first class. We’re really lucky to have such a terrific group of professionals and volunteers working in the community, your legacy will continue to help Concern Wadebridge make a difference to local older people”.

Paul Ainsworth


Autumn Program

Concern Wadebridge  launches its Autumn program of activities at The John Betjeman Centre. With additional Music to Movement Activities being introduced alongside the existing ones, we will be able to offer everything from seated exercise to Zumba Gold! During the week we also have Tai Chi and Yoga for those wanting a more restful approach to exercise and on a Friday afternoon we have our own Strictly with The Friday Tea Dance.

For those who like the European touch, on a Tuesday morning we have ‘Soft’ Boules, a game with passion of the French and the drive to win, but indoors and not with the metal boules!

There is also the other groups that meet at the centre; Wadebridge U3A, Parikinsons, Speakability, Memory Café, Memory Matters, Cornwall Carers, Wadebridge Quakers, St Marys CofE etc. as well as the Daily Community Café where people can drop in for information and a cuppa.

The centre offers a place where people can come and drop inn, meet friends old and new and also enjoy over 30 different activities! To find out more about the centre and what is on offer either call in, phone – 01208 812392 or email

This Autumn we are also launching new drop inn services, the local Police will hold a surgery at the centre once a month on a Wednesday, Age UK Cornwall are also holding a fortnightly drop inn on a Friday and Boots are looking at developing a drop inn for people to ask about their medication etc.

Concern Wadebridge is a small local independent charity supporting local people



New Month and New Activities

May again sees Concern Wadebridge developing and supporting new activities at The Betjeman Centre. With a successful open meeting supporting carers of those diagnosed with mental health problem, a new support group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month 2 – 4pm, this will be initially run by Cornwall Carers and help those carers who are supporting those with mental health issues. This is an open meeting and anyone can turn up.

On the 16th May there will an open day run by Duncan Goodman Arae Manager of The Stroke Association, with the morning run as a drop in where carers and those diagnosed with a Stroke can come and meet Duncan and discuss issues they face, it will also be an opportunity for people to call in for a blood pressure check. The afternoon will be more formal, for those who are interested in setting up a Stroke Support Group in the Wadebridge Area. Anyone who is interested please come along or contact Andy at The Betjeman Centre on 01208 812392.

On a lighter note, for those who have seen and wanted to try Zumba, there is a new version Zumba Gold, which is starting at The Betjeman Centre on the 20th May 11.30am – 12.15pm the instructor will be Jeanne Lloyd and to find out more about this activity give her a call on 07907 208306 or call in on the 29th May and give it a go!!!

For a full range of activities at The Betjeman centre, call in or contact Andy on 01208 812392.

Cornwall Carers Service

Mental Health Support Group drop in meeting

Cornwall Carers Service in partnership with Concern Wadebridge announces a new Mental Health Carers Support Group at the John Betjeman Centre, Wadebridge.

Cornwall Carers Service, who provide free information, support and guidance to informal and unpaid carers in Cornwall, is delighted to announce a new support service for those who care for relatives, friends, neighbours or colleagues struggling with their mental health. The organisers, Andy Heap from Cornwall Carers Service and Andy Lyle from Concern Wadebridge invite you to an initial ‘open Drop In’ to discuss the new group and to hear from you about your experiences and any ideas you may have that can help form the final structure of the new group. You would be very welcome, so come along and let us know how we can help.

This initial open drop is on:

MONDAY 18th APRIL 2016
2pm – 4pm
The John Betjeman Centre

For more information please contact:

Andrew Heap
Cornwall Carers Service
Phone: 07739388840
Carers Helpline: 01872 266383
Andy Lyle
Concern Wadebridge
The John Betjeman Centre
01208 812 392
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Men in Sheds woodwork

Men in Sheds comes to Wadebridge

After a successful initial meeting, the hard work is now going to begin!!

With help from Travis Perkins, we are now in a position to start building the Shed with work benches etc. The first meeting will be on the 7th April, 2-4pm in the old engine shed at The John Betjeman Centre, where anyone who might be interested in this project can help prepare it for use.

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge said “this is a wonderful opportunity for not just men to have a place to renovate and build in and also a place for chatter and laughter, we are very much looking forward to developing this project and watching it grow”.

This is one of several new initiatives being developed by Concern Wadebridge and the other ones to look out for, are trips out, voluntary car service, Access Wadebridge (hiring of mobility scooters to help you get out and about in Wadebridge), a monthly minibus excursion & coach trips, Cares Support Group for those caring for people with Mental Health problems (Monday 18th April 2-4pm) and a Stroke Awareness Day (Monday 16th May) and a lot lot more.

To find out more about what is going on at Concern Wadebridge explore our website or phone Andy Lyle on 01208 812392.

Thank you to Linden again for your help!

Volunteer Drivers

Driving to make a difference!!

Concern Wadebridge celebrates 40 years of supporting people in Wadebridge and outlying areas. Over those years the charity has strived to make a difference to the lives of local people using the centre. Every day there are various activities, offering a wide range of support, whilst also offering a place where people can meet friends old and new, share memories, a joke or just catch up on news over a cuppa and a tea cake!

Over this time, the Charity has developed into one of the leading charities in Cornwall providing support to those over 50. This will continue over the coming year (s) as we continue to develop to meet the challenges whatever they might be.

This year we are looking at developing new services, some in partnership with other charities, we are also looking at providing a volunteer car service that will help people to get their medical and social appointments. Just before Christmas we launched Access Wadebridge, a service where people can borrow mobility scooters, wheelchairs and walking aids, helping them to get out and about in Wadebridge.

The charity is supported by a core of volunteers, who provide a welcome at the centre and for those wanting light refreshments; a team of volunteers provide the tea and coffees. As we develop new services, we will need to recruit new volunteers to support our work. If you are looking for a new challenge, either at the centre or as a volunteer car driver and enjoy meeting people, please contact Andy Lyle on 01208 812392.

“Concern Wadebridge – a local charity supporting local people”

Scooter and wheelchair

Access Wadebridge trial launch

Concern Wadebridge is launching a trial service just before Christmas to help people get out and about around the town. Access Wadebridge is being set up to help those with mobility problems borrow a mobility scooter from The Betjeman Centre. At present two scooters are available and one wheelchair to help people enjoy the Christmas spirit in the town.

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge said “if this trial is successful we will hopefully have more scooters and wheelchairs for people to borrow, helping them to enjoy the town and Camel Estuary. Being able to get out and about makes such a difference to people’s well-being and we hope people from outlying areas will once again be able to enjoy Wadebridge this Christmas by using a scooter”.

Also as part of Access Wadebridge the charity is hoping to start a volunteer car service in the spring, helping people to be able to access medical and social appointments.

If anyone is interested in either of the projects, or volunteering to help, please call in and see Andy at The Betjeman Centre or phone him on 01208 812392.

Andy Lyle & Marion Willetts

Christmas comes early

Concern Wadebridge had an early Christmas Present when Marion Willetts (Tescos Community Champion) dropped into The Betjemain Centre with a Christmas Tree and Decorations.

Andy Lyle Manager of Concern Wadebridge said how much they appreciated the kind donation from Tescos, as the Tree will brighten up the Centre and make Christmas that bit more special for all that come into the centre.

Marion Willetts also commented that on visiting the centre I was able to see what a marvellous charity Concern Wadebridge is, being a locally based charity supporting local people through all the activities at the Betjeman Centre and Tescos is pleased to be able to support them in this practical way.

To find out more of what happens at The Betjeman Centre call in or phone Andy on 01208 812392.

Concern Wadebridge Tea Dance

Concern Wadebridge looking Pretty in Pink!

Tea Dance at The Betjeman Centre stepped out to support Cancer Research UK last Friday when they graced the dance floor in support of ‘Beat Brest Cancer’. Each week a group enjoy a fun filled afternoon tripping the light fantastic at the centre and felt that they would like to support Elaine Dalley a volunteer and trustee of Concern Wadebridge who has been involved in the Wadebridge ‘Beat Brest Cancer’ event for many years.

If you enjoy or would like to learn Ballroom Dancing, why not join us on a Friday Afternoon 2.00 – 4.30pm at the Betjeman Centre where we all ‘Keep Dancing!’

To find out more about volunteering or the activities that go on at the centre, either call in or phone Andy on 01208 812392.